A Year After the Meltdown, Iceland is Hot

In Feature Articles by Chad W. Post

By Chad W. Post Although Iceland has had some very notable cultural exports — Halldor Laxness, Bjork, and Sigur Ros among them — last fall’s spectacular economic collapse probably brought more attention to this island nation than any other event in its modern history. One year later, the financial sector may still be recovering, but its literary scene is thriving. “Our goal is …

Bonus Material: Interview with Icelandic Publishing Association President

In Discussion by Hannah Johnson

During Chad Post’s visit to Iceland for the Reykjavik International Literary Festival, he interviewed the President of the Icelandic Publishers Association, Kristján B. Jónasson, himself a publisher. In the video, Jónasson offers a great overview of Iceland’s publishing industry, including statistics, current challenges and opportunities. Also discussed is the effect of being Guest of Honour at the Frankfurt Book Fair, …

What’s the Buzz: E-books Offer Hope for Translations; 40 E-readers Expected

In News, What's the Buzz by Hannah Johnson

By Hannah Johnson The best of the blogosphere and social media… Over at Three Percent, Chad Post of Open Letter Books has written a four-part essay on e-books and translations. But, anyone lucky enough to be attending this week’s Reykjavík International Literary Festival can see him present it in person. Post argues that, because the majority of translations published in the …

What to Expect at the Beijing International Book Fair

In Feature Articles by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka BEIJING: Trying to take in the totality of Chinese publishing is a lot like sitting down to a Chinese banquet and trying to figure out what to eat first. With thousands of publishers, both state sponsored and independent, putting out some 300,000 titles each year (about the same number as in the US), there’s a lot on the …

Bonus Material: Epicurean Classic Showcases Cooks and their Books

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka In the United States, food and wine festivals are becoming more popular every year. The marquee events on the calendar are the Aspen Food and Wine Classic in Colorado and the South Beach Wine & Food Fest in Florida. While those events draw tens of thousands of deep pocketed foodies and celebrity chefs, a more modest event …

By Turning Authors into Speakers, Publishers Profit, Even in Recession

In Feature Articles by Karen Holt

By Karen Holt NEW YORK: US publishers’ in-house speakers bureaus, essentially nonexistent just five years ago, are turning out to be surprisingly recession-resilient — one of the few upbeat notes in this overall gloomy time for the book industry. Publishers are splitting appearance fees of between $5,000 and $20,000 (sometimes more) with their authors, representing a welcome source of found …

Kenya’s Storymoja Strives to Connect the African Continent

In Feature Articles by Tolu Ogunlesi

By Tolu Ogunlesi NAIROBI: “Words are the most important thing about coming together, said Kate Adie, the BBC’s former Chief News Correspondent, “and that is what Storymoja is all about.” Adie was speaking in Nairobi at a party held to round off this year’s Storymoja Hay Festival, which took place from July 31 to August 2. It is the first spin-off …

Translation Nation: A State of the Union

In Feature Articles by Chad W. Post

Editorial by Chad W. Post ROCHESTER, NEW YORK: For years, people have speculated that the number of literary works in translation being published in the United States has been in decline. I say “speculate,” because the publishing industry — which is notoriously poor at market research and data gathering — didn’t really keep track of how many translations were being …