Sebastian Junger, War Tourist

In Guest Contributors, Resources by Guest Contributor

Editorial by Lewis Manalo NEW YORK: As a sapper in the 82nd Airborne Division I took part in combat missions in Eastern Afghanistan during deployments in 2002 and 2003. A sapper’s main role on missions was to trek along in support of the infantry, sweeping for land mines and blowing up weapons caches and unexploded ordinance. Other times, we participated …

3rd PalFest — Palestine Festival of Literature — Begins May 1

In Global Trade Talk by Olivia Snaije

By Olivia Snaije The third Palestine Festival of Literature begins May 1st and will run until May 6th, with international writers and artists traveling to the West Bank. This young festival was created by Egyptian novelist Ahdaf Soueif, British authors and journalists Victoria Brittain and Brigid Keenan, among others, in 2008 with the mission to bring writers and artists from …

Introducing the Mobys: Book Trailer Awards

In Global Trade Talk by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka There was a time when “book trailers” were, by and large, ad hoc and amateurish. Today, they are often slick little professional piece of film making. Whether or not they have any real impact on book sales is anyone’s guess, but it’s worth noting that they have become an art form in and of themselves. To wit: …

Goethe-Institut Officially Opens Spring Street Location

In German Buch News by Helen Gregg

By Helen Gregg The Goethe-Institut New York officially opened on April 15, with a press conference in the late afternoon to introduce the new space, and to reintroduce the Goethe-Institut’s programs and overall mission. In front of members of the press, Dr. Stephan Wackwitz, director of programming, Brigitte Doellgast, Library Director, Dr. Eva Marquardt, Director of Language Programs, and Gabriele …

Should We Fear the Digital Economy Bill?

In Hannah's Perspective by Hannah Johnson

By Hannah Johnson Yesterday, the UK passed a controversial piece of legislation called the Digital Economy Bill. The bill is intended to protect copyright holders against piracy and illegal filesharing online. While many companies would like to combat and stop online piracy of intellectual property, protests against the bill have grown steadily since it was introduced last year. The decision …

Against the Odds: Bringing Arabic Kids Books to Life in Beirut

In Arabic Publishing, Children's by Olivia Snaije

By Olivia Snaije BEIRUT: Dar Onboz is a small, Beirut-based publishing company with big dreams. Founded in the spring of 2006, just before the Israeli summer bombing of Lebanon, Dar Onboz has faced down financial worries, problems with distribution and the general difficulties of running a company in country where the political situation is volatile and corruption is commonplace. The …