The Week Ahead 10.19.12

Sam SlatonAndrew AlbaneseLike the book business itself, the Frankfurt Book Fair is undergoing a metamorphosis. Yet while publishers continue their own transformations, the Fair organizers have already emerged from a chrysalis with a new kind of show.

“The Frankfurt Book Fair has succeeded in doing what the larger pub community is still in the process of doing,” Andrew Albanese, Publishers Weekly features editor, tells CCC’s Chris Kenneally. “At they are pulling in new players, like app makers, who may not have considered themselves publishers, but are very much part of the industry going forward.”

Among books awarded a “star” in this week’s review of the reviews,” Samuel R. Slaton, PW Reviews Editor finds “is a gem that is by turns haunting, touching, troubling, inspiring, and informative.” Envisioning Emancipation: Black Americans and the End of Slavery is a collection of nearly 150 photos from the mid-19th to the early 20th century, assembled by Deborah Willis of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, and Barbara Krauthamer of UMass-Amherst. “Willis and Krauthamer bring their special expertise to a stunning range of images that allow us to contemplate not only the history of slavery and emancipation, but also our continued ties to that history and its legacies,” Slaton notes.

Every Friday, CCC’s “Beyond the Book” speaks with the editors and reporters of “Publishers Weekly” for an early look at the news that publishers, editors, authors, agents and librarians will be talking about when they return to work on Monday.

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