The PEN America competition program includes eight prizes, and one of the most highly visible is the translation honor. Others include literary science writing, biography, literary sports writing, work by authors of color and more.
Industry Notes: Two PEN Chapters Merge, and Penguin Random House’s Acquisition of Rodale Books
‘Never have the voices of writers and their allies been so essential,’ says the leadership of the merging Los Angeles and New York City chapters of PEN. And one of the most robust lifestyle-and-wellness publishers in the States is now part of PRH.
Foundation Notes: UK’s No Barriers in Bangladesh; PEN America Digital Archive Now Live
As the young UK-based charity crowdfunds its Bangladesh books initiatives, PEN America has material dating to 1966 in its newly launched digital archive.
Industry Notes: BookExpo’s ‘First Amendment Resistance’; EU Research Looks at VAT on Ebooks
Publishers’ responsibilities with ‘controversial authors professing what seem to be unpopular opinion’ at BEA, while Brussels gets some perspective on VAT.
Ukraine’s Oleg Sentsov Honored With PEN/Barbey Freedom to Write Award
‘Unjustly jailed’ in Russia ‘for nothing other than the expression of his views,’ Oleg Sentsov is the newest recipient of the influential PEN/Barbey honor.
International Notes: PEN and Penguin, Publishers and Teachers
In the UK, the PA opens its ‘Textbook Challenge’ to the educational community, while in the States, PRH backs its people’s PEN memberships.
International Industry Notes: PEN America on Banning Books in the USA
PEN America’s new report asserts that ‘diverse books’ frequently are the first to be yanked when it comes to book challenges and ‘soft censorship.’
International Industry Notes: Frankfurt’s Guest of Honor Kickoff, PEN America’s ‘M Word’
In September, kickoffs will occur in New York, one for a new showcase of writers on Muslim identity, and the other for Frankfurt Book Fair’s 2016 Guest of Honor program featuring Flanders and The Netherlands.
International Industry Notes: A PEN Revival and a Branding Boost for Open Road
PEN’s ‘welcome counterbalance to rampant xenophobia’ and a new look for future developments at Open Road Integrated Media.
PEN World Voices: Assumptions and Frustrations in Non-Fiction Translation
For ‘such an international country,’ says author Lydia Cacho, the US market is under-served with books in translation, especially non-fiction.