Wednesday, April 01, 2015

Miles Franklin Award Longlist 2015: Eight Out Of 10 Nominees Are Women

Posted at 8:33AM Tuesday 31 Mar 2015

Eight women and three debut novelists have made the longlist for the Miles Franklin award for Australian literature, it was announced on Tuesday.
In contention for the $60,000 prize is 87-year-old Elizabeth Harrower, whose fourth novel, Certain Circles, was published nearly four decades after her last work.


Sydney Morning Herald

Sequel to Stieg Larsson’s Millennium novels: title and cover revealed

The Girl in the Spider’s Web, continuing the Girl With the Dragon Tattoo sequence, was written by David Lagercrantz and will be published worldwide this August

First, there was The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. Then, she Played With Fire and Kicked the Hornet’s Nest. Now, more than 10 years since Lisbeth Salander’s creator Stieg Larsson died, his British publisher is preparing for the release of the fourth novel in the bestselling Millennium series, which it has announced will be called The Girl in the Spider’s Web.

The Girl in the Spider's Web
Larsson redux ... The cover for The Girl in the Spider’s Web. Photograph: PR
Penned by Swedish writer David Lagercrantz with the blessing of Larsson’s estate – though not his long-term partner – the novel, based on Larsson’s universe and characters, will be published worldwide on 27 August. Amid Harry Potter-style levels of security – Lagercrantz wrote the work on a computer with no internet connection, and delivered the Swedish manuscript to his publishers by hand – UK publisher MacLehose Press has unveiled only the cover, which shows Salander herself, complete with dragon tattoo and a suitably punk pair of trousers.

Called Det som inte dödar oss in the original Swedish, or What Doesn’t Kill You, it is now in the process of being translated into 38 different languages, with George Goulding working on the English version.

Latest News from The Bookseller

Danielle Steel has signed a 10-book contract with Pan Macmillan, moving to the publisher from Transworld, where she has been for the last 26 years.
Jeremy Trevathan, publisher of Macmillan adult books, signed UK and Commonwealth rights, excluding Canada, in a deal negotiated with Cullen Stanley at Janklow & Nesbit in New York.
Steel will move to Pan Macmillan from summer 2018.
Penguin Random House delivered a "strong performance in its first full year after the merger", media group Bertelsmann has said. Penguin Random House chief executive Markus Dohle said the combined businesses had "made a powerful statement: We are stronger together."
Publishing Ireland has slammed the Arts Council Northern Ireland (ACNI) for “fundamentally misunderstanding” how publishers operate following with withdrawal of funding for Blackstaff Press.

The owner of the Independent Bookseller of the Year 2014 is seeking a business partner to help grow her thriving business.
Sheila O’Reilly from Dulwich Books in London is looking for a passionate book lover who already knows the publishing and bookselling industry to join her business in the role of director/business partner to expand the company in multiple directions. 
A new branch of a growing tearooms and bookshop chain is to open in Chester this weekend.
Beatons Tearooms Ltd, which is also a bookshop, was first founded by owner Patrick Duffy in 2010 in Tisbury, Wiltshire. Beaton's outlets are “very much a tearooms,” Duffy, said, “but the book stock is also something we put quite a lot of effort into and are important to our customers.”

HarperCollins is reprinting 150,000 copies of Amelia Freer's Eat. Nourish. Glow., after it was recommended by singer Sam Smith.
Freer's book is one of the first to be released under the revamped Harper Thorsons list, dedicated to mind, body and spirit. It was published in print and digital on 1st January as the lead title for the imprint, which was founded 85 years ago.
A US campus retailing group has filed a lawsuit against Purdue University in Indiana, claiming that it is withholding public information about its contract with Amazon.
Three debut novelists are in the running for the 2015 Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize for comic novels.
Writer Caitlin Moran, actress Helen Lederer and Nina Stibbe have all made the shortlist for the prize, alongside Alexander McCall Smith, Irvine Welsh and Joseph O'Neill.
Birmingham could set up a cooperative model with staff in order to keep its 39 libraries open.
Birmingham City Council's deputy leader Ian Ward told the Birmingham Mail that a deal was "close to being agreed".
The model would see librarians running the service, with all of the 39 facilities kept open. However, it would lead to job losses, as the council looks for areas to implement a further £69m of cuts this year.
Thames & Hudson has been awarded the licence for a television tie-in publishing programme based on “Messy Goes to Okido”, a new animated show launching on CBeebies in September 2015.
Guinness World Records (GWR) has appointed journalist Stephen Daultrey as the new editor for its Guinness World Records Gamer’s Edition in an effort to create deeper ties with the gaming industry.

