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.
Nutritional therapist Amelia Freer, author of the bestselling Eat. Nourish. Glow. is
to move from HarperCollins to Penguin Random House’s Michael Joseph for her
new book. Michael Joseph will publish Freer’s first cookbook, Cook. Nourish. Glow.
on 1st January 2016. It will contain more than 100 recipes.
Waterstones Wimbledon will close next month, with staff
redeployed to other branches. The shop's last day of trading will be 15th August after the
premises was repossessed by its landlord for redevelopment. A spokesperson for Waterstones said the company "much
regrets" the shop's closure and as yet "Waterstones has been
unable to secure a suitable alternative site in Wimbledon." The store has six members of staff who will be offered
redeployment to other shops in the Waterstones estate.
A self-published author will compete against books published
by small and large presses for this year’s Polari First Book Prize. The longlist for the prize, awarded to a writer whose first
book explores the LGBT experience, whether in poetry, prose, fiction or
non-fiction, was announced last night (20th July) at the Polari Literary
Salon in London’s Southbank Centre. Among the longlist are Al Brooks’ The Gift of Looking Closely, which Brooks
has self-published. The book is about a woman coming to terms with the
death of her mother.
Sir Alex Ferguson will be taking part in a four-date theatre
tour to launch his new book Leading
(Hodder & Stoughton). Leading, co-written with investor and author Sir
Michael Moritz, will investigate Ferguson’s years of management in Scotland
and at Manchester United to “reveal the key tools he used to deliver
sustained success on and off the field”. Ferguson will be interviewer on stage at events in London,
Manchester, Glasgow and Aberdeen to promote the book.
Verlagsgruppe von Holtzbrinck is the latest German publishing
group to drop Adobe DRM (Digital Rights Management) from e-books. From August next month, all digital books from publishers
Droemer Knaur, Kiepenheuer & Witsch, Rowohlt und S. Fischer Verlage
will carry digital watermarks instead. “Recent experience in Germany and abroad has shown that
digital watermarks protect our author’s copyright just as effective and
reliable as DRM” Peter Kraus vom Cleff, Rowohlt’s commercial managing
Charging VAT on digital books is “holding back the development
of the e-book market in general, and especially in non-English and
small-language markets”, the International Publishers Association’s (IPA)
José Borghino has said. A global survey of VAT rates, conducted by the IPA and the
Federation of European Publishers (FEP), has found there are “wide
contrasts between [rates on] print and digital, as well as between nations
and between regions”.
George RR Martin has urged “every true fan” of science fiction
and fantasy to vote for this year’s Hugo Awards to “help protect the
integrity of the rocket”. The 2015 Hugo Awards, honouring the best science fiction and
fantasy works and achievements of the previous year across a number of
categories, including books, television, film, and fanworks, have been
beset by controversy this year.
Nosy Crow has acquired a sibling story for children aged 9+ by
debut author S. E. Durrant. World rights for two books were acquired from Gillie Russell
at Aitken Alexander Associates. Russell said: “Reading Little Bits of Sky
made me miss my tube stop! Real, sad – but ultimately uplifting, it is that
rare thing, a truly child-centred book with a strong heart and the ability
to captivate anyone who reads it and leave them feeling moved and
Arrow has acquired a new series by writer and journalist
Amanda Revell Walton [pictured], writing under the pseudonym Nancy Revell. Publishing director Jenny Geras bought world rights to The Shipyard Girls and
two other books from Diana Beaumont of The Agency Group. Walton was brought up in Sunderland, and comes from a long
line of shipbuilders. The books will follow the fortunes of the first female workers
in the Sunderland shipyards during the Second World War.
Unbound has launched a campaign to fund The Long Shot by
writer and photojournalist Bella Bathurst. The book will document the history of British publication the Picture Post, a
magazine that at one time was read by more than two-thirds of the country. It will also look at the careers of Picture Post’s editor
Tom Hopkinson, and photographer Bert Hardy.
A four-day live reading of Herman Melville’s Moby Dick featuring
actors and writers including Liza Klaussmann, Chibundu Onuzo and A L
Kennedy will be among the events at Southbank Centre’s London Literature
Festival. The festival, which takes place from 28th September to 12th
October, will also include the world premiere of The Hollow of the Hand
(Bloomsbury), the debut collaborative book by singer PJ Harvey and
photographer Seamus Murphy. There will be poetry readings and new songs
performed by Harvey, and a screening of a short film by Murphy.