Book Review: Why Poetry Matters Beyond Mere Money

In What's the Buzz by Edward Nawotka

Why Poetry Matters by Jay Parini Reviewed by Mark Garcia-Prats In the opening line of his book, Why Poetry Matters, Jay Parini concedes, “Poetry doesn’t matter to most people.”  That comes as no surprise to anyone aware of poetry’s relevance (or lack there of) in popular culture. Contrary to popular belief (especially among poets), poetry is not “under attack,” writes Parini, …

Oh, To Be in Rajasthan Today

In Global Trade Talk by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka The Jaipur Literature Festival starts today and looks to have a stellar line-up of authors, ranging from local celebrities such as Shobhaa De and Chetan Bhagat, to international starts like Alexander McCall Smith and Roberto Calasso. The event, now it its fifth year was co-founded by Indian writer Namita Gokhale and British travel writer William Dalrymple, and is …

Alarcón’s Expose of Book Piracy in Peru

In What's the Buzz by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka In the latest issue of Granta (just published and available for purchase) novelist and journalist Daniel Alarcón looks at the phenomenon of book piracy in Peru and finds it thriving. While that revelation in and of itself might not be much of a surprise, the extent to which it exists is: “…Peru’s problem is both unique and …

German Booksellers Optimistic, Shun Self Help

In German Buch News by Siobhan O'Leary

By Siobhan O’Leary German book retailers are a lot more optimistic at the start of 2010 than they were a year ago. According to a survey conducted by buchreport, only 30% of booksellers are skeptical about their prospects for this year (compared to around 50% who anticipated a decline in business last year). However, publishers of non-fiction and particularly self-help …

Books to Film/TV Have Their Night at The Golden Globes

In News by Erin L. Cox

By Erin L. Cox Last night, the 67th Annual Golden Globes brought a few awards for films and roles based on books.  Meryl Streep won Best Actress in a Comedy for her role as Julia Child in “Julie and Julia,” based on Julie Powell’s memoir of the same name.  Mo’Nique won for Best Supporting Actress for her role in “Precious: …

One-star Ratings on Amazon for Book Without Kindle Version

In What's the Buzz by Hannah Johnson

By Hannah Johnson The recently released book, Game Change by John Heilemann and Mark Halperin (published by Harper), was well-received by newspaper and online book reviewers for its examination of the 2008 presidential campaign in the USA and how Obama won the election. So why does this book have a 2/5 star-rating on Amazon.com? It has nothing to do with …

Massive Global Release Planned for Funke

In German Buch News by Siobhan O'Leary

By Siobhan O’Leary Fans of Cornelia Funke, author of the international bestsellers The Thief Lord and Inkheart, will be happy to know that her new novel Reckless is set to go on sale on September 14th. As reported in the Boersenblatt, the total number of hardcover copies printed is expected to surpass the one million mark. The book will also be released …

“Nobody is under the illusion that literature can change the world.”

In Arabic Publishing by Erin L. Cox

By Erin L. Cox In this week’s The New Yorker, Claudia Roth Pierpont writes an interesting piece on the contemporary Arabic novel and the movement to increase the English-translation of Arabic works through Abu Dhabi’s Arabic Prize.  In the article, Pierpont heralds some of the great Arabic writers — Nobel Prize winning Naguib Mahfouz, Alaa Al Aswany, and Elias Khoury to name …

Georges Anglade, PEN Haiti Founder, RIP

In Global Trade Talk by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Among those killed in this week’s earthquake in Haiti was Georges Anglade, a Haitian-Canadian scholar, writer, and politician, who in 2008 founded PEN Haiti. He was the author of numerous books, including the satire What If Haiti Declared War on the U.S.A.? and five collections of lodyans, a Haitian narrative genre of “dwarf-sized sagas,” including the 2006 …

Pushing His Luck, HMH Owner Promises 450 New Jobs

In Global Trade Talk by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka DUBLIN: Barry O’Callaghan, the chief executive officer of Education Media and Publishing Group (EMPG) — the parent company of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt — declared on Wednesday that the company’s investors are “under water,” drowning under $8 billion of debt (half of that representing the purchase of HMH in 2007). On Wednesday, the news broke that the company …