Saturday, November 01, 2014

Trade News with The Bookseller - Race to Christmas Number One title wide open

Race to Christmas number one title wide open

The race for the Christmas number one title is wide open this year, with no outstanding contender for the top spot.
Seven national retailers, along with prominent indies, have told The Bookseller their predicted top five titles for Christmas across all genres, with many maintaining it is still all to play for as there is “no Sir Alex Ferguson– type title” this year. Ferguson’s My Autobiography (Hodder) was last year’s Christmas number one.  More

Ben Aaronovitch’s novel Rivers of London (Gollancz) has been chosen as the focus of Cityread London’s 2015 campaign.
The title will be at the centre of a celebration of reading in the capital, starting on 30th March and running throughout April, which aims to engage Londoners with reading for pleasure, focused around the shared reading experience of a single book.
Andy Ryan, director of Cityread London, said Rivers of London is “the perfect Cityread title” because of the “magical but very real modern-day capital” portrayed in the book.

Four Colman Getty’s managing director Liz Sich will retire at the end of 2014 after 18 years at the company.  She will continue her association with the agency on a consultancy basis.

Bonnier Publishing has acquired Igloo Books, saying the acquisition makes the publisher a "dominant force" in children's mass market publishing.

Standing Room Only for Sunday 2 November 2014 on Radio New Zealand National

12:39 Caroline McQuarrie

Photographer Caroline McQuarrie shares her exhibition of photograph of abandoned West Coast townships, and accompanying embroidery to help Greymouth celebrate its 150th anniversary. No Town, to the Coast opens at the Hokikika Museum this Tuesday before heading to Reefton and Greymouth.

12:47 Te Uru Waitakere Contemporary Gallery

It’s taken two years to build but Te Uru Waitakere Contemporary Gallery is now open. Standing Room Only went to see the West Auckland gallery a year ago when it was just beginning to take shape and to hear about the ambitious plans director Andrew Clifford had for it. Justin Gregory met Andrew again recently to take a tour of the Te Uru Waitakere Contemporary Gallery and talk about whether those plans had become reality. They begin on the ground floor in gallery one.

1:10 At the Movies with Simon Morris

An interview with Park Road Post’s Sound Guru and multi-Oscar-winner, Mike Hedges.

1:34 Peter Bromhead

Cartoonist Peter Bromhead displays some of his early work which was rescued from the skip and is now safely on the walls of  the Exhibition Gallery in Wellington. When Ink Was King goes back to the 1970s and 80s when Peter was starting out – now in his 80s, he’s still producing daily cartoon, but he believes cartoons may soon be a thing of the past.

1:47 Christian Thompson

Australian photographer and performance artist Christian Thompson on his artist’s residency for the School of Art and Massey University and Wellington City Council, and why he had to leave Australia after being branded an ‘angry Aboriginal artist’. He says he’s more playful than angry, though some of his images pack a punch. Christian made history by becoming the first Aboriginal accepted into Oxford University and is now based in London.

2:05 The Laugh Track

Natalie Medlock’s graduated from Toi Whakaari in 2007 and since then she’s written and acted in her own plays, appeared on TV shows including Shortland Street (nurse Jill Kingsbury), The Almighty Johnsons and Auckland Daze and recently got NZ on Air funding for a web series based on a character called Yeti. She’s also currently working on a screenplay for a movie Shearing the Love. At the same time she’s about to return to the stage in the improvised show The Blind Date Project, which starts on 4 November at the Silo Theatre in Auckland.

2:25 Centrepoint reflections

Alison Quigan, the former Artistic Director of Palmerston North’s Centrepoint Theatre reflects on the theatre’s 40th, which has been marked with the launch of a book about its history written by Peter Hawes: The History According to Peter Hawes.

2:36 The Rosie Project

The Rosie Project author Graeme Simsion, on the rise of his book, why he wrote the sequel The Rosie Effect having promised himself that he wouldn’t, progress on a film deal and why so many people have fallen in love with his unlikely hero, Don Tillman.

