Italian E-books: Agent Roberto Santachiara Deems 25% Royalty Too Low

In Global Trade Talk by Emily Williams

By Emily Williams Andrew Wylie isn’t the only agent rebelling on the e-book front. La Repubblica has an interview with big Italian agent Roberto Santachiara (who represents Italian bestsellers Roberto Saviano and Carlo Lucarelli and acts as the Italian co-agent for such English-language heavyweights as Stephen King, Thomas Pynchon, James Ellroy, and Ian McEwan) in which he explains why he …

Dropping by the Almost Corner Bookshop in Rome’s Trastevere

In Global Trade Talk by Rachel Aydt

By Rachel Aydt New York writer Rachel Aydt is traveling through Europe this summer, and has been filing occasional posts on her bookish adventures. Today, she visits an English-language bookshop in Rome. We headed to Rome for a few days after spending two days with my mom and stepdad, who’d done an apartment swap in Anzio (despite its somber WWII …

Review: The Solitude of Prime Numbers by Paolo Giordano

In Book Review by Gwendolyn Dawson

By Gwendolyn Dawson Physicist Paolo Giordano’s debut novel, The Solitude of Prime Numbers, won Italy’s premier literary award, the Premio Strega, in 2008. Now available in the U.S. in an English translation, The Solitude of Prime Numbers explores the poignant relationship that develops between two misfits, Alice and Mattia. Alice, an anorexic with a limp left over from a childhood skiing accident, resists …

Google to Scan Rome and Florence Libraries

In Global Trade Talk by Siobhan O'Leary

By Siobhan O’Leary Google’s international march continues, this time straight to Rome. The firm has announced an agreement with the Italian culture ministry to scan up to a million books from the national libraries of Rome and Florence. Similar to its deal with the city of Lyon’s library (covered earlier by Publishing Perspectives), Google will cover the cost of scanning …

Building the World’s Biggest Book Club

In Guest Contributors by Guest Contributor

By Kathy L. Patrick JEFFERSON, TEXAS: They say everything is bigger in Texas…and it’s true. When I opened Beauty and the Book in January 2000 — the ONLY hair salon/book store in the world — in January 2000, one of the first things I did was start my book club, The Pulpwood Queens of East Texas. We started with six complete strangers …

Call for Stories: Bologna Children’s Book Fair

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Our lead story today by Arthur Japin concerns a particularly intense physical, emotional and spiritual journey in Italy. We plan on going to Italy in March, but hope to have a much more pleasant time. Publishing Perspectives will be covering the Bologna Children’s Book Fair and we hope to hear from each and every one of you …

Writing As Detective Work of the Soul

In Guest Contributors by Edward Nawotka

Editorial by Arthur Japin UTRECHT: In the mid-1980s, two actors went to Rome, hoping to land a part — any part — in a movie by the creator of La Dolce Vita, Federico Fellini. I was one of those actors. The other was my lifelong friend Rosita. Fellini fell in love with her, and in doing so changed the course …

Going to the Bologna Book Fair? What Trends do you Foresee?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka In our lead story today, Grazia Gotti of the Bologna Book Fair urges US publishers to take President Barack Obama as an inspiration to change the way they approach the international marketplace. This year, in particular, she says there is an opportunity for US and other publishers who want to come to Bologna to mine the Fair …