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.
Bill Bryson has claimed his 10th week as the UK official
number one with The Road
to Little Dribbling (Black Swan)— his first top spot in nine
years, since The Life
and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid (Black Swan) took the number
one in 2007.
The number of people attending the Bologna Children’s Book
Fair increased 9.2% this year compared to 2015, with foreign visitor attendance
growing 16.8%, according to the organisers. The number of Italian visitors
was also up, increasing 4.1%.
Booksellers and publishers including Influx Press, Cassava
Republic and Five Leaves will be coming together with artists and activists
for a “celebration of radical and progressive publishing” at the London
Radical Book Fair on 7th May.