Thursday, May 05, 2016

Baileys Women's Prize For Fiction Launches First Ever Baileys Prize Pop-Up Book Bar

Press Release

On Monday 16th May, the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction will open its first-ever pop-up Baileys Prize Book Bar at Waterstones' new Tottenham Court Road store to celebrate the best writing by women and the 2016 Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction shortlist.

The collaboration will see the basement bar transformed into an inspiring oasis which combines the love of reading with the pleasure of a Baileys.

For five days only, book lovers will have the chance to drop into the Baileys Prize Book Bar during the day to relax, to celebrate the six fabulous novels that make up the 2016 shortlist whilst enjoying a Baileys. Book clubs and reading groups will be invited to host sessions in this inspiring new venue in the heart of London.

The 2016 shortlist is Ruby by Cynthia Bond, The Green Road by Anne Enright, The Glorious Heresies by Lisa McInerney, The Portable Veblen by Elizabeth McKenzie, The Improbability of Love by Hannah Rothschild and A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara. On Wednesday and Friday lunchtimes, there will be an opportunity to hear each of the six novels brought to life in exclusive readings from actors Tori Allen-Martin and Jim Rastall.

Come cocktail hour, the bar will transform into a hub for enthralling readings, discussions and stimulating panel events with some of the UK's most inspirational women – not to mention creative cocktail making, and an exclusive DJ set.

Readers who purchase one of the six shortlisted books throughout the week will receive either a free Flat White martini or a Baileys coffee to indulge in as they celebrate the brilliant novels selected by the judges for the 2016 Baileys Prize*.

Steven Gerrard & Sir Anthony McCoy lead impressive Cross Sports Book Awards shortlists

Book2BookWednesday 04 May 2016

The shortlists for the 2016 Cross Sports Book awards have been announced with an England captain and three world champions competing for the Best Autobiography of the Year prize.
LA Galaxy's Steven Gerrard and champion jockey Sir Anthony McCoy are the two leading names in the running for the prestigious award at this year's ceremony.
Gerrard and McCoy are joined by 1992 Formula One world champion Nigel Mansell, six time snooker world champion Steve Davis, former-FIA president Max Mosley and Sky Sports cricket broadcaster David 'Bumble' Lloyd.



The Festival is committed to making its events accessible to all. This year, 40 percent of our events are FREE! There will be readings by award-winning local and international writers; insights shared by experts of crime and war; panellists discussing burning issues of the day; and impassioned soap box speeches to be heard, all of which give you those most rare of treats: entertainment and awareness - at no cost!

The two headlining children’s events, The Topp Twins and Tom Gates: Liz Pichon, are free for under 12s, and all the Family Day events are free too! Remember to arrive early to secure your place at free events, as there is often considerable demand.
Check out the full programme now!

Gate of Lilacs - A Verse Commentary on Proust

Gate of Lilacs
A Verse Commentary on Proust
Clive James
Macmillan, RRP $37.99, Trade Paperback

A unique book resulting from Clive James’s love and engagement with Proust’s eternal masterpiece

Over a period of fifteen years Clive James learned French by almost no other method than reading À la recherche du temps perdu. Then he spent half a century trying to get up to speed with Proust's great novel in two different languages. Gate of Lilacs is the unique product of James's love and engagement with Proust's eternal masterpiece.

With À la recherche du temps perdu, Proust, in James's words, 'followed his creative instinct all the way until his breath gave out', and now James has done the same. In Gate of Lilacs, James, a brilliant critical essayist and poet, has blended the two forms into one.

I had always thought the critical essay and the poem were closely related forms . . . If I wanted to talk about Proust's poetry beyond the basic level of talking about his language - if I wanted to talk about the poetry of his thought - then the best way to do it might be to write a poem. There is nothing like a poem for transmitting a mental flavour. Instead of trying to describe it, you can evoke it.

