Saturday, October 22, 2016

Latest News from The Bookseller

Theresa May
Multinational publishers have warned of the consequences of a “hard Brexit” on their businesses, with concerns over whether restrictions on migration would hamper their ability to attract the right talent to work for them.
Folio Prize
The Folio Prize is planned to return in 2017, with its remit extended to include non-fiction for the first time.
Orion Children's Books
Hachette Children’s Group, along with Hachette US and Hachette Australia, has won an eight-publisher Frankfurt auction to acquire debut children’s author Jessica Townsend.
More than 40 companies, individuals and products have been shortlisted across eight different categories at this year's FutureBook Awards.
Nine Dots Prize
The winner of a new prize that asks the question "are digital technologies making politics impossible?" will win $100,000 and a book deal with Cambridge University Press.
China Mieville
Science fiction and fantasy novelist China Miéville is to make a rare foray into non-fiction to pen a “labour of love” history of the Russian revolution for indie press Verso.

T S Eliot Prize
Half of the authors shortlisted for the 2016 T S Eliot Prize are published by Picador. 
Octopus imprint Mitchell Beazley has signed the first title from the founders of craft beer brand BrewDog as well as a food book from BBC presenter James Wong.
Saltire Society
Irvine Welsh, James Kelman and Jenni Fagan have made the 2016 Saltire Society Literary Awards shortlist announced at a special event in Edinburgh, alongside emerging talents Chitra Ramaswamy and Martin MacInnes.
C L Taylor
HarperCollins is expanding its publishing of novelist CL Taylor with deals brokered across three separate imprints, including a "significant" six-figure deal for two further novels with Avon, and a two-book YA thriller deal with HQ.
Foyles Charing Cross Road
Foyles has been inundated with support on social media after the "severe" flooding of its basement which has seen it closed since Monday.
The International Publishers Association General Assembly have voted to admit five new national publishing organisations from Iraq, Ivory Coast, Mauritania, Morocco and Senegal, to extend its "geographical and cultural footprint" broader than it has ever been in its 120-year history.

The Roundup with PW

Frankfurt Book Fair 2016: Pew Research Center’s Lee Rainie on Reading in the Digital Age
It's been a disruptive decade for the book business, but Pew's latest research suggests that Americans' reading habits have remained relatively stable.

Frankfurt Book Fair 2016: The Markets Summit Spotlights Global Opportunities
Frankfurt’s The Markets: Global Publishing Summit took place on Tuesday, the opening event of the Fair’s premium events program dubbed “The Business Club,” and offered insight into seven publishing markets around the world.
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#TrumpBookReport: Donald Trump's debate answers have spawned a hashtag that suggests what Trump might write if he were reviewing classic books.

Sarah Jessica Parker on Her New Imprint: The actress speaks about her new imprint at Hogarth, SJP, where she plans to find and publish three to four new novels per year.

Joyce Carol Oates Remembers Thom Jones: On the writer whose stories on boxing, crime, and the Vietnam War "thrummed with his distinctive, idiosyncratic voice."

The Curse Words of Charles Dickens: How the 19th Century's great English novelist rejected the easily-offended Victorians and their social norms with subtlety.

John Irving Interviews Nathan Hill: The authors discuss Hill’s debut work, his love of dysfunction, and why to think about writing the way you think about keeping a garden.

Reading Books Has Always Been A Status Symbol Even Among Those Who Don’t Read Them


“The symbol of reading was, perhaps, bigger than the act of reading itself. Individuals sought to capture their devotion to books through painted portraits that depicted them deeply absorbed in reading a text. Paintings of people reading and portraits of individuals embracing a book became widespread in Renaissance art.”

A Beautiful Spanish Novel for Fans of Elena Ferrante

Off the Shelf
By Gabrielle Lucille Fuentes    |   Friday, October 21, 2016
Decades before Elena Ferrante gifted us with Lenù and Lila in her Neapolitan novels, Carmen Laforet gave us Andrea in NADA. The works have a great deal in common: in both, passionate young women try to wrench themselves from the poverty and close-mindedness of their society. The specter of World War II looms over both books, along with the reality that for many that war never ended but continued on in broken hearts and crooked streets all across Europe. READ MORE

Friday, October 21, 2016

Knitting for the Outdoors

Knitting for the Outdoors

Merino Handknits for Active Kiwis

Gillian Whalley-Torckler

Photography by Darryl Torckler

Publication date: October 2016, Bateman - RRP $34.99 

30 quick-to-knit, practical designs that look good on anyone, anywhere… 

• Nothing beats wool for warmth and comfort if you are out in the elements, for leisure or working. 

