Friday, October 28, 2016

Latest News from The Bookseller

Literary agency Blake Friedmann has announced the death of agency co-founder Carole Blake.
Bloomsbury’s total revenues were up 19% to £62.7m for the six months ending 31st August 2016, which is “in line with management’s expectations”, though the company expects sales to be “significantly second-half weighted” due to Christmas sales and October being the "peak period" for academic book sales.
Ether Books
Mobile e-book start-up Ether Books is to be sold after its founders decided that it needed fresh investment to develop the service out of beta. It is now looking to sell the business to a publisher or other book industry company.
Amelia Freer
Michael Joseph is publishing a new book by nutritional therapist Amelia Freer, Nourish & Glow: The 10 Day Plan.
Publisher David Campbell celebrated the 25th anniversary of the revival of hardback imprint Everyman's Library at Spencer House in St James Place, in the presence of His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales.
HarperCollins has launched an outdoor marketing campaign for A Sticky Note Guide to Life by cartoonist Instachaaz (Chaz Hutton).

Clean Eating Alice
HarperThorsons has acquired Eat Well Every Day, the second book from Alice Liveing, the "powerhouse" behind the Instagram account, Clean Eating Alice.
Canongate has acquired its fourth book by Simon Garfield, titled In Miniature, describing it as a "big book of small things".
DK is attending MCM London Comic Con this weekend to showcase its collection of Star Wars, Marvel, DC Comics and LEGO titles - and, as the official sponsor of the Kid Zone, will be offering children the chance to take part in LEGO activities and challenges.  
The Federation of Children’s Book Groups (FCBG) and World Book Day (WBD) will next month launch a competition to give away £1,000 worth of non-fiction children’s books.

The Roundup with PW

Trolls Force Cain Offline: Bestselling author Chelsea Cain has deleted her Twitter account after facing a barrage of mysoginistic comments over her new comic book for Marvel, 'Mockingbird.'

From Erotica Author to Librettist: The 'NY Post' talked to 'Maestra' author L.S. Hilton, who has an opera called 'Love Hurts' opening at Manhattan's Symphony Space.

From Reject to Booker Winner: Paul Beatty's Booker-winning satire 'The Sellout' was turned down by 18 publishers before finding a home.

Poet Lucia Perillo Dies at 58: Perillo, who wrote about mortality and was published by Copper Canyon Press, died on Oct. 16 at her home in Olympia, Wash.

UK Nonprofit Calls for Library Closings: A charity that deals with "digital inclusion" called the Tinder Foundation has said that not all libraries deserve to stay open.

You're going to need a bigger stocking: the best Children's Books for Christmas

Jane Arthur - The Read - Booksellers NZ

 Busy parents and overwhelmed uncles: if you need kids’ gift suggestions, listen up! Thanks to booksellers around New Zealand, The Read has the scoop on the best (and bestselling) kids’ books for Christmas. 
We spoke with Jemma Pirie at McLeods Booksellers, the team at Muirs Bookshop, Wendy Tighe-Umbers and Claire Duncan at Time Out Bookstore, Courtney Smith and Karen McLeod at Unity Books Wellington, Louise Ward at Wardini Books, Rachel at Paradox Books, Patricia Kay at The Women’s Bookshop, Chris Baskett at Books a Plenty Tauranga and Bruce Caddy at UBS Otago for this story. Read on.

How The Women of Paris Lived, Loved, and Died During WWII


It wasn’t romantic to be “Les Parisiennes” under Nazi Occupation
by Anne Sebba
Paris, mid-July 2015, and the city is swelteringly hot. By July 19, thunder is in the air. I am sitting on a temporary stage, waiting for the rain, enraptured by an unremarkable woman in her late eighties telling a most remarkable story. Annette Krajcer is one of the few surviving victims of the most notorious roundup in French twentieth century history. When she was twelve she and her mother and sister were arrested by French police and taken in French buses to a sports stadium, the Vélodrome d’Hiver, along with 13,000 others including more than 4,000 children.

