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.
Connect Books m.d. Justin Adams has said a more “sustainable”
model is needed for the library supply chain. Adams, who has led the company since January, emphasised
Connect Books’ commitment to serving the public library sector, but said the
Norwich-based firm had recently conducted an internal review of its library
supply contracts to identify a number that were “unprofitable and
unsustainable” in the medium term.
Pearson has said trading for the first three months of 2015
has been in line with expectations, with a "good"
first-quarter performance from Penguin Random House boosted by
"million-copy" sales for The
Girl on the Train. Pearson's underlying sales for the quarter were down 1% to
£0.9bn. Headline sales increased 5% with the benefit from
the strength of the US dollar against sterling.
Authors gave a passionate defence of libraries and teachers at
an event held last night (23rd April) to mark World Book Night. Writers including David Almond, Lynda La Plante [pictured] and
Irvine Welsh made speeches and gave readings during the event at the Shaw
Theatre in London, the flagship event of World Book Night, which saw
thousands of volunteers across the UK giving out 250,000 books to people to
spread the love of reading.
The Bookseller is looking for this year’s
Rising Stars for its annual feature on the next generation of movers and
shakers in the book industry. Nominations are now open to anyone across the industry, with a
deadline of Friday 8th May.
A retrospective of Lauren Child’s work, including 50 original
pieces of art by the author and illustrator, will take place at the
National Trust’s Mottisfont property in Hampshire this summer. The Art of Lauren Child: Adventures with Charlie, Lola and
Friends will run from 18th July to 6th September, featuring illustrations
by Child as well as objects that have inspired her work—including the vial
that Lola’s pink milk glass, which features in the Charlie and Lola series,
was based on.
Independent Bath-based bookseller Mr B’s Emporium of Reading
Delights is being "twinned" with Parisian independent Shakespeare
& Co next week to celebrate the publication of Nina George’s The Little Paris Bookshop
Figures from across the publishing industry are limbering up
for the Virgin London Marathon this Sunday (26th April). Nick Coveney, head of digital at Blink Publishing, will be
running to raise money for the Alzheimer's Society and the Albert Kennedy
Trust via his fundraising page.
Vintage is launching its lead debut fiction title of the
summer, Kirsty Logan’s
The Gracekeepers, with an interview on BBC Radio 2’s “Simon
Mayo Book Club” and a circus-themed launch at Foyles at the Royal Festival
Hall in London. Logan will appear on Mayo’s show on 27th April. The book
launch event will take place the day after and will see acrobats, fire
performers, stilt walkers and face painters entertaining guests at the
Oscar-winning actress Reese Witherspoon will narrate the audio
edition of Harper Lee's forthcoming novel, Go Set a Watchman. The audiobook will be published by Random House Audiobooks on
14th July, alongside the print edition, published in the UK by William