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.
Writer and critic Blake Morrison is to chair this year’s
Goldsmiths Prize – the £10,000 award created by Goldsmiths, University of
London, in association with the New
Statesman, to reward “boldly original fiction”.
Campaign group Authors United is set to hold an event to
discuss Amazon’s “enormous market power” and the "misuse" of that
power, in Washington DC next week. The event, to be held on Wednesday 27th January at the New
American Foundation, is entitled Amazon's Book Monopoly: A Threat to
Freedom of Expression? and aims to “shine a light on how Amazon's monopoly,
and its heavy-handed behaviour, are already affecting the free flow of
ideas in our society”.
Tim Godfray, chief executive of The Booksellers Association,
has written to the foreign secretary, asking that the government
"thoroughly investigates all the facts" relating to
the disappearances of missing Hong
Kong booksellers, who include British passport-holder Lee Bo.