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.
Penguin Random House will “nurture, protect and champion” Sue
Townsend’s work for years to come, c.e.o. Tom Weldon has said. Speaking at an event to celebrate the late writer’s life and
work at The British Library, Weldon made the promise to Townsend’s family,
who were in attendance. He also said Townsend would “be seen as one of the great comic
writers this country has produced”. “Sue was a passionate egalitarian,” Weldon said, “and she
believed everyone had an equal right to an education and access to books
Penguin Random House’s Ladybird imprint will no longer publish
books labelled “for boys” and “for girls”, in response to a campaign by Let
Toys Be Toys. Ladybird has previously published books such as Ladybird Favourite Fairy Tales for
Girls and Ladybird
Favourite Stories for Boys. The Let Toys Be Toys campaign launched Let Books Be Books earlier this year to encourage
publishers to stop labelling books for a certain gender.
A parliamentary debate on libraries descended into
"personal attacks" between libraries minister Ed Vaizey and
shadow communities and local government minister Lyn Brown. Speaking at a Westminster Hall debate on public libraries yesterday
(19th December), Brown, a Labour MP for West Ham, questioned Vaizey's lack
of intervention into local councils' plans to close multiple libraries
across the UK.
Bloomsbury UK and Walker Books are among the 20 most
influential international children's publishers in China, according to data
released at the Shanghai Children’s Book Fair (CCBF). According to book data company Bookdao, which compiled the
ranking, Scholastic USA is the most influential foreign publisher, followed
by Penguin Random House USA in second position and Casterman, the Belgian
publisher of Tintin, in third. Bloomsbury UK was the highest ranking
UK-based publisher, coming in at fourth position, and Walker Books UK came
in at number 19.
Penguin Random House Children’s is to create a new PR director
role for the whole division, following the departure of Adele Minchin. The PR director will oversee PR across the division, which was
created earlier this year, leading campaigns across both Penguin and Random
House. Graham Sim, Penguin Random House’s brand director, said: “Our
wonderful children’s authors and brands face increasing competition from
general media and entertainment brands, so we are looking for a PR expert
to guide our brilliant teams and continue to grow our unrivalled portfolio.