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Book Fairs

Bay Area Book Festival to Launch Next Year

bookfestlogo2-273x300A new book festival is launching next year in the San Francisco area called the Bay Area Book Festival.

Headed up by Cherilyn Parsons, the former director of development and strategic initiatives at the Center for Investigative Reporting, the festival will have a wide scope with content from Nobel laureate writers and the National Book Award winners to popular genre writers including science fiction and fantasy and romance authors. The festival will take place in the East Bay and all of the events will be located nearby so that attendees can walk.

Parsons told SF Gate that she expects the event to draw 100,000 attendees. ”Other cities around the world have big public, weekend, free book festivals that cover all different kinds of writing,” Parsons explained to the paper. “But the Bay Area, strangely, despite being a literary mecca, doesn’t have one of these. So I thought, it’s time someone starts one.”

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Sonoma County Book Festival on Kickstarter

The organizers of the Sonoma County Book Festival hope to raise $10,000 on Kickstarter this month to finance a bigger and better festival this year.

We’ve embedded a video about the project above–what do you think? Here’s more about the project: ”

The 2013 Book Festival on Saturday, September 21, is moving to the outdoor courtyard at the Santa Rosa Junior College in Santa  Rosa so all of the Festival offerings are in one spot (and it’s a beautiful spot!).  We are partnering with our local independent bookseller, Copperfield’s Books, to bring an amazing line-up of nationally acclaimed authors while still showcasing our wonderful local authors. We’ll continue to provide presentations, workshops, and a slew of children’s activities in an all-day event that you won’t want to miss and that will remain absolutely FREE.

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Guys Lit Wire Hosts Book Fair to Help Ballou Senior High School

Guys Lit Wire (GLW) is hosting a book fair to help out Ballou Senior High School. This year’s event will run from October 1st to October 14th.

The library in this Washington D.C.-based secondary school currently holds 5,484 books in its collection. By the continuing efforts of this annual book fair event, GLW hopes that this institution will eventually be able to meet the American Library Association’s (ALA) standard of 11 books for each student. Those who wish to join GLW can purchase titles through Powell’s Books; refer to this list of 450+ books. From there, ship your order to school library Melissa Jackson.

Here’s more from GLW’s blog post: “After three previous online book fairs to help stock the shelves, we were already planning to return to Ballou but the news that libraries in particular were facing major cost cutting measures in the city has just strengthened our commitment. When we began with Ballou in 2011 there were just over 1,500 books in the library, or 1.25 for each of the nearly 1,200 students.”

Guys Lit Wire Hosts Book Fair for Ballou High School

Guys Lit Wire (GLW) is currently hosting its annual book fair, helping Ballou Senior High School in Washington D.C. buy 900 books for its half-filled shelves.

Readers can contribute by buying books for the library through Powell’s Books. The video embedded above shows the actual library. The book fair runs until May 18th.

GLW  contributor Colleen Mondor explained in a post: “Ballou is very special to me as school librarian Melissa Jackson made such an eloquent case for her students’ need for more books. Her video, which shows so many empty shelves, really gave me reason to pause. There are probably more books in my house then Ballou has in this video and that is wrong in so many ways that I don’t even know where to begin. At the time the video was made early this year there were just over 1,150 books on the shelves at Ballou; there are over 1,200 students in the school. So there was barely one book for each student (the ALA standard is 11:1).”

 

Salman Rushdie to Pick 10 Books for Standard Hotel

How about replacing the chocolate mint on your hotel pillow with a good book?

According to the New York Post, Midnight’s Children author Salman Rushdie (pictured, via) will be selecting ten American classics to be featured in the guest rooms at New York City’s Standard Hotel.

The titles, provided by Housing Works, will be available inside the rooms during this year’s PEN World Voices Festival from April 25th to May 1st. Which titles should Rushdie pick? (via Publishers Weekly)

Julianne Moore, Jim Lehrer & Mindy Kaling to Host Book Expo America Breakfasts

Oscar-nominated actress Julianne Moore, Emmy-nominated comedian Mindy Kaling, and journalist Jim Lehrer will host breakfast events at this year’s Book Expo America.

