London Book Fair 2013

Special link: London Book Fair 2013

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

2012 Information Book Award winners

The 2012 Information Book Award winners have been announced

2013 Red House Children's Book Award finalists

Finalists have been named for the 2013 Red House Children's Book Award, a British prize that is entirely voted for by children. The shortlist is drawn from children's nominations for three categories - Younger Children, Younger Readers and Older Readers - and the book garnering the most votes will be crowned overall winner February 23 in London

2012 Scotiabank Giller Prize winner

Travel writer and novelist Will Ferguson has won the $50,000 Scotiabank Giller Prize, which honors the best Canadian novel or short story collection published in English, for his book 419

2012 The Goodreads Choice Awards

Choose the best books of the year with three rounds of voting. The Goodreads Choice Awards are the only major book awards decided by readers

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

2012 Guardian children's fiction prize

Frank Cottrell Boyce has won the 2012 Guardian children's fiction prize for The Unforgotten Coat

Santa's pipe put out in new edition of children's classic

A new version of Clement C Moore's classic festive poem A Vist from St Nicholas, better known by its first line, 'Twas the Night Before Christmas, has removed all mentions of Santa Claus's pipe in a bid to limit children's exposure to images of smoking. Canadian publisher Pamela McColl released her edition of the 1823 poem, which is attributed to Moore, last month, drawing widespread criticism from anti-censorship groups. Her version cuts two lines from the poem - the description of St Nicholas which runs "The stump of a pipe he held tight in his teeth, / And the smoke, it encircled his head like a wreath" - as well as redrawing the illustration to remove the pipe and smoke from around the character

Monday, October 29, 2012

Penguin and Random House agree merger

Bertelsmann, the German media company, and Pearson, its UK rival, are merging Random House and Penguin, their respective publishing units, in order to respond to the rapidly developing challenges of the ebook revolution

Friday, October 26, 2012

About the Author launches in the UK

Amazon writes: When readers find a book interesting, they look for more information about the author. We've developed a new feature, About the Author, for Kindle Paperwhite and Kindle Fire HD to help those readers. We are excited to bring this feature to the UK.

About the Author gives readers easy access to your photo, biography, and bibliography so they can learn more about you and your books, which are only 60 seconds away. Readers can tap on any of your Kindle Books to go to the Kindle Store, and any time you update your bio or claim a new book through Author Central, we will update About the Author on Kindle so your readers have access to the most recent information about you.

Be sure to take advantage of this new feature by following each of these steps:

- Claim all your books in Author Central. In the Author Central Books tab, make sure your bibliography is complete so that your About the Author profile is available in every one of your books.
- Make sure you're happy with your profile page. All About the Author pages will use the image that you have designated as primary in Author Central. We encourage you to feature yourself in the photo.
- Update your biography in Author Central. Readers are going to your profile because they want to know more about you and your books.

About the Author is now available on the new Kindle devices. Log into Author Central today and make sure your About the Author profile is up to date

2012 T S Eliot Prize shortlist

Judges Carol Ann Duffy (Chair), Michael Longley and David Morley have chosen six collections from the 131 books submitted by publishers, which join the four PBS Choices to make up the ten collections on the 2012 T S Eliot Prize shortlist:

Simon Armitage The Death of King Arthur (Faber)
Sean Borodale Bee Journal (Jonathan Cape)
Gillian Clarke Ice (Carcanet)
Julia Copus The World's Two Smallest Humans (Faber)
Paul Farley The Dark Film (Picador)
Jorie Graham P L A C E (Carcanet)
Kathleen Jamie The Overhaul (Picador)
Sharon Olds Stag's Leap (Jonathan Cape)
Jacob Polley The Havocs (Picador)
Deryn Rees-Jones Burying the Wren (Seren)

Thursday, October 25, 2012

2012 Asia Society Bernard Schwartz Book Award

Water: Asia's New Battleground by Brahma Chellaney has won the 2012 Asia Society Bernard Schwartz Book Award, which recognizes "nonfiction books for their outstanding contributions to the understanding of contemporary Asia or U.S.-Asia relations, as well as potential policy impacts relating to the region." The award carries a $20,000 prize; Dr. Chellaney will be honored at the Asia Society's headquarters in New York City on January 23

2012 T. Jefferson Parker Award for Mystery

The winner of the 2012 T. Jefferson Parker Award for Mystery is Kings of Cool by Don Winslow (Simon & Schuster)

