Today, our listing of changes to plans amid the COVID-19 emergency features news from the UAE, Canada, the UK, France, and the United States.
At the Brussels Book Fair under Marie Noble’s direction, ‘We’re not only going to flirt’ with Belgium’s Flemish culture, ‘we’re going to get married.’
Unlike many events, the Brussels fair has been able to start its run on time this week–with medical personnel on-site and an eye on the coronavirus.
The federation concurs with the European Union Court of Justice’s position that, as FEP puts it, ‘There is no second-hand market in the digital world.’
‘Brussels is like a village and we want to create something more intimate, where contact can be direct, and partnerships can be built,’ says the director of Brussels’ 50-year-old book fair.
The Foire du Livre de Bruxelles hosted its ‘Talented Indies’ program that brought together francophone independent publishers from many countries.
A trend toward public reading-engagement projects continues, this time as the European Union Prize for Literature’s 10th-anniversary short-fiction competition opens for reads and votes on newly created ‘European stories.’
From the Paris Review: Nina Martyris writes about a new Macmillan book by David Bellos that explores the publishing history behind Victor Hugo’s novel ‘Les Misérables.’
Entering a sector with a checkered track record, Canada’s Kobo and The Netherlands’ bol.com start an ebook subscription model for 9.99 euros a month.
The US French Embassy’s books division reports that 32 French titles for kids are among a strong showing of translations in the United States in 2016.