• New Zealand has some of the best merino, the ultimate yarn for outdoor wear, for handknitting. 

• Gillian Whalley-Torckler uses this wonderful wool to create soft, warm, light and breathable hats, gloves, scarves and vests. 

• Designed to appeal to men and women, girls and boys.   

This is Gillian Whalley-Torckler’s second knitting book — her first was Hats to Knit (2016) — but she has written 14 in all, on diving, sea creatures and the environment. Whatever she is doing, her needles, hooks and yarn are never far away and her love of design and the creativity of knitting come through in the gorgeous knits in this book. The photographs are by her husband, outdoor photographer Darryl Torckler.
Both Gillian and Darryl, along with their two boys, are based in Warkworth, north of Auckland.

Margaret Mahy Medal 2017 Deadline for nominations 31 October 2016

Storylines Margaret Mahy Medal 2017

- Deadline for nominations 31 October 2016 -

The Storylines Trust will award the Margaret Mahy Medal, its top prize for children’s literature, at its National Awards Day in April 2016.

Candidates’ names and supporting material should be forwarded to Storylines by 31 October 2016.  

The award, regarded as the most prestigious in New Zealand’s children’s literature, is given for lifetime achievement and an outstanding contribution to writing, illustrating or advocacy for children’s literature and literacy.

Previous winners since 1991 have included
Joy Cowley, Gavin Bishop, Lynley Dodd, Kate De Goldi, David Hill, Fleur Beale and Barbara Else.

Nomination forms are on the Storylines website. Nominations should be forwarded by 5 p.m. 31 October 2016 to

NZ Bookshop Day, 29 October, at Vic Books, starring Kate de Goldi

Attention 9-12 year olds, (and all their other older, younger, friends and whanau).

Join us for this special edition Book Club starring the wonderful Kate De Goldi and the

brand new Gecko Annual!

                                                                                Rsvp’s welcome



High tea and bubbles with Kim Evans

Takapuna Library is re-sending details of this event as it may not have been clear in the earlier mailing that this event is being held in the Takapuna War Memorial Hall, adjoining the Takapuna Library

High tea and bubbles with Kim Evans

Treat your friends and family to a celebratory occasion

When: Saturday 29 October, 3pm - 4pm

at the Takapuna Memorial Hall, next door to the Takapuna Library

Cost: $25

There is nothing little about Kim Evans' Little & Friday empire!

It has grown to four sites, open seven days a week and is a magnet to fans throughout the country.

Join us as Kim provides a delicious afternoon tea of sweet and savoury treats, taken from her new cookbook Little & Friday every meal.

Guests will be seated at tables of eight to enjoy the afternoon tea and a talk by Kim herself.

Bubbles will be generously provided by Brancott Estate.


To purchase your tickets, visit eventfinda. (Additional fees may apply)
0800 BUY TIX (289 849)

This event is proudly brought to you by Little & Friday, Brancott Estate and Penguin Random House to support the work of the North Shore Libraries Foundation who provide local libraries with additional funding for special projects


The Bookseller at Frakfurt Book Fair Day 3

Urban goes from blog to book with Transworld
Transworld has signed one of the hottest books of the 2016 Frankfurt Book Fair: The Story of Everything by influential blogger Tim Urban.
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Millions for Williams as Blink inks biography deal
Bonnier Publishing imprint Blink has splashed a seven-figure sum acquiring the rights to a second authorised biography of pop star Robbie Williams.
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Plunging pound hits FBF Brits
The plummeting British pound is affecting deals cut at this year's Frankfurt Book Fair, with UK publishers buying from Europe haggling for deals to be made in Euros as opposed to sterling.
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Rights round-up
As one Dooré opens…
Bluebird bags model duo
Octopus heads East
Viking gets alarmed
Headline jumps Shark
It's War at Picador
Icon signs an icon
Faber pegs first timer
Elgar's write notes
The Hole shebang
Body bagged by Pavilion
Click here to read the latest FrankFurt Book Fair news and visit us at #FBF16 in Hall 6.0 Stand C104
Frankfurt Book Fair Daily: Day Three
In today's daily:

*Charts: the tussle for the top

*Fair deal: could Brexit imperil the trade book fair?

*My Frankfurt: Suzanne Baboneau

*Indian ink: how India's publishing scene is changing
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