2:49 NZ On Screen

Rock and roll is dominating the summer, with the likes of the Rolling Stones, Foo Fighters, Ed Sherran, Rod Stewart and Billy Idol coming to visit in the next six months. With that in mind Irene Gardner has chosen some vintage Radio with Pictures interviews recently added to NZ On Screen:

David Bowie
Lou Reed
Joni Mitchell
Mick Jagger

3:05 The Drama Hour

We continue to explore a sad chapter of New Zealand’s history in Samoa. This two-part drama is based around the true story of the assassination of Chief Tamasese in Apia in 1929. It’s the conclusion of Think Of A Garden by Samoan playwright John Knewbuhl.

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JK Rowling reveals the secrets of Dolores Umbridge

Rowling tells how Harry Potter’s least favourite teacher was based on a former teacher of her own, whom the author ‘disliked intensely on sight’

‘Every bit as reprehensible as Lord Voldemort’ ... Imelda Staunton (left) as Dolores Umbridge in the 2007 film adapatation of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.
‘Every bit as reprehensible as Lord Voldemort’ ... Imelda Staunton (centre) as Dolores Umbridge in the 2007 film adapatation of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
JK Rowling has revealed that Dolores Umbridge, the witch who forces Harry Potter to cut the words “I must not tell lies” on to his hand, was inspired by a real person.

In an essay for her website Pottermore, released to mark Halloween, Rowling says the inspiration for Umbridge was someone “whom I disliked intensely on sight”. The novelist has not revealed the person’s identity, but did write that she had been her teacher “long ago ... in a certain skill or subject”.

“The woman in question returned my antipathy with interest. Why we took against each other so instantly, heartily and (on my side, at least) irrationally, I honestly cannot say,” Rowling continued, noting the woman’s “pronounced taste for twee accessories”, including “a tiny little plastic bow slide, pale lemon in colour”, which the novelist felt was more “appropriate to a girl of three”.

The Roundup with PW

PW's Best Books of 2014
Here they are, the best books of the year, chosen by PW's editors in 12 categories. Among our top 10 are books by Marlon James, Leslie Jamison, and Lorrie Moore. 

Danielle Steel Strikes Ten-Book Deal with PRH
Perennial bestseller Danielle Steel has signed a ten-book deal with Penguin Random House's Ballantine Bantan Dell imprint. Gina Centrello brokered the North American rights deal with Mort Janklow at Janklow & Nesbit. more »

PEN Puts First Editions Up for Auction
The PEN American Center is putting 75 one-of-a-kind first editions, annotated by America's most famous authors and poets, on the block. The auction of the collection, called First Editions\Second Thoughts, will take place on December 2 at Christie's. more »

Churchwell, Markovits Win Eccles Award
Author and 2014 Man Booker Prize judge, Sarah Churchwell, along with Benjamin Markovits, author and Granta Best of Young British Novelist 2013, are the joint winners of the 2015 Eccles British Library Writer in Residence Award. more » »

Springsteen, By the Book: The musician and author of the new picture book 'Outlaw Pete' reveals what books are on his night stand.

To Write and Die in L.A.: Charles Bukowski, Iceberg Slim, Octavia Butler and Truman Capote are among the writers buried in L.A.

'Kitteridge' Hits the Small Screen: The 'New York Times' reviews HBO's adaptation of Elizabeth Strout's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, 'Olive Kitteridge.'

The Bookery to Close : The Pueblo, Colo. store that that first opened more than 60 years ago, will close after today, current owner Faith Bent said.

Bonnier Buys Igloo Books: Bonnier says the acquisition makes the publisher a "dominant force" in children's mass market publishing.

