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.
Lisa McInerney's tale of murder and misfits in post-crash
Ireland The Glorious
Heresies (John Murray), already shortlisted for this year's
Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction, is also on the shortlist for this year's
Desmond Elliott Prize.
Global revenue at HarperCollins has fallen 11% in the latest
quarter, to $358m ($402m in same period 2015), attributed partly to lower
revenues from Chris Kyle's American
Sniper and the Divergent series, lower e-book sales and a
negative impact in foreign currency changes.
The winner of the inaugural Deborah Rogers Writers’ Award, a
£10,000 prize for an unpublished writer, is Sharlene Wen-Ning
Teo for Ponti, a work of fiction about "a misfit adolescent
girl growing up in sultry, sweaty Singapore".
The Wolfson History Prize has appointed Sir David Cannadine,
dodge professor of history at Princeton, as the chair of judges for this
year’s award, and increased its prize money to a combined £60,000 (raised
from £50,000 last year), split between two winners.
The book market is the most thriving business within
children’s media, whilst TV production is struggling due to competition
from the internet, according to speakers at a Westminster Media Forum
A year on from the announcement of the creation of Sharjah’s
Book City, Ahmed Al Ameri, director of Sharjah Book Fair and chairman of
the Sharjah Book Authority, said the plans were “going well”. He indicated
that it will launch this year, though he did not reveal a date.