Weekly Recap: Losing Dust Jackets, Africa’s “It” Girl, PubMatch and Granta Go Global

In Feature Articles by Hannah Johnson

By Edward Nawotka (read the Arabic version here) (read the Chinese version here) This past week in Publishing Perspectives we covered paper-over-board printing, spoke with Nigerian Chimamanda Ngozi Adichi, looked at PubMatch.org and considered the international expansion of Granta literary magazine. Next week, we’ll start with a consideration of the legal ramifications of J.D. Salinger lawsuit against Nicotext, as well …

Revamped Granta to Focus on International Literature

In Feature Articles by Guest Contributor

by Craig Morgan Teicher LONDON/NEW YORK: On May 29th, The New York Times reported that Alex Clark, the first female editor of the London-based international literary quarterly, was resigning after less than a year, leaving the magazine’s recently appointed American editor, John Freeman, in the post of acting editor. According to Freeman, Granta, which has a circulation of about 50,000 …

Nigerian Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie on Straddling Continents

In Feature Articles by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka TORONTO: “In the West we have constructed a narrative where African wars and poverty are meaningless, with no real political or historical context, which suggests misery is this atavistic thing,” says Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. “But what gets forgotten is at the same time all this is happening, people are falling in love, people are still …

In Praise of Paper-Over-Board

In Feature Articles by Chad W. Post

By Chad W. Post ROCHESTER, NEW YORK (USA): I have a visceral hatred for dust jackets – I strip them off, I crinkle them, I lose them. So in 2007, when in the process of launching Open Letter (a new publishing house at the University of Rochester dedicated to international literature), we had to decide whether we wanted to do …

Kotobarabia’s Arabic E-Books Extend Borders

In Feature Articles by Chip Rossetti

By Chip Rossetti CAIRO: Most of the difficulties faced by Arabic-language book publishing stem from two basic problems: government censorship and very limited distribution. But with e-books, Ramy Habeeb, founder of the Egypt-based publisher Kotobarabia, has managed to bypass both seemingly intractable problems. As the first e-publisher devoted exclusively to Arabic-language titles, www.kotobarabia.com now offers over 8500 books in 31 …

Cape Town Book Fair Attracts Crowds, Questions Role

In Feature Articles by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka SOUTH AFRICA: “Sustainability of the Fair is a challenge, if you measure it against what it intends to be as a trade event, then we have significant challenges ahead of us,”  said Vanessa Badroodien, director of the Cape Town Book Fair, which has been running since June 13, and ends today. “It’s simply hard for publishers to …

Mexico Deemed Too Dangerous for Novelist to Tour

In Feature Articles by Guest Contributor

By Dylan Foley MEXICO: In his new novel Into the Beautiful North, the Mexican-American writer Luis Alberto Urrea has created a satirical tale about three teenage girls who, after seeing a screening of the classic Steve McQueen classic film The Magnificent Seven, leave their small southern Mexican town of Tres Camarones — itself overrun by drug dealers and corrupt cops …