Saturday, February 23, 2019

Publishers Lunch

Megan Harley has been named marketing manager at Algonquin Children's. Sarah Alpert has been promoted to associate editor, now acquiring middle-grade and young adult fiction and non-fiction and graphic novels.

At Chronicle Books, Allison Weiner has been promoted to design manager, art; Lisa Bach to director of special sales. Vanessa Navarrete to sales manager, independent specialty; Emily Malter to sales coordinator, independent specialty; and Neil Egan to design manager, entertainment.

The London Book Fair will present their Lifetime Achievement Award to Dorotea Bromberg of Sweden's Brombergs, which she co-founded alongside her father Adam in 1975.


Inkwood Books in Tampa, FL will close on March 31. Stefani Beddingfield, who has owned the bookstore since 2013, said she hoped the opening of restaurants and businesses in the area would help, but the store never drew foot traffic. "I think the location could be great, but it's not there yet, and I just ran out of the finances to hang on," she said.

Smyrna, DE's Acorn Books is
closing after seven years of operation. Co-owner Ginny Jewell said, "We have a great group of people who routinely shop here, it’s just that it’s not a big enough market."

Publishers Lunch

Elsevier saw 2% underlying revenue growth in 2018, according to the latest annual financial results filed by parent company RELX, to a total of £2,538m.
Head of Zeus
Sarah Ritherdon, Head of Zeus (HoZ) editorial director at digital imprint Aria, is leaving the publisher to join HoZ’s former c.e.o Amanda Ridout’s new company.
Luke Shaller
Luke Shaller will join Simon & Schuster UK as c.f.o. for its UK and international dealings in a newly created role, following almost a decade with HarperCollins.
Society of Authors
The Society of Authors (SoA) has renewed its calls for TV companies to pay and credit historians and authors for their research work after a rise in complaints from members.
Prema Raj
Prema Raj, a rights assistant at A M Heath, has won this year’s £10,000 Deborah Rogers Foundation David Miller Bursary.
Penguin Random House has unveiled its inaugural list for its South East Asia arm of 93 titles.

Holly Miller
Hodder & Stoughton has scooped a “moving and unforgettable high-concept love story” by Holly Miller in a pre-emptive two-book deal.
The Veggie Cookbook
Octopus imprint Mitchell Beazley will publish a brand-new cookbook from Higgidy founder Camilla Stephens, Higgidy – The Veggie Cookbook.
The Comma Press Podcast
Indie publisher Comma Press has launched the first series of The Comma Press Podcast to coincide with the anniversary of the Section 28 march in Manchester.
James Gould-Bourn
Trapeze has signed the "gorgeous" debut novel by James Gould-Bourn in a two-book deal.
Breaking Dad
Reach plc (formerly Trinity Mirror) publishing imprint Mirror Books has acquired the true story of a man who discovers that his father is a drug-dealer: Breaking Dad by James Lubbock.
Stripes has acquired two YA novels by Tracy Darnton, the author of The Truth About Lies.

Friday, February 22, 2019

Publishers Lunch

Rebecca Gyllenhaal has been promoted to assistant editor at Quirk Books.

Heather Morris has been promoted to associate art director, adult nonfiction at Sourcebooks.

Allan MacDougall, 71, co-founder and former ceo of Raincoast Books, Canada's largest domestically-owned distributor, died following a long battle with dementia. A celebration of his life will be held at a later date.

Leonora Monnerat has been promoted to managing director for HarperCollins Brasil, overseeing all operations within the company.

Plagiarism Files
Brazilian romance author Cristiane Serruya has pulled her book Royal Love from bookselling sites after being accused of plagiarism, first by The Duchess War author Courtney Milan, and then by numerous readers on Twitter who found Serruya had plagiarized other sources as well. Serruya blamed the stolen work on a ghostwriter she hired from the site, and has taken down all the work she produced with that writer.

Thursday, February 21, 2019

Auckland Arts Festival



Mozart's The Magic Flute is one of the most popular operas in the world, but Komische Oper Berlin's magical production is like none you will have ever seen before.
Alongside the stunning vocal talents of the Berlin opera house chorus and soloists is glorious animation created by innovative British theatre group 1927. 
1927 animator Paul Barritt talked to RNZ Concert about bringing the enchanted world to life ... and he lets us in on a few secrets!

Image: Iko Freese /


Ross McCormack and Muscle Mouth's powerful new work As It Stands takes inspiration from monumental creations including those of iconic American sculptor Richard Serra.
The dancers and crew visited Gibbs Farm to come face to face with Serra's awe-inspiring sculptural work Te Tuhirangi Contour.
Commissioned by Auckland Arts Festival, As It Stands has its world premiere in 8-10 March at ASB Waterfront Theatre.
Videography: Jason Wright


What makes Australian circus unique? An unadorned, gritty, unpretentious quality, and a great sense of humour. Gravity & Other Myths are at the top of their game and bringing their acrobatic marvel Backbone to the Festival.
Founding members of  Gravity & Other Myths, Jascha Boyce and Lachlan Binns, talked to The Guardian about how a group of friends became one of the hottest young circus companies in the world.


Our handy Festival Daily Guide is out to help you plan your Festival journey. You'll find them in cafes and at venues around Auckland.


We're just two weeks from opening night, but already there's Festival fun in Auckland with Auckland Fringe opening this week and taking place across the city.