Thursday, July 20, 2017

You are invited to a poetry reading:

You are invited to a poetry reading:

Winter Readings 2017 – Versin’Safari

 Surf’s up!

This year’s Winter Readings returns to
Paekakariki after last year’s successful event, forming
a rebirth of a popular event at the City Gallery
and other venues in Wellington 2003-2008.

Each event featured a tribute to an album or group.

This year’s readings form a tribute to The Beach Boys.

Sunday, 6 August 2017

 Poets: Marilyn Duckworth, MaryJane Thomson, Mark Pirie,

Damian Ruth, Michael O’Leary, Mary Maringikura

Campbell and Nelson Wattie (MC).

Venue: St Peter’s Hall, Beach Rd, Paekakariki.
Time: 2-4pm.

Admission to the reading is by koha. Books for
sale from 2.00pm. No EFTPOS. Cash/cheque sales only.

All welcome.

Earl of Seacliff Art Workshop (ESAW) will publish

an anthology of poems by the readers featured to
celebrate the event.

Winter Readings are presented by:

HeadworX Publishers
Paekakariki Community Trust
Poetry Archive Trust
Earl of Seacliff Art Workshop

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Torbay bookshop
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Jodie Whittaker
BBC Books and Penguin Random House Children’s UK have struck a two-series deal with BBC Worldwide to continue their line of Doctor Who publishing.
Matt Hancock
The minister of state for digital and culture, Matt Hancock, has vowed to "do all I can to support" authors at the Society of Authors' summer party.
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Off the Shelf


Meet These Women: Famous and Obscure, Historical and Modern

Sometimes the coincidental order of my reading list creates fascinating book pairings—books that when read together, illuminate and complement one another. I recently read Megan Mayhew Bergman’s historical story collection, ALMOST FAMOUS WOMEN, for a book club. Then a friend lent me Rebecca Miller’s modern story collection, PERSONAL VELOCITY. When brought together, their female characters, separated by many decades, spoke to one another in unexpected and illuminating ways.

Publishers Lunch

Today's Meal

New Barnes & Noble ceo Demos Parneros continues to pus his mark on the company's executive ranks with the hiring of a new vp, real estate development, James Lampassi, who starts July 31 and reports to Parneros. (BN hired a vp, stores earlier in the month.) The company calls it a new position and says Lampassi "will have responsibility for developing and executing the real estate strategy as well as lead store development and construction initiatives." He replaces vp, development David Deason, who has had similar responsibilities and has been at BN for 27 years. Deason will serve as a consultant to the bookseller at least through the end of the year.

Lampassi has been vp, real estate and construction at Petco Animal Supplies Stores. Parneros says in the announcement, "I strongly believe that we have the best possible person to help take our stores into the future and grow the business."

Director, business strategy at Crown Publishing Group Philipp Bartscher is relocating to London and will strategy director at Penguin Random House UK in September, reporting to ceo Tom Weldon. Additionally, Rebecca Sinclair will return to PRH UK in September as head of communications, filling the position vacated when Hannah Glenny departs for a job at Google at the end of August. Sinclair is currently vice president of brand at Pearson.

Lauren Smulski has been promoted to associate editor for Harlequin Teen.

Erica Finkel has been promoted to editor for Abrams Children's.

Nicole Caputo has joined Counterpoint Press and Catapult as creative director and art director, respectively. Previously, she was creative director at Basic Books.

Mekisha Telfer has joined Glasstown Entertainment as associate editor. She was previously editorial assistant for Simon & Schuster.

Jamia Wilson has been named executive director and publisher of the Feminist Press at CUNY, succeeding Jennifer Baumgardner. Previously, she was was executive director of Women, Action & the Media.