Guilty Verdict in Murder of Rare Book Dealer

Shelf Awareness

Michael Danaher has been found guilty and given a life sentence with a minimum of 34 years for the April 6 murder in Oxford, England, of author and rare books dealer Adrian Greenwood. The Bookseller wrote that Danaher "reportedly committed the murder as part of a plan to steal a rare edition of The Wind in the Willows that Greenwood had listed on eBay for £50,000 [about $61,085]." Greenwood was the author of Victoria's Scottish Lion: The Life of Colin Campbell, Lord Clyde.

Claim: Superhero Stories Work Great For Comic Books But Are Terrible For Movies


Jonathan Lethem, who initially set out to become a visual artist, says that comic books are a unique storytelling medium with pleasures that don’t necessarily translate well to live action. “It seems to me there’s a disconnect at a fundamental formal level between what a comic book does when you encounter it and what a CGI superhero movie does when you encounter it,” he says.

Read the story at Wired

Martina Cole's latest - Betrayal

Betrayal, Martina Cole
Published by Hachette New Zealand, 25 October 2016 TPBK $34.99 RRP/ EBK $19.99 RRP

Keep everything in the family. Even Betrayal.

Survival. It's all down to who you trust. Aiden O'Hara has been head of the family since he was kid, and he's going to keep it that way. Jade Dixon is the one who watches his back. Mother of his son. The one who makes him invincible. But Jade's been in the game a lot longer than Aiden. She knows no one's indestructible. And when you're at the top, that's when you've got to watch the hardest.
Especially the ones closest to you…

The twenty-third novel from bestseller, Martina Cole, author of Dangerous Lady, The Take, Get Even and many more. The 'undisputed queen of crime writing' (Erwin James), Martina's unique, powerful storytelling will appeal to fans of Karin Slaughter and Patricia Cornwell.

About The Author: Martina Cole is the acknowledged queen of crime drama with more than twenty novels to her name, of which over a dozen have been No.1 bestsellers. She continues to smash sales records with each of her books, which have sold thirteen million copies. Her hard-hitting, uncompromising and haunting writing is in a genre all its own - no one writes like Martina.

Philip Roth Gives His Book Collection To The Newark Public Library


Mr. Roth’s library, some 4,000 volumes, is now stored mostly at his house in northwest Connecticut, where it has more or less taken over the premises. A room at the back of the house has been given over to nonfiction. It has library shelves, library lighting — everything except a librarian, Mr. Roth said recently on the phone from his New York apartment.

Thursday, October 27, 2016

NZ publisher reports on the Frankfurt Book Fair 2016





All for My Children

All For My Children, Sally Faulkner
Published by Hachette New Zealand, 25 October 2016 TPBK $39.99 RRP/ EBK $19.99 RRP
The unforgettable true story of how one Australian mother's fairytale life fractured in the instant she kissed her kids goodbye.
On Saturday, 9 May 2015, Sally Faulkner hugged her children as they left for a three-week holiday to Beirut with their father, Ali Elamine. Though Sally and Ali were separated, custody of two-year-old Noah and four-year-old Lahela had never been an issue. The kids lived with Sally in Australia and their dad often visited from his home in Beirut. To Sally, everything seemed fine.
Twenty-four hours after that farewell, Ali told Sally. 'The kids aren't coming back.' It was every parent's nightmare ... and it was only going to get worse. Exhausting every avenue she could - pleading with Ali, using the courts, lobbying governments and contacting the media - she tried everything. Until her children were taken from her, Sally never thought she'd have the strength to fight so hard. But her love for Lahela and Noah left her with no choice. Waking in a Beirut prison cell handcuffed to a 60 Minutes television reporter, and being forced to relinquish custody in Lebanon to gain her freedom, Sally couldn't help asking herself... how did I get here?
About The Author: The arrest of Brisbane mum Sally Faulkner, journalist Tara Brown and a 60 Minutes news crew in Beirut was one of the most talked-about media stories in 2016. For the first-time ever, Sally Faulkner is telling the whole story - what led to her desperate attempt to bring her children home.

