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Today's Feature Story:

Jesse Finkelstein and Trena White of Page Two, a publishing services firm in Canada reflect on what they've learned in their first year in business.

Finland was a hugely successful Guest of Honor country at the Frankfurt Book Fair, prompting more than 7,500 news articles and numerous rights deals.
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Today and tomorrow, watch the live stream video from Books in Browsers, a summit for developers and designers working in book publishing and storytelling.
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The International Publishing Association released data indicated the UK lead the world in new titles published per capita and export revenue in 2013.

Your favourite Booknotes articles this year - New Zealand Book Council

Looking back over a year of publishing on Booknotes Unbound, here are our most popular stories – great books, opinions, tips and all-time good reading.

Enid Blyton – not as good as she used to be

The Faraway Tree series occupies a special place in my childhood memories, but reading them to my daughter now the books seem repetitive and creepy

Enid Blyton answering children's letters 1952
In touch with the readers … Enid Blyton answering children’s letters, 1952. Photograph: Popperfoto/Getty
If you had told me even six months ago that there was going to be a film of The Faraway Tree books, I would have been delighted. I was an Enid Blyton obsessive when I was young. I remember them all so fondly: the Famous Five, even more so the Adventure series. I’d have loved my own Wishing Chair. I wanted to be a Find-Outer. And I adored the Faraway Tree series, which occupies a special place in my childhood memories, as my dad would tell us not to be naughty, or we’d be sent to the Land of Dame Slap.\

But, no. Anticipating hours of fun, delighting in the fact that we were moving on from picture books, I cracked the series open with my daughter this summer, to be bemused, confused, and not a little disappointed by how they failed to live up to my recollections. Not only have Jo, Bessie and Fanny been renamed Joe, Beth and Frannie, and cousin Dick cousin Rick (I hadn’t remembered there was a Dick and a Fanny in the Faraway Tree as well as the Famous Five – how odd), but Dame Slap is also no longer Dame Slap! She’s now Dame Snap, which makes little sense. And she doesn’t slap any more; instead, she scolds.

Te Ara - The Encyclopedia of New Zealand - launches 'Creative and Intellectual Life' theme

New Zealand’s creativity and thinking will be on show when Te Ara - The Encyclopedia of New Zealand - launches its latest theme, ‘Creative and Intellectual Life’. Today's launch also marks the successful completion of the first build of Te Ara.
Well-known New Zealand actor Sam Neill will launch the theme in Wellington. Some ‘live’ creativity will be on show, with the launch including a haka päwhiri, a poetry reading by Hinemoana Baker (right) and contemporary dance by the New Zealand School of Dance.
Jock Phillips, senior editor of Te Ara, from the Ministry for Culture and Heritage, will present some highlights from the new theme. ‘Creative and Intellectual Life’. The section comprises 103 stories and includes diverse subject areas on New Zealand topics such as feature film, Māori  theatre, cartooning, comics and graphic novels, contemporary waiata, censorship, architecture, industrial design, chemistry, ballet, and contemporary and modern dance.
Jock Phillips, who was instrumental in creating and overseeing the project, says this theme is a wonderful way to bring the 12-year build of Te Ara to a close. "It highlights the extraordinary creativity of New Zealanders in a very wide range of fields, from popular music to fashion design. The evolution of media is featured, from newspapers to television, the screen industry to digital media, while the intellectual and scholarly contributions of New Zealanders are highlighted in areas as diverse as philosophy, linguistics and physics.
"For me, one of the exciting discoveries has been the way the dialogue of different cultures has inspired so much of our most creative work. Pākehā composers and poets draw on Māori stories; contemporary Māori  artists draw on modernism; Pacific people have added their humour, art and music to our cultural world. We have a wonderfully diverse and energetic creative life."
Phillips, who retires next week from a long career as a public historian, says building Te Ara has involved the work of many people throughout the country - over 450 writers have been responsible for over 3 million words; thousands of people and institutions have contributed more than 30,000 images and film clips. Te Ara is a truly national enterprise and a major taonga. There have been 28 million visits to the site since 2006, with over six million in the past year. Two-fifths of the visitors came from outside New Zealand.

