Introducing the Mobys: Book Trailer Awards

In Global Trade Talk by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka There was a time when “book trailers” were, by and large, ad hoc and amateurish. Today, they are often slick little professional piece of film making. Whether or not they have any real impact on book sales is anyone’s guess, but it’s worth noting that they have become an art form in and of themselves. To wit: …

Frogs in a Well: Literary Life in North Korea

In Growth Markets by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka North Korea is without a doubt among the most mysterious of countries, which begs the question: What kind of literary life is there in North Korea? The answer — according to two new books about the country, Nothing to Envy by Barbara Demick (Spiegel & Grau) and The Cleanest Race by B.R. Myers (Melville House) — is nothing …