Viva BookBlast! | est. 1997

The BookBlast® Diary

Since 2016, the online journal The BookBlast® Diary has showcased independent trade publishing and world writing in translation with a special focus on France. Reviews that give context can be savoured as slow reads. We are not influenced by fame or hype, but are curious, enthusiastic and scrupulous about making choices. Our audience of book industry insiders, influencers, writers, book lovers, booksellers, librarians, journalists and bloggers is based in the UK, US and France.

We provide exclusive Q&As with indie trade publishers, authors, poets, translators; book reviews; podcasts; in-depth ‘Spotlight’ features about the book-industry and translation; articles about awards and award winners, Top 10 reads for independent minds and Top 5 reads for Francophones.

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