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Frankfurt Fair Dealer, October 13, Day 2

Frankfurt Fair Dealer, October 13, Day 2

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Frankfurt Fair 
Thursday 13 October 2011
13 OCTOBER2011
For round-the-clock Frankfurt Book Fair coverage go to www.publishersweekly.com and www.bookbrunch.co.uk 
xplicitly aiming a barb at the Man Booker Prize, a group of publishers and agents with  Andrew Kidd of Aitken Alexander as its spokesman has announced the Literature Prize, “to establish a clear and uncompromising standard of excellence”.Te organisers said that there was a vacancy for such a prize, because “as numerous statements by (the Man Booker’s) administrator and this year’s judges illustrate, it now prioritises a notion of ‘readability’ over artistic achievement”. Tey have the support of authors including former Booker winners Pat Barker and John Banville, as well as Mark Haddon, Jackie Kay, Nicole Krauss, Claire Messud, Pankaj Mishra and David Mitchell. Other “high-profile  writers” are offering strong support behind the scenes”.Tere will be an announcement about funding for the new prize, and about the composition of the Literature Prize advisory board, “soon”.Te organisers added: “We believe though that great writing has the power to change us, to make us see the world a little differently from how we saw it before, and that the public deserves a prize whose sole aim is to bring to our attention and celebrate the very best novels published in our time.” A number of literary publishers and journalists have been strongly critical of the apparent agenda of the 2011 Man Booker judging panel. Dame Stella Rimington, Chair of the  judges, said that they were looking for “enjoyable books. I think they are very readable books.” Chris Mullin said that a “big factor” for him was that a novel had to “zip along”. Susan Hill tweeted: “
Hurrah! Man Booker  judges accused of dumbing down’. Tey mean our shortlist is readable and enjoyable.In the New Statesman, Leo Robson commented: “I think we can all agree that if a book is to be given a prize, it ought not to be unreadable, but some of us recoil from the use of ‘readable’ to mean (essentially) ‘can be read without struggle/thinking/turning off the telly’.”
Some critics believe that it goes against the original spirit of the Man
New prize takes aim at Booker
Booker to include genre novels among the contenders. AD Miller’s
  was also on the shortlist for the Crime  WritersAssociation Gold Dagger  Award, and Patrick deWitts
Te Sisters Brothers 
 was described by Man Booker Literary Director as the first western to appear on the shortlist for the Prize. But there was widespread surprise that there was no place on the list for Alan Hollinghurst’s widely acclaimed novel
Te Stranger’s Child 
Perseus expands HBRP deal
he Perseus Books Group is expanding its distribution agreement with Harvard Business Review Press to include international distribution of both its print and ebooks. Perseus,  which distributes HBRP in North  America, began selling the Press’s titles into Latin America and the Caribbean on 1 September.Beginning 1 January, the company will take over sales into Europe through Perseus UK and  will also begin distribution into  Asia – including China, Japan and Korea – as well as Australia and New Zealand.“We see only upside in partnering  with Perseus to extend our reach internationally,” said Joshua Macht, Group Publisher for HBRP. “Tis expanded partnership will give our books the widest possible distribution wherever – and in  whatever format – readers want to purchase and read the content. We are excited about this important step forward in the global growth of our publishing program.”Te Press will continue to market and promote its titles from offi ces in the UK and India as well as in the Middle East, including Dubai, Qatar, Egypt, and Saudi Arabia.
Liz Foley at Harvill Secker has signed up UK & Commonwealth rights to the second volume of Ngugi wa Thiong’o’s memoir,
In the House of the Interpreter 
, in a deal with Caspian Dennis at Abner Stein on behalf of Gloria Loomis. The memoir will appear in September 2012, and will cover the author’s schooldays in 1950s Kenya.
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Frankfurt Fair 
Thursday 13 October 2011
daughter, Sheikha Bodour, founder of the award-winning children’s publisher Kalimat and of the Emirates Publishers Association, is the driving force behind Knowledge Without Borders, a programme which aims to engrain the habit of reading among
