With Slovakia as guest of honor, Book World Prague offered a gauge of the local book biz, where the recent hike of VAT to 15% has stifled book sales and Amazon is expected to open soon.
A trio of winners of the European Union Literature Prize express frustration at how difficult it is to interest agents and foreign publishers in their work.
People are looking for a reliable alternative to the so-called authorities, be they politicians, bankers or media, who are so often wrong. Books provide that.
Despite European economic woes, the Czech Republic’s major book fair thrived, aided by a neighborly focus, underscoring the strong draw of good literature.
A book fair has many faces depending on who you are: a local, a foreigner, or a country that is Guest of Honor but doesn’t believe in literature.
By Edward Nawotka Today’s lead story, a profile of Prague’s Twisted Spoon Press, describes the publisher’s take on having successful authors picked up by larger presses. He calls it “trickle-up publishing.” How much do big publishers ultimately benefit from small press risk taking? For example, the effort a small publisher or literary magazine puts into discovering new talent and then …
By Daniel Kalder In part two of Publishing Perspectives’ series on publishing professionals working abroad, Daniel Kalder, himself a Scot transplanted to Texas via Moscow — talks to two Americans who discuss their experiences working in publishing abroad and how it has enhanced their careers. Walnut Liquor to Warm You Up Erin Ferretti Slattery is managing editor at Channel V …