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.
Four independent publishers have come together to form the
Northern Fiction Alliance, a cohort assembled to showcase the output of
northern indie presses to the international market in an attempt to “level
the playing field” and promote regional diversity in publishing.
Zadie Smith reflected on themes of nostalgia, the
"back to Africa dream", and social and economic divisions in
society, as she discussed her forthcoming book Swing Time (Hamish Hamilton) at a
preview event held by the publisher.
The 2016 British Book Design and Production Awards finalists
have been revealed, with publisher Penguin leading the nominations with six
titles on the shortlist, followed closely by Pan Macmillan (five), with
strong showings from The Folio Society (four titles), Frances Lincoln and Little
Tiger Press (three apiece).