Northern Fiction Alliance in The Bookseller, Frankfurt Book Fair and much more...

We continue to be very busy up in the Comma office this week. Last week, Ra headed off to Frankfurt Book Fair for the first time, along with representatives from the other three core presses in the Northern Fiction Alliance (Dead Ink Books, And Other Stories, Peepal Tree Press). We had lots of meeting with publishers from across the globe, and it was fantastic to see some of our authors, including Hassan Blasim and Arnon Grunberg represented at the Fair, you can see the pictures on our Twitter @commapress). The Bookseller featured an article by Stefan Tobler from And Other Stories, about the increasing migration of publishers up to the North and the fantastic content that is emerging from independents outside of London, in their Frankfurt paper. On arriving home, the Northern Fiction Alliance where featured in The Bookseller's Morning Briefing because of the addition of three more indie presses to the line-up: Bluemoose Books, Mayfly Press and Titled Axis Press. The article featured a photo of the NFA catalogue which was created and photographed by Comma's very own Becky Harrison, and you can read the full article here.

Today is the official publication date of The Book of Dhaka and to celebrate we have published Part Two of her blog post about the book where she writes about how the book came to be, and tells us her experience of the translation workshops which started the whole project. It's a great insight and definitely worth a read
Tonight we are hosting an event as part of Manchester Science Festival entitled Thought X: Physics Into Fiction. The event focuses on our upcoming science into fiction anthology, Thought X (due out later this year) which pairs short story writers with scientists and looks at various thought experiments, as our event tonight will also do. Panellists include Dr. Rob Appleby, and Comma Press authors Adam Marek and Andy Hedgecock, all of whom are contributors to the anthology. The event tonight is sold out, however we are planning a launch for Thought X in Liverpool in December so keep your eyes peeled for more information about that on our various social media platforms and our website. 

We've also had a new Marketing and Production Assistant in the office this week, Sarah, who wrote a great blog post about her experience working at Comma for the last fortnight. If you'd like to read her blog post that's here or visit Sarah's website to learn more about her editing business. 

Next week we have the National Creative Writing Graduate Fair at Manchester Metropolitan University, and so much of the next week will be getting everything ready for what promises to be a fantastic day of pitching, panels and workshops. The deadline has now passed to places on the day. If you're a delegate do come and say hi to the Comma staff that will be in attendance and good luck with your pitches!