Publishing News [National]

Block Printed Textiles of India: Imprints of Culture, authored by Eiluned Edwards and published by Niyogi Books, has been selected to receive the RL Shep Ethnic Textiles Book Award for 2016. The award will be formally presented at the award banquet, which will be held at the next TSA Biennial Symposium, Oct. 19-23, 2018 in Vancouver, Canada.

The award encourages the study and understanding of textile traditions by recognizing and rewarding exceptional scholarship that clearly communicates its subject, fostering appreciation for the field of textiles. Although not a first from the Asian continent, Block Printed Textiles of India: Imprints of Culture is the first ever book from India which has won this award.

Block Printed Textiles of India: Imprints of Culture describes how one of the subcontinent’s foremost crafts has played a key role in the creation of visual identity in India and has also been a significant source of revenue through centuries of international trade. It reveals how block prints are integral to both caste dress and modern urban style. Used nowadays for soft furnishings and fashion, they have become a perennial favourite with Indian designers and in the global fashion market. Contemporary production and use of block prints is explained, and the social and historical roots of the craft are outlined. The book is lavishly illustrated and creates a vibrant account of the development and recent regeneration of the craft, confirming that block prints are stamped with the imprints of an ancient, diverse and ever-evolving culture.

Bookaroo believes that there is a book for everyone – in fact, many books. Bookaroo’s 10 Walls in the City event, Bookscapes were recently held at the Patel Chowk Metro Station, New Delhi; SPYM Juvenile Addiction Centre in Mukherjee Nagar, New Delhi and Blind Relief Association, Lal Bahadur Shastri Marg, New Delhi.

At the Blind Relief Association, they created a Tactile Bookscape of the capital city’s various landmarks. A Braille Book explaining the various monuments on the display was created for distribution in the school. Executed by the art and disability access consultant, Siddhant Shah, this model tactile display and the book not only excited the children in the JPM Blind School, Lodi Road, but also made them curious enough to know more about the city and its architectural landscapes.

Between now and November 2017, Bookaroo will paint seven more walls in various spots in Delhi and the NCR.

Institut français India and German Book Office hosted Indian publishers at a Business Breakfast on May 26, 2017 at Institut français India, New Delhi. Croissants in one hand and pen in the other, 25 publishers, representing literature of all genres (fiction, non-fiction, children’s books, graphic novels) met with the organisers at Institut français India in preparation of their participation at the upcoming 69th Frankfurt Book Fair (11-15 October 2017) where France will be Guest of Honor.

Publishers benefited from the tips given on logistic details and maximising one’s presence at the Book Fair. They were also given presentations on conferences and professional meetings set to take place during the Book Fair. The topic of the conference on the Indian markets, “The circulation of translations into English language”, taking place on Friday 13th November at the fair, was also discussed by publishers. The fair will provide Indian publishers an occasion to reaffirm their will to be key players in the English language market, and their capacity to offer diversity and richness in vernacular languages at the largest publishing event of the year.

National Book Trust (NBT), an apex body that was established by government of India in the year 1957 with an aim to make people book minded and to inculcate reading habits among the people of India, has been organizing training courses in different parts of the country where training facilities in this discipline are scarce. Latest in the series of such programmes is a job oriented Certificate Course in Book Publishing being organized in association with Cochin University of Science and Technology (CUSAT), Kochi. The course will be held from July 19-26, 2017.

The important feature of this course is that eminent professionals in this field and from the leading publishing industry all over India will provide knowledge into the various aspects of book publishing. Admission to this 8 day course will be based only on first come first serve basis. A certificate of participation will be given at the end of the program.

Around 200 celebrities from the world of literature, cinema, media and politics assembled in the temple city of Odisha to deliberate on the theme of ‘Literature in Peace and Harmony’, at the Kalinga Literature Festival in Bhubaneswar, from June 10-12, 2017.

Kalinga Literary Festival (KLF) has emerged as one of the leading literary platform in India and number one in the Eastern part of India, attracting both experienced and young litterateurs.