Storylines Notable Book Awards 2015 - Call for Entries


Storylines Notable Book Awards 2015

Call for Entries

This is a reminder call for submissions to the Storylines Notable Books 2015, for books published in 2014. Books must be submitted by 30 November 2014.
Conditions of entry, entry form and other information.
Storylines wants to remind New Zealand authors and publishers that Storylines Notable Book Awards is currently accepting entries, including Ebook submissions.
Books are categorised as: Picture Book, Junior Fiction, Young Adult and Non Fiction. There are up to ten awards in each category.
Storylines Notable Books are selected by an expert panel from the Storylines community as books that are worthy of being recognised as ‘Notable’ in each year. The panel includes librarians, authors, teachers, teacher educators and academics. Several members have served as judges for the New Zealand Post Children’s Book Award (and under its previous sponsor AIM) and the LIANZA Book Awards.
Conditions of entry, entry form and other information.

EBook entries can now be made online by completing the Online Ebook Entry Form.

Readings New Australian Writing Award

Ceridwen Dovey's short story collection Only the Animals won the inaugural $4,000 (US$3,520) Readings New Australian Writing Award, which was established by the Melbourne indie bookstore chain Readings to support authors of a debut or second book of literary fiction and to recognize "exciting and exceptional new contributions to local literature." 
The Award "aims to increase the promotion and commercial success of books by Australian authors, earning them greater recognition from the wider community," according to Readings.

The judges described the winning title as "a rare beast--a work of fiction that is not only richly imaginative, but also intelligent, ambitious and universal in theme. Ceridwen Dovey has created a book that wears its literary antecedents--Kafka, Colette, Woolf, Coetzee--lightly, but with each story she proves that Only the Animals belongs in this sort of company."

The Readings New Australian Writing Award shortlist also included After Darkness by Christine Piper, An Elegant Young Man by Luke Carman, Foreign Soil by Maxine Beneba Clarke, The Night Guest by Fiona McFarlane and The Tribe by Michael Mohammed Ahmad.

Martin Shaw, books division manager at Readings, wrote in the Guardian that the genesis of the award came from a concern that "some writers in their early careers deserved some special recognition for exciting and exceptional work."

Shelf Awareness

10 Must-Read Books For November

10 Must-Read Books For November
Is it a drizzly November in your soul? Don’t worry, we feel it, too. Thankfully, November is a pretty great month for books — and especially, as it turns out, for essay books. It’s also the launch of the awards season in literary publishing, so there are plenty of big-name novels and new discoveries to be had. Ever read Denis Johnson? Richard Ford? Meline Toumani? If not, then hopefully we can introduce you. … Read More

Nordic Council Literature Prize

Book2BookFriday 31 Oct 2014 

Hägring 38, by Swedish-writing Finnish author Kjell Westö has won this year's Nordic Council Literature Prize — the biggest (and pan-)Scandinavian literature prize, which also comes with a pay-out of DKK 350,000 (just shy of US$60,000).

PW's Top 10 Books

PW published their annual list of the 10 best books of the year, a selection that includes three works in translation:

On Immunity: An Inoculation, Eula Biss (Graywolf)
Thirteen Days in September: Carter, Begin, and Sadat at Camp David, Lawrence Wright (Knopf)
Limonov, Emmanuel Carrère, trans. by John Lambert (Farrar, Straus)
The Empathy Exams, Leslie Jamison (Graywolf)
Deep Down Dark: The Untold Stories of 33 Men Buried in a Chilean Mine, and the Miracle That Set Them Free
Héctor Tobar (Farrar, Straus)

The Corpse Exhibition, Hassan Blasim, trans. by Jonathan Wright (Penguin)
Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay, Elena Ferrante, trans. by Ann Goldstein (Europa)
A Brief History of Seven Killings, Marlon James (Riverhead)
Bark, Lorrie Moore (Knopf)
The Dog, Joseph O’Neill (Pantheon)

via Publishers Lunch

Google Play Books' New Reading Mode Lets You Browse And Skim Nonfiction Ebooks Faster

Book2Book Thursday 30 Oct 2014 

It's not particularly convenient to read cookbooks, travel guides and other reference works as ebooks. Google is hoping to change that.

