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.
Saturday, August 29, 2015
Beijing: 'Adult Coloring-In Capital of the World'
The "global craze for adult versions of children's favorites" has fueled a huge demand for coloring books, the Guardian reported, noting that Laurence King Publishing announced at this week's Beijing International Book Fair that Johanna Basford's adult coloring book Secret Garden has sold 6.8 million copies around the world, including three million in China, 1.1 million in Brazil, 650,421 in the U.S., 500,000 in South Korea and 477,658 in the U.K. to date. The publisher dubbed Beijing the "adult coloring-in capital of the world."