Gottfried Lindauer’s New Zealand: The Māori Portraits

Gottfried Lindauer’s New Zealand: The Māori Portraits Edited by Ngahiraka Mason & Zara Stanhope
Four different covers - choose your own !

Co-produced with the Auckland Art Gallery to tie in with a major exhibition of Lindauer’s Māori portraits.

From the 1870s to the early twentieth century, the Bohemian immigrant artist Gottfried Lindauer travelled to marae and rural towns around New Zealand and – commissioned by Māori and Pākehā – captured in paint the images of key Māori figures. For Māori then and now, the faces of tūpuna are full of mana and life. Now this definitive work collects those portraits for New Zealanders.

The book presents 67 major portraits and 8 genre paintings alongside detailed accounts of the subject and work, with essays by leading scholars that take us inside Lindauer and his world: from his artistic training in Bohemia to his travels around New Zealand as Māori and Pākehā commissioned him to paint portraits; his artistic techniques and deep relationship with photography; Henry Partridge’s gallery on Auckland’s Queen Street where Māori visited to see their ancestors; and the afterlife of the paintings in marae and memory.
Auckland University Press , $75.00
Hardback, 310 x 206 mm, 284 pages,
colour illustrations,
978 1 86940 856 5

 About the editors:
Ngahiraka Mason was born and raised in Te Urewera and was Māori curator at Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki from 1999 to 2015.

Zara Stanhope is principal curator at the gallery and has written a number of books, articles and exhibition catalogues. Contributing writers include Len Bell, Nigel Borrell, Chanel Clarke, Jane Davidson-Ladd, Ngarino Ellis, Aleš Filip, Sarah Hillary, Ute Larsen, Roman Musil and Kahu Te Kanawa.

The Exhibition:
More than 150 historic oil portraits of Māori and Pākehā will be shown at Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki in the largest ever exhibition of work by artist Gottfried Lindauer. The Māori Portraits: Gottfried Lindauer’s New Zealand will feature artworks from the late 19th and early 20th centuries. It opens Saturday 22 October and entry is free.

The exhibition celebrates artist Gottfried Lindauer (1839–1926), New Zealand’s pioneering and most prolific portrait painter and a key cultural figure in the country’s art history. It will bring together an array of finely-detailed portraits of Māori rangatira (men and women of standing in their communities) in both traditional and western dress, portraits of colonial settlers, and large paintings depicting Māori life and customs.

Lindauer’s personal history, from his art training and migration from Europe to his artistic inventions once in New Zealand, will be highlighted, bringing new insights to the relevance of his life’s work in the 21st century.


New Zealand Content Counts - Education Awards 2016

Finalists showcase strength of locally created educational resources

The New Zealand Content Counts Education Awards celebrate the quality and diversity of educational resources released in the past year by New Zealand companies to support classroom learning. The awards recognise the standout contributions made by New Zealand resource providers in both New Zealand classrooms and overseas.

The variety of entries to the awards this year highlights the quality and innovative contributions that New Zealand home-grown resources can offer the education space. While determining the finalists, the judges recognised the energy and effort invested by our local publishers into developing resources that support our teachers in their classroom. The judges further praised all entries for their usefulness in the classroom supporting teachers in their work with students.

The educational publishing industry not only contributes significantly to learning in this country but is also an important contributor to employment and GDP. A recent PwC report* valued the New Zealand publishing industry total impact on gross domestic product at $308 million, attributing $69 million of this to educational publishing.

