Watch UNESCO’s World Forum on The Future of the Written Word Live on Monday

In What's the Buzz by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka UNESCO world Forum on Culture and Cultural Industries starts today in Monza, Italy. It runs from June 6-8 and will cover “The Future of the Written Word.” Plenary sessions will focus on “The E-book Economy,” “Author’s Right in the Digital Era,” and “The Digital Library.” Nine workshops are devoted to the following sub-themes: “Blog versus Newspaper”, “Future of …

What is the Most Literary City on Earth?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Buenos Aires has been named World Book Capital for 2011 by UNESCO. UNESCO began the practice of naming World Book Capitals in 2001. Cities so honored include Madrid (Spain), followed by Alexandria (Egypt), New Delhi (India), Antwerp (Belgium), Montreal (Canada), Turin (Italy), Bogotá (Colombia), Amsterdam (Netherlands), Beirut (Lebanon), and Ljubljana (Slovenia). In 2012 the title goes to …

Buenos Aires: 2011 World Book Capital in More Ways Than One

In Growth Markets by Edward Nawotka

In Buenos Aires, there are books for sale on what seems to be every corner and may be more books per sale per capita than perhaps any other city in the world. By Edward Nawotka BUENOS AIRES: We’re currently in the midst of the Buenos Aires International Book Fair — better known to Spanish-speakers as the Feria del Libro. The …

MICA to Showcase Cultural Industries in Argentina

In Global Trade Talk by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Earlier this week the Argentine government announced a new fair to showcase the country’s cultural industries. MICA (or the Mercado de Industrias Culturales Agentinas) with take place June 2-5 in Buenos Aires. MICA will showcase the best of Argentina’s publishing, video game, advertising, web development, theater design and other arts. The idea is to foster cross-platform collaboration …

Yerevan, Armenia Named World Book Capital for 2012

In Global Trade Talk by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Every year the International Publishers Association, the International Booksellers Federation (IBF) and the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) to grant the title of UNESCO World Book Capital to one city. This year the World Book Capital is is Ljubljana, Slovenia. Next year it will be Buenos Aires, Argentina, and in 2012 — it has …