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.
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Josh Zajdman has joined Picador as senior publicist. He was previously a
publicist at Media Connect.
has been promoted
to president of Global ReedPOP.
71, author of 20 books included The
Pilot's Wife and The
Weight of Water, died
of cancer Thursday at home in southern New Hampshire. She had announced her
illness almost a year ago,writing on Facebook: "This is a hard post to
write. I have so been looking forward to going on book tour for my new novel, The
Stars are Fire, and had hoped to meet many of you on my travels." Her
latest book was published by Knopf, but her longtime editor at Little, Brown
Michael Pietsch (now ceo of Hachette Book Group) told the Boston Globe,
"She wrote beautifully melodic and nuanced prose. I admired every book of
hers. She brought a great mind to the observation of emotions."
My mother sent me a one-line text the
other night: “I saw Lady Bird.” A little nervous and not sure what was
being implied by her brevity, I immediately called for her take on the
film that has been sweeping theaters around the country. Along with the varied
themes on class, family, and teenage relationships, this story of a young
woman’s coming-of-age seems to have struck a chord for its poignant,
funny, and bittersweet depiction of a mother-daughter relationship. While
fumbling with my phone I wondered if my own mother had the same reaction
I did, that it somehow perfected the odd juxtaposition between parents
and children, where you both know everything and nothing about one
another, and it sometimes feels as though your whole life is spent
evolving in relation to them. It’s clear why this relationship is mined
so often in storytelling, but rarely does a novel or film capture this
intersection of individuality, utter dependency, and the indelibly sweet,
complex love within families so well. Luckily, there are a few authors
who have mastered just that.
Meet Stu! He’s a California native,
raised on healthy doses of John Steinbeck and Jack London. When asked
about his formative years, he is likely to respond “the only good things
to ever come out of Sacramento were me and Joan Didion.” Now a proud
resident of New York City, he can be found on warm days lounging in
Central Park with his dog on his lap and a manuscript in his hand.
Academic publishers Taylor & Francis (T&F), Wiley,
SAGE and Cambridge University Press have published their gender pay gap
data, with all showing pay gaps in favour of men, particularly in bonus
Weike Wang has won the PEN/Hemingway
Award for her debut novel Chemistry.
She will receive $25,000 at an awards ceremony in Boston on April 8. Lisa Ko's The
Leavers and Adelia Saunders' Indelible
were the runners-up, while The
Graybar Hotel by Curtis Dawkins and Live from Cairo by Ian Bassingthwaighte
received honorable mentions.
In other awards news, the James
Tait Black Prizesannounced
their nominees in fiction and nonfiction, with the winners to be named on
Booksellers Association announced the finalists for the 2018
Indies Choice Awards and the E.B. White Read-Aloud Awards, with the winners to
be announced May 2. The nominees include:
The awards have also added a new category this year, "because of the
growing popularity of audiobooks."
Audiobook of the Year
American War, by Omar El Akkad, read by Dion Graham (Penguin Random House
The Fact of a Body, by Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich, read by the author
Hunger, by Roxane Gay, read by the author (HarperAudio)
Killers of the Flower Moon, by David Grann, read by Will Patton, Ann Marie Lee,
and Danny Campbell (Penguin Random House Audio)
Lincoln in the Bardo, by George Saunders, read by Nick Offerman, David Sedaris,
George Saunders, and a full cast (Penguin Random House Audio)
The Ninth Hour by Alice McDermott, read by Euan Morton (Macmillan Audio)
Erroll McDonald, vice president and executive editor
at Knopf Doubleday, has been named the chairman of the board of directors of
the Center for Fiction.
has been promoted to senior marketing manager at Sourcebooks.
has joined Chronicle Books as senior designer. Previously she was a lead
designer at Pixar.
Harassment Files The ABAannounced
a new code of conduct for association meetings and events. The code will apply
to all participants, including "booksellers, ABA staff, exhibitors,
speakers/presenters, guests, sponsors, volunteers, and all affiliated
attendees." On the list of behaviors that violate the code: offensive
verbal comments; inappropriate physical contact; sexual propositions; unwelcome
sexual attention; off-color or obscene jokes, remarks, or gestures; and more.
Anyone who violates the code "may, in the judgment and discretion of ABA,
be asked to stop; may be expelled from an ABA event, without refund if applicable;
may be prevented from attending future ABA events; and may have ABA membership
and future participation privileges revoked."