Former leading New Zealand publisher and bookseller, and widely experienced judge of both the Commonwealth Writers Prize and the Montana New Zealand Book Awards, talks about what he is currently reading, what impresses him and what doesn't, along with chat about the international English language book scene, and links to sites of interest to booklovers.
Saturday, September 29, 2012
Dotti Irving reports from Four Colman Getty in London
gold, silver and bronze medals have disappeared from the trees in Leicester
Square and London is settling into a busy autumn schedule. There’s
certainly been lots going on at Four Colman Getty and the book prize season
is in full swing.
saw the announcement of the Man Booker Prize shortlist, which was
universally acclaimed as one of the most exciting list of recent years. The
Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-Fiction longlist was also announced this month
and attracted a lot of attention, not least because it included Salman
Rushdie’s memoir, Joseph Anton.
in the month the Four Colman Getty team were in Nottingham to help launch
the first ever World Event Young Artists (WEYA). The 10-day
interdisciplinary arts festival invited 1,000 of the best emerging artists
from 100 nations all over the world to the city for the event, which took
place across more than 30 cultural venues and alternative spaces.
Some of the many highlights included literature readings from European and
South American writers at Backlit on Friday, a huge party curated by Gilles
Peterson and including performances by Ayanna Witter-Johnson and Flavio
Renegado at the beautiful Barton’s Bus Depot on Saturday and a spectacular
Mandala performance in the Market Square on Sunday, marking the end to the
Cultural Olympiad in the East Midlands.