Will Evans, of Dallas-based Deep Vellum press, is leveraging local support to sustain his recently launched publishing house focused on translation.
Romance Writers of America Offers Professionalism, Inclusion
Last week’s 2014 Romance Writers of America conference was relentlessly upbeat, emphasizing professionalism and inclusion – and yes, ripped bodices and abs.
On Breaking Demographic Borders for Books With Crowdfunding
A look at how and why Texas’ tiny Cinco Puntos Press are using crowdfunding to finance and publish their latest book of poetry — and how it can expand audience.
Selling Spanish Language Books in the US is a Rewarding Responsibility
Mark Haber of Brazos Bookstore in Houston argues that selling Spanish language books in the US is a challenging responsibility with unexpected rewards.
Is Austin, Texas Paradise for YA Authors?
Where can you find a tight-knit, post-Potter community with strong leadership and a mentoring tradition for young adult writers? In the middle of Texas, y’all.
Association of American Publishers’ Latina Book Club Reading List for 2011
By Ed Nawotka Las Comadres is 15,000 strong nationwide group of Latinas which was begun in April 2000 in Austin, Texas and has since expanded to 100 U.S. cities. In 2008 the group partnered with the Association of American Publishers to launch the Las Comadres and Friends National Latino Book Club. The book club meets monthly nationwide to discuss English-language works …
“I’m a Writer, Not a Spokesperson” says Nigerian Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
By Edward Nawotka This weekend is the 15th annual Texas Book Festival in Austin, the highlight of the literary calendar here in Texas where I live. I had the privilege to serve in 2004 as the fellow who booked the 200+ authors for the event that year. It was an unforgettable experience that gave me real insight and appreciation for …
Rest in Peace: Mystery Bookseller David Thompson
By Edward Nawotka I was shocked to learn this morning that David Thompson, co-owner of Houston’s Murder by the Book, died suddenly earlier this week. David was a stellar bookseller and one of the most knowledgeable people I ever met with regards to mystery and thriller fiction. He was a true champion of reading and a publisher in his own …
The Town that Pop Culture Forgot
Welcome to Utopia by Karen Valby (Spiegel & Grau, $25) Reviewed by Edward Nawotka In 2006, Entertainment Weekly writer Karen Valby uprooted herself from New York City to settle in the Hill Country town of Utopia, a place with a half-mile long Main Street featuring “zero stoplights, one constable, six real estate offices, and seven churches” and where just 540 …
Should SXSW Become a Fixture on Publishers’ Calendars?
By Edward Nawotka The SXSW Interactive festival is currently taking place in Austin, Texas. There have been chances to discuss everything from “What happens when the New York Times dies?” and the future of news, to how to sell counterculture without selling out and the specifics of integrating HTML 5 into your workflow. What’s more, there have been nearly a …
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