In the end, if À la recherche du temps perdu is a book devoted almost entirely to its author's gratitude for life, for love, and for art, this much smaller book is devoted to its author's gratitude for Proust.

Clive James is the multi-million-copy bestselling author of more than forty books. His poetry collection Sentenced to Life and his translation of Dante's The Divine Comedy were both Sunday Times top ten bestsellers, and his collections of verse have been shortlisted for many prizes. In 2012 he was appointed CBE and in 2013 an Officer of the Order of Australia.

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2016 Commonwealth Short Story Prize - New Zealand Authors Announced as Regional Winners

5 May 2016

Commonwealth Writers has announced the regional winners for this year’s Commonwealth Short Story Prize. The five stories have risen to the top of the 4,000 entries received this year. The New Zealand author, Tina Makereti, is the regional winner for the Pacific for her story ‘Black Milk’. Another regional winner, for Canada and Europe, is the UK-based, New Zealand born writer Stefanie Seddon, for her story ‘Eel’.
An award-winning author, Tina Makereti writes essays, novels & short stories. ‘Black Milk’ was written in response to a series of Fiona Pardington photos from the exhibition ‘A Beautiful Hesitation’ for a Litcrawl NZ event. She said of her win: “It's a wonderful surprise to win the regional prize with this strange little story. It couldn't have existed without Fiona Pardington's photography, which requires us to see in a different way. Good fiction makes us see in a different way also, so it makes me very happy that 'Black Milk' might have achieved that.”
Stefanie Seddon grew up on a farm in New Zealand and moved to the UK after completing a degree in English Literature at the University of Otago and is currently studying the MA in Creative Writing at Birkbeck, University of London, UK.  She said of her story, “‘Eel’ is a very personal story to me.  Its 'rite-of-passage' theme is a universal one, and its setting is the South Island of New Zealand, where I spent the first half of my life. I think you never really lose the view you grow up with, and when you see it through a lens of time and distance, it can be a great source of inspiration for fiction writing.”
In its fifth year, the Prize is for the best piece of unpublished short fiction in English.  The Prize is judged by an international panel of writers, representing each of the five regions of the Commonwealth. The 2016 judges are Helon Habila (Africa), Firdous Azim (Asia), Pierre Mejlak (Canada and Europe), Olive Senior (Caribbean) and Patrick Holland (Pacific). Chair of the judging panel is South African novelist and playwright Gillian Slovo.
 “The Pacific shortlisted stories evoked a marvellous sense of place – that is, their settings seemed inevitable, essential – and they were gripping tales,” commented Patrick Holland, “‘Black Milk’ stood out from the pack as an incredibly strange and powerful tale of a culture – at least one phase of that culture – in its twilight.”
Pierre Mejlak remarked of ‘Eel’: “with Hemingway-esque simplicity, Stefanie Seddon tells the unforgettable story of a boy on an eel-fishing trip with his friends. It’s a story about childhood slowly making way for adulthood through an experience many readers can relate to. It’s an exceptional short story, full of insights into life, beautiful imagery and heartfelt emotions, meriting the title of regional best.”
The regional winners will now compete to be selected as the Overall Winner of the 2016 Commonwealth Short Story Prize, to be announced at the Calabash International Literary Festival in Jamaica on 5 June.
Commonwealth Writers has partnered with Granta magazine to give regional winners of the Commonwealth Short Story Prize the opportunity to be published by Granta online. ‘Black Milk’ is now available to read on from, and ‘Eel’ will be there from 25 May.
Granta’s online editor Luke Neima said:
“We here at Granta are delighted to be entering a fifth year of partnership with the Commonwealth Prize, which puts a much-needed spotlight on emerging writers from around the world. Each year the prize announces a fresh and startling new crop of talent, and we’re always proud to share them with our readers.”
At the same time as the stories go up on Granta, a conversation between the regional judge and the regional winner will be available as a podcast on the Commonwealth Writers website.
Commonwealth Writers is also working with the literary agents Aitken Alexander Associates Ltd to identify writers through this year’s prize, which is part funded by the Sigrid Rausing Trust.
Regional winners:
Faraaz Mahomed, The Pigeon, South Africa
Parashar Kulkarni, Cow and Company, India
Canada and Europe
Stefanie Seddon, Eel, United Kingdom
Lance Dowrich, Ethelbert and the Free Cheese, Trinidad and Tobago
Tina Makereti, Black Milk, New Zealand
Further details of the authors and links to the winning stories can be found at:

Whitcoulls celebrate resurgence in reading with Love Books Week

To celebrate the resurgence in New Zealanders’ reading – particularly amongst our nation’s younger readers – Whitcoulls is holding Love Books Week, to particularly recognise the importance of this area of the business, which will run from May 9 to 15, 2016.

Inspired by our nation of ‘book worms’, Whitcoulls has deliberately timed its Love Books Week campaign to coincide with the must-see calendar event, the Auckland Writers Festival (AWF), 10-15 May 2016. In recognition of the huge contribution AWF makes to the literary landscape, Whitcoulls would like to congratulate the Festival committee for once again putting together such a stellar line-up of international and local authors.

According to the latest Whitcoulls sales figures, books are thriving. The range and quantity of books sold to their customers continues to grow, added to which is the resurgence in reading, and in sourcing reading material locally, rather than from overseas. 

Whitcoulls Book Manager Joan Mackenzie says, “We’re hearing from many of our customers that e-books are no longer their preferred format; they’re just another alternative to traditional reading habits. Electronic books make ideal travelling companions, but after their initial popularity, it seems they no longer dominate peoples’ reading time. People love physical books because they don’t run out of battery, you can drop them and they won’t break – and they’re great on the beach!”

Whitcoulls is especially pleased to see the consistent increase in children’s book sales. Younger readers have always had the choice of formats in which to read – the technology of e-readers and e-books was never a new excitement for them, and it’s been fascinating to see the degree to which young readers are clearly choosing actual books over technology. “We believe this is a great platform for the development of their education, knowledge and wellbeing, and it seems highly likely that this generation will continue to read books into the future. This tells us that books are here to stay and that the many predictions about their demise in recent years have been overstated”.

The fiction category is flourishing, despite it being the first genre to be disrupted by technology. There are as many – or more – wonderful books being written by very talented authors, as there have ever been.

Antiquarian Book News

Some 'Alice's' for sale

According to Peter Harrington Rare Books all the available Alice books appear to have sold out. Normally the shop, along with others,  has a few copies to sell but this is no longer the case.

In celebration of the 150th anniversary of the first publication Peter Harrington is holding an exhibition of 69 rare books, entitled The Works of Lewis Carroll from the library of an English bibliophile. The items being exhibited are also for sale. The ‘English Bibliophile’ of the exhibition's title has chosen to remain anonymous; a collector of Carroll's works for 40 years, now aged 80, he has decided to sell his collection. 


Isaac Newton Manuscript on Faith to Be Auctioned

A rare and important autograph manuscript by Sir Isaac Newton declaring his personal religious beliefs and the fundamental principles of Christian faith will be sold at auction on June 2nd, 2016, by PBA Galleries, the San Francisco-based auction house specializing in rare books, manuscripts, and related material.

Widely considered the most influential physicist and mathematician of all time, Newton here expounds his less-familiar but evocative and well considered views of theology, which were a key part of the overall world view which sustained his ground-breaking theories. Numbering some 1000 words, and dating from around 1690, the document begins with the elements of worship on which “all Christians agree” – which worship Newton asserts is “included in the first principles of the doctrine of Christ and is sufficient for salvation” – Newton states:  …that we may give glory & honour to God the father because he hath created all things & to the Lamb of God because he hath redeemed us with his blood & is our Lord, & that we may pray to God the father in the name of Christ for what we want, & give him thanks for what we receive, & wish for grace & peace from God & Christ & the Holy Ghost, & baptize in their name, & receive the Eucharist in memory of Christs death.