The New Zealand Content Counts Education Awards judging panel has named the following resources as finalists in 2016:

Best Resource in Primary

NZ Curriculum Mathematics - Connecting All Strands - Level 3B, Maryanne Tipler and contributing authors Susan Timperley and Jenny Holland, Caxton Education Ltd

Toitoi: A Journal for Young Writers and Artists. Issue 1, Issue 2, Special Anzac Issue, Various authors, Editor - Charlotte Gibbs, Toitoi Media Ltd

LEARNZ - virtual field trips, CORE Education

Best Resource in Secondary

LEMMA: Mathematics tasks that promote higher order thinking, Caroline Yoon, NZCER Press

Treaty of Waitangi - Te Tiriti O Waitangi Level 5 Learning, FJ Gibson, ESA Publication (NZ) Ltd

Geography in focus: Teaching and learning in issues-based classrooms, Mike Taylor, NZCER Press
Best Resource in Te Reo Māori

Whanau Fun Day on the Train, Auckland Transport, Kiwa Digital Ltd

Te Huakore Te Muna O Te Whatu, Helen Pearse-Otene & Scotty Morrison (translation), Huia Publishers

Hui E ! Term 1 2016, Various Authors, Huia Publishers

Hu Kupu I Kore (board game and application iOS/Android), CORE Education Ltd

Whakamiharo Mai, Rangi Matamua & Hemi Whaanga, Huia Publishers

 Best Resource in Higher Education

Coaching leadership: Building education leadership capacity through partnership (2nd ed.), Jan Robertson, NZCER Press

Autism Spectrum Disorder in Aotearoa New Zealand: Promising practices and interesting issues, Jill Bevan-Brown, NZCER Press

Elwyn Richardson and the early world of creative education in New Zealand, Margaret MacDonald, NZCER Press

Best Resource for Export

Key Links Poetry (USA), Jill Eggleton and Tracy Strudley, Global Education Systems

Key links Afrikaans Language, Jill Eggleton and Tracy Strudley, Global Education Systems

Key Words, Joy Cowley, Wendy Pye Publishing Ltd

 The 2016 judges’ selection winners and the results of the Teachers’ Choice voting will be announced at a ceremony in Auckland on Thursday 24 November.

For more information please Copyright Licensing New Zealand:
Phone 64 9 486 6250; email

The Whistler

The Whistler, John Grisham
Published by Hachette New Zealand, 25 October 2016 TPBK $37.99 RRP/EBK $19.99 RRP

The most corrupt judge in US history. A young investigator with a secret informant. The electrifying new thriller.

Lacy Stoltz never expected to be in the firing line. Investigating judicial misconduct by Florida's one thousand judges, her cases so far have been relatively unexciting. That's until she meets Greg Myers, an indicted lawyer with an assumed name, who has an extraordinary tale to tell. Myers is representing a whistle blower who knows of a judge involved in organised crime.

No one has a clue what she's been doing - until now. Under Florida law, those who help the state recover illegally acquired assets stand to gain a large percentage of them. Myers and his whistle blower friend could make millions.But first they need Lacy to start an investigation. Is she ready to pit herself against the most corrupt judge in American history, a judge whose associates think nothing of murder? Worldwide bestseller John Grisham will keep you on the edge of your seat with his most suspenseful thriller yet.

About The Author: John Grisham as a child dreamed of being a professional baseball player. After graduating from law school at Ole Miss in 1981, he went on to practice law for nearly a decade, specializing in criminal defense and personal injury litigation. Today, Grisham has written a collection of stories, a work of nonfiction, three sports novels, four kids' books, and many legal thrillers. His work has been translated into 42 languages. He lives near Charlottesville, Virginia.

