Sierra Leone’s Olufemi Terry Wins the 2010 Caine Prize for African Writing

In Global Trade Talk by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Olufemi Terry, a Sierra Leone writer resident in South Africa, has won the £10,000 Caine Prize for African Writing for his short story Stickfighting Days, which you can read in full here. In addition to £10,000 in prize money, Terry will take part in a month long writer-in-residence program at Washington, DC’s Georgetown University. Shortlisted writers included South Africans Alex Smith …

Reminder: Today’s #PubQT with Ed Nawotka and Ron Hogan

In Ed's Perspective by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka We know there’s a certain soccer match on the television this afternoon (go Holland!), but won’t you join Ron Hogan and myself today for #PubQT on Twitter? What do you want to know about the publishing industry? Are you looking for tips on what author marketing techniques really work? Is that new e-reader device really a game …

Yerevan, Armenia Named World Book Capital for 2012

In Global Trade Talk by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Every year the International Publishers Association, the International Booksellers Federation (IBF) and the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) to grant the title of UNESCO World Book Capital to one city. This year the World Book Capital is is Ljubljana, Slovenia. Next year it will be Buenos Aires, Argentina, and in 2012 — it has …

Have You Taken Our Reader Survey Yet?

In What's the Buzz by Hannah Johnson

By Hannah Johnson If you have a couple of minutes to spare, fill out our Reader Survey! We want to know what you think and how we can improve Publishing Perspectives for you. TAKE THE SURVEY At the end of the survey, you can enter your name and email address for a chance to win a fantastic FREE t-shirt from …

Demick’s North Korea Expose Wins Samuel Johnson Prize

In What's the Buzz by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Barbara Demick’s Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea won the £20,000 pound ($30,000) Samuel Johnson yesterday. We thought Demick’s look into the lives of everyday North Koreans was unique and brave. You can read our coverage of the book, “Frogs In a Well: The Literary Life of North Koreans” which also covers The Cleanest Race by B.R. Myers. …

Save the Date: GLOBALOCAL Confab about Post-colonial Publishing

In Global Trade Talk by Edward Nawotka

By Mark Garcia-Prats GLOBALOCAL: The Forum for Content is a one day conference taking place in New Delhi, India on November 26, 2010. The Conference “will explore the domination of a largely western culture (or the ‘actual’ English speaking world) of the markets in the post-colonial economies and the emergence of the local player in the ‘other’ English speaking world.” …

Happy Canada Day! Apple opens Canadian iBookstore, Eh!

In Global Trade Talk by Edward Nawotka

By Mark Garcia-Prats Today, while all Canadians joyously celebrate Canada Day– a day commemorating the birth of their nation– a specific group of Canadians, iPad owners, are celebrating a different sort of independence– the opening of the Canadian iBookstore. Before the opening of the iBookstore, many Canadians iPad users were left without the ability to enjoy their new Apple devices …

Indie Booksellers Have High Hopes for Google Partnership

In What's the Buzz by Helen Gregg

by Helen Gregg A significant number of independent bookstores have high hopes for the launch of Google Editions, the search engine giant’s much talked-about foray into e-books, reported the New York Times. For the past few years, smaller booksellers have struggled to compete with online e-book retailers such as Amazon or Apple. And while Google will also sell e-books directly …