Steve Ross, Ex-HarperCollins and RH Exec, Joins Abrams Artists Agency

In What's the Buzz by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Steve Ross, most recently President and Group Publisher of the Collins Division of HarperCollins and former Publisher of Random House’s Crown Division, is joining Abrams Artists Agency as the director of their newly formed Book Division. He starts Monday. Ross left HarperCollins in February 2009 when the Collins division was folded into Harper after a major restructuring …

Thinking Frankfurt? Think Argentina!

In Global Trade Talk by Edward Nawotka

By Mark Garcia-Prats The Frankfurt Book Fair is only a few months away!  Argentina will be featured as the Guest of Honour of this year’s fair (6 to 10 October 2010), appearing under the motto “Culture in Motion.” Playwright and author Griselda Gambara, will speak at the Frankfurt Book Fair’s opening ceremony and more than 45 Argentine authors will attend the fair, …

E-Reader Deathwatch: COOL-ER RIP?

In Global Trade Talk by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka In our continuing series on dead, dying, and vaporware e-readers, we add the news that the makers COOL-ER e-reader is said to have gone into liquidation (according to TeleRead ,via a contributor). The COOL-ER garnered a great deal of attention at BEA 2009, particularly for it’s candy hued covers. On launch it was a reasonably priced $250, …

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.” …