On Bringing Murakami to Germany and Beyond

Today's Feature Story:

At Labo de l'edition, a co-working, networking and training center in Paris, professionals working in ebooks and digital media collaborate on new projects.

Founded by two publishing veterans, Librinova provides ebook creation and distribution services for self-published authors in France.
Watch Online:

Watch videos from Books in Browsers 2014, where speakers presented cutting-edge ideas and projects in digital book publishing, as well as ideas on the future of ebooks, authors and reading.
More News:

The launch of a new Haruki Murakami book has become an event around the world, with many translations appearing before an English edition.

Friday, October 31, 2014

Saturday Morning with Kim Hill: 1 November 2014 on Radio New Zealand National

8:15 Steven Pinker: writing and style
9:05 Sir Peter Gluckman: obesity and health
9:40 Marieke Hardy: letters and women
10:05 Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra
11:05 Richard Louv: nature and children
11:40 Energy with David Haywood: solar photovoltaic part 2

This Saturday's team:
Producer: Mark Cubey
Wellington engineers: Brad Warrington, Chris Keogh Auckland engineer: Brian Mahoney Christchurch engineer: Andrew Collins Research by Anne Buchanan, Infofind

8:15 Steven Pinker
Steven Pinker is a Johnstone Family Professor in the Department of Psychology at Harvard University. He conducts research on language and cognition, writes for many publications, and is the author of ten books, most recently The Sense of Style: the Thinking Person's Guide to Writing in the 21st Century (Allen Lane, ISBN: 978-1-846-14550-6).

9:05 Sir Peter Gluckman
Professor Sir Peter Gluckman is the Prime Minister's Chief Science Advisor. He is known for his work promoting the use of evidence in policy formation and the translation of scientific knowledge into better social, economic, and environmental outcomes, and his research interests include the developmental origins of health and disease, epigenetics, and evolutionary medicine.

9:40 Marieke Hardy
Marieke Hardy is co-curator with Michaela McGuire of the monthly Women of Letters occasion in Melbourne, in which six well- known women each read out a letter to an audience on a topic received in advance, followed by a panel discussion. With a theme of Letter to my Unanswered Question, Women of Letters will be staged in Wellington on 16 November as one of the events at Lit Crawl, a weekend literary festival first staged in San Francisco in 2004, and taking place in New Zealand for the first time (15-16 November).

10:05 The Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra 
The Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra was formed in 2005, and currently comprises Age Pryor, Gemma Gracewood, Andy Morley-Hall, Bek Coogan, Carmel Russell, Daniel Yeabsley, Megan Salole, Steve Jessup, Sam Auger, Francis Salole, guest performer Amanda Billing, and (when available) Nigel Collins and Bret McKenzie. The Orchestra has released four EPs, completed a tour of China and Japan in October (click here to see an image gallery), and is about to embark on a New Zealand tour in support of the release of the debut full-length album, Be Mine Tonight, playing in Dunedin (8 November), Invercargill (9 November), Alexandra (10 November), Wanaka (11 November), Ashburton (13 November), Christchurch (14 and 15 November), Palmerston North (21 November), New Plymouth (22 November), Taupo (23 November), Napier (25 November), Tauranga (27 November), Auckland (28 November 10pm - 7pm show sold out), NZ Ukulele Festival, Auckland (29 November), Kerikeri (30 November), Wellington (5 and 6 December). A United States tour is planned for January 2015.

11:05 Richard Louv
Richard Louv is co-founder and Chairman Emeritus of the Children & Nature Network. He is the author of eight books which helped launch an international movement to connect children and their families to nature, most recently The Nature Principle: Human Restoration and the End of Nature-Deficit Disorder (2011, Algonquin, ISBN: 978-1-616201418). He will visit New Zealand to speak at the national event A Place to Live, to be held in Whanganui from 16 to 19 November, building on themes from the 2012 Transit of Venus Forum.

