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.
The Book People’s co-founder Seni Glaister is stepping down
from her role as c.e.o of the company. William Wellesley, who has been at
the company since January, and has been previously joint managing director
at Molton Brown and group chief operating officer at GEMS Education, has
been appointed as The Book People’s new c.e.o. Glaister said it was in the
“best interests” of the company to step away, but added that she was
already beginning her new venture to “provide a service nobody yet knows
The changing nature of the worldwide book
industry is sharply demonstrated in the upper echelons of the 2015 edition
of the Global Ranking of the Publishing Industry: for the first time,
publishing houses from outside Europe and North America have cracked the
Both the groups—Phoenix Publishing & Media (PPM) and China South
Publishing & Media (CSPM)—come from China, perhaps a key moment in the
(long-predicted) emergence of the country as publishing’s next superpower.
Author J K Rowling has confirmed that a
Harry Potter play, entitled "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child",
will open in the West End next year.
Rowling broke the news today
(26th June) on Twitter, saying the play “will tell a new story, which is
the result of a collaboration between writer Jack Thorne, director John
Tiffany and myself”. The producer is Sonia Friedman.
The Society of Authors last night (25th June) distributed
£85,000 to writers at its annual authors’ awards, giving out prizes to
writers of fiction, non-fiction, poetry and material for teaching English. Author Ben Fergusson won the biggest prize of the night,
receiving the £10,000 Betty Trask prize for a first novel of “outstanding
literary merit” by an author under the age of 35 for The Spring of Kasper Meier (Little,
Bonnier Publishing has acquired Lincolnshire-based commercial
fiction publisher Totally Entwined Group for an undisclosed sum.
Bonnier is acquiring the whole company and its imprints Totally Bound
Publishing (romance), Pride Publishing (LGBTQI fiction), Finch Books (YA),
Evidence Press (crime and thriller) and Celebritease (celebrity authors).
The annual extravaganza of indie booksellers
returned last week with a barrage of book-centric events, readings,
publicity and costumes. Lisa Campbell documents the highlights of the
action-packed seven days.
David Headley from Goldsboro Books and Sheila O’Reilly right from Dulwich
Books with presenter Jo Good on BBC London 94.9FM on Monday (22nd June).
Labour peer Baroness Tessa Blackstone called on civil servants
and politicians to make proper use of the evidence-based work of social
scientists in their policy decisions, in a speech last night (Thursday 25th
June) at an event to celebrate SAGE's 50th anniversary.
The backlist of Patrick Süskind’s titles, the internationally
acclaimed bestseller Perfume and its follow-up The Pigeon, have been made
available in e-book for the first time from today by publisher Hamish
Hamilton. Simon Prosser, publishing director of Hamish Hamilton said:
"We could not be happier to publish Patrick Süskind’s outstanding work
in e-book. For the very first time, readers in our territories will be able
to access in electronic format both Perfume and The Pigeon, broadening yet
further the readership for this most brilliant and original of contemporary
Simon & Schuster has bought a "unique" debut
from an Australian author. S&S ssistant fiction editor Carla Josephson bought UK,
Commonwealth & ANZ rights in All These Perfect Strangers by Australian
prize-winning author Aoife Clifford from Rebecca Ritchie and Clare Forster
at Curtis Brown.