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.
EBSCO Information Services has bought YBP Library Services
from Baker & Taylor. Ahead of a public announcement, EBSCO - headquartered in
Ipswich, Massachussetts - revealed the buy to customers, saying: "This
acquisition ensures YBP's continuing role as the primary book supplier to
academic libraries in the years to come.
Children’s publishers and agents have said that the maturation
of many book markets globally, in addition to the economic downturn, has
meant that the number of deals made with international publishers is
Dellarte Press, the self-publishing imprint Harlequin US
launched with the now Penguin Random House-owned Author Solutions, has been
shut down. Harlequin told The
Bookseller that Dellarte Press was “not an active imprint”,
while Andrew Phillips, c.e.o. of Author Solutions said that Author
Solutions has “never actively promoted” the imprint and that it was closed
to new authors. Work by writers currently published with Dellarte Press
will remain live.
Grupo Planeta, the world’s largest Spanish-language publisher,
unveiled a new president this week, with the announcement that José
Creuheras Margenat will succeed José Manuel Lara Bosch, who passed away in
January. Barcelona-based Planeta is family-owned: José Manuel Lara
Bosch took over the company from his father, who founded it in 1949.
Continuity will be ensured by the promotion of his eldest son, José Lara
Garcia, to the position of c.e.o. He will work alongside the new president,
as well as vice-president Carlos Fernandez.
Books by Sophie McKenzie, David Walliams and Drew Daywalt and
Oliver Jeffers were today (21st February) announced as winners at the Red
House Children’s Book Awards 2015. Walliams’ Demon
Dentist (HarperCollins Children’s Books) won the Books for
Young Feaders category, while
Split Second by Sophie McKenzie was the victor among Books for
Older Readers (Simon & Schuster). The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt and
Oliver Jeffers was the winner in the Books For Younger Children category.
It was also named the overall winner.
Bloomsbury Academic is to stop signing new book projects in
politics, international relations and sociology. The publisher has written to its authors in the field, saying:
"We're very proud of the work we've published in these areas since
2008 but have decided to focus our publishing energies on our other
existing subjects in the Humanities and Social Sciences."
Transworld is repackaging Kate Atkinson’s backlist to
celebrate the 20th anniversary of the publication of Behind the Scenes at the Museum,
as well as the release of her latest novel, A God in Ruins (May, £20). All of Atkinson’s backlist, including the Jackson Brodie
series, will be repackaged in a consistent style, designed in-house at
Transworld. The new look was inspired by the paperback cover of Life After Life, which
was created by Canadian designer Kelly Hill.
A memorial service for former Random House group deputy
chairman Simon Master will take place on Friday 17th April. The service will take place at at St Luke’s Church, Sydney
Street, London SW3 6NH at 11 a.m. and will be followed at 12.15p.m. by a
reception in the Culford Room, Cadogan Hall, 5 Sloane Terrace, London SW1X
9DQ. Master died
at the age of 70 on 16th January while on holiday in Central America.
The Russian government is considering restoring the
fire-damaged library of the Institute of Scientific Information on Social
Sciences of the Russian Academy of Sciences (INION), a major centre for
research in social studies and humanities.
Library groups including CILIP and The Reading Agency are
supporting an initiative to promote Shakespeare to children aged five to 11
in public libraries.
Shakespeare Week 2015 –
Celebrate in Libraries (16th-22nd March) was organised by the
charity The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust and funded by an Arts Council
grant. The trust will encourage libraries to host events such as mask
making, designing costumes and sets, or writing plays, and has made a short
film, based on the life of young Shakespeare, which will be shown
exclusively in libraries.
ITV has commissioned two films featuring the French fictional
detective Jules Maigret, created by Georges Simenon. Rowan Atkinson will play Maigret, who featured in 75 books by
Simenon. Penguin is currently reissuing
all 75 books as new translations in the Penguin Classics range.
The Society of Young Publishers (SYP) has renewed its
mentoring scheme for 2015, with Hodder & Stoughton editor Anne Perry
and BookMachine founder Laura Summers among those confirmed to mentor. The scheme, launched in 2014, was designed to meet the needs
of young people working in publishing who are reaching for the next step in
their career. It aimed to provide them with a set of tools to guide career
progress through the experience and expertise of a successful publishing
professional and the support of peers.