Saudi Author Abdo Khal Wins Arabic “Booker”

In Arabic Publishing by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Saudi Arabian author Abdo Khal won the $60,000 International Prize for Arabic Fiction (the Arab Booker) for his novel Spewing Sparks as Big as Castles, which is also known as She Throws Sparks, and is published by Al-Jamal Publications. Taleb Alrefai, who served as chair for this year’s panel of judges, said, “The winning novel is a brilliant …

Author Liao Yiwu Under House Arrest in China

In German Buch News by Siobhan O'Leary

By Siobhan O’Leary Chinese novelist and poet Liao Yiwu expected to participate in the LitCologne festival in Germany, which takes place March 10-20, but he has instead been placed under house arrest. Liao, whose work is banned in China, had already boarded the plane in Chengdu on Monday when he was escorted off by authorities. BuchMarkt reported that although Liao …

Publishing Poetry? Market to Australians!

In Global Trade Talk by Hannah Johnson

By Hannah Johnson According to a survey conducted by the Australia Council for the Arts, 84% of Australians are avid readers of literature and one in five survey respondents read poetry. The results also showed that 15-24 year-olds are the most engaged in creating art online, whether that is writing, visual arts, theater or music. The Australia Council even made …

New Spanish Books…in German

In German Buch News by Siobhan O'Leary

By Siobhan O’Leary The Spanish Institute for Foreign Trade (ICEX) is teaming up with the Spanish Publishers Association to make books from Spain and Latin America more accessible to a German audience with the new online platform New Spanish Books (www.newspanishbooks.de). In addition to reaching out to a consumers, the goal of the platform is also to promote the translation …

RH makes Video Games and Nintendo Works with Classics

In News by Erin L. Cox

By Erin L. Cox After last week’s Publishing Perspectives story about Nintendo releasing “100 Classic Books” in June, it seems funny to have Random House announce that they are now in the development of video games of their own. I’d say it’s a touch of “Freaky Friday,” but maybe this is the future of publishing companies, to work with all forms of …

Taking Issue with Newsweek’s Non-Book Club

In What's the Buzz by Erin L. Cox

By Erin L. Cox Hold on for a second as I get up on my soap-box…okay. I appreciate any media outlet that supports books through reviews, interviews with writers, listings of upcoming books, bestseller lists, or any other kind of support, but Newsweek’s column “We Read it (So You Don’t Have to)” and William Boot’s column on bestsellers in “The Daily Beast” are both …

Up Close and Personal: Magali Travels the World in Search of Publishing

In Global Trade Talk by Hannah Johnson

By Hannah Johnson In a digitally connected world, having friends and co-workers in several time zones has become common place, thanks to tools like Skype and devices like smartphones. We are always reachable and always connected. But talking into your computer microphone is not the only way to meet people and learn about publishing around the world. Magali Tardivel-Lacombe was …

Will a Gold Medal Help Kim Yu-na be Published Worldwide?

In Global Trade Talk by Erin L. Cox

By Erin L. Cox Last night in Vancouver, 19 year old Korean figure skater Kim Yu-na would skate a flawless program that would  win her the gold medal. Voted Person of the Year in 2009 by The Korea Times, spokesperson for products from Nike to Hyundai, Yu-na is a star in Korea.  Now, coming home with a gold medal in hand, Yu-na will now be elevated to an …

BISG’s Making Information Pay Conference and Survey

In What's the Buzz by Hannah Johnson

By Hannah Johnson The Book Industry Study Group and Mike Shatzkin want to know: have we reached the digital “point of no return” in publishing? How have digital technologies changed the way books are written, produced, and sold? Have the skill sets necessary to work and succeed in publishing radically changed? Do you have these skills? This year, BISG’s Making …