Three Percent Podcast http://www.rochester.edu/threepercent en-us Copyright 2011 e.j.vanlanen@rochester.edu Three Percent The Three Percent Podcast is a weekly conversation about new books, literary events, the publishing scene, and other random things. Chad W. Post of Open Letter Books and Tom Roberge of New Directions keep things irreverent, informed, and funny in a podcast that'll keep you up to date on the international literary world. Maybe. E.J. Van Lanen ej.vanlanen@gmail.com No Three Percent #100: We Appreciate You http://rochester.edu/threepercent http://traffic.libsyn.com/threepercent/100_Three_Percent.mp3 So, we actually made it to our 100th episode! To celebrate, this week Tom and Chad took questions from all our listeners, leading to discussions about how many books we each read (and how many are in translation), what one thing all translators should know, how censorship plays into our publishing decision, and much more. Of course, it ends with raves and rants—including a rant about rants—and is filled with other interesting side tangents. Thu, 25 Jun 2015 04:06:47 GMT Three Percent #99: Endless Cycle of Misery http://rochester.edu/threepercent http://traffic.libsyn.com/threepercent/99_Three_Percent.mp3 This week’s podcast is the latest in the ongoing Three Percent Book Club. Julia Berner-Tobin of Feminist Press joins Tom and Chad to talk about Virginie Despentes’s fantastic “Apocalypse Baby” (And to rant about Franzen, because, of course.) And a reminder: Don’t forget to send us your own questions, rants, and raves (about anything from the podcast to publishing to literature to translations to Tom to Chad to soccer to cocktails to etc.) for our big episode 100. Hit us up at threepercentpodcast@gmail.com. Fri, 22 May 2015 02:05:35 GMT Three Percent #98: The 2015 BTBA Finalists! http://rochester.edu/threepercent http://traffic.libsyn.com/threepercent/98_Three_Percent.mp3 For this week’s podcast, we invited Best Translated Book Award Fiction Chair Monica Carter on to talk about the finalists for this year’s awards. Monica graciously gave us some insight into the voting process, revealed which of the final ten was a “personal pick” of one of the judges, and managed to make us second guess who we thought would win the award. Additionally, we talked about the differences between the UK vs. U.S. book scenes, and had some rants, raves, and sports talk. Fri, 15 May 2015 01:05:30 GMT Three Percent #97: Rustling up New Books for the Peanut Gallery http://rochester.edu/threepercent http://traffic.libsyn.com/threepercent/97_Three_Percent.mp3 This week, Tom and Chad talk about some of the new translations that they’ve read (or are looking forward to reading) and are most excited about. Along the way are the expected digressions (including an explanation of how editing and rights work when a U.S. publisher and a U.K. publisher separately publish the same translation), and, of course, the episode wouldn’t be complete without their famous “Raves & Raves” segment (nope, not a typo. Everyone thought they were on rave duty this week, so it’s a double dose of happy!). Fri, 01 May 2015 04:05:22 GMT Three Percent #96: The 2015 BTBA Fiction Longlist http://rochester.edu/threepercent http://traffic.libsyn.com/threepercent/96_Three_Percent.mp3 On the heels of this week’s big announcement of the 2015 Best Translated Book Award fiction longlist and poetry longlist, Chad and Tom run through the books that made the cut and talk about their favorites, which books are on their reading lists, who they predict will make the shortlist next month, and try their darnedest to pronounce a lot of names. Then, they respond to some viewer mail about the effectiveness of ACRs for book bloggers before Tom rants about being the patsy of a fiendish shot-buying conspiracy and Chad rave’s about the Audubon Society’s fiendish take-down of Dark Lord Franzen. Thu, 09 Apr 2015 01:04:23 GMT Three Percent #95: Is Book Advertising a Waste of Money? http://rochester.edu/threepercent http://traffic.libsyn.com/threepercent/95_Three_Percent.mp3 Inspired by all the stupid Buick ads (and disturbing Volkswagon ones) playing throughout the NCAA Tournament, we decided to dedicate this week’s episode to talking about advertising for books: whether it’s worthwhile, how much it costs, why are book trailers a thing, who buys books because of ads on a subway, and if trailers/commercials for books are ever a good idea. As one part of Tom’s rave, we also talked a bit about our mutual friend Mark Binelli and his recent article for the “New York Times Magazine” on ADX, America’s Toughest Federal Prison. Fri, 03 Apr 2015 05:04:54 GMT Three Percent #94: The Mad and the Bad http://rochester.edu/threepercent http://traffic.libsyn.com/threepercent/94_Three_Percent.mp3 This week’s podcast is a special “book club” one in which Tom and Chad talk about Jean-Patrick Manchette’s “The Mad and the Bad,” a violent little book by the author of “Fatale.” They also talk about the Spanish branch of Penguin Random House cutting translator rates and an incredible old video. Thu, 12 Mar 2015 04:03:39 GMT Three Percent #93: Always a Work in Progress http://rochester.edu/threepercent http://traffic.libsyn.com/threepercent/93_Three_Percent.mp3 In this episode, Chad and Tom discuss the recent Festival Neue Literatur, a NYC-based festival promoting German-language literature, and spend a lot of time talking about the ins and outs of editing literature in translation. Additionally, they breakdown a Buzzfeed article about ebook data mining and what this means for the futures of publishing and reading. Thu, 05 Mar 2015 04:03:44 GMT Three Percent #92: Crying in the Sunshine http://rochester.edu/threepercent http://traffic.libsyn.com/threepercent/92_Three_Percent.mp3 This week’s podcast features a true roundtable discussion, with Tom and Chad being joined by Caroline Casey from Coffee House Press, Mark Haber and Jeremy Ellis from Brazos Bookstore, Stephen Sparks from Green Apple Books, and Danish author Naja Marie Aidt to discuss the American Booksellers Association “Winter Institute.” One of the funniest podcasts to date, they break down what Winter Institute is, why it’s so important for the future of bookselling, and what various publishers get out of attending. They also make fun of all the crappy crutch phrases you find in jacket copy. Thu, 19 Feb 2015 02:02:17 GMT