“Pandemics: Are We All Doomed?” – The Princeton in Europe lecture 2013

Sunetra Gupta, Professor of Theoretical Epidemiology at the University of Oxford, joined us for the third annual Princeton in Europe lecture, held in London on 17th April 2013.  In the midst of measles outbreaks in Wales, and the new H7N9 strain of bird flu in China, Professor Gupta takes us on a tour through the history of virulent worldwide diseases and considers the potential risks that future pandemics could pose to our global population.

To find out more about PUP Europe and the European Advisory Board, visit our website: http://press.princeton.edu/europe/. The 2014 lecture will be delivered on 8th April 2014 by Sir Diarmaid MacCulloch, Professor of the History of the Church at the University of Oxford. His topic will be: “What if Arianism had won?”

News from Frankfurt Book Fair

Frankfurt Book Fair is traditionally a very fruitful and interesting venture for the international rights team at PUP, and this year was no exception. The Fair was buzzing with news of a forthcoming book by Robert Shiller –  a book on how finance could be a force for good – which is a topic that couldn’t be more pressing, whether you’re in Taiwan, Berlin or Sao Paulo. We received several offers for the book throughout the fair from some of our favourite international publishing partners as well as some publishers new to licensing with PUP. Watch this space for news of final deals!

PUP's rights manager pitches books to international publishers

Our popular science titles proved well, popular, with a range of our foreign publishing partners, who were especially interested in Mark Levi’s Why Cats Land on their Feet and Neil A. Downie’s The Ultimate Book of Saturday Science. A sleeper hit at the fair for PUP was the brand new 2,000 year old text from Quintus Tullius Cicero, How to Win an Election, with introduction and notes by Philip Freeman. With elections looming in France, Italy, and Germany this bit of ancient campaign wisdom went down well.

All in all, it was a very successful fair, with more than 70 appointments over 5 days, and a terrific repose to our strong list for spring 2012.

News from the European office – the translation rights department

It’s been a busy few weeks in the translation rights department here in the European office. We’re in the thick of preparation for Frankfurt Book Fair which will be held from October 12-16 in the eponymous city. As PUP’s new rights manager, this will be my first visit to FBF, but I’ll certainly be kept busy. I have a full schedule of appointments with our team of rights agents as well as publishers and editors from a truly international array of publishing houses: we have almost sixty meetings in total over the course of the fair. For those of you attending the fair, why not visit our stand in hall 8? I’ll be pitching some of the key titles from our forthcoming spring 2012 list (keep an eye on the website for our exciting new titles, which will be The French edition of 'Can Islam be French?'launched soon!) to international publishers considering the books for translation.

So, what else is new in the rights world? We were delighted to see the publication of the French edition of John R. Bowen’s
Can Islam Be French? Pluralism and Pragmatism in a Secularist State published by Steinkis Editions on the shelves at the recent launch of the book – and in very prestigious company too.

We’ve also agreed an interesting selection of translation deals in the last few weeks. Diane Coyle’s The Economics of Enough will be published in Italian translation by Edizione Ambiente in future, and we’ll be keen to see what Daniel Drezner’s Theories of International Politics and Zombies looks like in Japanese translation when it is published by Hakusuisha. The most exciting deal of the last few weeks, however, was for a PUP book first published in the 1950s. George Polya’s How to Solve It: A New Aspect of Mathematical Method has been in print in Japan since the 1950s and has sold over 36,000 copies in Maruzen’s Japanese edition since 2001. We’ve just renewed the deal with Maruzen, and here’s hoping that the book continues as a perennial bestseller for them as well as PUP.

– Kimberley M. Williams, International Rights Manager