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 story in yesterday's Sunday
Times reporting that N M Rothschild corporate financiers
have been asked by Waterstones owner Alexander Mamut to explore
a £250m sale of the chain has been described as "sensible
enough" by the chain's m.d. James Daunt.
Publishers and booksellers are preparing to give readers a
welcome fright this Halloween with a range of spooky special promotions,
activities and events, with one independent publisher crowdfunding for an
entire new horror imprint.
Five authors are in the running for The Sunday Times
/ Peters Fraser + Dunlop Young Writer of the Year Award, after judges
made the "rare exception" to increase the prize's usual shortlist
from four to five in wake of the "incomparable
strength" of this year’s list of submissions.