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 Australian Booksellers Association has joined with other
Australian book industry organisations to protest changes proposed by the
government to turn the country into an “open market” and allow booksellers
to import both UK and US titles without restrictions.
The ongoing war in Dafur, the Yorkshire Ripper murders and a
dark and comical play which explores the life of a glamorous transsexual
hooker are among the book themes on the Polari First Book Prize – described
as the “strongest” in the prize’s history.
Broadcaster and journalist Mark Lawson has joined the judging
panel for the 28th William Hill Sports Book of the Year Award, while
co-founder of the award Graham Sharpe will become the new chair of judges,
following the retirement of his fellow co-founder John Gaustad.
One of Britain’s leading human rights campaigners and former
director of political pressure group Liberty, Shami Chakrabarti, has joined
the judging panel for this year’s Book Trust Lifetime Achievement Award.