Commonwealth Writers’ Prize Regional Winners

In What's the Buzz by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka The regional winners for this year’s Commonwealth Writers’ Prize have been announced and are: Africa Adaobi Tricia Nwaubeni from Nigeria won Best First Book for I Do Not Come to You by Chance and Marie Heese from South Africa won Best Book for The Double Crown. Caribbean and Canada Shandi Mitchell from Canada won Best First Book …

Biggest E-Book Deal in Germany, Ever

In German Buch News by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka According to an announcement from Springer: “The German National Library of Science and Technology (TIB) and the German National Library of Medicine (ZB MED) have signed an extensive and ground-breaking agreement for access to Springer eBooks on SpringerLink. The agreement represents the largest eBook deal ever to have been signed in Germany, and is, in fact, a …

Review: The Possessed by Elif Batuman

In Book Review by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Russian literary scholars aren’t known for their sense of humor, unless they’re Elif Batuman. Her new book, The Possessed, a collection of essays that can best be described as a series of academic misadventure stories, is possibly the best thing to come out of a graduate program in recent years. Describing a conference about the writer Isaac …

Bestselling writer, Simon Winchester, starts small-town paper

In Erin's Perspective by Erin L. Cox

By Erin L. Cox In the hamlets of America and even in big cities, the print news industry is declining.  While book publishers are finding a way to work with the eBook industry, the threat of blog-news and 24-hour news cycle is hurting print editions of major newspapers and closing papers in small towns and hamlets around the country. But, …

Israeli, Russian Win Best Translated Book Awards in US

In What's the Buzz by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Congratulations! Gail Hareven’s The Confessions of Noa Weber, translated from the Hebrew by Dalya Bilu (Melville House Press) and Elena Fanailova’s The Russian Version, translated from the Russian by Genya and Stephanie Sandler (Ugly Duckling Presse), have won the second annual Best Translated Book Awards for fiction and poetry, respectively. Organized Three Percent at the University of Rochester, the Best …

Google to Scan Rome and Florence Libraries

In Global Trade Talk by Siobhan O'Leary

By Siobhan O’Leary Google’s international march continues, this time straight to Rome. The firm has announced an agreement with the Italian culture ministry to scan up to a million books from the national libraries of Rome and Florence. Similar to its deal with the city of Lyon’s library (covered earlier by Publishing Perspectives), Google will cover the cost of scanning …

Review: The Salt Smugglers by Gérard de Nerval

In Book Review by Gwendolyn Dawson

By Gwendolyn Dawson The Riancey Amendment passed into law in France on July 16, 1850 and imposed a serial novel tax on newspapers, charging one centime per copy of any newspaper that included an installment of a serial novel. The law was based on the belief that serial novels had been responsible for fomenting subversive ideas. Gérard de Nerval’s The …

Berlin Verlag Launches Open Access Academic Press

In German Buch News by Siobhan O'Leary

By Siobhan O’Leary Berlin Verlag plans to launch a new academic division called Berlin Academic. The entire program will be published on a new online platform, a beta version of which will go live this summer, using an open access approach (Creative Commons licenses). The titles will be available via print on demand and in a variety of e-book formats. …

Review: The Confessions of Edward Day by Valerie Martin

In Book Review by Gwendolyn Dawson

By Gwendolyn Dawson Written in the style of an intimate memoir, The Confessions of Edward Day delves into the daily lives of a group of struggling stage actors living in New York City in the 1970s and 1980s. Edward Day is the first person narrator and the undeniable star of this novel. As his career unfolds, we follow Ed through acting school, numerous …

David Foster Wallace Archive to UT Austin

In What's the Buzz by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka It’s probably one of my favorite places on the planet: The Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas at Austin. And it’s just gotten that little bit better, since today it was announced that the Center has acquired the archive of the late David Foster Wallace, author of The Girl with the Curious Hair, Infinite Jest …