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.
The debate in Australia, following proposals by the
government’s Productivity Commission to remove parallel import restrictions
and turn Australia into an open market, has led to an expletive-laden
condemnation by a member of the nation’s literary royalty, Richard
Flanagan, and enough column inches to fill the Great Australian Bight.
Lisa McInerney, winner of the 2016 Baileys Women’s Prize for
Fiction, has said feedback characterising her work as “male”
illustrates why literature prizes for women like the Baileys are
“conversely but conclusively liberating”.
The debate over the EU referendum and its implications for the
book trade has raged in the last few weeks. With pollsters now predicting a
close result, we want to know what issues have come to the fore for you and
are you making any preparations for your business should the UK leave
Europe after 23rd June? Let us know by filling out our short survey here.
Campaigns for Joe Wicks’ Lean
in 15 (Bluebird/Pan Macmillan), Dork Diaries: Drama Queen by Rachel Renee
Russell (Simon & Schuster) and Your
Ultimate Body Transformation Plan by Nick Mitchell
(HarperCollins) have been honoured at the BMS Best Marketing Campaigns for
the Spring Season, which ran from January to April 2016.
In time for the annual industry conference later this month in
Leipzig, the German trade association Börsenverein des Deutschen
Buchhandels has released its economic data for 2015. For the second year in
a row sales of books and journals were down, this time marginally by 1.4%
to €9.2bn (£7.2bn).
Jonathan Safran Foer, Philippa Gregory and Eimear McBride are
to participate in this year's Edinburgh International Book Festival which
"in a world of global uncertainty and shifting influence” intends to
“explore the power of the human mind to imagine a better world".