11:40 Energy with David Haywood
David Haywood has a Ph.D. in engineering and lives in Dunsandel. He is currently contributing This Week in Parliament on his Southerly blog at Public Address, and is the author of the collection of humorous essays My First Stabbing, the children's book The Hidden Talent of Albert Otter, and The New Zealand Reserve Bank Annual 2010 (all He will continue his discussion of solar photovoltaic energy.

On Saturday 1 November 2014 during Great Encounters between 6:06pm and 7:00pm on Radio New Zealand National, you can hear a repeat broadcast of Kim Hill's interview from 25 October 2014 with penguin expert Spencer Lloyd Davis.

Patient photographic book images come to Auckland

Dr Chris Reid, author of the stunning book Patient is delighted that The Auckland Camera Centre will be showing a selection of large print images from his book. The exhibition is open to the public but on opening night Chris will be in attendance and there will be refreshments served so we would like to invite to come along and wander through the images at your leisure and if you have time stop and say hi to Chris.

Please feel free to bring a friend, colleague or partner, this is an open event.

If you are unable to come along on Friday 7th you are welcome to come and have a look at
anytime during the above dates. It will be available for viewing during The Auckland Camera

Centre’s normal trading hours which are: Monday to Friday  9am to 5:30pm + Saturday 9am to 3pm.

Doyle, Toibin, Norton, Keane up for Irish Book Awards& other news from The Bookseller

  • Compared to Frankfurt‘s imposing skyscrapers, the entrance to the halls containing the Frankfurt Book Fair is fairly unassuming. Once our group of 32 postgraduate publishing... Read more

Stephen King: ‘Religion is a dangerous tool … but I choose to believe God exists’

Blockbuster author reveals his spiritual side in lengthy Q&A to launch new novel that deals with a minister’s loss of faith

… Stephen King.
… Stephen King. Photograph: Kenzo Tribouillard/Getty Images
Stephen King, whose forthcoming novel Revival features a Methodist minister who condemns his faith after a horrific accident, has described organised religion as “a very dangerous tool that’s been misused by a lot of people”.

In a rare and lengthy question and answer session published in the print edition of Rolling Stone, King laid out how he “grew up in a Methodist church”, but how he “had doubts” about organised religion ever since he was a child, and how “once I got through high school, that was it for me”.

Nevertheless, said the bestselling novelist, he chooses to believe in God “because it makes things better. You have a meditation point, a source of strength”. He told Rolling Stone: “I choose to believe that God exists, and therefore I can say, ‘God, I can’t do this by myself. Help me not to take a drink today. Help me not to take a drug today.’ And that works fine for me.”

Revival opens as its narrator, Jamie Morton, feels a shadow fall over him. It is his small town’s new minister, Charles Jacobs; the meeting sparks a connection that will reverberate through Jamie’s life, taking him to an ending the publisher is calling “the most terrifying conclusion Stephen King has ever written”.

King told Rolling Stone that he believed “in evil”, but that all his life he has “gone back and forth about whether or not there’s an outside evil, whether or not there’s a force in the world that really wants to destroy us, from the inside out, individually and collectively. Or whether it all comes from inside and that it’s all part of genetics and environment.”

The 10 greatest changes of the past 1,000 years

In Europe, the last millennium has been shaped by successive waves of change, but which shifts, in which centuries, have really shaped the modern world? Historian Ian Mortimer identifies the 10 leading drivers of change in his new book.

Centuries of Change by Ian Mortimer is published by Bodley Head (£20)

Next BOOK CHAT meeting Wednesday 5 November


WHEN?   Wednesday 5 November at 6 p.m.

WHAT?    The topic is "HUMOUR".   Those attending are encouraged to share book/s that they have found humorous and that children/young adults have enjoyed.     

WHO?       Cilla was inspired to turn negativity (about quakes, road cones, insurance, EQC, traffic delays, flooding, etc) into using humour to activate the endorphins in the brain. She is starting this session by sharing some of the books and picture books that her students enjoyed.  What stood the test of time?  What invoked laughter?  Is it just books about bottoms?