Antiquarian Book News

PBA Galleries – November 3 – 11am

Sale 600: Fine Press Books: Collection of the late Marjorie Stern – Fine Bindings & Sets

Section I – Fine Press Books, Lots 1-212
Section II – Books about Books, Lots 213-272
Section III – Lots offered without reserve, Lots 273-301

Each lot illustrated in the online version of the catalogue.
Bid directly from the site. Now available in the
Bid Live Now section

300 lots of finely printed books, broadsides and finely bound books and sets. The fine press portion of the auction features the collection of the late Marjorie Stern, being offered here for the benefit of the Special Collections of the San Francisco Public Library. Many fine volumes from the fine presses of the Bay Area and beyond are offered, including works from the Allen Press, Grabhorn Press, Arion Press, Yolla Bolly Press, Limited Editions Club, John Henry Nash, Perishable Press, and many others. The second section of the auction comprises 60 lots of sets and finely bound books. Classic works by some of the great names of Western literature including Robert Burns, Thomas Carlyle, Charles Dickens, Edward Gibbon, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Francis Parkman, William Shakespeare, and many others.


Bloomsbury Ephemera, Book & Postcard Fair

The Bloomsbury Ephemera, Book & Postcard Fair takes place this coming Sunday, 30th October, at the Royal National Hotel, London WC1H 0DG. This month we also welcome Pulp and Paperback dealers in the Ellis Suite.

The fair has proved to be very popular this month and we are fully booked! Expect a veritable treasure trove for all collectors. We have postcard dealers, ephemera specialists, book dealers, as well as dealers in prints, maps, photographs and posters! As if that's not enough we welcome pulp and paperback specialists, all in one great fair!

Make sure you leave plenty of time to visit, there is lots to see and lots to buy. So whether you are just starting collecting, or adding to a collection the fair has something for everyone in all price ranges. Visit our
website for all details, or phone Kim on 01707 872140.


Books & Manuscripts from The Pierre Bergé Library

On view at Sotheby's London, 27-30 October 2016

Sale at Drouot-Richelieu in Paris on 8 & 9 November

>From tomorrow until Sunday, Sotheby's London will exhibit books and manuscripts from the exceptional personal library of Pierre Bergé, the French businessman and art patron, also known as Yves Saint Laurent's partner in business and life.

Last year, Pierre Bergé decided to auction his entire personal library: 1,600 books and manuscripts, spanning, in incredible depth, all the great cultural, literary and philosophical landmarks, from the 15th through to the 20th century. A long-kept secret, his collection is estimated at around €40 million, making it the most valuable library ever to come to the market.

Following the great success of the first sale in December 2015, a further selection – 376 books and manuscripts dedicated to literary Europe from 1780 until 1900 – will be offered at Drouot-Richelieu, in collaboration with Sotheby's, in Paris on 8 & 9 November.

The core of this ensemble is dedicated to Flaubert – a key writer in Bergé’s literary pantheon – but all the British, Russian, American, German greats – Dickens, Dostoevsky, Goethe, Nietzsche, Pushkin, Poe, Henry James, Walt Whitman, Shelley, Walter Scott, Oscar Wilde etc. – are there too.

Highlights exhibited in London include:
• Baudelaire's first edition of Edgar Allan Poe's French translation of Gordon Pym
• The complete works of Lord Byron annotated by Stendhal
• Flaubert's last large autograph manuscript in private hands: 300 autograph pages of Par les champs et les grèves, including numerous innumerable crossing-outs, corrections and additions by the author
• The first edition of all three volume of Tolstoy's War & Peace
• A famous holograph manuscript by the Marquis de Sade
• A rare off-print of Faust by Goethe
• A rare copy of the first edition of Keats' Endymion
Ludwig van Beethoven’s most renowned piano concerto
20th October 2016: Today Sotheby’s sold the sketch-leaf for Ludwig van Beethoven’s most renowned piano concerto, his “Emperor” Concerto, for £377,000, over double its high estimate.  Offered on the open market for the first time in “The Library of an English Bibliophile, Part VI”, this sketch-leaf is one of the earliest for this great work, possibly containing Beethoven’s first draft of its famous themes.

Beethoven’s Fifth Piano Concerto in E Flat Major, Op. 73 is dedicated to Archduke Rudolf of Austria (1788-1831), the brother of Francis II, Holy Roman Emperor and Beethoven’s great friend, patron and pupil.  The Archduke began taking lessons from Beethoven aged 15 or 16 and he was the only pupil that Beethoven taught composition to.  The composer dedicated fourteen works to the Archduke in total, more than any of his other patrons.

