The SDG Book Club will curate a monthly reading list of books for young readers that encourages them to engage with the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.
World Industry Organizations Condemn Murder of Bangladeshi Publisher Shahzahan Bachchu
‘Diverse publishing culture of Bangladesh is at risk,’ says the International Publishers Association, condemning the murder of publisher Shahzahan Bachchu.
‘Tehran Book Fair Uncensored’ Adds an Anthology of Writings Forbidden in Iran
The third year of the International Alliance of Independent Publishers’ Tehran Book Fair Uncensored program includes an anthology of writings censored in Iran but not yet published outside the country.
Greece Opens Athens’ Year as UNESCO’s World Book Capital
International officials and media gather on World Book Day to open the 18th UNESCO World Book Capital program in Athens, celebrating what Greece’s Prokopis Pavlopoulos calls ‘the powerful potential of books.’
Publishing’s Darker Stories: Focusing on Freedom to Publish in London
In a never-before staged seminar event, London Book Fair this year presented a mini-conference on the freedom to publish with the International Publishers Association and featuring the widow of slain publisher Faisal Arefin Dipan.
At the First European Children’s Bookstore Conference: Internet-Generation Readers
In examining common ground between independent booksellers and publishers at Bologna’s new bookstore conference, the International Publishers Association’s Michiel Kolman previewed some of the tensions to be debated at London Book Fair.
Three Ways PEN’s New Report Says China Is Compromising Free Expression
An extensively researched new report from PEN America examines China’s policy of ‘Internet sovereignty’ and its dangers to freedoms of expression, and it provides guidance to companies doing business in China.
Self-Censorship in Publishing Today: Book Industry Leaders on a Subtle, Growing Challenge
From the director of the Frankfurter Buchmesse to the founder of a Thai publishing house and a Norwegian publisher who was shot in Oslo: sharp cautionary remarks about self-censorship and its dangers.
As IPA’s Congress Closes in New Delhi, Norway’s Lillehammer Is Named 2020 Venue
Amid strong programming on the freedom to publish and copyright concerns, the 32nd IPA congress in India mirrored world industry shortcomings in diversity challenges—and will go to Norway in 2020.
The Complexities of Humanitarian Awards: Gui Minhai’s Daughter on the Freedom To Publish
In a turn of events reported by world news media, the Chinese detainee Gui Minhai, a publisher, has said in a videotaped ‘briefing’—which critics say is forced—that he does not want the Prix Voltaire. His daughter denies this is true.