Weekly book agenda: IMPAC Award, Paris literary festival
Friday 11 June 2010
The world's most valuable literary prize is awarded on June 17 in Dublin. Meanwhile, in Paris, a literary festival at an iconic Left Bank bookshop runs from June 18 through 20, and a literary magazine is launched.
Open to novels published in English or English translation, the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award is the world's most valuable literary prize for a single work of fiction published in English. The 2010 shortlist includes Marilynne Robinson's Home and Joseph O'Neill's post-9/11 novel Netherland, plus works by UK authors Robert Edric, Zoe Heller, and Ross Raisin. Translated titles include The Twin by Dutch author Gerbrand Bakker, German writer Christoph Hein's The Settlement, and French author Muriel Barbery's The Elegance of the Hedgehog. The 2009 IMPAC winner was American author Michael Thomas for his debut novel Man Gone Down. The winner will take home more €100,000.
Shakespeare & Company Literary Festival
The Shakespeare & Company Literary Festival was founded in 2003 as a biannual event that now welcomes more than 5,000 visitors. The festival is the largest in Paris and notable especially for its iconic location, the Left Bank bookshop that has been a gathering point for writers and artists for nearly 60 years (Paris's original Shakespeare & Company, was a center for expat literary culture from 1919 to 1941, welcoming visits from Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and Gertrude Stein.) The 2010 edition is set to feature writers including Martin Amis, Jeannette Winterson, Fatima Bhutto, Philip Pullman, Njabulo Ndebele, and Nam Le, and will also mark the launch of a new literary journal, Paris Magazine.
iBooks updates, iPhone app
June 24? (unconfirmed)
Apple's iBookstore, now for iPad only, will soon be available for the iPhone, likely around the time the iPhone 4 is launched. The expanded iBookstore will allow readers to buy a book once and download it wirelessly to multiple devices at no extra charge. The app will also automatically synchronize across devices, meaning that the reader's page number and notes will be preserved and accessible on both smartphone and tablet. Also out in June will be an updated version of the current iBooks app with support for PDF files. The iPhone 4 will go on sale on June 24 in Britain, France, Germany, Japan, and the United States. The iBooks app, likely to launch at about the same time, will be free of charge.
Tokyo International Book Fair
TIBF is the leading book event focusing on the colossal Japanese publishing industry, which is estimated to be the second largest woldwide. In 2009, the fair welcomed 776 exhibitors from 29 countries and regions and 64,844 registered visitors from Japan and around the world. Focuses include general fiction, business titles, and manga, while a special Digital Publishing Fair will hone in on Japan's e-book market, which fair organizers say is growing at 200 percent per year. The fair will be open to the public on July 10 and 11.
Hong Kong Book Fair
Hong Kong, China
The Hong Kong Book Fair has in 20 years grown from a small, industry-only event into somewhat of a cultural phenomenon. The 2009 edition saw nearly 500 exhibitors from 20 countries and regions as well as 900,000 visitors, many of whom lined up overnight to get author autographs, book bargains, and photos from the scantily clad models whose picture books are among the event's biggest sellers each year. The 2010 fair will feature seminars, new book releases, storytelling sessions, and talks by well-known authors from the Chinese mainland, Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore, Taiwan, and elsewhere.
San Diego, California
The sold-out 41st annual San Diego Comic-Con International will host guests including American science fiction writer Ray Bradbury, True Blood author Charlaine Harris, comic book writer and editor Stan Lee, and dozens of other writers, artists, and editors from the wide world of comics. Originally a showcase for classic comic books, science fiction/fantasy writing, and related film/television, Comic-Con has expanded over the years to comprise horror, anime, manga, animation, and webcomics. The convention is the largest in the Western hemisphere and the second largest in the world after the Angoulême International Comics Festival in France, attracting more than 125,000 visitors a year.
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