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Book Fair Snubbed By Spanish Writers Over Language Row

Normally, the Frankfurt Book Fair spotlights an entire country and its current literature, not a region. But the 2007 edition decided to make Catalonia – the patch in northeast Spain that considers itself a distinct society within the country – its featured guest, and thus the region picked showcase writers who only publish their work in the Catalan language.

So Spanish writers got upset – so upset, the AP reports, that even after Catalonia backtracked, inviting topflight Spanish-language writers as well, said writers are refusing to go, calling the gesture an insulting afterthought prompted by political interference and serving up a nasty dispute for the normally genteel confines of the world’s largest book fair. One of the boycotters is Carlos Ruiz Zafon, blamed “political commissars who eagerly took over and handled this affair and who decided what kind of image of Catalonia they wanted to project, mostly to their own Catalan constituents, who are the real audience of this whole sideshow, not those attending the fair or the international media.”

The Spanish government and regional authorities have spent $16.5 million promoting the Catalan section – the biggest budget ever spent by any country at the book fair. And Jose Montilla, president of the Catalan regional government, denied that writers who published only in Catalan had been favored. “We have done everything that we could. Invitations have been sent to all authors who were important,” he said.

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Joint PN/PW Dailies for Frankfurt Book Fair

Publishing News announces that it will join forces with Publishers Weekly to produce joint dailies at Frankfurt Book Fair. Four editions of the PN/PW Dailies will be published and distributed from October 10-13, 2007 and will include news and features from both the PN and PW editorial teams, providing the most comprehensive publication for the industry’s biggest international book fair.

Fred Newman, Chairman and founder of PN said: “We have been talking about a Book Fair Daily partnership with our transatlantic counterparts at PW for some time. It seemed an obvious way of delivering in-depth coverage and understanding of the publishing and bookselling scene on both sides of the pond and I’m delighted that we’ll be offering even better Dailies to all Frankfurt Book Fair exhibitors and visitors this year.” PW Publisher and Vice President, David Nudo commented: “This is an exciting development for us and reflects PW’s desire to have a more international focus. We have always been great admirers of the Publishing News Frankfurt Book Fair Dailies so they were the obvious partners for this venture. In addition, the power of the two publications together will enhance advertising sales opportunities for both UK and US publishers.”