How To Get Published When You’re Not a Cliche

In Guest Contributors by Guest Contributor

David Unger is the US rep for the Guadalajara International Book Fair. Born Guatemala, he lives in New York, writes in English, but is more widely published in Spanish. By David Unger NEW YORK CITY: I am the US rep for the Guadalajara International Book Fair so I know more than I need to know about the schizoid business of …

Tips from THE Frankfurt Book Fair Veteran

In Frankfurt Tips by Hannah Johnson

By Fred Kobrak As the world’s biggest book fair, there are thousands of exhibitors spread over many buildings. Getting to your appointments will take more time than at the London Book Fair, BookExpo America or even Bologna. The busiest time for everyone is Wednesday to Friday of the Fair –- time when everyone has scheduled advance appointments for those 50 …

Face Time

In Guest Contributors by Thomas Minkus

Editorial by Thomas Minkus, VP, Frankfurt Book Fair NEW YORK: We in the publishing community tend to take book fairs for granted: dreading the preparation and extra work, facing questions about how much time and resources are necessary to attend, arranging for time away from the home and office. Only unforeseen events that disrupt our attendance, like 9/11 or the …

What’s Bedeviling Paris’ Salon du Livre?

In Guest Contributors by Olivia Snaije

By Olivia Snaije PARIS: It should be an occasion for celebration — it’s the 30th anniversary, after all — but Paris’ Salon du Livre opens today in a climate of sniping and mudslinging. It’s “the fair we love to hate,” quipped Nicolas Gary on his literary blog, Actualitté. For years, French publishers have been complaining that the fair is neither …

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 …

Can Books Help Kids Better Cope with Digital Multitasking?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Today’s lead story by Sharon Glassman features an interview with Antonio Faeti of the Bologna Children’s Book Fair, who discusses the role kids books have in the digital age. Among his arguments — which include describing kids books as a kind of vitamin 2.0 — Faeti cites a study done at the University of London that prescribes exposing …