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.
National Book Tokens is this week launching a pilot of a
series of e-book gift cards, which it says will be an “innovative step
forward that will help evolve e-book gifting”. The cards will be for six genres - literary fiction, mass
fiction, crime and thriller, sci-fi and fantasy, romance and adult, and
non-fiction – with National Book Tokens saying it would like to work with
publishers on further versions of the cards. National Book Tokens said the cards will “provide UK
booksellers with a strong retail solution in this challenging market”.
Campaigns for The
Miniaturist (Picador), H
is for Hawk (Jonathan Cape), There’s
Something I’ve Been Dying to Tell You (Hodder & Stoughton)
and Half Bad
(Puffin) were among the winners at the 2015 Publishers Publicity Circle
(PPC) Awards. The awards honour publicists in nine categories, and were held
last night (23rd February) in London. Outgoing chair of the PPC, Zoe Hood, said at the event:
"Every year the campaigns seem to be more and more outstanding. This
is the 50th year of the awards.
Sue Buswell, deputy publisher at Random House Children’s, will
step down from her role at the end of March. Penguin Random House said Buswell decided to leave the
company, where she worked with authors such as John Burningham, Nicholas
Allan and Emma Chichester Clark over a period of five years. The publisher has no plans to recruit another deputy publisher
but has promoted Andrea MacDonald, formerly commissioning editor for
children’s colour and licensing, to the role of executive editor for
HarperCollins Children’s Books has hired Nia Roberts as art
director, where she will be responsible for the cross portfolio design
strategy. She will also develop the picture book list. Roberts is currently art director at Simon & Schuster
where she has worked with authors and illustrators such as Benji Davies,
Sue Hendra, Sara Ogilvie and Ben Cort. She will start her new role in April and will report
operationally to Rachel Denwood, publishing and creative director, and
strategically to executive publisher Ann-Janine Murtagh.
Waterstones Blackpool will reopen after a member of staff was
killed by a falling shop sign. A Waterstones spokesperson told the Blackpool Gazette:
“Waterstones Blackpool will reopen again after repair works to the building
that will be undertaken shortly. We will confirm the date of reopening once
these are underway.” Margaret Sheridan, a bookseller at the shop, was killed last month after being hit by a falling sign.
US distribution company ReaderLink has acquired Baker &
Taylor Publishing Group and Baker & Taylor Marketing Services US. This is the second deal Baker & Taylor has done in recent
days – it has previously announced the sale of its
YBP Library Services to EBSCO Publishing.
The Campaign for Social Science (CfSS) has called for greater
investment in its field, arguing that the UK's growth and prosperity will
falter without a better understanding of social science disciplines.
HarperCollins has signed two Sherlock Holmes continuation
novels by Hollywood screenwriter Bonnie MacBird. A deal for world rights was struck with Langton's
International Agency, and the book will be published in both the UK and the
US though Harper 360. Art in the Blood: A Sherlock Holmes Adventure will
be published on 10th September 2015. Set in 1888, it will feature the
famous detective, originally created by Arthur Conan Doyle, and his partner
John Watson, investigating a new crime.
David McConochie has won the fifth annual Book Illustration
Competition, beating nearly 400 other entries. The Book Illustration Competition is a partnership between The
Folio Society and the House of Illustration gallery in London. McConochie
was presented with his prize, a commission worth £5,000 to illustrate The Folio Book of Ghost Stories,
at a ceremony held at House of Illustration HQ.