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.
Kate Atkinson, Michel Faber and Irvine Welsh feature on the
shortlists for the 2015 Saltire Literary Awards, with two new awards
introduced this year: The Fiction Book of the Year and Non-Fiction Book of
the Year. The new prizes were created for the Awards in place of last
year's Literary Book of the Year, due to the plethora of titles eligible
The new Harry Potter play, "Harry Potter and the Cursed
Child", to open in the West End next year, will "start where the
seventh book left off, and is the eighth story in the series”, J K Rowling
The children’s book world should not be scared of
self-publishing, according to Carl-Johan Forssén Ehrlin, the Swedish
author behind the bestselling picture book The Rabbit Who Wants to Fall Asleep,
which shot to number one in the Amazon.co.uk book chart before the author
signed any deals with traditional publishers.
First time author Ben Fergusson [pictured] has scooped the Historical
Writers’ Association 2015 Debut Crown Award for new historical fiction with
The Spring of Kasper
Meier (Little, Brown), while historical fiction veteran Michael
Morpurgo received the Outstanding Contribution to Fiction Award. Fergusson was awarded the £2,000 prize by broadcaster Mark
Lawson at the opening night of the Harrogate History Festival (22nd October)
at the Old Swan Hotel, Harrogate.
Scottish independent bookshop The Mainstreet Trading Company
has revealed how it has spent the grant money it received from author James
Patterson: it has bought and renovated a van, transforming it into a mobile