Publishing: Around the World


Pansa and Jobava were confirmed as IPA President and Vice President

Karine Pansa (Girassol Brasil Edições, Brazil) was confirmed as President-elect of the IPA, with Gvantsa Jobava (Intelekti Publishing, Georgia) confirmed as Vice President-elect at the third virtual IPA General Assembly. Following online elections held in September, where all IPA Full Members voted, the IPA confirmed the results of several decisions and elections.


The IPA’s 2022 General Assembly also represented the last for outgoing President, Bodour Al Qasimi who thanked IPA’s members for all their support and encouraged them for a better future.


Golden Award conferred to Mr Nair, Konark Publishers

KPR NAIR, Founder and Managing Director, Konark Publishers Pvt. Ltd has been chosen by the Federation of Publishers’ & Booksellers’ Associations in India (FPBAI) for its Golden Award for his outstanding contribution to the book industry for more than 50 years.  The award was conferred on him recently at the 68th Annual General Meeting of the FPBAI in New Delhi


Sharjah Book Authority announces a new award


The Sharjah Book Authority (SBA) has recently announced the launch of a significant new award for publishing rights professionals which will be awarded at the 2022 edition of the 12th Sharjah International Book Fair (SIBF) Publishers Conference.
Designed to support rights professionals and enhance opportunities for industry growth, the debut Sharjah Rights Connection Award will be presented in two distinct categories: one, for an individual professional selling translation rights at a publishing company; and second, for independent professionals or those working with specialised agencies to sell the rights to books to publishers and other licensors.


Penguin Publishing Group Launches New Imprint, Thesis

The Penguin Publishing Group recently announced the launch of a new imprint, Thesis – a sister imprint to the Portfolio and Sentinel imprints publishing “urgent idea-driven nonfiction.” Bria Sandford and Niki Papadopoulos will oversee the imprint’s editorial operations.


India Shines at PEN

English PEN announces first shortlist for PEN Presents: the new award for sample translations. The 12 translators representing seven of the languages of India have been shortlisted for the first round of PEN Presents, English PEN’s new award for sample translations.


PEN Presents aims to fund literary translators’ work of creating samples, give publishers better access to titles from underrepresented languages and regions, and help diversify the translated literature landscape.


Norway will be the Guest of Honour at the Bologna Children’s Book Fair in 2026


Norway will be the Guest of Honour in Bologna in 2026 – the world’s most important book fair for children’s literature. Norway’s most accomplished authors and illustrators of Children’s and YA literature will be central – both in the preparations for the fair and in the actual guesting year, 2026. There will be programmed events in the fair itself and around Bologna, and, not least, an exhibition of original works by Norwegian illustrators.

NORLA will execute the project in partnership with the publishing industry, literary and cultural actors, the Royal Norwegian Embassy in Rome, and international partners.

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