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.
Indie bookshops are kicking off 2018 with confidence after the
majority reported sales rises over the Christmas period, but some have
urged publishers to take more risks and work harder to build authors into
brands this year.
Foyles’ sales were marginally up in value terms in December,
despite the mini-chain being hit by a drop in footfall, which it said was a
result of adverse weather and roadworks outside its flagship branch on
Charing Cross Road in London.
London-based Iranian e-publisher Azadeh Parsapour
and missing Hong Kong bookseller Gui Minhai have been shortlisted for
the 2018 Prix Voltaire, which rewards "exemplary courage in
upholding the freedom to publish and in enabling others to exercise their
right to freedom of expression".