Taking a Page from Conservatives, Barry Eisler Recruits Liberal Media to Promote New Novel

In English Language by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka The vocal right wing of American politics has proven a highly effective marketing machine for books. Pundit Glenn Beck has been called a “right wing Oprah” for his support of politically aligned novelists  such as Brad Thor and Vince Flynn. Beck, no stranger to fiction himself -– his new novel The Overton Window was published last week …

Working in Publishing v. Writing (and Unicorns v. Mexican Wrestlers)

In Feature Articles, Guest Contributors by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Sloane Crosley is the deputy director of publicity for Vintage Books and has been called “New York’s favorite book publicist.” She’s also the author of two essay collections: the bestseller I Was Told There’d Be Cake and How Did You Get This Number, which was published this week by Riverhead. She spoke with Publishing Perspectives about publicity …

The Sophistication and Stupidity of Video Game Storytelling

In Digital by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka There’s been plenty of news coming out of this week’s E3 video game convention, not the least of which is that game designers will now be moving into 3D. Unfortunately, not matter how stunning and innovative a video game’s visuals get, much less effort seems to be going into the actual stories in the games themselves. “Other …

Vogue Meets the New York Review of Books…on Video

In Growth Markets by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Berlin-based French book critic Fabrice Rozie and Giovanna Calvino, daughter of the late Italian author Italo Calvino, are raising money to launch a new literary webcast talk show in New York starting this summer. Entitled “Amateur Thursdays” the concept is to present five-minute, edited “show” featuring contemporary writers and celebrities discussion new and classic books that they …

Abalúlibros Aspires to Become the Spanish Amazon for Books

In Growth Markets by Emily Williams

By Emily Williams MADRID: Online bookselling in Spain is still a nascent business, with less than robust offerings from the large bricks and mortar stores Casa del Libro, FNAC and Corte Ingles, but things are finally starting to change. Yesterday marked the announcement of Abalúlibros, a new online book portal that will launch in Spain in October. Ten book industry …

Novelist, Psychologist Shira Nayman on Sharing the Burden of Memory

In English Language by Erin L. Cox

Earlier this year, writer and clinical psychologist Shira Nayman published her powerful novel, The Listener. Set two years after the end of World War II in an American psychiatric hospital, the story focuses on the relationship between the chief psychiatrist and a troubled patient who is suffering from severe Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder following his return from the front lines. As the story unfolds, Nayman shares …