International Publishers Association announces line-up for 2nd IPA Africa Seminar in Nairobi

If last year’s inaugural IPA Africa Seminar in Lagos was a much needed wake-up call to a global publishing industry that had largely ignored the world’s second largest continent, the 2nd incarnation in Nairobi in June will elevate the debate to the next level. From the IPA press release: Leading figures in African writing and Read More …

StreetLib completes Pan-African digital footprint. Launches a publisher portal for every nation in Africa. 800m Africans online by 2025

Italy-based digital books distributor and publishing facilitator StreetLib has completed the third stage of its global roll-out, and now offers an author and publisher portal for every nation in Africa. The New Publishing Standard (TNPS) is published by StreetLib to further the debate about the global book markets. TNPS is not a StreetLib promotion tool. Read More …

Somaliland’s 12th Hargeysa International Book Fair set for July with Egypt as Guest of Honour

Coexistence is the theme of the 12th Hargeysa International Book Fair which will be running July 20-25 in Somaliland An announcement on the Hargeysa Book Fair website explains, Throughout the annals of history, all the conflicts for which humanity has paid in millions of human lives and immeasurable destruction of properties have been based on Read More …

Brussels Book Fair sets new visitor record as readers vote with their feet to defy the books-are-dead doom-mongers

We’re told so many times that books are dead, publishing is doomed and authors need to find new career paths, that it’s sometimes easy to lose sight of the reality. That books and reading are more popular than ever. It’s just that the traditional sales channels and publishing superstar names are competing in an increasingly Read More …

Over 5 million visitors spend over $5 million at India’s 2019 book fairs. And we’re only halfway through February

India’s Kolkata International Book Fair wound up earlier this week and the numbers are in: 2.3 million visitors spent 230 million rupees (US$ 3.2 million) on books in twelve days. Given the price of books in India the volume must have been huge. This just weeks after 900,000 turned out to the New Delhi World Book Read More …

Tanzania’s 2018 Mabati-Cornell Kiswahili Prize for African Literature sets the scene for the Kenya Swahili Literary Festival

Weeks before the first ever Swahili Literary Festival kicks off in Kenya in the first days of March comes news that the 2018 Mabati-Cornell Kiswahili Prize for African Literature will be presented at a special event at the University of Dar es Salaam in Tanzania on Friday. Brittle Paper reports that, The prize winners…Tanzanian Zainab Alwi Baharoon, Read More …

StreetLib completes January tranche of global expansion. 21 countries on 6 continents

When StreetLib launched The New Publishing Standard in September 2017 we made clear the function of the journal was to stimulate debate about the much-neglected global book markets. It was not a StreetLib promotional tool, and not a vehicle to advocate digital at the expense of traditional formats. But occasionally StreetLib becomes part of the Read More …

“A sweeping fantasy epic steeped in Pan-African history and folklore—one of the most anticipated books of the year.” Widely unavailable in Africa

That was the Wall Street Journal this week. Well, maybe not that last bit. What the Wall Street Journal actually said was, Four years after winning the Man Booker Prize, novelist Marlon James returns with a sweeping fantasy epic steeped in Pan-African history and folklore—and one of the most anticipated books of the year Sadly Read More …

Cairo International Book Fair beats USA’s biggest book fair visitor numbers in first two days

Last year the Washington National Book Festival clocked a record 200,000 visitors. The Cairo International Book fair has just beaten that in its first two days, averaging 108,500 visitors a day, despite cold weather and a venue that, because of renovations at the usual location, is challenging some would-be attendees. UK’s Bradford Lit Fest and Read More …

More than 4.5 million expected at the Cairo International Book Fair Golden Jubilee

Taking place for the first time in the Fifth Settlement, the just launched 50th Cairo International Book Fair is hoping to set a new world record for visitor numbers, with extra days added to the usually 12-day event. According to Egypt Today, Haitham al-Haj, chairman of the General Egyptian Book Organization. expects the extra days to Read More …

