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.
Peter Carey [pictured] and Michael Ondaatje have pulled
out of a PEN gala, objecting to an award due to be given out honouring
French magazine Charlie
Hebdo. Rachel Kushner, Taiye Selasi, Francine Prose and Teju Cole are
also among those who are no longer planning to attend the PEN American
Center Gala in New York on 5th May, where the satirical magazine is due to
receive a Freedom of Expression Courage Award.
Cornerstone m.d. Susan Sandon and William Heinemann publisher
Jason Arthur have met with Harper Lee ahead of the publication of Go Set a Watchman in
July, with Sandon saying the writer has a “sharp sense of humour and
astonishing recall of poetry and literary references”. Sandon and Arthur went to see Lee at the residential home
where she lives in Monroeville, Alabama on the weekend of April 17th to
19th, along with Lee's literary agent Andrew Nurnberg.
YouTube star Zoella, real name Zoe Sugg, has revealed she is
writing the sequel to her debut novel Girl
Online (Penguin) without the help of an “editorial consultant”. Girl Online was written with the
assistance of Siobhan Curham, although Curham’s involvement with the book
was not initially made explicit. Penguin confirmed Curham’s role after rumours began
circulating on social media.
Foyles is planning a "Summer of Fun" children’s
festival, featuring events with favourite characters such as Alice in
Wonderland, Star Wars and Aardman’s Shaun the Sheep. The festival will take place during 25th July-30th August at
Foyles stores across London and Bristol. Themes of art, nature, fantasy and science will run across the
festival and Foyles will aim to bring books to life with immersive theatre
experiences, visits from kids’ favourite characters, film screenings and
The Bookseller is conducting a survey into
the book trade's opinions on the May 7th general election. Share your views
with our quick,
five-question survey on your voting intentions and how this year's
election affects the book trade.
A third "Robert Galbraith" novel featuring detective
Cormoran Strike, Career
of Evil, will be published by Little, Brown this autumn, it has
been confirmed. No precise publication date has yet been revealed. The first in the series authored by J K Rowling, The Cuckoo's Calling,
was published in 2013, and follow-up The
Silkworm last year. The novels have recorded volume sales of
just over 560,000 in the UK through Nielsen BookScan, to a value of £4.3m.
Penguin Random House Children’s UK will this autumn publish
Happy!, the debut children’s book from US musician Pharrell Williams, to
coincide with US publication by Penguin. Happy! is a picture book about what it means to
be happy and is inspired by the words of Williams' hit song
"Happy", which has sold 12 million copies worldwide.
The government of Sharjah is building a printing press it
hopes will rival Chinese competitors as part of a new initiative, the
Sharjah Book Authority (SBA), launched at the Sharjah Children’s Reading
Festival. “The SBA will be located five minutes from Sharjah airport and
Dubai airport is 10 minutes away,” said Ahmed Alameri, the newly appointed
chairman of the SBA and director of the Sharjah Book Fair. “If a UK-based
company wants to print a book it will be cheaper to ship back to the UK
than from China. Or we can distribute it overseas.”
Chinese-American author Yiyun Li is the first female winner of
the £30,000 Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award for her story "A
Sheltered Woman". Director Richard Eyre presented Li with her winner's cheque at
the Stationers’ Hall this evening (Friday 24th April).
Famous Agatha Christie fans – including authors Kate Mosse
[pictured], Val McDermid, and Sophie Hannah, Hercule Poirot actor David
Suchet and former tennis player Greg Rusedski – are supporting a campaign
to find the world’s favourite Christie novel to celebrate the author’s