Earlier this week, I reported on a panel (on which I was a participant last week) sponsored by the NBCC called Book Reviews, Revamped. An observant audience member and writer for the international literature publication Words Without Borders picked up on a thread from the panel’s discussion, spurred by a question from another audience member, about why so little literature in translation is reviewed.
In his post, the writer, David Varno, rounds up the various panelists’ comments on literature in translation, including this especially interesting bit from Library Journal‘s Barbara Hoffert, in which she explains why more translated lit is popping up on library shelves.
Here’s more from Varno’s post:
Barbara Hoffert, editor of Library Journal‘s PrePub Alert, is covering more books than she used to, and much earlier than she used to, sometimes nine months in advance. Among the areas that she is able to give more coverage to is literature in translation, and she explained how libraries are able to expand the market for translated books because of novels like Stieg Larsson’s. Apparently, now that more readers are becoming comfortable with reading in translation, librarians are able to turn their patrons onto books from other authors who write in the language from which a very successful book originated.
So here’s today’s question–do you think the climate is better or worse for translated literature these days? Are you seeing more translated books? Are American readers more interested in reading them? Are e-books having any effect? We’d love to hear from you.
Big in Korea: Research shows that books–print books–are still huge in Korea, despite the craze for smartphones. From the Korea Times.
Borders Report: The NYT on Borders’ big meeting yesterday.
Finishing Stieg’s Sentences: Eva Gabrielson, Stieg Larsson’s partner, has announced plans to complete the unfinished fourth part of the Millennium trilogy. From the Guardian.
Lits Vegas: Las Vegas ponders its status as the 52nd most literary city in the US. From the Las Vegas Sun.
Why We Buy Books Online: A blogger at Blog Her wonders why we do and don’t buy books online.
iPad Newspaper Delayed: NewsCorp’s iPad newspaper, the Daily, has been delayed several weeks while Apple fine-tunes its subscription service, report Mashable.
Today’s book and publishing news from across the Web:
E-Books Are Good News for Literature: So says the LA Times‘ David L. Ulin.
And Here Are David Ulin’s Favorite Books of the Year: Here they are.
Meet Diana Athill: The nonagenarian British memoirist and editor (and winner of last year’s NBCC award) talks to the Independent.
Richard’s Reading: Richard Nash tells the Millions about his favorite books of the year.
Gabrielsson Up for Grabs: The UK rights for Stieg Larsson’s partner’s memoir are still up for grabs reports the Bookseller.
An Amazing Translation Tool: Check out this video demonstration of Word Lens…you’ll be amazed. [Via @walkley]
In what surely represents a big coup for the indie publisher, Seven Stories Press has acquired North American rights to an as-yet-untitled memoir by Eva Gabrielsson, the life-partner of the late Stieg Larsson, author of the internationally bestselling Millennium Trilogy. The book, which is being translated into English by Linda Coverdale, is slated for June 2011 publication.
The memoir, which will be published in French, Swedish and Norwegian in January 2011, recounts Larsson and Gabrielsson’s 30-years together, traces sources of episodes and characters in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The Girl Who Played with Fire, and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest, discusses Larsson’s sudden death in 2004, and describes the ongoing saga of the lost fourth book. It’s sure to be a huge seller among ravenous Larsson fans.
It’s Friday…you know what that means…
Swedish Narcissus: The Millions had such a good title for this article about Stieg Larsson that we had to reuse it.
Another Kind of Paper Book: Jennifer Egan tells Salon why she won’t give up her paper day-planner for an electronic one.
Old-Fashioned Bookselling: NPR extols the virtues of good old word-of-mouth advertising for books.
Thomas Guinzburg Dies at 84: Here is the NYT obit for Guinzburg, a founder of the Paris Review and longtime head of Viking.
Pentagon Seeks to Destroy Book: The Pentagon wants to buy up the entire first printing of a book that details covert military operations.
Accepting the Digital Future of Books: Wired‘s Jonah Lehrer struggles to accept the digital future of books.
The Return of Cool-er: The Cool-er e-reader is on its way back after the company went under. The Bookseller reports on a new partnership that could resurrect the e-reader.
