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Eminent writer and social activist Mahasweta Devi died on Thursday. She had suffered a major heart attack on July 23. The 90-year-old was a recipient of the Sahitya Akademi Award, Padma Vibhushan, Jnanpith and Magsaysay Award, among several others.
New York-based publishers Simon & Schuster will begin local publishing in India across both adult fiction and non-fiction with the first titles to roll out from 2017.
The fellowships are awarded to scholars and writers working on the history of independent India. Fellowships are awarded for the duration of one year and awardees are given a stipend of Rs 100,000 per month. Applications close on September 30 this year.
Manipal Technologies handled the printing of the Indian edition of Rowling's Cursed Child. The company managed to deliver the book in 10 days while maintaining top security to prevent any leaks before release.
The government is investigating the possibility of introducing a licence for the data it holds. The licence will not be charged and users would not need to apply for the licence. Instead, they would have to abide by the attribution requirements stated by the licence document.
In June, the Union Ministry of Culture announced its decision to grade artistes and writers. The ministry has made available some information in this regard on its website, including a list of 185 applicants who have been graded for participation in Festivals of India across the world.
Today, Spivak is an academic superstar — a prolific scholar and co-founder of the Institute for Comparative Literature and Society at Columbia University. When she first started working on a translation of Derrida’s treatise, Spivak was an unknown academic in her mid-20s — “this young Asian girl,” as she says, trying to navigate the strange world of American academe.
As a publisher, Anand occupies an unusual position in the literary world. Navayana, the publishing house he co-founded in India with Ravikumar, focusses on publishing work about caste from an anti-caste perspective. Navayana also publishes work that interrogates other exploitative structures and agents, and builds networks of solidarity around the world.
The app, Hear2Read, had its first release today, supporting Tamil, with Hindi, Bengali, Punjabi, and other languages and dialects coming over the course of the year. A few hours of talking from a native speaker is the raw data, which is then fed into a machine learning system.
In a first for Indian languages, the State Institute of Encyclopaedic Publications (SIEP) has launched an online Knowledge Web Repository in Malayalam. Piloting the mammoth project, the state government institute, best known for its encyclopaedias, has uploaded the first seven volumes of the 'Sarvavijnanakosham.’
The Hindu surveyed some of India’s respected writers and editors on underrated and neglected books and authors since independence. A small group of writers dominate English-language literary discourse; the hope is to shine a light on other writers who are just as, if not more, deserving of our attention. The list includes selections by Arvind Krishna Mehrotra, Ranjit Hoskote, Mini Krishnan, etc.
In a first, Atta Galatta presents Bengaluru Poetry Festival at the Leela Palace. The festival will celebrate not only English, but regional language poetry too. With 34 sessions spread across August 6 and 7, BPF will provide a platform to about 67 poets and performers, in Hindi, Malayalam, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, along others.
Le Monde and La Croix will no longer use images of terrorist killers, while Europe 1 radio will not broadcast their names. They said they will no longer publish photographs of people responsible for terrorist killings, to avoid bestowing “posthumous glorification”.
The Turkish government has closed 29 publishing houses in the country, according to the Turkish Publishers Association. According to the organistion, all the publishers’ goods, assets, rights and documents have been transferred to the Turkshire treasury, which will not be liable for any monies owed by these publishing houses.
The Seattle-based e-commerce giant is leasing 40 cargo planes to help get packages to customers, the company announced Friday. One of the planes, a Boeing 767-300, has been painted in an Amazon “Prime Air” livery. To be clear, Amazon won’t own the planes directly. Instead, it’s working with aviation cargo operators Atlas Air and ATSG.
The Egyptian culture minister opened the Museum of Arabic Calligraphy at the Fine Arts Museum in Alexandria. It houses a collection of rare Arabic manuscripts and paintings by some of the world’s most famous calligraphers and pioneers of the art form.
George RR Martin originally planned a trilogy, but 20 years on, his publisher recounts watching the story grow into a seven-volume, multimillion-selling monster.
Three British writers made the list of the world’s 14 highest paid authors, with Paula Hawkins entering the table for the first time. The top three earners on the list compiled by Forbes are James Patterson, Wimpy Kid author Jeff Kinney and J.K. Rowling.
When Hugo "Award" Gernsback launched Volume 1, Number 1 of Amazing Stories in April, 1926, he created the first magazine in the world solely devoted to science fiction stories: on the magazine's editorial page, Gernsback laid out his vision for the genre.
"As for the number of mistakes, I once received a letter from a reader saying there were fewer than there used to be. It’s still tucked under my pillow, along with a cutting in which we quoted a football club chairman saying his club had the worst team in the league. (He had said “worst tea").
Flexibility is great and all, but the Freelancers Union found that the biggest motivator for going freelance was making more money. The Bureau of Labor Statistics found in 2013 that, all other things being equal, female freelancers outearned male freelancers by $10 per week. This suggests that women who were undervalued in more traditional workplaces find more success as freelancers.
Sophisticated ways of tracking reading habits give publishers hard data that reveals the kinds of books people want to read. But a veteran editor says numbers only go so far in telling the story.
Even as The New York Times prioritizes digital expansion, with a stated goal of reaching $800 million in digital revenue by 2020, the paper is also trying to incentivize print. It is publishing a 16,000 word excerpt this Sunday of the author Colson Whitehead’s new novel in a special standalone section that will only appear in paper.
It takes some guts to open an independent, bricks-and-mortar bookstore these days. But that's what Josh Spencer did. He's the proprietor of “The Last Bookstore,” a playfully-named shop located in downtown LA. The short documentary tells a story of perseverance and captures why the Last Bookstore is still standing while others founder.
Seventy-six pages and 50 illustrations from the great Latin epic has been made available to all, part of a project to put all 80,000 manuscripts of the Vatican Apostolic Library online.
The Tajikistan Government on Monday announced that henceforth reporters who publish difficult words for readers would pay fines of up to $100, a report has said. Similarly, the media houses with such publications would pay fines ranging from $150 to $200.
Researchers in the liberal arts seem to have made it their mission to communicate in the most obscure fashion, says Zachary Foster, a PhD candidate in Near Eastern Studies at Princeton University and a product manager at Academia.edu.