Association of American Publishers’ Latina Book Club Reading List for 2011

In What's the Buzz by Edward Nawotka

By Ed Nawotka Las Comadres is 15,000 strong nationwide group of Latinas which was begun in April 2000 in Austin, Texas and has since expanded to 100 U.S. cities. In 2008 the group partnered with the Association of American Publishers to launch the Las Comadres and Friends National Latino Book Club. The book club meets monthly nationwide to discuss English-language works …

So Many “Friends,” So Little Friendship: Authors Discuss Mingling Social Media, Self-Promotion and Real Life

In English Language by Rachel Aydt

• Today, authors are compelled to constantly self-promote, but the practice isn’t always pleasant or appropriate. • What happens when the intimacy of the typically quiet writer’s life, and the nature of real friendship, blends with the public persona of our professional selves online? By Rachel Aydt “My original goal with Facebook was to use it as a marketing tool,” …

Publishing People We Admire: Lauren Cerand and Girls Write Now

In Feature Articles by Guest Contributor

• Those of you in the publishing world know, the business of printing and selling books is trying. At times, just surviving can be a feat.  So when we come across someone who thrives in the world of publishing, we take notice. And when that same person takes on greater responsibilities carrying their passion and vision into selfless projects of altruism, …

US Librarians Turn to Guadalajara, E-books to Meet Demand for Spanish Language Readers

In Growth Markets by Emily Williams

By Emily Williams In the small boom in Spanish-language publishing over the past decade, even as big publishers and major chain bookstores worked to ramp up their offerings for Spanish readers, libraries have played an irreplaceable role in serving the needs of Spanish-speaking communities around the country and in connecting readers to the right books. As part of our look into …

Coverage of the Aukland Writers & Readers Festival

In Global Trade Talk by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Graham Beattie, former Managing Director/Publisher of Penguin Books NZ and Scholastic NZ offers a very thorough overview of the Auckland Readers & Writers Festival, which took place last weekend. Included in his coverage are events with Lee Childs, Lionel Shriver, David Levithan, Marti Friedlander, Colm Toibin and a panel discussion about US publishing with Levithan and Granta …

Singapore Holds First Children’s “Content” Festival

In Children's by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka This past weekend, the first Asian Festival of Children’s Content was held in Singapore. It may be the first literary festival of it’s kind to replace the word “literature” with “content.” But, hey, Singapore has always viewed itself as a progressive nation-state. Claire Chiang, the festival’s advisory board chairperson, told Publishers Weekly’s Terry Tan: “We have had …

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 …

Obama’s Example Should Inspire US Kids Pubs to Change

In Guest Contributors by Guest Contributor

By Sharon Glassman Today’s hard times could inspire better book times for US kids’ imprints, says Grazia Gotti, co-founder of the Giannino Stoppani cultural cooperative and children’s bookshop in Bologna and one of the organizers of the Bologna Book Fair. The secret? Arrivaderci isolation and “big marketing.”  Buon Giorno dialogue, “long-sellers” and European-style cooperation. In a chat with Publishing Perspectives, Gotti, a self-confessed …

Tough Times, But Europe Is Coping Best: The Global Publishers Ranking Report

In Feature Articles by Andrew Wilkins

By Andrew Wilkins Pearson is the largest conglomerate in publishing, with a turnover of over five billion euros, and all but three of the top 10 publishing businesses are European, according to the recently released 2009 Global Ranking of World Publishing, which lists and assesses the world’s top 52 publishing conglomerates. Now in its third year, the ranking was started …