The text of acclaimed Illustrator of the Year Axel Scheffler’s comments at the British Book Awards this week makes Brexit more personal for many, as an intensely valued and celebrated publishing artist tells London: ‘It hurts and makes me angry every day.’
‘We can’t have books stuck in dockside waiting for customs clearance,’ points out Hodder Education’s Lis Tribe, as publishers work to inform the government of the industry’s Brexit concerns.
Larger book publishing companies in Russia attract more government support, say critics, while smaller houses struggle to keep up.
Tanzania has banned private companies from publishing textbooks, citing poor quality. Some stakeholders question the government’s ability to oversee textbook production.
‘To provide students with critical, analytical and logical skills,’ Mozambique’s education minister says that his revamped approach for the country provides a unified catalog of textbooks.
Citing ‘centuries of history that proclaim the fact that culture will beat ignorance,’ Italy’s prime minister set in motion the new €500 grants for the country’s 18-year-olds.
Russia’s Ministry of Culture promises favorable rent rates to bookshops, but how much can that help with a dearth of Russian bookstores?
In a bid for fairness in assignments, artists and writers are ranked to determine who is sent to festivals and given honoraria. Applicants rated by a ‘high-powered committee.’
In India, dozens of writers have returned awards from the National Academy of Letters to protest the government’s unwillingness to criticize violence connected with Hindu nationalism.
Mexico’s publishing industry has great potential, but the lack of organized government is a persistent problem, argues Déborah Holtz of Trilce Ediciones.