Press release from the Ministry of Culture and Heritage via Booksellers NZ

NZ’s longest-running book awards go from strength to strength

New Zealand’s current best children’s book authors and illustrators will be revealed in June 2015, as LIANZA (The Library and Information Association of New Zealand Aotearoa) turns a fresh page in the illustrious history of its Children’s Book Awards.

Submissions for the coveted LIANZA prizes open on 10 November, 2014 and, if past years are anything to go by, they will be of a very high standard.

What makes the awards so unique is that they are judged solely by New Zealand librarians, who see first-hand the impact these books have on their target audience.

LIANZA President Corin Haines said, being judged by librarians “is what makes the LIANZA Children’s Book Awards really special”. “Librarians interact with the readers of these books on a daily basis and are uniquely positioned to know what is really making a hit and what is likely to appeal.”

In 2014, the acclaimed Joy Cowley won LIANZA’s top award and NZ’s longest running literary accolade – the Esther Glen Prize for Junior Fiction. The award was first won by Stella Morice in 1945 and later by literary legends such as Margaret Mahy, Maurice Gee, Kate de Goldi and Fleur Beale.

“The main purpose of the LIANZA awards is to connect New Zealand communities with the best in New Zealand children’s and young people’s literature, and to get kids reading,” said Mr Haines. “Following the huge surge in participation we had from a new generation of readers last year, I am delighted to announce that Hell Pizza has renewed its sponsorship of the 2015 awards.”

In support of last year’s awards, Hell launched a major initiative to promote children’s reading. This included distributing 100,000 little devil horn bookmarks, 15,000 book bags and 100,000 ‘8-Book Pizza Wheels’ to schools and libraries nationwide. Kids needed to read eight books and have them recorded on their wheel by their librarian to be rewarded with a free, healthy ‘333 Kids’ Pizza’.

Young bookworms in some smaller towns that do not have a Hell Pizza store were able to redeem their pizza wheels at the Hell Pizza Caravan as it toured the North Island.

South Taranaki District Council librarian Pamela Jones couldn’t be more thrilled with the success of the campaign. “We were staggered by the response. Children and families we have never seen in the Hawera library before are spending hours here, reading, choosing books, doing our activities and getting to know the librarians. Then to have the caravan turn up, so they could redeem their vouchers, was just brilliant.”

John McIntyre, owner of the nationally renowned Children’s Bookshop in Wellington, said: “the collaboration with Hell turned out to be an inspired partnership. Hell was a generous and committed sponsor, and the Pizza Wheel reading challenge was a hugely successful campaign.”

A Hell Pizza caravan tour is planned for 2015 and LIANZA will be delivering fantastic new programmes in partnership with libraries. To find out more about the 2014 reading challenge and caravan tour visit

Submissions for the awards are open from 10 November, 2014 to 10 February, 2015. LIANZA is accepting books published in the 2014 calendar year.

Antiquarian Book News including a major Collection of Australian Military History going to auction

Michael Treloar Antiquarian Booksellers — Auction

2 November 2014 – Michael Treloar Antiquarian Booksellers (Adelaide)
Norwood Town Hall, 175 The Parade, Norwood SA 5067 Australia

The Stuart Braga Collection of Australian Military History
Tel: +61 8 8223 1111

This impressive single-owner collection of Australia's military history to the end of the First World War includes many scarce original battalion histories, rare printed ephemera, memorabilia, photographs, maps and artwork, with numerous items unrecorded or unique. Highlights include a lengthy run of the very rare Gallipoli journal Peninsula Press, and Norman Wilkinson's eyewitness watercolour of the landing at Suvla Bay, Gallipoli, on 6 August 1915. Of the same calibre are AIF-related Cairo imprints, such as Charles Bean's virtually unknown publication, What to Know in Egypt (March 1915), and a superb panoramic colour view of the Gallipoli Peninsula by Captain Leslie Hore of the 8th Australian Light Horse Regiment (early 1916).

