Tag Archives: Orhan Pamuk

International Publishers Talk Turkey at the Istanbul Book Fair

Beginning this year on Saturday, November 17th and lasting the following week, through Sunday, November 25th, The Tüyap Istanbul Book Fair is incontestably Turkey’s largest book business event—it boasted over 500,000 visitors this year, and more than 500 registered Turkish publishers, agencies, and organizations. Now in its 31st year, the Fair is a production of…Continue Reading

Publishing in China

While the rest of the world suffers the economic squeeze, the government-run Chinese publishing industry has counterintuitively managed to cultivate opportunity for expansion both for local entrepreneurs and international publishers. Talk of less state interference and mounting interest from foreign markets is encouraging some publishers to brave the censors, fears of piracy, and the cultural…Continue Reading

Swedish Crimes and Turkish Tales

After making the rounds at Bologna and London, some international publishers and agents are choosing to give their expense accounts a rest and opt out of this year’s BEA. “I remember the good old times when there was just…Frankfurt!” says Marie Louise Zarmanian, translation rights manager at Editoriale Mauri Spagnol, who blames Guadalajara, Turin, and…Continue Reading

Turkish Delight?

For Turkey, whose publishing past is inextricably linked with controversy, being the Guest of Honor at Frankfurt Book Fair is a unique opportunity. Rather than defending itself and its authors against the historically restrictive government, Frankfurt is a chance for Turkey’s literary community to present a united cultural front on the international stage. Fittingly, Nobel…Continue Reading

International Bestsellers: The Iran-Coelho Affair

Book-Banning Scare in Iran, Expats Unite in Turkey Despite having completed all of the normal and rigorous procedures required to get permission from the government, Arash Hejaz, the Iranian publisher of Paulo Coelho‘s latest international sensation, THE ZAHIR, was threatened and terrified last month by the authorities. The novel was the first foreign title to…Continue Reading