16 APRIL 2012
LONDON SHOW DAILY
n a major deal,
in the US and
in the UK acquired
Children of the Jacaranda Tree
, a debut novel by Sahar Deli-jani, an American-educated Ira-nian whose multigenerational novel follows a group of Irani-ans through the country’s tumultuous recent history. A simultaneous auction conducted by Victoria Sanders with co-agent Chandler Crawford also saw Italian rights sold to
.Tie Ning, a member of the China delegation, is Laura Dea-con’s first acquisition for
. The Bathing Woman
– which spans four decades from Mao to the 1990s – has sold more than 1m in China and is “a beautifully intricate tale explor-ing universal themes that we can all relate to”. UK/Common-wealth rights were acquired from Arabella Stein at Abner Stein on behalf of Sobel Weber. Blue Door also announced that
, the best-selling debut of Lars Kepler, is to be filmed by Lasse Hallström for SF/ Sonet. Rights have been sold in 37 countries. Kepler’s second,
, will be pub-lished in September (US, FSG; Canada, McLelland & Stewart).Vaclav Havel is the subject of a biography by Michael Zan-tovsky, who knew the play-wright-president for more than 30 years, serving as spokesman and press secretary. Currently Czech Ambassador to London, he will draw on Havel’s literary and political connections, as well as official papers.
have WEL rights from Andrew Nurnberg. Publication will mark 25 years since the 1989 Revolution. On the digital front, the
Ran-dom House Group
has become the first UK publishing partner of Small Demons, which extracts and displays people, places and other references in books. The first titles to go live are Jo Nesbo’s novels.
are to follow their Waste Land app with
, produced with Illuminations and The Arden Shakespeare. The app, in its “final stages” of preparation, will feature specially filmed performances by actors including Fiona Shaw, Sir Patrick Stewart and David Tennant. It will include the complete Arden notes.
LBF opens to a feast of international ﬁction
Backed by ACE, English PEN has launched a fund for literary translation. Pen Translates! will distribute £120,000 per year to translators and publishers and will support up to 20 works of outstanding literary merit translated from any world language.Meanwhile, the winners of its bi-annual Writers in Translation awards include
Bones Will Crow: 15 Contemporary Burmese Poets
. The ﬁrst contemporary collection to be published in the West, it’s translated from Burmese by Ko Ko Thett and James Byrne (Arc). Other winners are
The Iraqi Christ
by Hassan Blasim, translated from Arabic by Jonathan Wright (Comma);
Woman in the Crossﬁre
by Samar Yazbek translated from Arabic by Max Weiss (Haus); and
The Sound of Things Falling
by Juan Gabriel Vasquez, translated from Spanish by Anne McLean (Bloomsbury). A t LBF, PEN is urging open dialogue while expressing “deep disappointment” that “the ofﬁcial programme of visiting authors will not include the voices of those in prison, or the many others who live in exile”. Director Jonathan Heawood said: “We want to engage with Chinese authors, but we do not want to endorse the Chinese regime.”
PEN launches translation fund
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UP has reached an agreement to produce a Chinese edition of its 29-volume
New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians
.Hunan Literature and Art Publishing House will publish the bible of music reference in mainland China, complete with bilingual jackets and tables of contents. Grove dates back to 1878;
was published in 1980 and revised in 2000, before passing from Macmillan to OUP. It contains more than 29,000 entries from 6,000 contributors covering a wide range of musical styles. Catherine Johnson-Gilbert, OUP’s Academic Rights Manager, said: “This agreement has the potential to greatly enhance music scholarship in China. OUP’s academic publishing is increasingly popular in the country, and for such a large reference work to be produced for the market is a fantastic achievement.”Mr Sun Jia, Editor-in-Chief at Hunan, said: “My company hopes that this agreement will start the exchange and coopera-tion between music publishers of different countries and promote the flourish and development of music publishing in the world.
ake Smith-Bosanquet has been appointed MD at Con-ville & Walsh. Founders Clare Conville and Patrick Walsh described Smith-Bosan-quet, 33, as “a brilliant strategist with a rare ability to adapt to changing markets and a passion-ate belief in the books that he has handled for the agency”. He is charged with leading an “ambi-tious” growth plan for the agency over the next five years. He joined C&W in 2005, and became a Director in 2009.
ngry Robot, the SFF subsidiary of Osprey, is to launch a crime list, Exhibit A. The list will begin publishing in late spring 2013, with two titles a month at first, and one title a month thereafter. It will be run by Emlyn Rees, author of solo novels as well as of several bestselling collabo-rations with his wife, Josie Lloyd. The first titles from Angry Robot’s YA list, Strange Chemistry, will appear in September 2012.
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