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

London book and poetry events: 24-30 October

Book, poetry and spoken word events in London 24-30 October, 2012

Michael Cart on the Booker Prize and other lit news

In his latest podcast, Infopeople's resident book reviewer, reports on the 2012 Man Booker Prize shortlist as well as other recent events in the world of books and publishing

Open Access Ahoy: An Interview with Ubiquity Press

This interview is with Brian Hole of Ubiquity Press, a small new London-based digital publisher of peer reviewed, open-access academic journals

2012 Eleanor Farjeon Award nominees

Nominees have been announced for the Children's Book Circle's Eleanor Farjeon Award in the U.K., which honors "distinguished service to the world of children's books, and will be given to a person or an organization whose commitment and contribution is deemed to be outstanding." The winner will be named November 15. This year's nominees are

Quentin Blake
Discover Children's Story Centre
Nicolette Jones
Michael Morpurgo
Tales on Moon Lane Children's Bookshop

2012 Whiting Writers' Awards winners

Mrs. Giles Whiting Foundation has announced the 10 recipients of the Whiting Writers' Awards, given annually since 1985 to writers of exceptional talent and promise in their early careers. Each writer receives $50,000. The 2012 winners are four playwrights, three fiction writers, two poets and a nonfiction writer:

Ciaran Berry, poetry
Danai Gurira, plays
Alan Heathcock, fiction
Samuel D. Hunter, plays
Mona Mansour, plays
Anthony Marra, fiction
Meg Miroshnik, plays
Hanna Pylväinen, fiction
Sharifa Rhodes-Pitts, nonfiction
Atsuro Riley, poetry

PA Bulletin 23 October 2012

PA Bulletin 23 October 2012, from The Publishers Association, UK, is now available online #publisher #publishing

Best of the Best of the James Tait Black Prizes finalists

To help celebrate the 250th anniversary of English literature study at the University of Edinburgh, finalists have been named for the Best of the Best of the James Tait Black Prizes, honoring the best novel to have won the prize since it was first awarded in 1919. The six books on the shortlist are:

Nights at the Circus by Angela Carter
The Heart of the Matter by Graham Greene
A Disaffection by James Kelman
The Road by Cormac McCarthy
Crossing the River by Caryl Phillips
The Mandlebaum Gate by Muriel Spark

The shortlist was selected by scholars and students of literature at the University, and its "eclectic nature reflects a selection process that involved passionate debates by students," the Telegraph reported. A winner will be announced in December

IPG launches multi-platform app

The Independent Publishers Guild have just launched their first ever app, using YUDU technology. The brand new app will give independent publishers a great new way to stay in touch with IPG activities and goings-on across the industry. It is available to download completely free of charge to members and non-members alike, on both Apple and Android platforms, making it ideal for those using smartphones and tablets

Saturday, October 20, 2012

2013 DSC Prize for South Asian Literature longlist

The 2013 DSC Prize for South Asian Literature longlist has been announced:

Jamil Ahmad: The Wandering Falcon (Hamish Hamilton/Penguin India)

Alice Albinia: Leela's Book (Harvill Secker, London)

Tahmima Anam: The Good Muslim (Penguin Books)

Rahul Bhattacharya: The Sly Company of People Who Care (Picador, London / Farrar Strauss and Giroux, New York)

Roopa Farooki: The Flying Man (Headline Review/ Hachette, London

Musharraf Ali Farooqi: Between Clay and Dust (Aleph Book Company, India)

Amitav Ghosh: River of Smoke (Hamish Hamilton/Penguin India)

Niven Govinden: Black Bread White Beer (Fourth Estate/ Harper Collins India)

Sunetra Gupta: So Good in Black (Clockroot Books, Massachusetts)

Mohammed Hanif, Our Lady of Alice Bhatti (Random House India)

Jerry Pinto: Em and the Big Hoom (Aleph Book Company, India)

Uday Prakash: The Walls of Delhi (Translated by Jason Grunebaum; UWA Publishing, W. Australia)

Anuradha Roy: The Folded Earth (Hachette India)

Saswati Sengupta: The Song Seekers (Zubaan, India)

Geetanjali Shree: The Empty Space (Translated by Nivedita Menon; Harper Perennial/ Harper Collins India)

Jeet Thayil: Narcopolis ( Faber and Faber, London)