 families by donating libraries, each of 50 books, cleverly shelved within a coffee table, to 42,000 families in the Emirate.
HE Sheikha Bodour Al Qasimi, President of the Emirates Publishers Association,
hmed Al Amri, Director of the Sharjah International Book Fair, has announced a $300,000 translation fund to mark the event’s thirtieth anniversary.Te SIBF ranslation Rights Centre, which is sponsored by Etisalat, the largest telecommunications company in the UAE, and supported by  American University of Sharjah (AUS), will offers grants for deals concluded or initiated at the Fair, and it will include books being translated between any two languages. In its first year, the fund will have a pot of $300,000.Te initiative reflects “the international reach and influence of SIBF” and is driven by the vision of its Director – but it also underscores the commitment of the Emirate to the cultural economy, a commitment which comes absolutely from the top.
HH Sheikh Dr Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qassimi is the Fair’s Patron (his memoir is published by BQPF), and at last year’s event, the talk was of 
“a cultural march... a global road map opening up the world to book-lovers”. His
$300,000 translation fund marks Sharjahs thirtieth anniversary 
“We are proud to launch the SIBF ranslation Rights Centre to celebrate our thirthieth anniversary. It will mark a significant gathering of international publishers and we will facilitate as many translation deals as we can, confirming Sharjah’s important role as an influential international book fair.”Crucially, the launch of the SIBF ranslation Rights Centre is supported by a hugely expanded professional programme, which  will take place on Monday 14 and uesday 15 November, prior to offi cial opening of SIBF on  Wednesday 16. It will include individual meetings, networking and talks, and will bring together professionals from across the international rights community to do business at the Fair. Already more than 50 international publishers
have confirmed attendance from some 16 countries, including Japan, Russia, US, Romania, UK and Mexico. Te programme will also be attended by Arab publishers from across the region keen to build their networks with international publishers. All attendees will receive a list of books currently available in Arabic that are recommended for translation, and the opportunity to meet their Arabic publishers.
Literary agent
oby Eady said:
“Books don’t succeed unless they are very well translated. But brilliant and inspiring translation is not just the bedrock of international publishing, it is the key to better understanding between cultures. Opportunities to meet with publishing professionals from across the  world, like the one afforded at Sharjah ranslation Rights Centre, are invaluable in helping us break down the barriers. Hopefully, this  will lead to more authors being translated and appreciated in more languages across the world.” A partnership with the British Council will this year see a roster of international authors heading to Sharjah for the Fair, among them Andrew Rawnsley, Robert Lacey, Amit Chaudhuri, Kate Mosse, Sunetra Gupta and Lauren St John, who was among the attendees at uesday night’s Sharjah dinner, held at the Schloss. Guests hosted by  Al-Amri and the Sheikha included publishers from Italy, Spain and France, as well as Richard Mollet and Emma House from the UK PA, Steve Rosato from BEA, Margaret Obank from Banipal,  Jane appuni of Publishing echnology, and Orion’s Lisa Milton, who, at Sharjah 2010, bought UK right’s in Kalimat’s
 My Own Special Way 
, which will be published in spring 2012.Te Fair itself will also be attended by Arab authors, booksellers and wholesalers, and key English-language book buyers from institutions such as universities and libraries.Te translation grant will be available to any attending publisher or agent. Te full guidelines for 2011 will be announced shortly via www.sharjahbookfair.com.
To contact Frankfurt Fair Dealer at the Fair with your news, visit us on the Publishers Weekly stand Hall 8.0 R925
Frankfurt reporting by Nicholas Clee and Liz Thomson for
 and Andrew Albanese and Rachel Deahl for
Publishers Weekly 
Project Management: Cevin BryermanAdvertising: Joseph Murray and Fiona ValpyLayout and Production: Heather McIntyreEditorial Co-ordinator (UK): Marian Sheil
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Sheikha Bodour, centre, with left to right, Orion’s Fiona Kennedy, Lauren St John, Lisa Milton and Alex Williams, also both from Orion

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