De Goldi and Jones novels sold to Germany — 16.05.12

Kiwi authors are seeing increased interest in their books being translated into German ahead of this year's Frankfurt Book Fair.

Kiwi authors such as Patricia Grace and Lloyd Jones are seeing increased interest in their books being translated into German ahead of this year's Frankfurt Book Fair.

New Zealand is the guest of honour at the October event, which is the largest platform for publishing in the world, and interest in New Zealand fiction and non fiction has grown dramatically as a result.

Most years about 10 New Zealand books are translated and sold into Germany, but so far this year 66 have been sold and the final number is expected to exceed 100 books.

Novels sold to Germany include Laureates Kate de Goldi's The 10pm QuestionLloyd Jones' Hand Me Down World and Paula Morris' Rangatira.

Non-fiction titles including Annabel Langbein's The Free Range Cook, Justin Paton's How to Look at a Painting and photography books by Anne Geddes are also being translated.

Publishing Association president Kevin Chapman said the increase gave Kiwi authors massive international exposure.

"This is a standout year in New Zealand's publishing history. It changes the profile of New Zealand authors and gives them a huge opportunity in the European markets."

Books sold into Germany often end up being translated and sold into other European countries, further increasing exposure, Mr Chapman said.

The book fair also increased interest in New Zealand internationally, and a large New Zealand pavilion was being created to offer a cultural programme including song and dance at the fair.

Sourced: Stuff