Saving Face

In Feature Articles by Edward Nawotka

Editorial by Edward Nawotka Ever since the controversy surrounding the appearance of Chinese dissidents Bei Ling (貝嶺) and Dai Qing (戴晴) at the symposium “China and the World – Perceptions and Realities” last month, the media has pilloried the Frankfurt Book Fair, suggesting that the organization is compromising its values and support of free speech. What is disheartening to observe …

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: Chinese Dissident Artist Ai Weiwei to Attend FBF

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Spiegel reports that Chinese artist Ai Weiwei is now recovering in Munich from surgery to treat a brain injury likely linked to a beating he endured in Sichuan in August while reporting on the fatalities of school children in last year’s earthquake. We described this project in an earlier edition of Publishing Perspectives. Ai told Spiegel that …

German Buch News: Dissidents Barred from International Symposium on China

In German Buch News, News by Siobhan O'Leary

By Siobhan O’Leary The international symposium “China and the World – Perceptions and Realities,” scheduled for this weekend in Frankfurt has been overshadowed by a controversy involving the cancelled participation of Chinese dissident writers. As reported in most of the German dailies, including Die Zeit and the Süddeutsche Zeitung, authors Dai Qing (the 68-year-old who is one of China’s leading investigative and environmental journalists) and Bei Ling …

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: Comments and Letters on Author Pay, Lecture Agents, Venezuela’s Troubles

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Last week’s stories on Publishing Perspectives generated dozens of comments, tweets, links and letters to the editor, including some from a few bold-faced names. Friday’s editorial by M.J. Rose about author pay and who takes responsibility for marketing sparked some of the most hotly contested debate we’ve seen on our site. In addition to Robert Miller’s response, …

The Bookseller of Baghdad (Part Two)

In Feature Articles by Chip Rossetti

By Chip Rossetti Today Publishing Perspectives concludes its profile of Ibrahim Anas Al-Rajab, director of Baghdad’s legendary Al-Muthanna Library, and one of Iraq’s leading booksellers. Yesterday, Part One focused on the history of the store, from the early 20th century to 1999. Today, we pick up the story at the start of the first Gulf War in 1990 and carry …

German Buch News: Merkel Commits to Frankfurt, Schwarze Becomes a Chevalier

In Feature Articles, German Buch News, News by Siobhan O'Leary

By Siobhan O’Leary The Boersenblatt reports that Chancellor Angela Merkel is planning to attend the opening of this year’s Frankfurt Book Fair on October 13th.  It is still unclear which political figures will represent Guest of Honor China at the fair, but what is clear is that the opportunity for political and cultural discourse will be a priority. Longtime Aufbau …

Bonus Material: Ed’s Beijing Blog

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

All this week our editor-in-chief Ed Nawotka will be blogging from Beijing, where he’ll be meeting with publishers and writers in advance of China’s appearance as Guest of Honor at this year’s Frankfurt Book Fair. A literary tourist, Ed will also be visiting local bookstores, meeting with literary critics, agents, bloggers, as well as taking in some of the sites. …