Friday 05 Jun 2009
Supported by the Arts Council, the new venture will launch in Aldeburgh, Suffolk, on July 10 with the publication of The Burning of the Books, a poetic and artistic tribute to Elias Canetti's classic novel Auto da Fé by Ronald King and George Szirtes.
In a career spanning four decades, Liz Calder entered publishing in the 1970s with Victor Gollancz, where she published John Irving and Angela Carter among others. She moved to Jonathan Cape, where she published Salman Rushdie's Midnight's Children and Anita Brookner's Hotel du Lac, both Booker winners. In 1986 she joined Nigel Newton, David Reynolds and Alan Wherry to found Bloomsbury. Here she was responsible for the fiction list, which included two more Booker winners, The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood and The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje. In 1999 Alexandra Pringle took over as Editor-in-Chief and until last month Liz continued to work with a number of her authors.
Louis Baum was the Editor of The Bookseller, the London-based business magazine for the publishing and bookselling trades, from 1980 to 1999. He is the author of seven books for young children, including the much-loved I Want to See the Moon. Together with Liz Calder he was a founder-director of the Groucho Club, in Soho, London, set up in the mid-1980s as the first of a new generation of media and arts-based clubs in the capital. They are also co-founders of FLIP, the international literary festival (South America's first) held annually in Parati, Brazil.
As a maker of artists' books since 1975 John Christie has produced more than 20 limited editions for both the renowned Circle Press and his own imprint Objectif, including A Walk along the Shore with Kenneth White, Between the Dancers with Ken Smith, and Red Bird with Christopher Logue. He designed and printed the writer and critic John Berger's first edition of Pages of the Wound, Poems, Photographs and Drawings 1956-1994, which was later published as a trade edition by Bloomsbury, and co-authored the award-winning I Send You This Cadmium Red, a correspondence about colour, with John Berger. His prints, drawings and artists' books are in many collections worldwide, including the Tate Gallery, the V&A, the Government Art Collection, the Museum of Modern Art, New York, the National Gallery, Washington, and the National Library of Australia. His television programmes as a director and cameraman include Another Way of Telling, a BBC series of four films about photography made in collaboration with John Berger and Swiss photographer Jean Mohr; Salvage of Soho Photographer, a documentary on John Deakin; First Hand, a series of seven short films based on literary manuscripts from the collection of the British Library, and Channel Four's The Great Nazi Cash Swindle, the story of Jewish prisoners forced to produce counterfeit British and American money to aid the German war effort during WW2.
Genevieve Christie worked in television production for more than 20 years. Trained at the BBC, she worked at London Weekend Television as an associate producer on a raft of factual programmes including Aspel & Co, the Audience With...series and the Baftas. Subsequently as a freelance producer/writer she formed her own independent production company Cary St Productions. In collaboration with John Christie she had commissioned many co-productions between UK and international broadcasters including Addicted to Death –The Harold Shipman Story, the long running series Tales from the Black Museum, The Great Nazi Cash Swindle and Queen Mary II – Birth of a Legend.