Two events, one this week at Sweden’s Göteborg Book Fair and the other at Frankfurter Buchmesse’s Weltempfang Salon in October, spotlight challenges to the freedom to publish.
Described by Macmillan’s Henry Holt as depicting ‘a president who is increasingly volatile,’ the new book covers Donald Trump’s second year in office.
‘What can we deduce from these hardy perennials?’ asks Richard Charkin. He looks at some of the leading reference works for clues to lasting sales success.
‘In Putin’s Russia, one single government-corporation rules and owns the country,’ says Dmitry Glukhovsky, whose new ‘Text’ has sold into 14 languages and/or territories to date. It’s optioned or on submission in 16 more countries.
Time-honored classics from Jules Verne, Charlotte Bronte, Helen Keller, Nikolai Ostrovsky, and Isaac Asimov vied with the endlessly popular Japanese writer Keigo Higashino in China’s February bestseller lists.
The second year of Milan’s book fair, Tempo di Libri, saw growing attendance, according to organizers. We talk to literary agent Marleen Seegers, who was at the Milan International Rights Center.
With Smadar Herzfeld’s ‘Trail of Miracles’ out in Aloma Halter’s translation from the Hebrew, we hear from author, translator and editorial director.
Isobel Dixon of the Blake Friedmann Literary Agency has helped bring a wide array of authors to a global audience, including many from South Africa.
Do all French novels in English translation have to be set in a Paris Hemingway would still recognize? Or all Israeli novels focus on the mideast conflict?
Let’s Read, a bold initiative to promote reading among preschool children in Gaza, launched at the Al-Shati refugee camp after overcoming many challenges.