2012 Dylan Thomas Prize shortlist

21 year old Nigerian novelist is the youngest of five rising literary stars shortlisted for the 2012 University of Wales' Dylan Thomas Prize. Open to any published author in the English language under the age of 30, the annual international prize is one of the largest of its kind in the world for young writers. 21 year old Chibundu Onuzo's book The Spider King's Daughter is a modern-day Romeo and Juliet set against the backdrop of a changing Lagos. Also from Africa is Zimbabwe-raised Andrea Eames' The White Shadow, set in 1970's Rhodesia, where a young boy struggles to do the right thing in an unpredictable world. Californian Maggie Shipstead's debut novel Seating Arrangements, which lays bare the pretentions of New England society, also makes the cut, along with Tom Benn's crime fiction debut The Doll Princess, which explores the criminal underworld of 90's Manchester. Canadian D.W. Wilson's collection of short stories Once You Break a Knuckle, about good people who make bad choices, completes a list of powerful and exciting books with a truly international reach, in which violence, repression and the difficulty of escaping pre-determined roles are themes which prevail throughout. The five young writers were chosen by a panel of judges including Hay Festival founder Peter Florence, novelist Allison Pearson, author, singer and BBC 6 music presenter Cerys Matthews, and Guardian Review journalist Nicholas Wroe

Friday, October 19, 2012

Winners of the Specsavers Crime Thriller Awards 2012 (UK)

Now in their fifth successful year in partnership with ITV3 and Specsavers, the Crime Thriller Awards (in association with the Crime Writers' Association) took place on the 18th October. Watch the awards on Tuesday 23rd October at 9pm on ITV3.

The winners of the Specsavers Crime Thriller Awards 2012 were as follows:

The CWA Gold Dagger – sponsored by Constable & Robinson
The Rage by Gene Kerrigan (Harvill Secker)

The John Creasey New Blood Dagger – sponsored by Goldsboro Books
A Land More Kind than Home by Wiley Cash (Bantam)

The Ian Fleming Steel Dagger – sponsored by Ian Fleming Publications
A Foreign Country by Charles Cumming (HarperCollins)

The Specsaver's Bestseller Dagger 2012:
Kathy Reichs

The Film Dagger
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (Studio Canal)

The TV Dagger
Sherlock: Series 2 (Hartswood Films/BBC1)

The International TV Dagger
The Bridge (Danmarks Radio, Sveriges Television/BBC4)

The Best Actress Dagger
Claire Danes for Homeland (Teakwood Lane Productions, Showtime Productions, Cherry Pie Productions, Keshet Media Group, Fox 21/Channel 4)

The Best Actor Dagger
Benedict Cumberbatch for Sherlock (Hartswood Films/BBC1)

The Best Supporting Actress Dagger
Kelly Macdonald for Boardwalk Empire (HBO/Sky Atlantic)

The Best Supporting Actor Dagger
Martin Freeman for Sherlock (Hartswood Films/BBC1)

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Javier Moro wins $833,800 Planeta Prize

Javier Moro has won Spain's 601,000 euro ($833,800) Planeta Prize for the novel El Imperio Eres Tú, a book about a 19th Century Brazilian emperor

2012 Bloomsbury Festival (UK)

Bloomsbury is a fascinating place, with an extraordinarily rich history as well as a contemporary and diverse cultural community. Over one extraordinary weekend, the Festival offers a taster of the amazing cultural life of this beautiful area of central London. The Festival is run on the principle that places are at their best when people work together, and culture is shared by all. It brings together the diverse range of people who live and work here and shares their creative ethos with all who visit - October 20-21 2012

Black History Month: The Rose Petal Beach by Dorothy Koomson

Author Dorothy Koomson discusses her book at Balham Library, Balham, London on October 19

London book and poetry events: 17-23 October

Book, poetry and spoken word events in London 17-23 October, 2012

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Hilary Mantel wins 2012 Man Booker Prize

Hilary Mantel has won the £50,000 Man Booker Prize for her novel Bring up the Bodies, the sequel to Wolf Hall, which won the prize in 2009

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Marketing Interview: Evan Munday of Coach House Books

In the second part of our marketing series, we sat down with publicity guru Evan Munday of famed alternative press, Coach House Books. We picked his marketing brain and gained some insight into ebook promotion, Evan's history of Nickelback-based marketing, and, naturally, Fifty Shades of Grey

Emma Darwin interview

Emma Darwin was born in London and studied Drama at university. After various jobs including publishing social work books, driving a sandwich van and selling musical instruments, her first novel The Mathematics of Love was published in 2006, and her bestselling second novel, A Secret Alchemy, was part of a PhD in Creative Writing at Goldsmiths. She's now writing her third, and teaching Creative Writing for the Open University and elsewhere

If you go down to Walker Books today...

