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Translation in the English-Speaking World

Translations are an integral part of the publishing industry. They are potentially invaluable to shaping young minds, breaking down cultural barriers, and furthering the development of modern languages; literature in translation accounted for 13 percent of The New York Times’ list of the 100 most notable books for 2015. And yet, the English-speaking world produces translated titles at a very small rate. Salman Rushdie called the low number of translated books into English in America “shocking,” and Literature Across Frontiers Director Alexandra Büchler said that the percentage of books published in translation […]

Not New York: Book Business and Culture in Toronto, Canada

Those of us living in Toronto are a lucky bunch. Torontonians have access to one of the best library systems in the country, are fortunate enough to be surrounded by a great selection of independent bookstores we can support, and live in a city home to some of the nation’s most celebrated authors. Toronto also houses the offices of numerous publishers, including HarperCollins Canada, Penguin Random House Canada, House of Anansi, Simon and Schuster Canada, Hachette Canada, Kobo, Harlequin (one of several principal offices), and University of Toronto Press, as […]

NYC Bookternet IRL: Brooklyn Book Festival

On Sunday, my roommate Katie and I went to the 9th Annual Brooklyn Book Festival, which was our first book festival ever. We knew there was no way I’d be able to do everything on my to-do list, but also we knew I’d have to give it my best shot. The numbers weren’t on our side, a fact that I blame largely on the deficiencies of time travel research. We had 8 hours – minus breaks for the bathroom, coffee, and food – to visit approximately 930 booths and attend […]

Profiles in Publishing: Liz Calder

  Name: Liz Calder Birthdate/Place: January 20, 1938, London Publisher Associated With: Bloomsbury Claim to Fame: While she began her literary career at Cape, Liz Calder felt bigger things calling by the mid-1980s. She cofounded Bloomsbury, which remains one of the most successful independent publishing houses. And this remarkable woman seems to have quite the Midas touch when it comes to literature: she picked up the Harry Potter series, as well as edited Salman Rushdie’s Midnight’s Children (1981), Anita Brookner’s Hotel du Lac (1984), Michael Ondaatje’s The English Patient (1992) and Margaret Atwood’s The Blind […]