AUDIENCE?   Teachers, Librarians, Parents, Booksellers, Publishers . . . in fact anyone who is interested in Children's Literature.
WHERE?    Children's Bookshop, Shop 5, Blenheim Square, 227 Blenheim Road, Christchurch


Author's '10 Favorite Things About Bookshops'

Shelf Awareness

British author Sara Sheridan, whose latest novel is England Expects, loves bookshops. "Everywhere I go I try to hunt out local bookshops," she wrote on the U.K.'s Books Are My Bag website. "Some are quite magical--almost as if the selection has been tailored for me. I'm a story adventurer always on the lookout for a book that will give me that intoxicating experience of removing me from the real world and sucking me between its pages....

"Still, what I like most about bookshops are the differences between them.... This makes it difficult to pick my top ten favorite things in bookshops. Quite apart from anything else it's difficult to restrict the list and ironically not all of my favorite things have much to do with books, per se, but here I go:

  1. A comfortable chair to curl up in.
  2. Somewhere to wander--shelves that go round corners or up stairs.
  3. The prospect of a cup of tea...
  4. ...and a scone.
  5. A relaxed atmosphere...
  6. which you can ask for recommendations or discuss something you've found.
  7. An unexpected section by which I mean shelves of books that have been curated by the shop--art books or Italian cookery books or a fan section for an unusual genre. I discovered Elizabeth Jane Howard's work this way--a joy.
  8. The smell of printed paper and hardback covers.
  9. A ticking clock. I have fond memories of being lulled in a second hand Wigtown bookshop by a ticking clock. It was raining outside and I spent the afternoon browsing around corners and coming across a chair now and then. The clock felt like a heartbeat and I came away with some very special finds.
  10. Last but not least, the clever and inspiring people behind the counter--those at the crossroads of our reading lives who give their time and will chat with kindness. Thank you for all the stories you have directed my way without judgment. That, without doubt, is the most important thing.

International Prize for Arabic Fiction winner leads literary masterclass

IPAF winner Bahaa Taher leads literary masterclass

·         Bahaa Taher is joined as mentor by shortlisted author Ibrahim Nasrallah and former judge Zhor Gourram
·         Nine emerging writers to take part in writers’ workshop
·         Former nadwa participants include 2014 IPAF winner, Ahmed Saadawi

Nine authors have begun an eight day workshop led by three of the Arab world’s leading writers, Bahaa Taher, Zhor Gourram and Ibrahim Nasrallah. This marks the sixth year of the prestigious IPAF nadwa, which brings together emerging writers from across North Africa and the Middle East and gives them the opportunity to hone their skills under the tutelage of IPAF winning and shortlisted authors.

The workshop, which takes place in the secluded Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort, is sponsored by His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al-Nahyan, the Ruler's Representative in the Western Region.

The nine participants have been identified by former judges of the International Prize for Arabic Fiction as ‘ones to watch’.  Aged 40 and under, they come from six different countries – the UAE, Morocco, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Syria and Omanand a variety of writing backgrounds and professions.

The aim of the nadwa is to give the authors a retreat where they are able to work on a new piece of fiction, or to develop an existing, unpublished work. They will be mentored by three writers from the IPAF fold: inaugural winner Bahaa Taher (2008), judge Zhor Gourram (2014) and shortlisted author Ibrahim Nasrallah (shortlist, 2009; longlist, 2013 and 2014). They will also take part in daily discussions with their peers, critiquing each other’s work as well as discussing literature in more general terms.

The result of the nadwa will be nine new works of fiction which will be, in time, edited and published through the IPAF website: Two previous nadwa participants – Mansoura Ez Eldin and Mohammed Hasan Alwan – have gone on to be shortlisted for the prestigious prize; the latter for his 2012 novel, The Beaver, which began life in the IPAF nadwa in 2009. Ahmed Saadawi, who participated in the 2012 nadwa, won the prize in 2014 with Frankenstein in Baghdad.