Some of the fantastic novelty and picture books we've published this autumn seem to have a life of their own in this video at the Walker offices, as they dance around the building... Find them now at a bookshop near you!

2012 Vancouver Writers Fest (Canada)

The Vancouver Writers Fest turns reading into a community experience, bringing people together to share thoughts, explore ideas, and witness brilliant conversations. For the past 25 years, the Writers Fest has enriched our imaginations and the culture of our city and has touched and inspired thousands of lives by creating a forum for authors to connect with readers and by offering a vibrant exchange of ideas and conversation. The Festival is a celebration of story, told by authors, poets, spoken word performers, and graphic novelists. For six days in October, this celebration takes place in the cultural oasis of Granville Island, and continues throughout the year with the Incite reading series at the VPL, special events with leading writers and the Spreading the Word education programs at Lower Mainland schools and in small BC communities - 16-21 October, 2012

Monday, October 15, 2012

The Google Books Litigation Family Tree

The Google Books Litigation Family Tree was developed by Jonathan Band, Library Copyright Alliance, and designed by Tricia Donovan, Association of Research Libraries

Sunday, October 14, 2012

2013 UKLA Book Award longlists

The UK Literacy Association has announced the long lists for the 2013 UKLA Book Award, which is the only national award to be judged by classroom teachers. Shortlisting and then the final judging will be carried out by teachers from schools located in the region of the next UKLA International Conference, which will be held at Liverpool Hope University in 2013. The awards will then be presented to the worthy winners on July 5th at a gala reception during the Conference thus showcasing the best of British publishing to an international audience

Workman Publishing expands relationship with Ingram

To meet the expectations of readers in a print and digital world, Workman Publishing is expanding its relationship with Ingram, selecting CoreSource® services for the management and distribution of digital content

Friday, October 12, 2012

The first ever female detective in British fiction will appear on book shelves once again

Next week the British Library will publish Andrew Forrester's The Female Detective, the first novel to feature a professional female detective in British fiction. This new publication will be the first trade edition of the novel since its original publication in 1864

Thursday, October 11, 2012

New global subject codes standard launches at Frankfurt Book Fair

Book industry representatives from 14 countries have announced the formation of a new, global standard to categorize and classify book content by subject. The project, initially known as "Thema," was first announced during the Tools of Change Supply Chain Conference taking place during the Frankfurt International Book Fair

Academic publishing giant Springer for sale

Springer, the world's second-biggest publisher of scientific research journals is being groomed for a sale that is likely to value it among Europe's largest private equity transactions since the credit crisis - Sky

London book and poetry events: 10-16 October

Book, poetry and spoken word events in London 10-16 October, 2012

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Duotrope (UK)

Duotrope is an established, award-winning writers' resource, and we're here to help you spend less time submitting so you can focus on writing. Whether you're an experienced writer or just getting started... whether your creative leanings are literary or genre, factual or poetic... our listings cover the entire spectrum

15 scathing early reviews of classic novels

There are some literary classics that are near unimpeachable. We're thinking Lolita, Ulysses, The Great Gatsby: the best of the best. Except that they're decidedly not unimpeachable - or at least they weren't when they first hit bookshelves. These books and many others that are now considered masterpieces got their fair share of scathing reviews when they first came out, and in reputable publications no less. Sure, hindsight is 20/20, but we can't help having this to say to these brutal reviewers: ha, ha - flavorpill

2012 BMA Medical Book Awards winners (UK)

The 2012 British Medical Association Medical Book Awards winners have been announced

Drawing the Global Map of Publishing Markets 2012

The International Publishers Association has launched the 2012 Global Map of Publishing Markets to visualize how publishing markets outside of Europe and North America are, literally, bulging

The Book Cover Archive

The Book Cover Archive - for the appreciation and categorization of excellence in book cover design

2012 Governor General's Literary Awards finalists (Canada)

The Canada Council for the Arts has named the finalists for this year's Governor General's Literary Awards, which honor "works that tell readers compelling stories about themselves and the world around them."