Saudi Arabia’s second book fair of the year attracts thousands, just a week after Jeddah’s record 475,000 turnout

Given the Jeddah International Book Fair ran from December 26 through January 5, we can only attribute five days worth of the 475,000 visitors to the 2019 book fair count, but even so we’re looking at about a quarter million booklovers descending on an Arab book fair so far in 2019, and we’re still less Read More …

“Realising Africa’s Potential as a Global Publishing Leader in the 21st century” will require abandoning 20th century attitudes towards publishing

The International Publishers Association Seminar on Sustainable Development for African Publishers 2019 will be hosted in Nairobi on June 14-15 with the theme “Realising Africa’s Potential as a Global Publishing Leader in the 21st Century.” James Murua has the scoop on this story, so I defer first to the James Murua African Literature Blog for Read More …

Accra International Book Festival 2019 dates announced. And the hunt is on for the 27 best books by Ghanaian authors

Ghana’s inaugural Accra Book Festival last Year (not to be confused with the Ghana International Book Fair) was an unqualified success last year, and plans for the 2019 edition are underway. The 2nd Accra Book Festival will be formally launched on August 10 and the event itself will run for four days over October 24-27. Read More …

Start The Day Global – 5 Not to be Missed Publishing Stories from Around the World

Unusually we Start the Day Global today in Michigan, USA, where this delightful story caught my eye over at Publishers Weekly. Girls of the Crescent: Teen Sisters Promote Stories of Muslim Girls When sisters Mena and Zena Nasiri, both avid teen readers, noticed a dearth of YA books featuring Muslim females like themselves, they took Read More …

Hakuna matata! African authors need to create a canon of African children’s literature that is indeed their own. But that can be achieved without inverted racism and denigrating the works of other cultures

Cultural appropriation, while not new, is a rising theme in a modern world that is connected in a way impossible to imagine even ten years ago, and with it comes an acceleration in examples of perceived and actual cultural appropriation as well as examples of extreme reactions to this appropriation. Back in August this year Read More …

In Egypt calls grow to boycott world’s largest book fair. Cairo Int. Book Fair Director steps up to explain the CIBF’s unpopular relocation

At the best of times the logistics of setting up the world’s biggest book fair are problematic. Accommodating over four million eager booklovers over fourteen days is a challenge no other book fair on the planet has to face. And yes, we are talking Cairo, Egypt, in Afraica, which in defiance of the widely held Read More …

Ghana’s Accra International Book Festival announces 2018 Awards shortlist

The Accra International Book Festival has announced its shortlist for two awards today: the 2018 First Book Award and the 2018 Independent Writers Award, with five female contenders and just one male making the finals. Unusually for an Africa-based award the prize is open to submissions from authors of any nationality, although submissions must be Read More …

RadioBook Rwanda launches in Kenya with podcasts and print

RadioBook Rwanda is a collaboration between Rwanda’s Huza Press, Kenya’s Kwani Trust and the UK’s No Bindings that produces short stories by Rwandan writers in both print and digital podcast editions. James Murua explains  that the first RadioBook Rwanda publications were seen at a recent launch, featuring one of the writers Annick La Reine Shimwa as Read More …

Start Christmas Day Global – 5 not to be missed publishing stories from around the world

As this curation is posted it’s Christmas Day 2018. Whether you celebrate Christmas as a Christian, or as a fun Santa event for the children, or whether it’s just another working day, there’s no getting away from the fact that the story of Jesus Christ began in that part of the Middle East that now Read More …

Move over, Michelle Obama. Uganda’s First Lady is a bestselling author too

Okay, Janet Museveni’s book My Life’s Journey may not have made quite the splash that Michelle Obama’s Becoming has made, but then, being the wife of the President of Uganda doesn’t come with quite the high profile that comes with being the wife of the former President of the United States. But that didn’t stop Read More …