PEN has witnessed some strong internal opposition and argument over the decision of the PEN America Center to award its Freedom of Expression Courage Award to Charlie Hebdo, after the attacks in Paris. Six writers, Teju Cole, Rachel Kushner, Michael Ondaatje, Francine Prose, Peter Carey, and Taiye Selasi, declined to attend the associated gala over […]
Agnes Martin-Lugand wrote a novel in Paris, self-published it in December 2013 and when it caught on with a wide readership, her writing career took off. Now her debut novel “Happy People Read and Drink Coffee” is being translated to English and is set for a Spring 2016 publication date, with The Weinstein Company (TWC) […]
I’m sure there’s already enough ambulance-chasing going on around the horrible massacre at the offices of Charlie Hebdo in Paris, and though I may be a hack of sorts, I can only claim the most vicarious solidarity with chief editor Stephane Charbonnier and the other journalist victims. However, I do want to remind everyone that one […]
Amazon's rise has provoked fear and suspicion from the French government that its tactics may be undermining a treasured part of French culture: its bookstores. So the government has passed an "anti-Amazon" law to protect booksellers and French culture.
The French are not alone in their suspicions. Amazon's growing dominance of key online markets in Europe - and the relentless tactics it has used to gain its perch - has created a new set of challenges for the Seattle-based company.
Amazon, A Friendly Giant As Long as It’s Fed (NYT) A few years ago he was reduced to returning bottles and cans for grocery money. Now his Amazon earnings pay for lengthy stays in Italy and Paris, as well as expeditions to the real Amazon. *** UK Society of Authors: Traditional Publishing No Longer in […]
Wu Ming-yi’s , an eco fantasy is putting Taiwan on the international map in a novel way, with overseas editions appearing in London, New York and Paris. A recent NPR review by Jason Sheehan on the radio network’s website gave the novel high marks and praised the author for his powerful imagery. Sheehan started off by […]