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German, Taiwanese publishers to attend AWRF

By April 9, 2013No Comments

Creative New Zealand’s Te Manu Ka Tau: Flying Friends are sponsoring three overseas publishers to attend the publishers’ programme based around the Auckland Writers and Readers Festival, 15–19 May 2013. This year PANZ is pleased to be managing this Creative New Zealand-funded initiative.

Emily Chuang and Gray Tan are both publishers from Taiwan who will be part of Flying Friends, as will Stefan Weidle from Weidle Verlag in Germany.

An experienced translator and publisher working with the Morning Star Group, Emily is about to start her own imprint, Emily Publishing, within the company. Her focus will be on introducing English language authors in both fiction and non-fiction fields to a Taiwanese audience.

Gray Tan has his own Grayhawk Agency representing foreign publishers in Asian markets. Since 2009, he has also represented Chinese authors in international markets.

Stefan Weidle is a Bonn publisher (Weidle Verlag) with a special interest in small, independent publishers via his role as chair of the Kurt Wolff Foundation which has 80 publishing house participants. “We’re present at book fairs, in Germany and abroad. Above all, we want to draw attention to the niches occupied by the smaller publishing houses.”

Also accompanying the Flying Friends delegation is Stefan’s wife Barbara Weidle, who runs Literaturhaus Bonn and is an organiser and promoter of literary events.

Note these opportunities to meet with Emily, Gray, Stefan and Barbara:

One-on-one rights meetings
Friday 17 May, Aotea Centre, Level 4
Local publisher drinks
Wednesday 15 May, 5.30pm–7.30pm at Q Theatre, 305 Queen St Auckland

The Te Manu Ka Tau programme is intended to increase the sale of international rights and encourage translations of New Zealand literature. In 2013, the focus is to strengthen networks with Germany following New Zealand’s role as Guest of Honour at the Frankfurt Book Fair last year, and to establish relationships with Asian publishers, given New Zealand’s growing presence at the Taipei International Book Exhibition.

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