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.
At Chronicle Books, Madeline Moe has
been promoted to production developer, food and lifestyle.
the supervisory board of Bertelsmann. He is the executive board member at SAP
responsible for products and innovation at SAP. Chairman Christoph Mohn notes
in a statement: "He is a digital thought leader with outstanding
professional expertise, especially in the areas of innovation management,
artificial intelligence and the Internet of Things. As a member of the
executive board of an important global software group, he will be able to give
Bertelsmann excellent advice and support in the identification of new
opportunities for growth in the digital age."
his "How I Got Started" narrative in Fortune. His real estate company
has assets valued at $4 billion, but he started working for his father
Sanford's literary agency: "At 14, I represented Bertelsmann, a German
book club, in buying American books to distribute in Germany. My dad wanted to
avoid a conflict with another German publishing house he represented, so he
told Bertelsmann I could help them. [He didn't mention I was 14.] I looked 18,
so people assumed I was older. I would buy hardcovers for 50¢—at the point when
they were being sold in paperback and nobody was buying them anymore in
hardcover—then sell them for $1.25."
Simon & Schuster is staging
a Book Club Matinee
at the Ed Sullivan Theater in New York on March 11, featuring authors Anthony
Doerr, Isabel Allende, Lisa See, Lisa Genova, Ruth Ware and Megan Miranda.
participants in Write
On by Kindle -- their answer to Wattpad, which came out of beta
in early 2015 -- that the service will close in two months: "While we have
been proud over the last few years to have brought together such a vibrant,
active, and creative community, unfortunately we will be closing Write On's
doors on March 22.
After this date, access to Write On will be unavailable."