Snippet: Balcells & Wylie Int’l Literary Agency

Few of the details have become known so far, but apparently the veteran literary agents Carmen Balcells and Andrew Wylie signed a “memorandum of understanding” to unite their two companies. Balcells has been described as the mother of the Latin American boom“. The commentators in favour of this move think that together, these two companies will be better able to defend their authors’ interest in front of companies such as Amazon, Google, and Apple. Some authors fear that the personal relationship between the author and his/her agent will get lost or be reserved to Nobel laureates only. The two existing agencies represent authors such as “Vladimir Nabokov, Yasunari Kawabata, Jorge Luis Borges ot Italo Calvino; Nobel laureates such as García Márquez, Orhan Pamuk, Kenzaburo Oé, Czeslaw Milosz, Mario Vargas Llosa or Mo Yan; contemporary authors such as Philip Roth, Milan Kundera, Roberto Calasso, Antonio Muñoz Molina, Javier Cercas, Juan Marsé, Salman Rushdie, Roberto Bolaño, Isabel Allende, Amos Oz, Claudio Magris; and names with a great potential such as  Colum McCann, Teju Cole, Helen Oyeyemi o Chimamanda Adichie, Taiye Selasi, Paolo Giordano and a long list of Spanish-speaking authors”.

Sources: El País, PublishersLunch May 28, 2014


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