Arabic Literature in Translation Seminar in New York follows Sharjah’s New Orleans Library Association presence. The Arab Renaissance gets into second gear

The Sheikh Zayed Book Award (SZBA) will be running a seminar at the New York Public Library tomorrow as the next stage of the Arab Renaissance unfolds. The seminar is to introduce the recently launched Translation Fund, which looks to support Arabic literature reaching the English, French and German language markets. Juergen Boos, President of Read More …

And the award for best novel goes to… nobody. You weren’t good enough

The winners of the Dominican Republic’s Annual Literature Awards 2018 at the Pedro Henríquez Ureña National Library in Santo Domingo were fewer than expected this year. Síndrome del Iphone by Luis R. Santos took the award in in the Aurora Tavarez Belliard Children and Youth Literature category. In the category of Poetry Salomé Ureña de Read More …

Shortlist of 5 announced for World’s Best New Library

35 libraries from 19 countries were in the running, but just five have been shortlisted for the annual prize to be acclaimed 2018 Public Library of the Year, awarded to a public library that is either newly built or set up in premises not previously used for library purposes. The jury consists of members of Read More …

An Indian retelling of ‘King Lear’ wins the UK’s Desmond Elliott Prize

Against strong competition from Gail Honeyman’s Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine and Paula Cocozza’s How to Be Human, a retelling of Shakespeare’s King Lear, set in modern-day India, took the coveted Desmond Elliott Prize for debut fiction this week. Preti Taneja collects £10,000 for We That Are Young, a novel that, according to Outlook India, Read More …

Nigeria’s Publiseer wins ‘Most Needed in the Region’ prize at the 2018 African Entrepreneurship Awards

As I said here a few weeks back when reporting on Publiseer’s eight-month path to profitability, It was an improbable venture in every way, and doomed to failure by any western rationale. Twin brothers, one a writer, one a musician, launching a business start-up that digitally published both literature and music with no up-front costs. Read More …

Publishing News Round-Up 7 May 2018

It would be impossible to try cover even a fraction of the publishing news that lands on my e-desk each day, but there’s so much happening in our industry that passes unnoticed. So here’s a selection of some of the best publishing stories from the past 48 hours or so. Apologies if some are behind Read More …

Middle East publishing snapshot. As millions descend on Arab book fairs, Arab publishing ups its game

Last month the second Saudi Arabia Comic Con took place. Numbers are just in and 25,000 people turned up for the event in Riyadh. This past week Saudi cinema re-opened after 35 years, and the first film shown was Marvel’s Black Panther. While In Dubai the Middle East Film and Comic Con attracted 60,000 visitors, Read More …

Kenya’s eKitabu and USA’s SIL LEAD win the Book Boost: Access To All Challenge

Improving literacy is a challenge in even the richest and most stable monolingual countries. For less-developed countries where multiple languages are the norm the challenges are that much more difficult, even in otherwise stable societies. The provision of books is of course a key part of any programme to improving literacy, but print books are Read More …

2018 International DUBLIN Literary Award shortlist announced

The International DUBLIN Literary Award is preparing for its 23rd final in June, and the ten shortlisted books have just been announced. Only two of the authors are Irish, and that makes up half the English-language originals – the other two are from American and South African authors. The final six on the shortlist are Read More …