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Syrian author shares PEN/Pinter prize with Carol Ann Duffy

An exiled Syrian author and journalist whose inside account of the revolution drew such ire from Syria's government that she was forced to flee the country has won a literary award from PEN for her courage. Samar Yazbek was named by poet laureate Carol Ann Duffy on Monday as the international writer of courage with whom she will share the PEN/Pinter prize. The award goes to a writer who, in Pinter's own words, shows a "fierce intellectual determination … to define the real truth of our lives and our societies" today. Duffy was picked as winner by judges including Pinter's widow Antonia Fraser in July, and then worked with English PEN's Writers at Risk Committee to select Yazbek, in recognition of her book A Woman in the Crossfire. The title, published in the UK by Haus, details Yazbek's opposition to the Assad regime, interspersing her own observations of the recent bloody conflict with the stories of the people at the heart of the revolution. On publication, she was denounced by her clan and harassed by the country's security forces, according to English PEN, until she was forced into exile with her young daughter

Monday, October 8, 2012

2012 Anthony Awards winners

The 2012 Anthony Awards winners are:

Best Novel Anthony: "A Trick of the Light" by Louise Penny ("Chief Inspector Gamache" series, book 8)
Best First Novel Anthony: "Learning to Swim" by Sara J. Henry
Best Paperback Original Anthony: "Buffalo West Wing" by Julie Hyzy ("White House Chef Mystery," book 5)
Best Short Story Anthony: "Disarming" by Dana Cameron ("Anna Hoyt" series) in "Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine," June 2011
Best Non-Fiction Anthony: "The Sookie Stackhouse Companion" by Charlaine Harris, editor

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Shamus Awards 2012 winners

Shamus Awards 2012 winners:

Best Hardcover P.I. Novel:
A Bad Night's Sleep, by Michael Wiley (Minotaur)

Best First P.I. Novel:
The Shortcut Man, by P.G. Sturges (Scribner)

Best Paperback Original P.I. Novel:
Fun & Games, by Duane Swierczynski (Mulholland)

Best P.I. Short Story:
"Who I Am," by Michael Z. Lewin (Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, December 2011)

The Hammer - a commendation celebrating a memorable private-eye character or series, and named after Mickey Spillane's Mike Hammer - was presented to Nate Heller the character created by Max Allan Collins

The Barry Awards 2012 winners

The Barry Award is an annual award presented by the editorial staff of Deadly Pleasures for the best works published in the field of crime fiction:

Best Novel: The Keeper of Lost Causes by Jussi Adler-Olsen (Dutton)Review of The Keeper of Lost Causes by Jussi Adler-Olsen
Best First Novel: The Informationist by Taylor Stevens (Crown)
Best British Novel: Dead Man's Grip by Peter James (Macmillan)
Best Paperback Original: Death of the Mantis by Michael Stanley (Harper)
Best Thriller: The Informant by Thomas Perry (Atlantic Monthly)Review of The Informant by Thomas Perry
Best Short Story: "The Gun Also Rises" (Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine, January-February 2011) by Jeffrey Cohen

Friday, October 5, 2012

Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-Fiction 2012 shortlist

Finalists have been named for the £20,000 (US$32,383) Samuel Johnson prize for nonfiction. The winner will be announced on November 12. This year's shortlisted titles are:

* Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death and Hope in a Mumbai Slum by Katherine Boo
* Into the Silence: The Great War, Mallory and the Conquest of Everest by Wade Davis
* The Old Ways: A Journey on Foot by Robert Macfarlane
* The Better Angels of our Nature: A History of Violence and Humanity by Steven Pinker
* The Spanish Holocaust: Inquisition and Extermination in Twentieth-Century Spain by Paul Preston
* Strindberg: A Life by Sue Prideaux

Google and U.S. publishers reach settlement over book scanning

Google and major book publishers have settled a lengthy legal battle over digital copyrights, but a bigger dispute still looms with thousands of authors who allege that Google is illegally profiting from their works. The truce announced Thursday ends a federal lawsuit filed in 2005 by several members of the Association of American Publishers after Google Inc. began stockpiling its Internet search index with digital duplicates of books scanned from libraries

Frankfurt Book Fair 2012 (Germany)

Frankfurt Book Fair 2012 - 10-14 October 2012 - Germany

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Michael Cart plays catch up with the world of books

In his latest podcast, Michael Cart offers a podcast potpourri of book and publishing news and features. Mentioned in this podcast: Merriam Webster's new words for 2012, Publishers Weekly's list of the most difficult books to read, the top 100 teen books as compiled by NPR (Michael only covers the first 10, otherwise this would be a mighty long podcast!). he also mentions a neat online magazine called The Millions

