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Frankfurt Show Daily, Day 3, October 12, 2012

Frankfurt Show Daily, Day 3, October 12, 2012

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For the latest fair coverage, go to www.publishersweekly.com/frankfurt and www.bookbrunch.co.uk
12 October 2012
Frankfurt
Visit us at
Stand R925
Nobel to Chinese author Mo Yan
C
hinese writer Mo Yan was named yesterday as the 2012 winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature. His work, which has frequently fallen foul of the Chinese censors, was praised by the Nobel committee for its “hallucinatory realism”.Mo Yan (“don’t speak”) is the pen name of Guan Moye. He is best known for his novel
Red Sorghum
 (Penguin US, Arrow UK), which was turned into an award-winning film. His other novels include
The Garlic Ballads
(Arcade/Methuen) and
Big Breasts, Wide Hips
(Arcade/ Methuen).PW has reviewed five of Mo Yan’s novels, awarding stars to two of them. “If China has a Kafka, it may be Mo Yan,” PW said, describing him as “one of China’s most important contemporary writers”.Mo Yan was prominent in the betting for the Nobel, being quoted by Ladbrokes at 8/1, behind Haruki Murakami and William Trevor, and alongside Alice Munro and Peter Nadas.
A 
publisher-turned novelist, another rival to EL James, and a literary French novel were among the headline conversa-tions on the first two days of Frankfurt,
write Liz Thomson and Rachel Deahl 
.Luke Brown of Tindal Street Press is to be a Canongate author with the novel
My Biggest Lie
, signed by Frances Bickmore through Peter Straus at RCW. Bickmore “took it off the table” with a bid for world rights. Information was being sent to scouts at the Fair yesterday after-noon–a manuscript is available. Publication is set for 2014. “Luke is wasted in publish-ing,” Bickmore joked, describ-ing Brown as “an utterly win-ning new voice”. The novel con-cerns a man who, after one calamitous night, loses his job, his girlfriend and very nearly his life, and leaves London and the world of publishing for Buenos Aires. Among its qualities,
My Biggest Lie
is “a spot-on satire about the world we inhabit”. The book that might soon earn the tagline “the Canadian
Fifty Shades of Grey
” is called
S.E.C.R.E.T.
, written (pseudon-omously, of course) by a Cana-dian TV producer and novelist going by the name EM Adeline. Molly Stern at Crown (Broad-way) preempted US rights in a two-book deal (agent Christy Fletcher); the novel follows a grieving New Orleans widow who discovers a secret society that aims to help women unleash their sexual fantasies. Rumour has it that there is strong interest in the film community, from HBO among others. English-speaking authors were not the only ones the Americans were tracking in Frankfurt. A lauded French novel by Joel Dicker called
La Verite Sur L’Affaire Harry Quebert 
–it was longlisted for France’s Prix Goncourt–continued to crop up in conversations. The novel is set in New York in 2008, and follows an author struggling to finish his novel who finds his life turned askew when a former professor is accused of a decades-old murder. Bids have come in from a number of countries, including the UK, Germany, Spain and the Netherlands. The new Eric Schlosser book,
Command and Control 
, was also attracting interest, in part because it is being kept under heavy lock and key. The book, which is about the threat nuclear weapons pose, is able to be read only by those who sign non-dis-closure agreements. Penguin Press is publishing in the US–Ann Godoff unveiled the title at the Fair. Agent Tina Bennett at William Morris Endeavor is handling foreign sales.Calvert Morgan of Harper Perennial Originals pre-empted NA rights to
 A Curious Invita-tion: The Forty Greatest Parties in Literature
by Suzette Field (agent Ivan Mulcahy). Morgan said of the book, which Picador publishes in the UK this week, “I love everything about this book–the stories, the package, Suzette Field’s cheeky wit. I knew I had to buy it at once.”Abigail Gibbs’ first novel,
 The Dark Heroine: Dinner with a Vampire
, has been sold in Greece, the Netherlands, Ger-many, Hungary, Spain and Finn-ish “at very high levels”, reported agent Scott Mendel.
Big lie and other Fair deals
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FAIR DEALINGS
12 OCTOBER 2012
FRANKFURT SHOW DAILY
least, and so how good it is to see  Jo Fletcher at Quercus stepping up to buy world rights in the Viking trilogy by the Icelandic writer Snorri Kristiansson,” thus securing Cooke’s debut deal. Cooke has just finished editing and designing the travel writer Alistair Carr’s story of his journey into the heart of Niger. Other projects include
The Soldier’s Song,
by
 
