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 government has defended its attitude towards the
widespread closure of libraries in England during a debate in the House of
Lords, with Lord Ashton asserting that he does “recognise the value of the
service to local communities”.
The full programme for this year’s FutureBook Conference has
been revealed, including speakers ranging from Hachette UK c.e.o. Tim Hely
Hutchinson, Mendeley founder Jan Reichelt, Storytel’s Jonas Tellander,
Bonnier AB’s chief digital and technology officer Anki Ahrnell, Neon Play
founder Oli Christie, the writer and polemicist Andrew Keen, James Whatley,
planning partner innovation at Ogilvy & Mather, Jon Anathasiou director
of people at HarperCollins UK, and Eva Appelbaum, partner at Digital Talent
Celebrated Icelandic poet, novelist and lyricist Sigurjón
Birgir Sigurðsson, known as Sjón, has been named as the third
writer to contribute to Future Library, a public artwork in Oslo,
Norway, that aims to collect one original, secret story by a popular
writer every year until 2114.