The supplementary catalogue of items from other vendors also includes some exceptional lots. Not least is a previously unrecorded manuscript diary of the Rabaul campaign (1914-15) kept by Harry Thomas Lambert of the AN&MEF, giving an eyewitness account of the day when the first Australians died on active service in the First World War. Another exceptional offering is a small group of highly revealing letters from Harry Chauvel from both the Boer War and the First World War, written to his brother Allan, and a further lot containing letters written to Allan Chauvel by his brother-in-law Private Charles Barnes. What Private Barnes lacks in rank he makes up for in brutal candour. Take a quick glance at our catalogue note and you will immediately understand what we mean.

Many of the 420 lots are rare and important items in their own right, and together they constitute a collection of significance. The catalogue has been compiled as an extensively annotated bibliography (not merely a sales inventory), and as such adds enormously to the scant literature on this aspect of Australia's written military history.

The link to the fully-illustrated online version of the catalogue is:

Haslemere Museum, Surrey

Directors at the Haslemere Museum, Surrey were given a rare facsimile copy of the Domesday Book about two years ago. It is in two volumes, complete with supporting translations from Latin and commentaries on the text.

Now the museum has been given a grant to enable the oak-covered books to be kept safely in a specially-designed and made cabinet. The cabinet is available because of a grant from the Royal Warrant Holders Charity Trust Fund.

The original Domesday Book is kept by the Public Records Office in Kew. In 1984 the historic decision was made to have it unbound and have each page copied by a special high-definition camera. The result was a very limited number of very high-definition facsimiles.

Books owned and annotated by D.H. Lawrence's
jilted lover to go under the hammer in London

A collection of annotated D.H. Lawrence biographies owned by his lover and fiancé Louie Burrows reveal a fascinating insight into the impact Lawrence had on the woman in his life and how passionately they felt about him. The books will be auctioned on Thursday 23rd October during the sale of 20th Century Books and Works on Paper at Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions’ Mayfair saleroom.

BloomsburyAlthough often surprisingly overlooked, Louie Burrows (1888-1962) and Lawrence had a profound effect on each other. They became friends whilst they were studying together in 1902 and eventually became engaged in 1910, a few days before the death of Lawrence’s mother. The engagement lasted until 1912, when Lawrence met Frieda Weekly, the woman who would eventually become his wife. The two eloped together to the continent that year, and his engagement to Burrows was broken off.

Although Burrows would never see Lawrence again, he clearly had a significant impact on her life. When Lawrence died in 1930, Burrows travelled twice across Europe to visit his grave in Venice. Her notes that fill the margins of The Savage Pilgrimage by Catherine Carswell and D.H. Lawrence A Personal Record by Lawrence’s highly influential lover Jessie Chambers range from those fleshing out descriptions to revealing asides on Chambers’ and Carswell’s narrative.

When Chambers describes Lawrence’s rather melodramatic response to a Sarah Bernhardt performance, (which he attended with Burrows) Burrows' comments in the margin “Was this true!” Later when Chambers describes entering a writing competition with Lawrence and a college friend, Burrows has written her  initials in the margin and then below “He gave me Tolstoy’s ‘What is Art’ as my reward” in response to Chambers saying she won a cheque for three guineas.

Her annotations in Carswell’s The Savage Pilgrimage are much more exclamatory and vexed. In the margins of Carswell’s text, Burrow’s writes “Madwoman” or “What are you getting at admit that he was incoherent” and later when discussing Lawrence’s parents; “Silly fabrication.” Elsewhere Burrows is less explicit simply adding a string of exclamation marks or crosses.

The fascinating and insightful group of annotated works will be offered in Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions’ 20th Century Books and Works on Paper sale and are estimated at £400-600. [Lot 454]

The 20th Century Books and Works on Paper sale will be held at Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions’ saleroom in London’s Mayfair on Thursday 23rd October 2014. The full catalogue is available to view and download at


The Vatican

The Vatican Apostolic Library is now making its ancient religious manuscripts available to the world for free by putting them online via its website, However the Library is turning to crowd-funding to help it complete its work.

The Vatican Library was founded in 1451 AD and holds over 80,000 manuscripts, prints, drawings, plates and incunabula written throughout history by people of different faiths from across the world.


Thaw reveals photographer's notebook

A photographer’s notebook which had been thought to be lost for more than a century has washed out of the melting snow at Captain Scott’s hut in the Antarctic. It was left behind when George Murray Levick, a photographer, surgeon and zoologist, returned safely with the surviving members of the party after Scott and two others had died in their tent on the Ross Ice Shelf in March 1912.