The Roundup with PW

Deals, Bestsellers Drove Growth at PRH
The 2013 merger between Random House and Penguin and the 2014 purchase of Santillana Ediciones Generales helped lead to a 25% increase in revenue, and a 24% gain in earnings, at Penguin Random House in 2014. The U.S. division had an "outstanding" performance. more »

Bologna 2015: Early Impressions from a Busy, Sunny Fair
Amid its warmest weather in years, the Bologna Children’s Book Fair got off to a strong start on Monday, with most of the agents, editors, and rights managers PW spoke with finding it to be a positive, active fair, though no single title had yet risen to be a "book of the fair." more »

South Africa's PRAESA Wins Astrid Lindgren Award
The Project for the Study of Alternative Education in South Africa (PRAESA) is the recipient of the 2015 Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award – the largest award for children’s literature, with a prize of five million Swedish crowns (more than $575,000). more » »

Spring Reading: The best outdoor books of early 2015, rounded up at 'Forbes.'

Purdue Involved in Amazon Lawsuit: The National Association of College Stores Inc., based in Ohio, is suing Purdue for access to a copy of the full contract between Amazon and the University.

Thomas Pynchon's Predictions: Did the author predict parallel universes, mini black holes, and the death of the big bang theory?

Writer Bill Jamison Dies at 73: With his wife, Cheryl Alters Jamison, Jamison won four James Beard Foundation awards for culinary writing and was the author of some two dozen travel books and cookbooks.

Pin-Sized Book on Little Pleasures: 'Life's Lil Pleasures' was created by illustrator and designer Evan Lorenze, who has spent the last year building a library of "micro books" with diverse themes.

Nicholas Lezard’s paperback of the week: Complete Poems by Jon Silkin – review

At last, this poet of many voices receives his due – with a postwar anthology all of his own

Resistant to parody … Jon Silkin wrote in many registers. Photograph: British Library Board/TopFoto

In 1998, two similar poetry anthologies were published: The Penguin Book of Poetry from Britain and Ireland since 1945, edited by Simon Armitage and Robert Crawford, and The Firebox: Poetry from Britain and Ireland after 1945, edited by Sean O’Brien. In neither did Jon Silkin, one of Britain’s most prolific and influential postwar poets, who had died the year before, appear. This, despite the fact that he had edited a well respected collection of first world war poetry, written the very popular poem “Death of a Son”, and had his work included on the GCSE syllabus. 

He also founded and edited for 45 years (with a three-year hiatus between 1957 and 1960) the poetry magazine Stand. But then inclusion in anthologies is always a matter of taste and circumstance.

The editors of this Silkin collection have done a supremely conscientious job. The book is not cheap, but it does include a lot of poetry. Silkin published 11 volumes from 1950 on; also included here are 11 sections containing uncollected and unpublished poems, which do his legacy no harm. His first collection, The Portrait and Other Poems, published shortly after he was discharged from national service as a sergeant instructor, was one he didn’t reprint, and he didn’t include any of its poems in collections published during his lifetime. But there is good work in it (such as “The Author Addresses His Razor”: “You do not flinch. / Your edge is fire and calm oiled seas. You know / Your ultimate power as I know mine, you are keen / For the end”. Note the double edge, so to speak, that he gives the word “keen”).

JQ - Wingate Literary Prize Award Event Invitation


Award Ceremony: 20 April, JW3 London, 7.30pm

Join Wingate Prize Director Rachel Lasserson and this year's judges - Gabriel Josipovici, Eva Hoffman, George Szirtes, and Devorah Baum - as they announce the winner of the 2015 Jewish Quarterly-Wingate Literary Prize. Hannah Krall’s Chasing the King of Hearts, Gary Shteyngart’s Little Failure and Brazilian novelist Michel Laub’s Diary of the Fall lead the shortlist.

