Follow in the Footsteps of Stieg in Stockholm

In What's the Buzz by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka One of my complaints about Stieg Larsson’s Millennium trilogy is that Larsson spends an awful lot of time moving his characters around the city of Stockholm, noting seemingly every street and alleyway they traverse. Like it is said about Joyce’s Ulysses, a reader in the future could probably reconstruct the city from the details in the book. …

Job Opportunity: Ecco Looking for a Marketing “Ace”

In What's the Buzz by Edward Nawotka

Heads up! Our friends at Ecco/HarperCollins are looking to hire. Here’s the email they sent to us… We’re looking for an ace marketing associate: ideally someone with a few years’ experience as a book slinger, but open to other sales/marketing backgrounds; expert at all the unsung but crucial stuff that goes into making books sell (as if anyone really knows…); …

The All-American Frank O’Connor Short Story Prize Short List!

In What's the Buzz by Edward Nawotka

By Mark Garcia-Prats The shortlist for the annual £35,000 Frank O’Connor Short Story Award features an all American cast: T.C. Boyle, Ron Rash, Robin Black, Belle Boggs, and Laura Van den Berg- and British author David Constantine. The announcement of the award’s shortlist comes amidst a flurry of heated discussion regarding Lee Siegel’s recent comments in the New York Observer that …

Getting NOOKy: B&N Encourages Students to Study with E-textbooks

In What's the Buzz by Helen Gregg

By Helen Gregg Just in time for back-to-college, Barnes & Noble announced today the August 2010 release of NOOKstudy, a free software application designed to help students use and manage all of their electronic resources and study aids. Despite the name, the application is for computers -– no Nook required. The new NOOKstudy will allow students to organize their class …

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 …