The International Prize for Arabic Fiction is the leading international prize for Arabic literature. Sponsored by Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority (TCA Abu Dhabi) and run in association with the Booker Prize Foundation in the UK, the Prize aims to celebrate the very best of contemporary Arabic fiction and encourage wider international readership of Arabic literature through translation.

Further information on the Prize can be found at:


Would You Pay $5K For This Book?: Taschen is publishing a $5,000 collectors edition and a selection of $10,000 art editions of 'Rolling Stones,' which officially goes on sale in December.

Galway Kinnell Dies At 87: The poet, who was recognized with both a Pulitzer Prize and a National Book Award, died on Tuesday at his home in Sheffield, Vt.

New York Times Best Illustrated Books : Every year since 1952, the 'Book Review' has convened an independent panel of judges to select picture books on the basis of artistic merit. Here are the 2014 winners.

Florida Bookstore Seeks Nonprofit Status: The owners of Wild Iris Books, the last feminist bookstore in Florida, are pursuing a nonprofit status in order to keep the store open.

Trick? Or Treat?: Favorite books reimagined as candy wrappers.

Who Says You Can't Quantify Literature?

Book2Book Thursday 30 Oct 2014

The longest novels, the shortest stories, the number of kisses in Jane Austen's novels have been counted so you don't have to. So here's literature by the numbers, the big and small and in between.

Obituary Note: Galway Kinnell - Pulitzer Prize winning poet

Galway Kinnell, "who was recognized with both a Pulitzer Prize and an American Book Award for a body of poetry that pushed deep into the heart of human experience in the decades after World War II," died Tuesday, the New York Times reported. He was 87. His many books include Selected Poems, The Book of Nightmares and When One Has Lived a Long Time Alone.

A former Vermont Poet Laureate, "Galway wasn't afraid to explore the full range of emotion in his poems," Major Jackson, poet and University of Vermont professor, told the Burlington Free Press. "He expressed terror, he expresses profound awe at human existence, and regret. You can hear all of it in his work. It would be limiting for us to confine him merely as a protest poet or a poet of the heart or a Romantic poet. Maybe that's part of his allure, that he captures the full range of human emotions."

From his poem "Another Night in the Ruins":

How many nights must it take
one such as me to learn
that we aren't, after all, made
from that bird that flies out of its ashes, 
that for us
as we go up in flames, our one work
to open ourselves, to be
the flames?

Shelf Awareness

Kobo Adds Marvel Comic Book Titles

Shelf Awareness

Kobo has added Marvel comic books to its digital reading platform. The illustrated e-books can be viewed on Kobo devices as well as free reading apps for most tablets and smartphones.

"For more than 75 years, Marvel has been transporting comic fans to exciting new galaxies," said Santiago Melo, merchandiser, Kobo. "Tackling big issues with larger than life characters, these stories continue to be a constant source of enrichment in our popular culture and we couldn't be happier to welcome them to the Kobo family."

David Gabriel, senior v-p, sales & marketing for Marvel Entertainment, said the company "is excited about our partnership with Kobo and happy to have the opportunity to provide fans, new and existing, another great way to experience our legendary content.

In Praise of Literary Failure

In Praise of Literary Failure

I’ll be honest: I’m baffled by the contemporary mania for the slogan “fail better.” Sure, in context, I appreciate Samuel Beckett’s famous line, but I can’t shake the notion that it comes from a piece called Worstward Ho. “Ever tried,” he writes, “Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better.” The way it’s often used today, “fail better” implies that we’re lurching and stumbling, toddler-like, toward a better world. But the speaker in Beckett’s fiction isn’t moving toward success; he’s moving worstward. If we take the Oxford English Dictionary’s first-order definition of failure as a “lack of success,” we can appreciate that to fail better is to screw up more drastically, more spectacularly than ever before. To “fail better” is to lurch and stumble ever closer to the abyss. … Read More