Read more / Book JQ-rate tickets (£4) by entering Promo Code JQPROMO50 online or at box office.

Shakespeare in Tehran

Marco Moretti/Anzenberger/Redux
Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque in Isfahan, the last stop on Stephen Greenblatt’s trip to Iran
In April 2014 I received a letter from the University of Tehran, inviting me to deliver the keynote address to the first Iranian Shakespeare Congress.

Instantly, I decided to go. I had dreamed of visiting Iran for a very long time. Many years ago, when I was a student at Cambridge, I came across a book of pictures of Achaemenid art, the art of the age of Cyrus and Darius and Xerxes. Struck by the elegance, sophistication, and strangeness of what I saw, I took the train to London and in the British Museum stood staring in wonder at fluted, horn-shaped drinking vessels, griffin-headed bracelets, a tiny gold chariot drawn by four exquisite gold horses, and other implausible survivals from the vanished Persian world.

The culture that produced the objects on display at once tantalized and eluded me. A Cambridge friend recommended that I read an old travelogue about Persia. (I had completely forgotten the name and author of this marvelous book, forgotten even that I had read it, until the great travel writer Colin Thubron very recently commended it to me: Robert Byron’s The Road to Oxiana, published in 1937.) Byron’s sharp-eyed, richly evocative descriptions of Islamic as well as ancient sites in Iran filled me with a longing to see with my own eyes the land where such a complex civilization had flourished.

Wodehouse prize for comic fiction 2015 shortlist announced

Book2Book Tuesday 31 Mar 2015

Writers Alexander McCall Smith, Irvine Welsh, Caitlin Moran and Nina Stibbe among the six shortlisted for the 2015 award



Educake Science Streamlines Homework for Students


UK startup Educake promises an easy-to-use online solution for teachers to set up and grade quizzes and students to provide answers, much of it automated.

Singapore-based Page One's new bookstore concept in Hong Kong started by looking at what readers loved in books and building from there, says CEO Mark Tan.

German publisher Carlsen has taken over the humor program of Lappan Verlag to form the largest humor and cartoon publisher in the German-speaking market.

Seagull Books has become a global publisher of note, with 300 titles, including books by numerous prize-winners, all produced by a team of six.

With First Full Penguin Random House Annual Results, Dohle Says "We Are Stronger Together"

Bertelsmann reported financial results for 2014 on Tuesday morning, providing the first look at a full year's worth of performance for the merged Penguin Random House. (A year ago, the 2013 report incorporated only six months worth of Penguin's sales.) The trade publishing giant had combined sales of €3.324 billion for the year, including Random House Germany, which is still owned entirely by Bertelsmann outside of the PRH joint venture. Operating EBITDA rose in line with sales, to €452 million, "driven by numerous major bestsellers, especially in the field of children's books, as well as tie-ins to popular movies and TV series and the outstanding performance of its US division." Operating EBIT was €374 million, compared to €309 million a year ago. Among international divisions, their unit in Canada "dominated the 2014 national bestseller lists"; the UK "experienced a solid year despite a difficult market environment"; and RH Germany "recorded a stable year."

Penguin Random House ceo Markus Dohle wrote to staff, "In our first full year as Penguin Random House, you have made a powerful statement: We are stronger together." All US employees who are not already on a bonus or commission plan "will be rewarded on April 17 with a special payment of $750." Dohle writes, "I strongly believe that every one of us should share in our success." He also celebrated that, "everything we accomplished together last year was done while making major achievements in our integration in every territory. The seamless systems cutovers and distribution-center transfers in the United States this past winter will be a blueprint for our successful integration around the world." (In 2012, Random House US shared the Fifty Shades bounty with bonuses of $5,000 per employee.)

