Facing what he calls Romania’s ‘extremely shameful record’ in literacy and book culture, Bucharest MP Ovidiu Raeţchi is talking up his ‘Pact for Books’ aimed at boosting book sales.
Book fairs can find themselves in the middle of shifting geopolitics. At the just-closed Salon du Livre in Paris, the French president sidestepped a visit to Russia’s Country of Honor stand.
How is the political climate in the United States is affecting the sales of socially relevant books? One Canadian publisher says the ‘Trump bump’ is real.
Publishers and agents report positive meetings and rights sales, and Frankfurt responds to political disputes by reaffirming its commitment to freedom of expression.
In ‘formulating questions and providing warnings,’ Canadian author Margaret MacMillan’s work embodies the importance of history in today’s political moment.
When everyone faces the effects of the political ‘echo chamber,’ hearing counter-opinions can be important. And the UK’s Iain Dale is happy to offer some balance.
‘We thrive when our authors and partners are free to work and travel across borders,’ writes Wiley’s Mark Allin on his company’s core values.
Sometimes forgotten literature finds new life in current events. The acclaimed Japanese sci-fi author Sakyo Komatsu’s short story ‘America’s Wall’ is a new case in point.
With references to the US election, the National Book Award ceremony recognized writers of color, like Colson Whitehead, and joy as ‘an act of resistance.’
International publishing this season is downwind of hot blasts of political potentials that many feel could be damaging to our books industries and their readerships. Welcome to a summer of insecurity.