an Irish soldier fighting with the British Army on the Somme as the Easter Rising begins back home (UK, Macmillan), and English author Karola Gajda’s debut novel
My Polish Roots and Other Vegetables.
Cooke is in Franfurt and can be contacted on geraldine@geraldinecooke.co.uk.
Cooke sets up as agent
Geraldine Cooke
G
eraldine Cooke, responsible for spotting the talents of Andrea Levy and others, has set up as an agent and occasional publisher.The Geraldine Cooke Agency finds the former publisher–who worked with the likes of Paul Sidey and Peter Mayer during the golden age of Penguin and who was the founder publisher of Headline Review
 – 
working with a small group of like-minded associates: “Editors and designers whose skills and interest lie in working with authors for as long as it takes”, Cooke told
 Show Daily
. Among them is Stephen Davies, “the only editor who could have argued
The Shock of the New
out of Bob Hughes in record time to tie in with the TV series”. Continued Cooke: “In this difficult time for publishing, setting up as an agent might be taken to be challenging to say the
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Reporting for
BookBrunch 
 by
Nicholas Clee in London and Liz Thomson in Frankfurt
Reporting for
Publishers Weekly 
 by
Andrew Albanese, Rachel Deahl, Calvin Reid and Jim MilliotProject Management: Joseph MurrayLayout and Production: Heather McIntyreEditorial Co-ordinator (UK): Marian Sheil
To subscribe to
Publishers Weekly 
, call 800-278-2991 or go to www.publishersweekly.comSubscribe to
BookBrunch 
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Frankfurt Fair Dealer 
 issue printed by Henrich Druck + Medien GmbH,Schwanheimer Straße 110, 60528 Frankfurt am Main
To contact Frankfurt Show Daily at the Fair with your news, visit us on the Publishers Weekly stand Hall 8.0 R925
Chi re-elected
The General Assembly of the International Publishers Association has re-elected publisher Youngsuk “YS” Chi as President for a second two-year term, starting 1 January 2013. A new team of Vice-Presidents and five new members of the Executive Committee were also elected.Chi, who is Chairman of Elsevier and Director of Corporate Affairs for Reed Elsevier, remarked: “The publishing industry is in the midst of tumultuous change, and I am honoured to be able to continue representing the global publishing industry for another two years. In particular, I will focus my efforts on what I see as the two key issues for the publishing industry today: the migration from print to digital publishing and building greater understand-ing of the value publishers bring to society.
Judge approves Google scanning
that while the decision was not “exhaustive”, it was emphatic. “Judge Baer was completely unconvinced by the plaintiffs’ arguments,” Grimmelmann said. The Authors Guild filed its copyright infringement suit in September of 2011, alleging that the HathiTrust, a digitization collective of research libraries, was built with millions of “unauthorized” scans created by Google. Among their argu-ments, the Guild stated that the program’s mass digitization was unprecedented under fair use; that the HathiTrust exposed authors’ works to security risks; and that the program deprived authors of a potential licensing market. In his analysis, Baer
I
n a major ruling, Federal judge Harold Baer has tossed out the Authors Guild case against the HathiTrust, a library-based digital preservation program largely built with scans from Google’s controversial book-scanning program.In granting the HathiTrust’s motion for Summary Judgment, Baer ruled that the scan program was a clear fair use under the copyright law, and in the process dealt a potentially fatal blow to the Authors Guild’s other long-running lawsuit filed against Google over its book scanning program.New York Law School profes-sor James Grimmelmann said rejected each argument, finding that the transformative nature of the index was sufficient to justify the copying; that there was no compelling evidence of a secu-rity risk; and that there was no market for licensing works for search and that such a market was unlikely to develop.The verdict signals that the end is finally near for a seven-year legal fight over Google’s book scanning program. Last week, US publishers dropped their suit against Google after a bare bones settlement. And while the Authors Guild’s case against Google is currently stayed, pending a procedural appeal, this verdict cuts to the heart of their case.
Brazil plans
Brazil, the Guest of Honour at Frankfurt 2013, will present its programme under the banner
Brazil in Every Word 
. The programme will demon-strate “the wealth, the variety and the vibrancy of Brazilian cultural creativity”. During its year as Guest of Honour, more than 70 Brazilian authors will present their work at the International Literature Festival Berlin and at lit.COLOGNE, as well as at Frankfurt. The events will launch in March, with a presentation at the Leipzig Book Fair.“To showcase the diversity of our culture and its openness to the world, we’ve secured a budget of US$10m for the Guest of Honour appearance,” said Marta Suplicy, Brazilian Minister of Culture.It will be the second time Brazil has been GoH–the first was in 1994. Since then, the country has introduced a long-term, state-sponsored programme of cultural support.

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