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.
Booksellers are preparing for another blockbuster summer of
sales, with a second successive year of “event publishing” shoring up the
industry in the sunny season, and one retailer declaring “we feel like we
are winning again”.
It had been a dozen years since BookExpo America (BEA)
convened in Chicago, its base for much of the 1990s and early 2000s. The
decision to return was controversial, the rationale being that booksellers
and librarians put off by Manhattan prices would attend. On the other hand,
New York publishers were unhappy about travel costs to Chicago: some
skipped the fair, others brought skeleton crews.
Jenny Swann, co-owner of Nottingham-based independent
Candlestick Press, will be stepping down from the business leaving fellow
co-owner Di Slaney the sole owner. The press is also launching two new
titles, both "ideal" for Father's Day.