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.
Marion Coutts has won the Wellcome Book Prize 2015 with The Iceberg
(Atlantic Books). Bill Bryson, chair of the prize judges, said the book was
“painful to read, but beautifully expressed”. Coutts’ husband, art critic Tom Lubbock, was diagnosed
with a brain tumour in 2008, and died in 2011. The Iceberg is a
memoir about the 18 months leading to Lubbock’s death.
Nielsen has promoted Jonathan Stolper to senior vice
president and m.d. of Nielsen Book. Stolper will take on the global
leadership of Nielsen Book, as current president Jonathan Nowell is
stepping down. Stolper, who is currently senior v.p of Nielsen’s US book
business, said: “I am thrilled to take on this role. We have a strong
team at Nielsen Book and I look forward to meeting our clients and
collaborators around the world over the next few weeks and months.”
Malcolm Edwards is to leave the roles of deputy c.e.o. and
publisher of Orion at the end of this year. Edwards, 65, will become chairman of Gollancz, where he
started his publishing career in the 1970s, and consultant publisher at
Orion. Orion c.e.o. David Young said he had been talking to
Edwards for “some time” about the latter’s “desire to work a flexible
week which will give him the freedom to work on fewer projects close to
Bloomsbury cookery imprint Absolute Press has signed a
cookbook from Michelin starred chef Tom Kerridge. Publisher Jon Croft signed rights in Tom's Table: My Favourite
Everyday Recipes in a deal with Deborah McKenna Ltd. The book will feature 100 recipes focusing around
Kerridge's home-cooked dishes, including cheddar and ale soup, roast
chicken, and lamb ribs with roasted onions.
A couple who were splashed across the national press when
they delivered a petition to 10 Downing Street calling on Amazon to pay
corporation tax in the UK have sold their two bookshops. Keith and Frances Smith who owned Warwick Books and
Kenilworth Books have sold both the indies to new owners and plan to
travel around Europe before moving to Cornwall in retirement.
Walker Books has acquired two standalone titles from YA
Book Prize shortlisted author Non Pratt. Publisher Denise Johnstone-Burt and commissioning editor
Annalie Grainger bought the world rights to Truth or Dare, which will be released
in 2016, and an unnamed book for publication in 2017, from Jane
Finnegan at Lutyens and Rubenstein.
Writers including Joyce Carol Oates and Junot Diaz are
among two dozen who have signed a letter protesting against PEN America
giving an award to French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo. Six authors – Peter Carey, Michael Ondaatje, Rachel
Kushner, Taiye Selasi, Francine Prose and Teju Cole – have already pulled out of the PEN American Center Gala in New
York on 5th May, where Charlie Hebdo is due to receive a Freedom of
Expression Courage Award.
The Jacqson Diego Story Emporium shop, a children’s
bookshop in Essex, is closing next month “due to unforeseen
circumstances”. Owner Jacqueline Johnson said: “As you may have heard, due to unforeseen
circumstances the emporium shop will be closing at its current address
on 21st May. Jacqson Diego Story Emporium will continue in all of its
other forms, including pop ups and events throughout the summer.
Hutchinson has acquired a history of St Petersburg by
cultural historian Jonathan Miles. Senior editor Sarah Rigby bought world English rights at
auction for an undisclosed sum from Julian Alexander at LAW to St Petersburg: A City Of
Murderous Desire. The book will “recreate the drama of this absurd and
brilliant city, beginning with the homicidal megalomania of its founder
and the sadism of its early rulers”.
US author Judy Blume is taking part in this year’s Young
Adult Literature Convention (YALC), which is taking place 17-19th July
at Olympia, London. Blume will be interviewed by Patrick Ness on the 18th July
to mark 40 years since her coming-of-age novel, Forever, was first