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.
Amid a mix of shock, dismay and jubilation at the
"Leave" camp's victory in the EU referendum, senior industry
figures have vowed to hold off on taking any steps in response until the
implications of the result become clear, and to take a positive approach to
the challenges ahead. But there have also been warnings of an
"enormous amount of work" in the future.
Canongate Books returned to profit in 2015, after a poor
performance led to losses a year earlier. The result comes after a
restructuring of the business which saw Jenny Todd right promoted to
publisher, the launch of separate live events business Letters Live and a
breakout year for author Matt Haig.
Rebecca McNally, publishing director of children’s books at
Bloomsbury, said she was “over the moon” after two of her authors, Chris
Riddell and Sarah Crossan, picked up the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal and
Carnegie Medal earlier this week.
Roma Backhouse has been appointed as the new
director of Free Word, an international organisation dedicated to
literature, literacy and free expression, to succeed current
director Rose Fenton in September.
Jonathan Coe has been awarded prestigious French
honour Officier in the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (The
Order of Arts and Letters) from the French Ambassador, who named him
"France’s favourite British writer".
The line up for the tenth annual Wimbledon BookFest has
been announced, boasting headliners poet laureate Carol Ann Duffy,
deputy prime minister Nick Clegg, cookery writer Ella Woodward and
multi-award winning novelist Kate Atkinson in her only UK event this year.