In what is perhaps intended as both a defense of Protestant diversity and a justification of his own further personal views on Christ, Newton adds to his statement “And if any man hath a mind to add to this worship he may do it in his closet without troubling the Churches with his private sentiments.”

The present manuscript is from the Portsmouth Papers, part of the collection of both scientific and “not-scientific” papers donated by the Fifth Earl of Portsmouth to Cambridge University in 1872. The bulk of the collection was auctioned off at Sotheby’s in the summer of 1936, bringing to light many previously hidden facets of Newton’s broad range of interests.

The manuscript testifies both to the depth of the great natural philosopher’s religious convictions and to his Biblical scholarship. Beyond a statement of the fundamental principles of faith, Newton also here explains how to understand the major names by which Jesus is referenced in the New Testament (“Son of God,” “son of man,” etc.), and he further explains the meaning of the word “Anti-Christ.”

Newton manuscripts of such quality and length are extremely rare in private hands, with the great majority of Newton manuscripts residing in institutional collections. PBA Galleries estimates that the manuscript will sell for between $80,000 and $120,000.

The Newton manuscript will be available for viewing at the PBA Galleries San Francisco office one week prior to the sale. For all inquiries, please contact Bruce MacMakin at 1.415.989.2665 or by email at

Tintin artwork sold

The original artwork for the last two pages of the Tintin ‘King Ottokar's Sceptre’ sold for a total of 1.046 million euros ($1.2 million) at auction last Saturday in Paris. Eric Leroy, comic book expert at the French Auction House, Artcurial, declared that this was only the second time a Tintin plate had exceeded a million euros.

A double page plate also from ‘King Ottokar's Sceptre’ sold for more than 1.5 million euros at Sotheby's in Paris in October last year. Artcurial had expected that Saturday's lot would fetch between 600,000 and 800,000 euros, before fees.

The work in blue watercolour, gouache and ink was purchased by a European collector, a long-time fan, by phone. Published in 1939, ‘King Ottokar's Sceptre’ is the eighth instalment of the adventures of the intrepid boy reporter by the Belgian artist Herge.

A Haunting Novel That Tests the Boundaries of Good and Evil

Off the Shelf
By Erin Flaaen    |   Wednesday, May 04, 2016
On my shelf is a tattered, well-loved movie tie-in edition of Stephen King’s The Green Mile. I don’t remember when I got this copy, and I don’t remember my first time reading this stunning novel. Instead, this haunting story of a Depression-era death row where good and evil mix and miracles happen seems to be an ever-present fixture in my life, requiring regular rereading, as it continues to stand as one of my favorite books. READ MORE

Journal thought to be from Napoleonic Wars found in Hobart second-hand bookshop

 May 4 2016 -


The journal includes hand-drawn diagrams of tunnels and battle plans.
A journal that may date from the Napoleonic Wars has been found buried in a pile of old books in a Hobart second-hand store.

The journal was written by John Squire, a British army officer who served with the Duke of Wellington between 1810 and 1812 during the Peninsular War.
Richard Sprent, co-owner of Cracked And Spineless bookshop, said he had no idea the journal was there until he let a customer rummage through a storage cabinet.

"It was actually buried in the shop in one of the little corners that we hadn't looked at for a long time," he told  radio station 936 ABC Hobart.   MORE

