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 …

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Txtr E-Reader Delayed

In German Buch News by Siobhan O'Leary

By Siobhan O’Leary You’ll have to wait a little longer to get your hands on the much anticipated txtr e-reader. The Berlin-based company wrote on its blog that problems arose in the mass production of the device that had not surfaced in smaller samples, and distribution will be delayed until the issue — which affected the device’s wireless component — …

Round Two of French Literary Plagiarism Clash

In What's the Buzz by Edward Nawotka

By Mark Garcia-Prats Ding! Ding! Round two of the fiery plagiarism battle between French authors Camille Laurens and Marie Darrieussecq is taking place this month, as each author publishes a book in reaction to the dispute… Two years ago, the French literary world was captivated when Laurens accused Darrieussecq of “psychological plagiarism” in her novel Tom est mort (Tom is Dead). …

Looking at Arabic Fiction in Translation

In Arabic Publishing by Chip Rossetti

By Chip Rossetti The January 18 issue of the New Yorker has a great piece by Claudia Roth Pierpont (already available online) on Arabic novels in translation: I worked with some of these authors during my time at the American University in Cairo Press, so it’s a pleasure to see the New Yorker giving this growing literary landscape some well-deserved …

Lübbe Experiments with Exclusive Follett E-book Sale

In German Buch News by Siobhan O'Leary

By Siobhan O’Leary Americans aren’t the only ones experimenting with e-book marketing and publication schedules. German publisher Lübbe gave book chain Weltbild exclusive rights to sell the e-book version of Ken Follett’s Die Tore der Welt (The Pillars of the Earth) for three weeks, starting December 28. According to Buchreport, Lübbe wanted to see if the promotion would help boost paperback sales …

Light a Candle for Liu Xiaobo

In Global Trade Talk by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka We’ve been remiss in not writing about the trial and sentencing of literary critic and political commentator Liu Xiaobo (please forgive us), which took place over the holidays. For a year Liu Xiaobo has been under arrest — at first, with no formal charge, then in July on the ominous charge of “inciting subversion of state power” …

German Minister Threatens Legal Action to Fight Google

In German Buch News by Siobhan O'Leary

By Siobhan O’Leary German Federal Minister of Justice Sabine Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger recently spoke out against Google in an interview with Der Spiegel, and her criticism was not limited to Google Books. She stated that its services like Google Earth and Google Street View should undergo a legal review and that Google should be much more transparent in its approach to gathering …

Alloy Media + Marketing Knows What Girls Want

In What's the Buzz by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Alloy Media + Marketing have given us everything from The Clique: Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants to Gossip Girl to The Vampire Diaries. They are a money machine that have gotten into the minds of girls everywhere. ABC news’ Nightline broadcast a profile of the company late last week, which comes up with the concepts first, then hires …

Wagenbach Verlag Wins Kurt Wolff Prize

In German Buch News by Siobhan O'Leary

By Siobhan O’Leary This year’s The €26,000 Kurt Wolff Prize has been awarded to Klaus Wagenbach, founder and publisher of the Berlin-based Wagenbach Verlag. The award is granted each year by the Kurt Wolff Foundation to an independent publisher or publishing house. Wagenbach was honored for his decades of service to independent publishing and his dedication to preserving literary quality …