Real News (Sales)
Last week Milo Yiannopoulos revised his "sales" account to say he had printed and shipped to accounts 105,000 copies of his self-published Dangerous, which to his mind is the same as selling through. Bookscan recorded actual sales to consumers of a little over 18,000 print books in the first week, including pre-orders, and today's update shows sales falling to a little more than 10,600 units in second week.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

'Britain's Rudest Bookseller' Sells Bookshop


Known as "Britain's rudest bookseller" and "the Basil Fawlty of books," Steve Bloom, owner of Bloomindales in Hawes, has sold his store and left the business, Richmondshire Today reported.
Bloom, who admits to being "medium to low rude," received widespread criticism earlier this year for charging a 50 pence (about 65 cents) fee for browsing in the used store. Twenty complaints about that and his general behavior were lodged with the local parish council, but Bloom continued to require the fee. Townspeople said he was rude in other ways as well.
"I hope that none of the people who have been trying to drive me out are claiming any kind of victory, because it isn't," Bloom said. "I have left of my own free will.
"It got very difficult sitting in my shop listening to people talking about me as the man who charges 50p entry," Bloom continued. "I will not miss the moaning. I'd be sitting there and have to listen to people saying 'This is the shop that was on the news' and 'He's the one who charges entry just to look at his books' and it gets to me.... I gained a certain notoriety and I suppose much of it was of my own invention but I don't have regrets."

Shelf Awareness

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Apple Antitrust Suits Dismissed: The Second Circuit affirmed dismissals of lawsuits from two defunct e-book retailers that went under amid Apple's agency-pricing model.

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Marketing A Book Made Simple: Author Frank Miniter lays out a no-nonsense approach to marketing a book, including advice on finding like-minded people.

Infinite Books Line Shelves in China: Zhongshuge, a bookstore and library in Yangzhou, China, features a tunnel-like interior lined with books and mirrors.

Chicken Soup for the Soul Launches IPO: The media company affiliated with the Chicken Soup for the Soul book series has launched an IPO to raise up to $30 million.


“Masterful, provocative” novelist visits Wellington

Victoria University of Wellington’s International Institute of Modern Letters (IIML) is excited to host award-winning Australian novelist Charlotte Wood at one of its Writers on Mondays events this month.

Ms Wood will read and discuss her successful fiction and non-fiction work with IIML senior lecturer Emily Perkins at a free event at Te Papa at 12.15pm on Monday 24 July. Ms Wood will also conduct a master class at the IIML for creative writing students on the Master of Arts and PhD programmes.

“This is one hell of a novel,” “inspired, powerful,” and “masterful” are some of the accolades for Ms Wood’s most recent book, The Natural Way of Things, which won the 2016 Stella Prize, the 2016 Indie Book of the Year and Novel of the Year, and was joint winner of the Prime Minister's Literary Award for Fiction. In this allegorical and disturbingly true novel, young women find themselves brutally imprisoned in the desert, where they soon discover the sex scandals with powerful men that connect them, as well as the depth of their crisis.

The Australian newspaper has described Ms Wood as "one of our most original and provocative writers”.  She is the author of five novels and two books of non-fiction, including Animal People, The Children and The Writer’s Room—a recent collection of interviews with writers about their work. Of this book, critic Geordie Williamson wrote: ‘'For writers, an indispensable resource; for readers, a pure pleasure.” 

In 2016 Ms Wood was named the Charles Perkins Centre's inaugural Writer in Residence at the University of Sydney. 

 “Charlotte Wood is a thrilling writer whose work always pushes into new territory, full-heartedly examining the joy and suffering of life,” says Emily Perkins. “She’s published on a great range of themes, from family dynamics to cooking to misogyny, and has earned deserved comparisons to Elena Ferrante and Margaret Atwood along the way. Like those writers, she is equally well-loved and critically acclaimed, and we are delighted that Wellington audiences will have this opportunity to experience, in person, Charlotte’s insights on writing and the wider world.”   

The Writers on Mondays programme began this week and the full programme is available on the IIML website:

What: Charlotte Wood at Writers on Mondays

When: 12.15pm, Monday 24 July

Where: Te Papa, Wellington

Entry is free.

For more information contact Emily Perkins on 04-463 6905 or


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