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.
Radio and television presenter Fearne Cotton is to write her
first cookbook for Orion. Cook Happy, Cook Healthy will be a clean eating
cookbook, “full of simple, fast and healthy recipes”. “With an eye to food bills and time-poor households, the
ingredients are all easy to buy, and few in number, and the methods very
simple,” said Orion. Orion's deputy publisher of non-fiction, Amanda Harris,
bought world rights to the book from Rowan Lawton at Furniss Lawton.
Waterstones has opened a new 2,050 sq ft store in
Glasgow. The bookselling chain opened a new branch on Byres Road in the
West End of the city, covering two floors and stocking over 12,000 books,
as well as housing a café. The bookshop boasts the largest children’s department in
the city's West End and also stocks art and cookbooks, history and
fiction and an extensive selection of graphic novels and manga titles. It
will be managed by Xavier Jones.
Novelist Tahmima Anam and poet and author Ruth Padel are among
the judges for the 2016 Man Booker International Prize. This will be the first panel for the newly configured
award, which joined forces with the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize
earlier this year.
Japanese bookshop chain Kinokuniya is buying up 90,000 of the
first 100,000 copies printed of Haruki Murakami’s “Novelist as a Vocation”
to force people to buy the essay from a bricks-and-mortar store, it has
been reported. Kinokuniya is one of the largest bookstore chains in Japan,
with more than 80 stores and 35 sales offices worldwide. A spokesperson for the retailer said: “The reality of the
industry today is that it is becoming increasingly difficult for
brick-and-mortar bookstores to purchase copies of high-profile new books.
A lawsuit against Author Solutions has been discontinued after
plaintiffs reached a settlement with the company, it has been reported. The lawsuit was filed in April 2013 by New York-based law firm
Giskan Solotaroff Anderson & Stewart, accusing Author Solutions of
seeking to make money from authors, rather than for authors.
E-book subscription service Scribd is introducing a new
credit-based business model for its audiobooks, which means that from
20th September only a certain number of audiobooks will have unlimited
Peppa Pig will be making an appearance at the Bath Children’s
Literature Festival this autumn, thanks to a joint initiative from licence
holder Entertainment One and master publisher Ladybird Books. At the festival, which will take place 25th September-4th
October, events will include costume character meet and greets and a
read-aloud from The Big Tale of Little Peppa, published by Ladybird in