Seen and Heard: Frederike Doppenberg, Editor, Athenaeum – Polak & Van Gennep, Amsterdam

In Feature Articles by Edward Nawotka

“I’m here trying to discover new, contemporary classics from countries whose literature is not so well known, such as India, China and Turkey. But a personal interest of mine is Italy. I speak Italian and think there are some wonderful books from there that still need to be discovered and translated. One example which we’re publishing is Andrea Bajani’s Se …

Tough Times, But Europe Is Coping Best: The Global Publishers Ranking Report

In Feature Articles by Andrew Wilkins

By Andrew Wilkins Pearson is the largest conglomerate in publishing, with a turnover of over five billion euros, and all but three of the top 10 publishing businesses are European, according to the recently released 2009 Global Ranking of World Publishing, which lists and assesses the world’s top 52 publishing conglomerates. Now in its third year, the ranking was started …

Dark Horse Comics Hits the Ground Running (and Jamming)

In Feature Articles by Emily Williams

By Emily Williams In the US the comic book industry is known for its own giant fair, San Diego’s ComicCon, which this year attracted over 100,000 attendees (most of them readers and fans) who revel in the glitter of outlandish costumes and exclusive Hollywood screenings. So what happens to comic book types, steeped in movies and gaming and increasingly grappling …

Letter from the Editor: Chinese Fireworks

In Feature Articles by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka, Editor-in-Chief, Publishing Perspectives We’ve all been waiting for the fireworks to start, but so far no one has lit a fuse. As a journalist looking for the big story, the question casting a long shadow over the Fair is what effect the co-mingling of official and “unofficial” Chinese delegations would have on the Fair. Would dissidents shout …

Profile: Transatlantic Literary Agency

In Feature Articles by Emily Williams

By Emily Williams Samantha Haywood, agent and rights director for Transatlantic Literary Agency (TLA), lives out the ocean-straddling name of her agency, splitting her time between Toronto, home to the agency’s headquarters, and Amsterdam, where she now lives with her family. Being part of an eclectic team of agents with footholds in Canada, the US and Europe keeps Haywood sensitized …

Though New to Frankfurt, Iris Mor is No Newbie

In Feature Articles by Chip Rossetti

By Chip Rossetti A newcomer to Frankfurt this year, Iris Mor, editor-in-chief of Israel’s Keter Books, is looking forward to meeting some of her growing list of contacts in person. Mor came to Keter last year from Israel’s Haaretz newspaper, where for fifteen years she had been the arts and culture editor, although she had always hoped to move to …

Seen and Heard: Baco Club, Argentine Private Wine Club

In Feature Articles by Erin L. Cox

Among the exhibitors at the Gourmet Gallery in Hall 5.0 is the Baco Club, a company which runs a private wine club in Argentina. “We have 7,000 members have been going for twenty years,” says editorial director Mariana Gil Juncal, who is responsible for publishing the Club’s catalog, elixir magazine, and more recently, wine guides. Their new book, El vino …

What’s Cooking, Chef Geir Skeie?

In Feature Articles by Erin L. Cox

By Erin L. Cox In January of this year, Norwegian Chef Geir Skeie became an international cooking sensation when he lead the Norwegian team to the gold medal at the Bocuse d’Or—an event known around the world as the Olympics of Food. Not only has he won one of the food world’s most prestigious prizes, he has also won the …