The Fifth Piano Concerto is now known simply as “Emperor”: legend has it that it was described by one of Napoleon’s officers as “an emperor of a concerto” due to its grandeur and ambition.  It is a revolutionary work in which Beethoven boldly reinvents the Piano Concerto, demolishing the older structure of the eighteenth-century form.  It is by far the composer’s most forward- looking statement in the genre.

In “Emperor”, Beethoven’s innovation and the radical rethinking of the relationship between solo and accompaniment heralded a new kind of music.  The scale of the work was unprecedented for Beethoven; the first movement is longer that any of his previous concertos.  The composer used the full scope of the piano and orchestra, with previously scarcely used keys such as C flat and B major, and the highest and lowest ranges of the piano.

In this sketch-leaf, Beethoven’s working process is laid bare. The concerto evolves before our very eyes; fragmentary sketches at the top of the page would later be included in two different movements and by the bottom of the page, the sketch for the first movement has been further developed by the composer.  The sketch-leaf gives an insight into his experimental approach, as much of the later passagework was not incorporated by Beethoven in his final version. 

Most of the surviving drafts for the Fifth Piano Concerto are in two sketch-books in the Deutsche Staatsbibliothek, Berlin.  A few sketches elsewhere are related to these books, notably a leaf in the Pierpont Morgan Library, New York.  The watermark evidence of the present manuscript does not allow any firm identification with either sketchbook.
First Edition Isaac Newton Brings $87k at Swann Galleries Oct 18 Auction
Swann Auction Galleries held a successful sale of Early Printed, Medical, Scientific & Travel Books on Tuesday, October 18, with especial offerings of early scientific and mathematical material.

The top lot of the sale was a first edition, first issue of Sir Isaac Newton’s seminal Opticks, 1704, a treatise on light and color. This excellent copy of the groundbreaking work sold well above its estimate at $87,500. Another highlight of the sale was Euclid’s Elementa geometriae, 1482, the first major mathematical work to appear in print. The printing process used in the first edition, which includes extensive geometrical designs, influenced the design of subsequent editions and similar works into the sixteenth century; it sold for $62,500.

Each section of the sale performed well, especially the collection of mountaineering literature from the estate of Timothy Treacy, an adventurer from California. Works in the collection helped to stimulate interest in mountaineering, as well as later classics on the subject. Specialist Tobias Abeloff said, “It was an interesting collection to work on, with many uncommon items. 129 of the 131 Treacy lots sold, so the sell-through rate mirrored the sale as a whole at 98%. The top Treacy lot was Edmund Thomas Coleman’s Scenes from the Snow-Fields, 1859.” That work sold to a collector for $16,250. Other high sellers from the Treacy Collection included a first edition of Rambles and Scrambles: Across the Country from Thonon to Trent, 1865, by Douglas Freshfield ($12,350) and a series of published letters between William Windham and Pierre Martel titled An Account of the Glacieres or Ice Alps in Savoy, 1744 ($10,000).

William Shakespeare’s A Winters Tale, extracted from the First Folio, sold after steady bidding for $25,000, well above its high estimate. A fourteenth-century vellum manuscript Psalter from England, written in gothic hand and including contemporary calendars, litany and miscellaneous texts, sold to a lucky collector for $8,450. Early English bibles also garnered much attention: The Byble, 1551 ($15,600); The holie Bible, 1572 ($7,280); and The Holy Bible, 1617 ($13,000), all sold to collectors for more than twice their estimates.

Specialist Tobias Abeloff said, “Healthy phone and internet bidding sent prices for many items well beyond their estimates.” This was Swann Galleries’ top-earning dedicated Early Printed books sale since the house’s October 2012 offering of Aldine Imprints & Early Printed Books from the Library of Kenneth Rapoport, underscoring the continued strength of premium book collections at auction.
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