Amateur Thursdays Returns with New Episodes

In What's the Buzz by Erin L. Cox

By Erin L. Cox This summer, “Amateur Thursdays,” which Publishing Perspectives featured this time last year, will be posting the first of three new episodes of their web show about books. In each episode, established artists and authors, as well as emerging ones, discuss books — fiction, non-fiction, high-brow fare and low-brow stuff — in a given theme.   “Amateur Thursdays” was …

There’s No Business Like Book Show Business

In Guest Contributors & Editorial by Guest Contributor

93-year-old publishing attorney and author Martin Levin reflects on 60 years of book fairs, starting with the American Booksellers Association meeting in 1950. By Martin Levin In a career that spans six decades, and still counting, I have found that there is nothing quite like the annual trade shows in book publishing. 1950s: Washington D.C. I recall my first American …

What’s the Best Business Deal You’ve Done at a Book Fair?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

What’s your greatest victory from BookExpo America’s past? By Edward Nawotka In today’s feature story, Martin Levin looks back his experiences in attending more than 60 years of book fairs. In the piece he recounts some outrageous exchanges — buying an author a Rolls Royce, for example — as well as several exchanges that led to long-term business deals. Tell …

Can Books Serve as Cultural Ambassadors to Change the Reputation of a Nation?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

Cultural exports are often described in geopolitical terms as an exercise in “soft power” and book fairs, in particular, provide a forum for developing lasting relationships that are the foundation for change. By Edward Nawotka International book fairs — from Beijing to Buenos Aires (taking place now) to author-centric events like the PEN World Voices Festival — aim in part …