16 APRIL 2012
LONDON SHOW DAILY
n a major deal,
in theUS and
in theUK acquired
Children of the Jacaranda Tree
, adebut novel by Sahar Deli-jani, an American-educated Ira-nian whose multigenerationalnovel follows a group of Irani-ans through the country’stumultuous recent history. Asimultaneous auction conductedby Victoria Sanders with co-agent Chandler Crawford alsosaw Italian rights sold to
.Tie Ning, a member of theChina delegation, is Laura Dea-con’s first acquisition for
. The Bathing Woman
–which spans four decades fromMao to the 1990s – has soldmore than 1m in China and is “abeautifully intricate tale explor-ing universal themes that we canall relate to”. UK/Common-wealth rights were acquiredfrom Arabella Stein at AbnerStein on behalf of Sobel Weber.Blue Door also announcedthat
, the best-selling debut of Lars Kepler, is tobe filmed by Lasse Hallström forSF/ Sonet. Rights have been soldin 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 than30 years, serving as spokesmanand press secretary. CurrentlyCzech Ambassador to London,he will draw on Havel’s literaryand political connections, aswell as official papers.
have WELrights from Andrew Nurnberg.Publication will mark 25 yearssince the 1989 Revolution.On the digital front, the
Ran-dom House Group
has becomethe first UK publishing partnerof Small Demons, whichextracts and displays people,places and other references inbooks. The first titles to go liveare Jo Nesbo’s novels.
are tofollow their Waste Land appwith
,produced with Illuminationsand The Arden Shakespeare.The app, in its “final stages”of preparation, will featurespecially filmed performancesby actors including Fiona Shaw,Sir Patrick Stewart and DavidTennant. It will include thecomplete Arden notes.
LBF opens to a feastof international ﬁction
Backed by ACE, English PEN has launched a fund for literarytranslation. PenTranslates! will distribute £120,000 per year totranslators and publishers and will support up to 20 works ofoutstanding literary merit translated from any world language.Meanwhile, the winners of its bi-annual Writers inTranslationawards include
Bones Will Crow: 15 Contemporary Burmese Poets
.The ﬁrst contemporary collection to be published in the West, it’stranslated from Burmese by Ko Ko Thett and James Byrne (Arc).Other winners are
The Iraqi Christ
by Hassan Blasim, translatedfrom 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, translatedfrom Spanish by Anne McLean (Bloomsbury).At LBF, PEN is urging open dialogue while expressing “deepdisappointment” that “the ofﬁcial programme of visiting authorswill not include the voices of those in prison, or the many otherswho live in exile”. Director Jonathan Heawood said: “We want toengage with Chinese authors, but we do not want to endorse theChinese regime.”
PEN launches translation fund
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UP has reached anagreement to producea Chinese edition of its 29-volume
New GroveDictionary of Music and Musicians
.Hunan Literature and ArtPublishing House will publishthe bible of music reference inmainland China, completewith bilingual jackets and tablesof contents. Grove dates backto 1878;
waspublished in 1980 and revisedin 2000, before passing fromMacmillan to OUP. It containsmore than 29,000 entries from6,000 contributors covering awide range of musical styles.Catherine Johnson-Gilbert,OUP’s Academic RightsManager, said: “This agreementhas the potential to greatlyenhance music scholarshipin China. OUP’s academicpublishing is increasinglypopular in the country, and forsuch a large reference work tobe produced for the market is afantastic achievement.”Mr Sun Jia, Editor-in-Chief atHunan, said: “My companyhopes that this agreement willstart the exchange and coopera-tion between music publishers of different countries and promotethe flourish and development of music publishing in the world.
ake Smith-Bosanquet hasbeen appointed MD at Con-ville & Walsh. FoundersClare Conville and PatrickWalsh described Smith-Bosan-quet, 33, as “a brilliant strategistwith a rare ability to adapt tochanging markets and a passion-ate belief in the books that he hashandled for the agency”. He ischarged with leading an “ambi-tious” growth plan for theagency over the next five years.He joined C&W in 2005, andbecame a Director in 2009.
ngry Robot, the SFFsubsidiary of Osprey, isto launch a crime list,Exhibit A. The list will beginpublishing 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 wellas of several bestselling collabo-rations with his wife, JosieLloyd. The first titles fromAngry Robot’s YA list, StrangeChemistry, will appear inSeptember 2012.
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