As parent company Bertelsmann notes, any apparent rise in publishing revenues was "primarily due to portfolio effects," however: The acquisition of Santillana in the second half of the year, and the full integration of Penguin revenues. The company did "also generate higher organic revenues as a result of successful new releases, particularly in the United States." Dohle writes that "last year we published more than 15,000 new titles, each one its own startup inspiring us to customize and enhance the ways we produced, promoted, and connected them with the widest possible audience." And Bertelsmann indicates that the company sold over 100 million ebook units worldwide during the year. (Note, however, that neither of these numbers is "new" in context; they also sold over 100 million ebooks last year, and since the merger 15,000 titles a year has been the announced output.)

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Zoning complaint shuts down ‘Little Free Library’

SHREVEPORT (AP) — Shreveport’s Metropolitan Planning Commission has shut down a book swap box called a “Little Free Library,” and others could face the same fate.
City ordinances allow libraries only in commercial zones, zoning administrator Alan Clarke told The Times.

Rick Edgerton said the commission told him it would cost $500 to appeal the ruling against the Little Free Library that he and his wife, Teresa Edgerton, created, KSLA-TV reported.

Rick Edgerton made the wooden box with shelves, a hinged glass front and a sign telling people who pass their house to “take a book, return a book.”

The couple has 10 days to appeal the decision, which KSLA reports was prompted by a single anonymous complaint.

JK Rowling's life advice: ten quotes on the lessons of failure

The Harry Potter author’s new book is based on an inspirational speech she gave to Harvard students. Here are some of the best quotes

Rowling at her Harvard University commencement address in 2008.
Successful failure ... JK Rowling at her Harvard University commencement address in 2008. Photograph: Lisa Poole/AP
JK Rowling has some inspirational advice for graduating students – or for anyone in this universe, really. Her new book, Very Good Lives: The Fringe Benefits of Failure and the Importance of Imagination, out on 14 April, is her 2008 commencement speech at Harvard University, published by Little, Brown. Proceeds from sales will be donated to Lumos, a charity for disadvantaged children founded by Rowling, and to a financial aid programme at Harvard. Some of her wisdom from that speech, for those of you who weren’t in the Harvard audience, is collected below.

very good livesRowling, who came from a family where her imagination was seen as “an amusing personal quirk that would never pay a mortgage, or secure a pension”, struggled considerably before becoming one of the world’s most successful authors: seven years after graduating, “I had failed on an epic scale. An exceptionally short-lived marriage had imploded, and I was jobless, a lone parent, and as poor as it is possible to be in modern Britain, without being homeless.” Only last week, she tweeted about the rejections she has received in her career – even under the pen name Robert Galbraith which she adopted, after the succcess of the Harry Potter novels, for crime fiction.
The writer based her speech – the most viewed commencement speech on Harvard’s website – on “failure and imagination”. Delivered to some of the world’s most elite students, her words went beyond the get-ahead cliches of careers advice. 
Here are 10 of our favourite quotes:

Reminder: lunchtime tomorrow (Wed 1 April) public history talk by Dame Margaret Sparrow

Please join us at a public history talk by Dame Margaret Sparrow who will speak about her book:  
Rough on Women:  Abortion in 19th Century New Zealand
The women who had abortions in 19th century New Zealand are all long dead and little is known of their shortened lives. Most of what we know about them comes from coroners’ reports and newspaper accounts, and in many cases we know more about the abortionists than the women themselves. Those who survived had engaged in criminal activity so they were unlikely to talk about it.  Abortion was not written about or mentioned in their correspondence to family and friends.
 The information we have is biased towards events with a tragic ending but even this gives us some insight into the lives of ordinary women.  At a time when contraception was frowned upon by the medical profession women obtained abortions by whatever means they could, despite the dangers of poisoning, haemorrhage and infection. Abortionists did their work despite the threat of long prison sentences.
Dame Margaret has had a long career in general and reproductive health. She was awarded an MBE in 1987, the New Zealand Suffrage Centennial Medal in 1993, and the DCNZM for services to medicine and the community in 2002, which in 2009 became a DNZM.
 Time and place:  12.15pm at the Ministry for Culture and Heritage, Level 4, 101-103 The Terrace, Wellington on Wednesday 1 April, 2015.