Latest News from The Bookseller Overnight

Jamie Vardy
Ebury is publishing Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy's autobiography, My Story, on 20th October. 
Ben Horslen
Penguin Random House Children's publisher Ben Horslen has two nods on the shortlist for this year’s Branford Boase award for debut children’s writing. The shortlist also includes books from HarperCollins Children’s Books, David Fickling Books, Firefly Press and Nosy Crow.
Stephanie Flanders
The prize money for the Baillie Gifford Prize for Non-Fiction, formerly known as the Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-Fiction, has been set at £30,000: an increase of £10,000 on last year.
European Union
An open letter from Peirene Press presenting the “cultural case” for staying in the EU has garnered more than 160 signatures including those of authors Sarah Waters and Marina Warner, Granta editor Max Porter, Katharina Bielenberg, associate publisher at MacLehose, and Adam Freudenheim, publisher of Pushkin Press.
Kelly Ellis
Kelly Ellis, a commissioning editor at Ebury Press, has been recruited by Blink Publishing to head up its Blink Reality imprint in the role of editorial director.
Taylor & Francis
Academic publisher Taylor & Francis has launched an online hub for its scholarly customers and partners in China in recognition of the "important role" Chinese scholarship is playing internationally.

Granta Books
Granta Books has acquired Strange Heart Beating, a "remarkable" debut novel by Eli Goldstone, at auction.
Bloody Scotland
Social enterprise Bookdonors will be the headline sponsor of Scottish crime writing festival Bloody Scotland this year.
Vintage has released a special 3D paperback edition of Haruki Murakami’s first two novels Hear the Wind Sing and Pinball, 1973
Hay House US has confirmed it will publish 12 self-help titles by hypnotist Paul McKenna across the next two years.
Lisa Appignanesi
The author Lisa Appignanesi has been appointed the new chair of the Royal Society of Literature.
Rosie Wilby
Accent Press is to publish Is Monogamy Dead?, the first book from stand-up comedian and broadcaster Rosie Wilby.

The Roundup with PW

In Rebrand, Abrams Drops ST&C Imprint Name
Beginning with this fall’s list Abrams will phase out the name of its Stewart, Tabori & Chang imprint and publish all titles under the Abrams banner. more »

Jessa Crispin Talks Shuttering Bookslut: In the wake of the long-running blog's last issue, its founder discusses why she stopped: "I just don’t find American literature interesting."

Writers Who Are "Hard to Look At": After an editor's errant comment about reasons for picking up expensive debuts caused a stir, Mallory Ortberg weighs in at 'The Toast.'

Remembering Daniel Berrigan: On loving the Jesuit priest and poet, a beloved fixture at Fordham University, who died at 94 on April 30.

Doubts About 'Flags of Our Fathers': James Bradley, the author of the military bestseller, thinks his father may not be in the famous photo of Marines raising the American flag at Iwo Jima.

Reading the Books of Biased Authors: How to handle returning to classic novels, only to discover authorial prejudices you once missed.

A Writer’s Room: Irvine Welsh

The cult novelist on his home office in Chicago, where he wrote his latest novel, “A Decent Ride.”
I grew up in a small rabbit hutch of an apartment in the kind of municipal housing district that they call “projects” in the U.S. but are more tellingly referred to as “schemes” in Scotland. There was no room for bookshelves, so in the absence of somewhere to permanently reside, books tended to transition through our house and around the scheme. As a result, I like to have books about to delve into to inspire me; sometimes just a glance at the spine of a certain work will help.

My workspace in my Chicago home is usually ordered when I begin a project, but it descends into a mess of Post-it notes, photographs and articles stuck on the walls by the time I’m finished. (You’re catching me quite early on in the game here.) Music is very important in my writing. I have a playlist for each character and usually end up with a mixtape for every novel. Sometimes I get carried away and forget to write, but it’s never wasted, as something always resurfaces from my binges.

Can A Book Be Good Even If Its Politics Are Terrible?


Adam Kirsch: What could be more cruel than Dante’s Inferno, with its sadistic vision of divine justice? … Art will always exceed ethics, including political ethics, in the same way that the possible exceeds the desirable.”
Zoë Heller: “If we couldn’t find anything to delight or instruct us in the works of sexists, racists, anti-Semites and people who believe in the divine right of kings, our literary canon would barely fill a medium-size handbag.”

