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.
Critics have branded 2016's Man Booker shortlist
"determinedly unstarry", as one of the few household names
on the longlist, JM Coetzee, was ejected from the running, with
all eyes on Graeme Macrae Burnet from "tiny" publisher
The much-talked about issue of diversity in the selection
process for this year's Man Booker Prize was described as "a
slightly academic premise" by the prize's
literary director during this morning's press conference, as
its judges unveiled a shortlist comprising British, American and
Canadian authors, of whom half are of Black, Asian and
minority ethnic heritage.
Axel Scheffler has created a 12-metre mural for the walls
of Evelina London Children’s Hospital as part of a partnership with the
charity Readathon. Scheffler and author Julia Donaldson partnered with Readathon
for the launch of their new book, Zog
and the Flying Doctors (Scholastic). Scheffler presented the
mural, featuring artwork from the book, during an event at the hospital,
whilst Donaldson performed the story of Zog with her husband Malcolm.