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The New Yorker arrived in the mail this morning - LOVE the cover !

Ant Sang's The Dharma Punks graphic novel available at last!

Earth’s End Publishing is proud to announce the publication of Ant Sang's The Dharma Punks graphic novel on October 31st 2014.

Originally published as an eight issue comic series between 2001-2003, The Dharma Punks has been out of print for over a decade, and has since gained a reputation as a local comics classic.
Collected under one cover for the first time, this 424 page volume features re-mastered artwork, exclusive bonus material, and an introduction by Elizabeth Knox (The Vintner’s Luck).

Ant Sang is an award-winning designer & cartoonist. His previous graphic novel Shaolin Burning spent eight weeks in the Booksellers Top Ten List, and was a winner of the Storylines Notable Young Adult Fiction Award in 2012.

Auckland, New Zealand, 1994. A group of anarchist punks have hatched a plan to sabotage the opening of a multi-national fast-food restaurant by blowing it sky-high come opening day.

Chopstick has been given the unenviable task of setting the bomb in the restaurant the night before the opening, but when he is separated from his accomplice, Tracy, the night takes the first of many unexpected turns.
Chance encounters and events from his past conspire against him, forcing Chopstick to deal with more than just the mission at hand.

Still reeling after the death of a close friend, and struggling to reconcile his spiritual path with his political actions, Chopstick’s journey is a meditation on life, love, friendship and blowing things up!

Earth’s End Publishing:

Earth’s End Publishing is a newly formed boutique publishing house, aimed at bringing into print comics and graphic novels by some of New Zealand’s best cartoonists. Formed by Adrian Kinnaird, founder of the From Earth’s End blog and writer of From Earth’s End: The Best of New Zealand Comics; Damon Keen, designer and co-publisher of the NZ comics anthology Faction; and Kelly Sheehan, experienced bookseller and writer of the comics series The Inhabitants. Our modus operandi is to produce beautiful, exceptionally designed comics, and to make them available throughout New Zealand and the world.

Copies of The Dharma Punks are now available for order from Earths End Publishing. Email:

The Dharma Punks - Ant Sang

Trade paperback, 424 pages

RRP: $39.99 inc GST
Released: 31st October 2014
ISBN: 978-0-473-28906-5

The Book Show with Beattie & Beu - Face TV - Episode 6

Here is last night's episode in case you missed it or wish to watch it again.

And here are the five previous episodes:
Episode 3:
Episode 4
Episode 5

Remember Wednesday nights at 8.30pm on Face TV - Sky Channel 83.

A former children's bookseller has won a nationwide search to find the next JK Rowling

Press Release - The Montegrappa Scholastic Prize Winner Announced

The Montegrappa Scholastic Prize for New Children's Writing, in association with The London Book Fair, LBA Books and The Independent, is pleased to announce its inaugural winner - former children's bookseller Laura Wood - for her novel Poppy Pym and the Pharaoh's Curse.

Poppy Pym and the Pharaoh's Curse was chosen from a shortlist of five books, which were picked from over 1,000 competition entries.  The book impressed the judges who praised its "endearing heroine, rollicking plot and zany humour."

Laura wins a publishing deal with Scholastic and agent representation by LBA Books.  Poppy Pym will be launched by Scholastic at The London Book Fair 2015, as part of the Fair's London Book and Screen Week programme of events.

Laura also wins a trip to Italy to visit the historic Montegrappa factory, and a limited edition Montegrappa pen which was presented to her at a ceremony by head judge, Cerrie Burnell and Montegrappa CEO Giuseppe Aquila. The ceremony took place on Tuesday 21st October at Armorial, bespoke stationer at Thomas Goode, Mayfair.  The four runners-up will each receive an editorial session with Samantha Smith of Scholastic and Louise Lamont of LBA Books, in addition to being presented with Montegrappa pens.

Winner Laura Wood:  "It has been the most wonderful surprise and I am completely over the moon. The competition has opened so many doors for me and the other brilliant shortlisted writers, and I hope that this marks the beginning of an exciting adventure for all of us."