Storylines honours children’s writers

Storylines Children’s Literature Trust of New Zealand
The Storylines awards for new writers and the Storylines Notable Books List for 2015 (books published in 2014) were announced in Auckland yesterday.

The Storylines Tom Fitzgibbon Award for an unpublished manuscript for children:
Tom E. Moffatt (Rotorua) for Barking Mad.

The Storylines Joy Cowley Award for a picture book text:
Joy Halloran-Davidson (Napier), for Witch’s Cat Wanted, Apply Within.

The Storylines Gaelyn Gordon Award for a Much-Loved Book:
Bob Darroch for Little Kiwi is Scared of the Dark (Penguin).

The Storylines Tessa Duder Award for a young adult manuscript, sponsored by Walker Books Australia, is not being awarded in 2015.

The Storylines Notable Book Lists 2015 (books published in 2014):

Storylines Notable Picture Books List 2015
Books for children and/ or young adult where the narrative is carried equally by pictures and story.

Blackie the Fisher Cat by Janet Pereira, illustrated by Gabriella Klepatski (Craig Potton Publishing).
Have You Seen a Monster by Raymond McGrath (Penguin).
Jim’s Letters by Glyn Harper, illustrated by Jenny Cooper (Penguin).
Kakapo Dance by Helen Taylor (Penguin).
I Am Not A Worm by Scott Tulloch (Scholastic).
The Song of Kauri by Melinda Szymanik, illustrated by Dominique Ford (Scholastic).
The Anzac Puppy by Peter Millett, illustrated by Trish Bowles (Scholastic).
My New Zealand ABC Book by James Brown (Te Papa Tongarewa, Museum of NZ).
My New Zealand Colours Book by James Brown (Te Papa Tongarewa, Museum of NZ).
Construction by Sally Sutton, illustrated by Brian Lovelock (Walker Books).

Storylines Notable Junior Fiction List 2015
Fiction suitable for primary and intermediate-aged children.
The Volume of Possible Endings by Barbara Else (Gecko Press).
Island of Lost Horses by Stacy Gregg (HarperCollins).
Conrad Cooper’s Last Stand by Leonie Agnew (Penguin).
Teddy One Eye: The Autobiography of a Teddy Bear by Gavin Bishop (Random House).
MNZS: Harbour Bridge by Philippa Werry (Scholastic).
Monkey Boy by Donovan Bixley (Scholastic).
Trouble in Time by Adele Broadbent (Scholastic).
The Name at the End of the Ladder by Elena De Roo (Walker Books).
Ophelia Wild, Deadly Detective by Elena De Roo ( Walker Books).

Storylines Notable Young Adult Fiction List 2015
Fiction suitable for upper intermediate and secondary school students.
While We Run by Karen Healey (Allen & Unwin).
Speed Of Light by Joy Cowley (Gecko Press).
I Am Rebecca by Fleur Beale (Random House).
Singing Home The Whale by Mandy Hager (Random House).
Spark by Rachael Craw (Walker Books).A Little ABC Book by Jenny Palmer (Beatnik Publishing).

Storylines Notable Non-Fiction List 2015
For authoritative, well-designed information books accessible to children and young adults.
Maori Art for Kids by Julie Noanoa, illustrated by Norm Heke (Craig Potton Publishing).
Under The Ocean: Explore & Discover NZ’s Sealife by Gillian Candler, illustrated by Ned Barraud (Craig Potton Publishing).
The Book of Hat by Harriet Rowland (Makaro Press).
New Zealand Sports Hall of Fame: 25 Kiwi Champions by Maria Gill, illustrated by Marco Ivancic (New Holland Publishers).
A Treasury of NZ Poems edited by Paula Green, illustrated by Jenny Cooper (Random House).
Ghoulish Get-Ups by Fifi Colston (Scholastic).
The Letterbox Cat & Other Poems by Paula Green, illustrated by Myles Lawford (Scholastic).
Piggy Pasta & More Food with Attitude by Rebecca Woolfall and Suzi Tait-Bradly (Scholastic).
A New Zealand Nature Journal by Sandra Morris (Walker Books).