In a tightening market for fiction and especially for debut authors looking for that big break, editors can be choosier—and many are more dependent than ever on literary agents to find their next debuts.
PEN International president Jennifer Clement’s fourth novel, ‘Gun Love,’ is focused on the United States’ firearm culture and is set in Florida. At London Book Fair, she focused on that and on challenges in women’s equality.
In New York-related notes, James Patterson and his first president-collaborator Bill Clinton are to speak at BookCon in June, while the city has begun voting which book it will ‘read togtether’ from a list of five.
At the 2018 Bologna Book Fair, Chinese publisher Dandelion Children’s Book House organized a discussion between Gerelchimeg Blackcrane and illustrator Jiu Er on the creation of a new title called ‘Twelve Puppies’.
Russian illustrator Igor Oleynikov and Japanese author Eiko Kadono have won the 2018 Hans Christian Andersen Award, given by IBBY during the Bologna Children’s Book Fair.
The 2018 Festival Neue Literatur just opened in New York City with German- and English-language writers and readers are coming together to debate this year’s theme of outsiders and insiders.
Taking audiences behind the scenes of the editorial process, publishing house editors at the recent Kbh Reads festival showed how they handle their work—and an author’s.
The Republic of Consciousness Prize–unique for dividing the award between publishers and authors—goes to Influx Press, a six-year-old house, and to author Eley Williams.
How profits from publishing are sliced up has become an industry debate in London, where agent Andrew Lownie and the Association of Authors’ Agents have joined the Society of Authors in asking for more transparency.
An extensively researched new report from PEN America examines China’s policy of ‘Internet sovereignty’ and its dangers to freedoms of expression, and it provides guidance to companies doing business in China.