Head judge, children's author, Cbeebies presenter and Booktrust patron Cerrie Burnell: "The story of Poppy Pym dances off the page with a quiet grace and heartwarming sense of wonder. Each chapter is sprinkled with just the right mixture of charm and suspense, to keep you hooked and make you smile, whilst an enthralling cast of characters bring the story to life in vivid and quirky detail. Written in accomplished and subtly dazzling prose, Poppy Pym will inspire dreams of horseback acrobatics and masterful circus trickery whilst showing you just how wonderful friendship can be and raising the question do magical curses really exist

Walliams still leads charts, as Flanagan gets Booker bounce

David Walliams

Published October 21, 2014. By Tom Tivnan - The Bookseller

David Walliams notched up his fourth consecutive week atop the Official UK Top 50, while the Man Booker Prize proved a massive boost for Richard Flanagan. 
Walliam's Awful Auntie (HarperCollins) shifted 37,903 print units through Nielsen BookScan's Total Consumer Market, and with four straight number ones, Walliams has recorded the longest streak atop the charts this year by a British-born author. Since it was published on 27th September the book has sold just over 181,000 units through the TCM, making it the best selling children's fiction title of the year in just four weeks of sale. 

In his Booker winner's speech last week, Flanagan thanked the judges for the £50,000 prize cheque, revealing he had been so hard up for money after finishing The Narrow Road to the Deep North (Chatto) that he had contemplated working in a mine. However, Flanagan may not have to rely solely on the prize money. The Narrow Road… shifted 10,242 print units last week, a massive 3,141% week on week sales hike, good enough for 11th place on the overall chart—and second in Original Fiction—the first time Flanagan has ever hit the Top 50. The £137,430 Flanagan earned last week with his Booker winner eclipsed his combined BookScan sales for the previous 10 years.
Despite Flanagan's Booker surge, he was unable to displace Martina Cole's The Good Life (Headline) from the top of Original Fiction. The Good Life retained its pole position for the second straight week by shifting 11,484 units. Similarly in Hardback Fiction, Roy Keane and Roddy Doyle's The Second Half (Weidenfeld) also retained its number one for the second consecutive week, selling 19,956 copies. 

Both Keane's memoir and Cole's novel had week on week sales declines (-5% and 12%, respectively), yet this was largely in line with the market as a whole. Overall, revenues were £27.8m, a 7.3% dip from the previous Super Thursday-boosted week, which at £30.97m, was 2014's biggest seven-day total through the TCM. Last week was a marginal drop (-1%) on the same week in 2013.  

James Patterson's 21st Alex Cross novel, Cross My Heart (Arrow), knocked Gillian Flynn's Gone Girl (Phoenix) off the top spot in Mass Market Fiction after three straight weeks, selling 20,644 units—although combined sales of Gone Girl's original and tie-in editions totalled just over 30,000 units. This was Patterson’s fifth week atop Mass Market Fiction in 2014 with three different titles. 

From Samurai to Geishas, 4 Classic Novels In Which Japan Is The True Main Character

By Barry Lancet    |   Wednesday, October 22, 2014 Off the Shelf
Barry Lancet's first mystery-thriller, Japantown, was the result of more than two decades living in Japan as an expat American. The novel was named Best Debut of the Year by Suspense Magazine, nominated for a Barry Award, and optioned for television by J. J. Abrams’s Bad Robot Productions. His next installment in the Jim Brodie series, Tokyo Kill, is already receiving similar recognition and praise. We asked Lancet to recommend some other works set in the Land of the Rising Sun. Here’s what he said:

What is it about Japan that makes it such a great setting for a mystery or thriller? I think I know the answer: it’s that Japan, like a great novel, has its secrets—and rewards those who ferret them out.

UK publishes more books per capita than any other country, report shows

UK tops chart of publications per million inhabitants by a huge margin, with only China and US publishing more titles in absolute terms

Literary agent Jonny Geller described the UK figures as 'either a sign of cultural vitality or publi
Neverending story … literary agent Jonny Geller described the UK figures as ‘either a sign of cultural vitality or publishing suicide’. Photo: Thomas Barwick/Getty Images
UK publishers released more than 20 new titles every hour over the course of 2014, meaning that the country published more books per inhabitant than anywhere else in the world.
According to a new report from the International Publishers Association (IPA), UK publishers released 184,000 new and revised titles in 2013. This equates to 2,875 titles per million inhabitants, and places the UK an astonishing 1,000-plus titles ahead of second-placed Taiwan and Slovenia (1,831). Australia is considerably lower, at 1,176, while the US published just 959 titles per million inhabitants.

