Chinese, Lebanese Writers Among Finalists for Man Booker International Prize

In What's the Buzz by Edward Nawotka

The finalists for the biennial Man Booker International Prize have been announced. The winner — who receives £60,000 pounds — will be announced at the Sydney Writers Festival on May 18. Unlike the Booker prize, the award is open to living authors writing in English or those whose works are generally available in an English translation. If applicable, the winner can opt …

Is Borders Guilty as Charged?

In Guest Contributors by Guest Contributor

In this exclusive essay for Publishing Perspectives, Philip Downer, the former CEO of Borders UK, discusses whether Borders’ management really is to blame for the company’s bankruptcy. By Philip Downer The dust is quickly settling on the story of Borders bookstores bankruptcy in the United States, and, for the commentariat, Borders is now a business that was always bound to …

Why Int’l Pub News Matters: 70 Million Americans Have Foreign-Born Parents

In Ed's Perspective by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Sometimes when talking to American publishers about Publishing Perspectives, and mentioning that our focus is on covering international publishing, I get the reaction — “Oh, that isn’t for me then.” Well, of course it is silly — American publishing is part of international publishing. Yes, we Americans can be parochial at times (aren’t we all, at times?). …

Publishing Perspectives Editor-in-Chief Ed Nawotka Interviewed

In Ed's Perspective by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka This past summer I spoke to Jason Allen-Ashlock of the Movable Type Literary Group for Galleycat’s “The Book Futurists” series of video interviews. I spoke about our mission here at PP (“Don’t repeat what everyone else is doing and be interesting.”) and shared my thoughts on the impact of digization on publishing (I use the words “exponential” …

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 …