It’s practically the weekend…
Super-Reader: The Daily News reports on the Bronx teen who’s been crowned “bookworm of the year” for reading 325 novels and comics in three months.
Youth Against E-Readers: One 26-year-old tells Salon why E-readers are not for her.
Larsson’s Intriguing Life: The NYT (via The Ledger) details the ongoing controversy over Stieg Larsson’s life, legacy and posthumous fortune.
Wooden Books: HuffPo describes the influence of Lynd Ward’s “novels in woodcut,” on comics artist Art Spiegelman and others. The Library of America is about to publish a collection of Ward’s books.
Meet Evil Wylie: Independent Publisher interviews the actual person behind the Twitter handle.
The Oldest Typewriter Repairman in New Haven: tells the Yale Daily News why Typewriters are better than computers. He’s 94 years old.
It may be raining outside, but the sun is shining bright within…
“Absurd” UK E-book Price Wars: A top UK publisher calls the price wars no going on in the UK (we haven’t covered this much, but, basically, since the launch of the UK Kindle store, UK retailers are aggressively trying to undercut each other on e-book pricing) “absurd.” From the Bookseller.
An Interview with Stieg Larsson’s Girlfriend: Eva Gabrielsson talks to the UK Mirror about her bitter struggle over Larsson’s legacy.
Cruising Literary Social Networks: the Millions runs down the dangers life on book-based social networks, like GoodReads.
Riggio vs. Burkle: “Are Barnes & Noble founder Len Riggio and his nemesis Ron Burkle the only people in America who still want to own a mega-bookstore?” asks New York magazine.
Women vs. Franzen: An editor for the Atlantic runs down the Tweets going back and forth by Jodi Picoult and Jennifer Weiner about Michiko Kakutani’s review of the new Franzen book.
Seth Godin Goes His Own Way: Bestselling author Seth Godin tells GalleyCat that he will never publish a book traditionally again.
Do E-readers Make Readers More Social?: The NYT ran a story this weekend in which many argue that e-readers make reading more social.
The search for Lisbeth Salander is over–Rooney Mara has been cast in the female lead role in the upcoming three-film production of Stieg Larsson’s Millennium Trilogy. She beat out some big names, including Scarlett Johansson. Mara has worked with ‘Dragon’ director David Fincher on the soon-to-be-released ‘The Social Network,’ and was recently seen in a ‘Nightmare on Elmstreet’ remake. Check Deadline New York for more details and the complete press release.
Amazon announced this morning that Stieg Larsson, author of the ubiquitously popular “Millennium Trilogy,” which includes The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (click to read our review), has sold over 1 million Kindle books. Amazon is also making Larsson the first member of what it’s calling the “Kindle Million Club,” which “recognizes authors whose entire body of work has sold over 1 million copies in the Kindle Store,” according to a press release. It’s a bit of a bittersweet honor, given that Larsson didn’t live to see this prestigious honor bestowed upon his books.
Noomi Rapace as Lisbeth Salander
It looks like the forthcoming American adaptation of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo has a release date. Nikki Finke, over on Deadline Hollywood Daily, reported today that the Sony Pictures project, which David Fincher is slated to direct, is now set for a December 21, 2011 release. The casting hunt continues though. While Daniel Craig is still likely to star as Blomquist–we like this, but frankly he seems a little pretty for the role–the new Lisbeth Salander is still up in the air.
A bunch of people you’ve heard of–see Ellen Page, Kiristin Stewart, Carey Mulligan (who starred in An Education)–have been considered. As well as a bunch of people you haven’t–an actress named Sara Snook (who Finke cites as the star of something called Sleeping Beauty) and, my favorite, the lead singer of a South African hip hop group who has dollar signs in her name.
Noomi Rapace plays Lisbeth in the Swedish adaptations and, on some level, it’s a pity she can’t continue the job in Fincher’s version. That said, I feel like some other names should be thrown into the ring. What about Dakota Fanning? Wouldn’t it be fun to see someone you think of as a perennial 10-year-old in that role? It’s an amusing parlor game–playing casting director–so by all means throw in your two cents. Who do you think should play Lisbeth?