The top 10 civil war novels

From Roman legions to medieval mayhem, Cavaliers and Roundheads to the crushing of ideals in the 20th century, there is fertile ground for drama in civil war

Clark Gable and Vivien Leigh in the screen version of the American civil war novel Gone with the Wind.
Legendary passion … Clark Gable and Vivien Leigh in the screen version of the American civil war novel Gone with the Wind. Photograph: Allstar/MGM/Sportsphoto Ltd./Allstar
National wars foster unity; civil wars are defined by its collapse. And that makes for great storytelling. Division means tension, choice - the things that stories feed on. It’s not surprising that the civil wars of history have been fertile ground for writers; and here are 10 great examples.

The 36 best young adult books of 2014

The must-read young adult fiction (YA) and best teen books released in 2014 so far. Updated weekly

Some of the best teen reads of 2014
Some of the best teen reads of 2014 

The Generous, Grumpy, Disheveled, Cultured Man Who Ran The World’s Most Famous Indie Bookstore

PEOPLE Posted:  

Bruce Handy travels to Shakespeare & Co. in Paris to learn about the long, strange life of its longtime proprietor, George Whitman – and his daughter, Sylvia, who’s bringing the store into the 21st, or at least 20th, century.

15 Fictional TV Characters’ Pop Culture Halloween Costumes

15 Fictional TV Characters’ Pop Culture Halloween Costumes
Many people argue that the magic of Halloween disappears once you’ve grown up, but let’s be
 honest: dressing up is always fun. Pop culture provides us with endless ideas for Halloween 
costumes, whether it’s a favorite TV character, the many iterations of Lady Gaga, or some clever
take on an Internet meme. And because TV writers are… READ MORE >

The Roundup with PW including speculation Begins on Amazon, S&S Deal

Speculation Begins on Amazon, S&S Deal
The news yesterday that Amazon and Simon & Schuster had reached new sales terms on the publisher's print and digital titles has encouraged a raft of stories about the situation, with many speculating on who benefits, and who loses, from the agreement. The deal is also raising the question of what will happen in the ongoing terms agreement stalemate between Amazon and Hachette. more »

Four Questions for...McSweeney's Jordan Bass
PW spoke to the McSweeney's executive editor about how his company's recent shift to nonprofit status will affect its brand, and output, moving forward. more »

Kinsella YA Novel Coming
Random House Children’s Books imprint Delacorte Press has acquired U.S. rights to 'Finding Audrey,' the first young adult novel from the author of the bestselling Shopaholic series, Sophie Kinsella. The book will go on sale on June 9, 2015, with a first printing of 150,000. more »

iBooks Bestsellers: Picoult Hits #2
'Leaving Time,' the latest from Jodi Picoult, came in at #2 on Apple’s iBooks bestseller list for the week ended October 20. The novel couldn’t push Gillian Flynn’s 'Gone Girl' from the #1 spot—the book has held firm at the top of the list since the October 3 premiere of the big screen adaptation. more » »

The Bronx to Go Bookless: The only bookseller left in a borough of 1.4 million residents will soon be shutting down for good.

Fantasizing on the Famous: A billion Wattpad views, and a six-figure, four book deal for Anna Todd for her fan fiction starring One Direction's Harry Styles.

Poverty & Class, in Banned Book Debate: Sex and religion have long vexed self-appointed guardians of U.S. school and library reading habits, but now objectors are trying to add social inequality to their list of unacceptable topics, writes Mary O'Hara at the 'Guardian.'

Estate Regains John Carter Rights: The movie rights to the John Carter of Mars series have reverted from Disney back to the Edgar Rice Burroughs estate, which will be "seeking a new studio to continue this seminal sci-fi adventure."

Do Readers Really Prefer Paperbacks?: The e-book industry by the numbers, in an infographic.