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Tue, 09 Dec 2008 11:40
The Book Depository: What/who do you see as your primary market?
Rebecca O'Connor (Telegram Books): Literary fiction readers, fans of literary fiction in translation, readers with an interest in writing from other cultures and countries than their own.
BD: What are the principal challenges/opportunities you see at the moment in the business of publishing books?
There is a huge market for fiction in the UK and plenty of exciting and stimulating titles from all over the world to publish here. The challenge is in showing readers the attractions of reading diverse and sometimes unexpected stories from different cultures.
BD: What brings you to the decision to publish a particular title/author?
RO: Originality of style and/or subject; popularity in other countries (if previously published in another language); whether or not it gets the ‘thumbs up’ from enough members of the editorial board (all members of the publishing company are on the board).
BD: What books are you most proud of having published?
RO: For Bread Alone by Mohamed Choukri, who taught himself to read and write at the age of twenty and went on to write this controversial and widely-read account of his early life in Morocco. In April 2007, Telegram is publishing the ‘sequel’, Streetwise, which is Choukri’s account of his self-education and life on the streets of Tangier.
With Borges by Alberto Manguel; a moving portrait of an enigmatic genius and his influence on the young writer, now an acclaimed literary figure in his own right.
Hikayat: Short Stories by Lebanese Women and Qissat: Short Stories by Palestinian Women as part of Telegram's series of short story collections giving voice to women’s situations and feelings around the world. These two collections have particular contemporary relevance.
BD: What books are you working on right now?
RO: The Taqwacores, by Michael Muhammad Knight: Punk and Islam meet in a shared house full of young and rebellious friends finding out what it means to be young and Muslim in modern-day America.
No Word from Gurb, a Spanish classic from Eduardo Mendoza: a shape-shifting extra-terrestrial named Gurb has disappeared in Barcelona; his bumbling friend will leave no stone unturned in trying to get him back from the topsy-turvy world of planet Earth.
The Bird, a beautifully written, deeply affecting story of a shattered childhood, from Oh Jung-Hee, one of Korea’s foremost writers and the first Korean novelist to be awarded a literary prize overseas.
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