A History Of Processed Words


In 1983, Michael Crichton told Merv Griffin that, “When you type, the words appear on the screen … you can move around on the screen, change what you’ve written, pull blocks of text, put them elsewhere. You have complete freedom.” His disbelieving glee was shared by many, but some writers reacted differently.

New Official ‘Star Wars’ Book to Explain Away Leia’s Wonky Accent


Wednesday, May 04, 2016

The Looming Threat To The Australian Book Industry

Book2Book Wednesday 04 May 2016

eople tend to tune out when they hear the words "productivity commission", "parallel importation restrictions", and "book publishing industry" in the same sentence. It's a complicated issue, but trust me, it's one you need to care about because the threat and danger is appallingly simple: our very culture is at stake.

Susan Hawthorne in The Guardian

Cosmo Editor Joanna Coles Writing Guide To Modern Love

Posted at 11:34AM Tuesday 03 May 2016

It's been 54 years since former Cosmopolitan editor-in-chief Helen Gurley Brown released her groundbreaking feminist tome, Sex and the Single Girl — and now the current editor of the most-popular women's magazine is offering a modern-day update.

Daily Mail

Children's Books Roundup with PW

The Wordless Picture Book: A Panel Discussion at Politics and Prose
Unseasonable cold and rain in Washington, D.C., did not deter a faithful crowd of children's literature enthusiasts from attending Politics and Prose's fourth annual picture book panel, held on Sunday, May 1. Panelists included moderator Allyn Johnston, v-p and publisher of Beach Lane Books; and the authors and illustrators Henry Cole, Raúl Colón, Marla Frazee, Stephen Savage, and David Wiesner. more

Valuing 'Reading Over Parking'
"We hear all these stories about kids aren't reading and people don't care. They do care," Sara Hines, co-owner of Eight Cousins bookstore in Falmouth, Mass., told PW. She's learned just how much, ever since the Cape Cod town's Board of Selectmen voted to turn down her request for the Scholastic Summer Reading Road Trip Bus to park in front of her store this summer. Read how the community is coming together to change the Board's mind. more

From Variety:
Stephenie Meyer Adapting YA Book Franchise Anna Dressed in Blood. Click here
From the Guardian:
J.K. Rowling apologizes for killing off Remus Lupin. Click here
From Entertainment Weekly:
Rick Riordan previews his new Magnus Chase: The Hammer of Thor. Click here
From the Atlantic:
What Choose Your Own Adventure Books Teach Children About Decision-Making. Click here
From the New York Times:
There's Little Sugarcoating in Hans Christian Andersen Medalist Cao Wenxuan's Children's Books. Click here
From Vulture:
Author Maggie Stiefvater on Why YA Is a "Bullshit Label." Click here
From the Capital Journal:
The SD Historical Society Press ready to sell the first translation rights to Pioneer Girl. Click here
From New York:
VR Bedtime-Story App for Kids Seems Like a Really Bad Idea. Click here
From PopCrush:
10 Most Anticipated Young Adult Books of May 2016. Click here
From Hypable:
Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman talk about their new Andromeda Cycle. Click here
From Hypable:
J.K. Rowling plans to take Harry Potter and the Cursed Child abroad. Click here
From the Guardian:
Tolkien annotated Middle-Earth map is acquired by the Bodleian Library. Click here
From KCUR:
Inside The Rabbit Hole, Kansas City's New Children's Book "Explorastorium." Click here
From the NYT Book Review:
One dad humorously recounts the soporific power of The Rabbit Who Wants to Fall Asleep. Click here
From the Daily Beast:
The web site asks: Is It Time to Forgive Rudyard Kipling? Click here
From the Hollywood Reporter:
Dylan O’Brien's Injuries Force Maze Runner Sequel to Extend Production Shutdown. Click here
From Bustle:
14 Baby Names from YA Books That Aren't Katniss or Bella. Click here
From Mental Floss:
14 Larger-Than-Life Facts About James and the Giant Peach. Click here