Publishing News [National]

Institut français India and German Book Office hosted Indian publishers at a Business Breakfast on May 26, 2017 at Institut français India, New Delhi. Croissants in one hand and pen in the other, 25 publishers, representing literature of all genres (fiction, non-fiction, children’s books, graphic novels) met with the organisers at Institut français India in preparation of their participation at the upcoming 69th Frankfurt Book Fair (11-15 October 2017) where France will be Guest of Honor.

Publishers benefited from the tips given on logistic details and maximising one’s presence at the Book Fair. They were also given presentations on conferences and professional meetings set to take place during the Book Fair. The topic of the conference on the Indian markets, “The circulation of translations into English language”, taking place on Friday 13th November at the fair, was also discussed by publishers. The fair will provide Indian publishers an occasion to reaffirm their will to be key players in the English language market, and their capacity to offer diversity and richness in vernacular languages at the largest publishing event of the year.

National Book Trust (NBT), an apex body that was established by government of India in the year 1957 with an aim to make people book minded and to inculcate reading habits among the people of India, has been organizing training courses in different parts of the country where training facilities in this discipline are scarce. Latest in the series of such programmes is a job oriented Certificate Course in Book Publishing being organized in association with Cochin University of Science and Technology (CUSAT), Kochi. The course will be held from July 19-26, 2017.

The important feature of this course is that eminent professionals in this field and from the leading publishing industry all over India will provide knowledge into the various aspects of book publishing. Admission to this 8 day course will be based only on first come first serve basis. A certificate of participation will be given at the end of the program.

Around 200 celebrities from the world of literature, cinema, media and politics assembled in the temple city of Odisha to deliberate on the theme of ‘Literature in Peace and Harmony’, at the Kalinga Literature Festival in Bhubaneswar, from June 10-12, 2017.

Kalinga Literary Festival (KLF) has emerged as one of the leading literary platform in India and number one in the Eastern part of India, attracting both experienced and young litterateurs.

Quadrum Solutions offers brand name and design differentiators, to character design, layout, illustrations and graphic design. Some of the their clients in India, Africa, UK and USA include Cambridge University Press, Disney, Encyclopedia Britannica, Harper Collins, Orient Black Swan, Oxford University Press, Penguin, Disney, Pearson, Scholastic, etc.

In the smartphone era, where children are glued to mobile, laptops and tablets, there are a precious few who still consider books as their best friends. One such precious child is a nine-year old student of Lancers International School - Maya Louise Joshi. A voracious reader, she not only reads the books from cover to cover but also shares their reviews on her blog. She claims to have read more than 300 books last year. Her blog titled ‘Fabulous Books’ is about the remarkable books that she has read. According to her they are fabulous because they provide an important message, such as not to judge people and to be courageous.

And who is her favourite author? “Eva Ibbotson, Roald Dahl, Jacqueline Wilson, Michael Morpurgo, Enid Blyton and JK Rowling,” she quips. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Journey to the River Sea, Wonder and Tuesdays at the Castle are some of the books she has reviewed on her blog.