Moore, author of picture book Freckleface Strawberry, will preside over the children’s writers’ breakfast. Kaling (a writer at The Office)  and Lehrer (author of both fiction and nonfiction) will host two adult writers’ breakfasts.

Here’s more from the press release: “The other speakers who will be joining the hosts for these popular events include Sarah Dessen, Roger Ebert, Anne Enright, Jefferey Eugenides, Charlaine Harris, Kevin Henkes, Diane Keaton, Erik Larson, and Brian Selznick.  In addition, Katherine Paterson, who is the current Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, will be saying a few words at the Children’s Breakfast on behalf of the Children’s Book Council.”

Madeline Stars in L.A. Times Festival of Books Artwork

Children’s book character Madeline stars in this year’s L.A. Times’ Festival of Books artwork. The illustration celebrates the new book, Madeline at the White House by John Bemelmans Marciano.

Marciano is the grandson of original Madeline author/illustrator, Ludwig Bemelmans. Jacket Copy reports: “He never met his grandfather, but he uses the same materials Bemelmans did, including gouache and ‘pens that you have to dip in ink.’ Ludwig Bemelmans started with a pencil sketch and then did an ink drawing over that — as does Marciano.”

In this video, the author explains that the new book was inspired by his grandfather’s friendship with former First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy. In total, Marciano has published five Madeline titles, continuing the six-book series created by his grandfather. Marciano has also written Bemelmans: The Life and Art of Madeline’s Creator and stand-alone titles like Harold’s Tail and There’s a Dolphin in the Grand Canal.

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Cape Town Book Fair Canceled Until 2012

There will be no Cape Town Book Fair this year. The organizers explained in a website announcement: “The reason for this new move is that publishers in South Africa have voiced their support for a bi-annual Fair, starting in 2012.”

Last year, the event was held at the Cape Town International Conference Centre (CTICC). It boasted over 240 events, 273 exhibitors, and 33,488 visitors. The next festival is scheduled for June 12th-14th, 2012.

In addition, iafrica.com theorized that the organizer scrapped the event because only four out of South Africa’s “Big Six” publishers  (NB, Jonathan Ball, Jacana, and Pan Macmillan) participated in the 2010 book fair.

Ian McEwan Wins $10,000 Jerusalem Prize

UK author Ian McEwan (pictured, via) has won the $10,000 Jerusalem Prize. It will be awarded at the 25th International Jerusalem Book Fair. The biennial prize recognizes work that articulates ideas about “freedom of the individual in society.”

Here’s more from the release: “McEwan’s protagonists struggle for their right to give personal expression to their ideas, and to live according to those ideas in an environment of political and social turmoil. His obvious affection for them, and the compelling manner in which he describes their struggle, make him one of the most important writers of our time. His books have been translated into many languages and have enjoyed world-wide success – particularly in Israel, where he is one of the most widely-read of foreign authors.”

Several past winners (including Peruvian writer, Mario Vargas Llosa) have also received the Nobel Prize in Literature.

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13 North American Editors & Agents Receive Jerusalem International Book Fair Fellowships

Nine editors and four agents from the U.S. and Canada have won fellowships to attend this year’s Jerusalem International Book Fair. Running from February 20th to 25th, this year marks the 25th anniversary of the book fair.

Here’s more from the press release: “Altogether, 33 editors and 12 agents from 17 different countries were granted these special visiting fellowships for an international exchange of ideas with colleagues, including many alumni fellows, and Fair exhibitors, and to become more familiar with the Israeli publishing scene.”

The editorial fellows inclued: Reagan Arthur (Little, Brown), Kristin Cochrane (Doubleday Canada), Jonathan Jao (Random House), Jenna Johnson (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt), Altie Karper (Schocken Books), Benjamin Schafer (Da Capo Press), Johnny Temple (Akashic Books), Iris Tupholme (HarperCollins Canada), and Emily Wichland (Longhill Partners).

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