Going to the Bologna Book Fair? What Trends do you Foresee?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka In our lead story today, Grazia Gotti of the Bologna Book Fair urges US publishers to take President Barack Obama as an inspiration to change the way they approach the international marketplace. This year, in particular, she says there is an opportunity for US and other publishers who want to come to Bologna to mine the Fair …

Obama’s Example Should Inspire US Kids Pubs to Change

In Guest Contributors & Editorial by Guest Contributor

By Sharon Glassman Today’s hard times could inspire better book times for US kids’ imprints, says Grazia Gotti, co-founder of the Giannino Stoppani cultural cooperative and children’s bookshop in Bologna and one of the organizers of the Bologna Book Fair. The secret? Arrivaderci isolation and “big marketing.”  Buon Giorno dialogue, “long-sellers” and European-style cooperation. In a chat with Publishing Perspectives, Gotti, a self-confessed …

Review: Brooklyn by Colm Toibin

In Book Review by Gwendolyn Dawson

By Gwendolyn Dawson In Colm Toibin’s latest novel, Brooklyn, young Eilis Lacey leaves the struggling economy of her small hometown in southeast Ireland to forge a new life in Brooklyn, New York. In unadorned prose, Toibin describes the daily struggles and triumphs of Eilis’s life in the unfamiliar, and often inhospitable, urban environment of her new home. In many ways, …

Best Translated Book Award Finalists

In What's the Buzz by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka The finalists for the Best Translated Book Award were announced tonight in New York City, with ten titles making the cut in the categories of fiction and poetry. The winners will be announced on March 10th. “This is definitely the most diverse and interesting group of finalists yet,” said Chad W. Post, director of Three Percent, the …

In the Long Run, is Social Networking Bad for the Memoir?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Today’s lead story discusses how author Nick Flynn harnessed the power of Facebook to promote his latest book, The Ticking is the Bomb. What’s unusual is that Flynn’s book, a memoir, ranges over topics from fatherhood to the torture at Abu Ghraib. Initially reluctant, he was compelled to start social networking after someone created a fan page …

Author Nick Flynn Finds an Unlikely Friend in Facebook

In Guest Contributors & Editorial by Guest Contributor

By Sharon Glassman How do you go out into the world to promote a book about “torture and babies?” For Nick Flynn, author of the recently published memoir The Ticking is the Bomb (WW Norton), the answer mirrors the author’s way of working. The PEN Award-winning author of Another Bullshit Night in Suck City writes memoirs that limn personal tragedy in poetic prose. …

2009 US Bookstore Sales Fell .8%, to $16.6bn

In What's the Buzz by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka US bookstore sales fell 0.8% in 2009, to $16.60 billion, while overall retail sales dropped 2.2%, according to preliminary results from the U.S. Census Bureau and as reported in Publishers Weekly. While it might not look like much of an improvement — the number is still a drop after all — it is a significant improvement from …

The Future with Flippers: A Cautionary Tale for the Book Biz

In What's the Buzz by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka “So, in 2020, we’ll all arrive in one-piece jersey romper suits woven out of pulped hardback books and synthetic slippers made from discarded Kindle e-readers.” Thus begins Tyler Brûlé’s satirical vision of what the world might look like in another ten years if the iPad and other touch screen devices become dominant — and we don’t find a …

Are Fairy Tale Endings Inspirational or Merely Anti-Climactic?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka In today’s lead story author Franz Wisner writes about how his first book about being left at the altar, Honeymoon with My Brother, unexpectedly led him into a new romance — one that eventually led to marriage. (Not before he was able to write his latest book, How the World Makes Love.) A similar thing happened to Eat, …