Do Cash Awards Promote Publishing in Growth Markets?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Today’s lead story covers the ongoing Sharjah International Book Fair. This year, the Fair introduced three new book awards for English language works (discussed in the piece). In addition, the Egypt-based Dar El Shorouk won the second edition of the Etisalat Prize for Arabic Children’s Literature with the book, Al Noqta Al Sawda (The Black Dot), written …

The Booker “Six”: Prize Shortlist Includes Two-timer Carey, Donoghue and Levy

In What's the Buzz by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka The six books shortlisted for the 2010 Booker Prize are: Parrot and Olivier in America by Peter Carey (Faber and Faber) Room by Emma Donoghue (Picador/Pan Macmillan) In a Strange Room by Damon Galgut (Atlantic Books/Grove Atlantic) The Finkler Question by Howard Jacobson (Bloomsbury) The Long Song by Andrea Levy (Headline Review/Headline Publishing) C by Tom McCarthy (Jonathan Cape/Random …

Shortlist for Germany’s 2010 “International Literature Prize”

In German Buch News by Siobhan O'Leary

By Siobhan O’Leary Berlin’s Haus der Kulturen der Welt has announced the shortlist for its second annual “International Literature Prize” for books that have been translated into German. The seven-member jury — which includes Gregor Dotzauer (literary critic for Der Tagesspiegel), Katharina Narbutoviç (head of the DAAD’s Berlin artists program) and Peter Ripken (chairman of ICORN – International Cities of Refuge Network), made its selection from a pool of …

Demick’s North Korea Expose Wins Samuel Johnson Prize

In What's the Buzz by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Barbara Demick’s Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea won the £20,000 pound ($30,000) Samuel Johnson yesterday. We thought Demick’s look into the lives of everyday North Koreans was unique and brave. You can read our coverage of the book, “Frogs In a Well: The Literary Life of North Koreans” which also covers The Cleanest Race by B.R. Myers. …

Against the Odds: Bringing Arabic Kids Books to Life in Beirut

In Arabic Publishing, Children's by Olivia Snaije

By Olivia Snaije BEIRUT: Dar Onboz is a small, Beirut-based publishing company with big dreams. Founded in the spring of 2006, just before the Israeli summer bombing of Lebanon, Dar Onboz has faced down financial worries, problems with distribution and the general difficulties of running a company in country where the political situation is volatile and corruption is commonplace. The …

Klein, Raulff, Blumenbach Win Leipzig Prizes

In German Buch News by Siobhan O'Leary

By Siobhan O’Leary The 2010 Preis der Leipziger Buchmesse (Leipzig Book Fair Prize) for fiction, non-fiction and translation were announced last week. Five titles per category were selected for the longlist by seven editors and literary critics. As reported by the Goethe-Institut, (which also supplied the descriptions below) this year’s winners were: For fiction: Georg Klein, for Roman unserer Kindheit(Rowohlt), the fantastic …

Commonwealth Writers’ Prize Regional Winners

In What's the Buzz by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka The regional winners for this year’s Commonwealth Writers’ Prize have been announced and are: Africa Adaobi Tricia Nwaubeni from Nigeria won Best First Book for I Do Not Come to You by Chance and Marie Heese from South Africa won Best Book for The Double Crown. Caribbean and Canada Shandi Mitchell from Canada won Best First Book …

Is Asia Underrepresented in World Literature?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Today’s lead story by Miguel Syjuco discusses changes to the Man Asia Literary Prize, an award that was designed to bring more attention to writers from Asia. Considering that some 60% of the world’s population lives in Asia, many of them eager to learn English and exchange cultural ideas, it brings up the question: Is Asia underrepresented …