Lavie Tidhar talks about his alternate reality post-9/11 novel Osama at Foyles (UK)

Lavie Tidhar talks about his alternate reality post-9/11 novel Osama at Foyles (6.30pm, free) - 4th October 2012

London book and poetry events: 3-9 October

Book, poetry and spoken word events in London 3-9 October, 2012

David Jason's autobiography to be released in 2014

David Jason will be marking 50 years in showbiz by publishing his autobiography. BBC News have reported that the Only Fools and Horses actor will be publishing his memoirs via Random House in the autumn of 2014. Jason said that writing the book would allow him to "share the journey" of his life with the British public

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Austin Clarke wins $10,000 Harbourfront Festival Prize

Toronto's International Festival of Authors has named Austin Clarke this year's recipient of the $10,000 Harbourfront Festival Prize

"What To Do Before Your Book Launch" Book Trailer (M.J. Rose & Randy Susan Meyers)

"What To Do Before Your Book Launch" Book Trailer (M.J. Rose & Randy Susan Meyers)

An Evening with Iain M. Banks (UK)

An Evening with Iain M. Banks - 3 October 2012, 7:00PM - Waterstone's Piccadilly, London

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

2012 Scotiabank Giller Prize shortlist

The 2012 Scotiabank Giller Prize jury has announced its shortlist of books in the running for this year's award:

Will Ferguson for his novel 419, published by Viking Canada
Alix Ohlin for her novel Inside, published by House of Anansi Press
Nancy Richler for her novel The Imposter Bride, published by HarperCollins Canada
Kim Thúy for her novel Ru, translated by Sheila Fischman, published by Random House Canada
Russell Wangersky for his short story collection Whirl Away, published by Thomas Allen Publishers

2012 Thurber Prize for American Humor winner

New Yorker writer Calvin Trillin, who grew up in Kansas City, has won this year's Thurber Prize for American Humor for "Quite Enough of Calvin Trillin: Forty Years of Funny Stuff."

Jorie Graham takes 2012 Forward prize

The first American woman ever to win the award, Jorie Graham wins the 2012 Forward prize for poetry with her 12th collection

Jorie Graham at The Web Directory

2012 Dayton Literary Peace Prize winners

The winners of this year's Dayton Literary Peace Prize are Andrew Krivak's The Sojourn (Bellevue Literary Press) in the fiction category and Adam Hochschild's To End All Wars (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) for nonfiction, the New York Times reported. Each author receives $10,000 prize and will be honored November 11 in Dayton, Ohio. The runners-up are Ha Jin for Nanjing Requiem (Pantheon) and Annia Ciezadlo for Day of Honey (Free Press)

Isabel Allende wins 2012 Hans Christian Andersen Literature Prize

Chilean author Isabel Allende won the 500,000 kroner (US$86,505) Hans Christian Andersen Literature Prize, which is given to a writer "whose works compare with those of the legendary Andersen, who was born in 1805 and wrote about 160 fairytales and poems before his death in 1875," the Associated Press reported. Allende was praised for her "mixture of various ages, cultures, forms of knowledge and myths" that have given her storytelling "wingspan and height."

Isabel Allende at The Web Directory

Monday, October 1, 2012

Guadalajara International Book Fair 2012

The Guadalajara International Book Fair is the most important publishing gathering in Ibero-America. It is also an amazing cultural festival. Created 26 years ago by the University of Guadalajara, the Fair is aimed at professionals and the general public alike, a characteristic that sets it apart from other book fairs around the globe. With business as one of its main goals, it is also a cultural festival in which literature plays a major role including a program where authors from all continents and languages participate, and a forum for the academic discussion of the major issues of our time. For nine days, people willingly stand in long lines to listen to their favorite authors, the book industry makes Guadalajara its beating heart and the whole city is filled with the music, arts, cinema and theatre from the featured Guest of Honor which this year is Chile - November 24-28, 2012

Bath Festival of Children's Literature 2012

Bath Festival of Children's Literature 2012 - 28 September to 7 October, 2012 - Bath, UK

Sir Terry Pratchett launches indie

Sir Terry Pratchett has joined forces with former Prime Focus Productions boss Rod Brown to launch a television and film production company. The author has established Narrativia to exploit the TV, film and digital rights of his prolific canon of work. The indie will take control of existing Pratchett projects, previously being produced by Prime Focus, as well as develop new ideas

Terry Pratchett at The Web Directory