“The Kids Get It, Even If You Don’t”: Transmedia Storytelling in the Classroom

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Editorial by Ian Harper MINNEAPOLIS: The National Education Technology Plan in the US has prescribed a wholesale technological transformation for education. Yet, adults — parents and teachers alike — often fear what’s “out there” on the Internet, whether “they” are bullies, predatory stalkers or pornography. This has made educators reluctant to embrace sharing technologies in the classroom. As a result, open …

2011 IMPAC Award Longlist Includes 162 Titles from 43 Countries

In What's the Buzz by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka The longlist for the Dublin IMPAC Award has been announced . . . and it’s loooong: 162 titles have been nominated. They come from 126 cities and 43 countries worldwide. 42 are titles in translation, spanning 14 languages and 35 are first novels. Click here for the full roll call. (At the very least, it offers a snapshot of what readers across …

Serbia’s Geopoetika Publishes English Translations with an Eye Towards Foreign Rights Sales

In Global Trade Talk by Chad W. Post

By Chad W. Post Unfortunate as it is, the situation facing Serbian literature is incredibly common for “small language” cultures: although a number of Serbian writers from the first half of the twentieth century have been translated into English and published throughout the world (like Danilo Kiš, Milorad Pavić, and Borislav Pekić), many of the best writers of the past …

Call for Entries to the New Media Writing Prize

In What's the Buzz by Hannah Johnson

By Hannah Johnson The Poole Literary Festival in the UK has partnered with the Media School at Bournemouth University to establish the New Media Writing Prize for authors and storytellers creating interactive narratives using digital tools. The deadline for submissions is September 15, 2010. More from the official press release below: New Media Writing Prize Last Call For Entries Closing …

Awesome Kiwi Film Promoting Reading Wins at Cannes

In What's the Buzz by Edward Nawotka

By Mark Garcia-Prats A short film dramatizing the “power of reading” has won two Film Craft Lions awards at the Cannes Lions International Advertising Festival. The two-minute film, commissioned by the New Zealand Book Council, uses stop motion animation from beautifully crafted cut-outs and pop-ups made from the pages of Maurice Gee’s classic New Zealand novel Going West, to depict …

Bakkers “The Twin” Wins €100,000 IMPAC Prize

In What's the Buzz by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka The Twin by Dutch writer Gerbrand Bakker has won the 2010 International IMPAC DUBLIN Literary Award. The prize is touted as being among the richest book prizes in the world, with €100,000 awarded to the winning author. In this case, since the book was translated, Bakker receives €75,000 and the translator, David Colmer, wins €25,000. The Twin …

PEN World Voices as Change Agent

In Europe by Chad W. Post

By Chad W. Post It was almost seven years ago when I met then PEN executive director Michael Roberts and translator extraordinaire Esther Allen for drinks at the Washington Square Hotel to talk about this new festival they wanted to launch in support of international literature. The Berlin International Literature Festival was going to be their model . . . …

Aussie’s Take Two of Germany’s Top Children’s Prizes

In News by Guest Contributor

By Tim Coronel Australian authors Shaun Tan and Marcus Zusak have been announced as winners in two of the major categories at the Deutsche Jugendliteraturpreis, Germany’s most prestigious awards for children’s and YA books. [Pictured: the display of Shaun Tan’s books at the Frankfurt Book Fair by his German publisher Carlsen] The awards ceremony, held on Friday night as part …