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.
A number of exhibitors at this year's Beijing International
Book Fair have reported the confiscation of books containing politically or
culturally sensitive content. But others said they had experienced no
increase in censorship activity despite increased tensions over freedom of
speech in the country following the disappearance of five Hong Kong based
booksellers in 2015. Meanwhile CNPIEC, the state-owned books importer which
handles the shipments to BIBF, blamed a "misunderstanding" on the
part of publishers.
The Girl on the Train (Black Swan) has overtaken Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
(Little, Brown) to claim the UK Official Top 50 number one spot for a
seventh week, as the film tie-in edition of Hawkins’ unstoppable thriller
rose to third place.
American publishers experienced a 2.7% decline in revenues in
the first quarter of 2016 to $2.14bn (£1.65bn) compared to the same period
in 2015, according to data released by the Association of American