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 firing pistol for the annual rights frenzy ahead of the
Frankfurt Book Fair (FBF) has sounded, with publishers battling it out to
find the next The Girl
on the Train as the psychological thriller phenomenon shows
little sign of slowing down.
Bookshops have reported higher footfall and sales for the UK’s
first Bookshop Day on Saturday, which involved events with high profile
authors, illustrators in residence and customers reading in bookshop
Fiction and picture books are likely to take the lion’s share
of sales over the Christmas period, although this year’s YA and teen
offering is not as strong, according to a number of children’s booksellers.
Trapeze has acquired "heartbreaking yet
life-affirming" debut We
Own the Sky by Luke Allnutt in a five-way
auction. The book's author, currently in remission, begun the book
about cancer after being diagnosed with bowel cancer in 2013, when doctors
thought it was 30% likely he would die within the next five
years. Sam Eades, senior commissioning editor at Trapeze, acquired
UK and Commonwealth rights to the debut, which was discovered on the slush
pile by Juliet Mushens at UTA, for five figures.
David Szalay has won the £5,000 Gordon Burn Prize
2016 for All That
Man Is, a collection of nine linked short stories
published by Vintage imprint Jonathan Cape. Szalay was announced as the winner of the prize at a
special event at Durham Book Festival, a Durham County Council festival
produced by New Writing North, on Friday evening (7th October).
Orion is making two promotions within the Trapeze
editorial team: Sam Eades, previously senior commisisoning editor, has
been promoted to editorial director and Emma Smith, previously
editor, has been promoted to commissioning editor.