Is Asia Underrepresented in World Literature?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Today’s lead story by Miguel Syjuco discusses changes to the Man Asia Literary Prize, an award that was designed to bring more attention to writers from Asia. Considering that some 60% of the world’s population lives in Asia, many of them eager to learn English and exchange cultural ideas, it brings up the question: Is Asia underrepresented …

Asian Prize Changes Seem Puzzling, But Perhaps For the Better

In Guest Contributors by Guest Contributor

Editorial by Miguel Syjuco, Winner of the 2008 Man Asian Literary Prize MONTREAL: When news arrived this week that the Man Asian Literary Prize would no longer be accepting unpublished manuscripts, and instead only published novels, dismay broke out among writers. On blogs, newsgroups, email, and networking sites, the communal shock developed into debate. On one side, the door through …

Have Passport, Will Publish: Publishing Expats in Prague and West Australia

In Europe by Daniel Kalder

By Daniel Kalder In part two of Publishing Perspectives’ series on publishing professionals working abroad, Daniel Kalder, himself a Scot transplanted to Texas via Moscow — talks to two Americans who discuss their experiences working in publishing abroad and how it has enhanced their careers. Walnut Liquor to Warm You Up Erin Ferretti Slattery is managing editor at Channel V …

Why Publishing Cannot Be Saved (As It Is)

In Guest Contributors by Guest Contributor

Editorial by Richard Eoin Nash The book business is a tiny industry perched atop a massive hobby. But rather than celebrate and serve the hobbyists, we expect them to shell out ever more money for the books we keep throwing at them (a half million English-language books in 2008 in the U.S.). Cutting back might work for individual companies, but …

Douglas Rushkoff Dissects Publishing Inc.

In Feature Articles by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka NEW YORK: “About half to two-thirds of the publishing industry needs to disappear,” says Douglas Rushkoff, professor of media studies at the New School in New York City and author of eight books, including novels, nonfiction and comics.  “There is an oversupply in the market. What we’re learning is that publishing is an industry that doesn’t scale-up …

Pre-BEA: Defying Cynicism, Insiders Expect Biz as Usual

In Feature Articles by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka “Today’s reports about the demise of book publishing are no different than the same things that have been said throughout the history of the printed word,” said Geoffrey Kloske [at left], VP and publisher of Riverhead Books, an imprint of Penguin Group, speaking on the eve of Book Expo America. “And yet good books still get published, …

New AAP Prez Prioritizes Anti-piracy

In Feature Articles by Edward Nawotka

NEW YORK: When Tom Allen took over as President of the Association of American Publishers, his chair was still warm. Pat Schroeder, the former Colorado congresswoman sat in the same chair from June 1997 until April 30 of this year and gave Allen just one month to get up to speed before she took off for Florida and “to sail …