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.
Faber has appointed Mitzi Angel - currently at Farrar, Straus
& Giroux in New York - to the new role of publisher for all its adult
publishing. Angel, who will move back to the UK to take up the position,
will join the Faber Board and will report to Stephen Page, who up until now
has combined the chief executive and publisher role himself.
Young YA authors struggle to be taken seriously, although
being published as a teenager does attract media attention, a panel of
authors said at the Young Adult Literature Convention (YALC). During an event entitled ‘YA: The Next Generation’, four
authors under the age of 25 – Alice Oseman [pictured], Lucy Saxon, Helena
Coggan and Taran Matharu – said people sometimes don’t take them seriously
Established authors Ann Cleeves and Peter James and newcomer
Paula Hawkins were among the winners of the inaugural Dead Good Reader
Awards. The awards, given out on Friday 17th July at the Theakstons
Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival in Harrogate, were voted on by readers
and members of Penguin Random House’s crime community Dead Good Books. The awards were presented by Mark Lawson and authors Lee Child
and Val McDermid, the latter of whom also won a prize.
Two Roads has acquired an originally self-published memoir by
the general manager of Opera Holland Park. Michael Volpe’s Noisy
at the Wrong Times was chosen by The Bookseller’s Caroline Sanderson as an
Independent Author pick in April, and was named by the Sunday Times as one of
its “100 biographies to love”. Kate Hewson, senior editor at John Murray Press imprint Two
Roads, bought world rights to Noisy
at the Wrong Times direct from Volpe.
Bristol City Council could keep six of seven libraries which
were facing closure open, following public protests. A consultation on the future of the city’s library service closed
at the beginning of July, with more than 4,600 responses being received. The council wanted to save £1.1m from its library budget for
2016/17, and had proposed shutting libraries in Clifton, Redland, Sea
Mills, Marksbury Road in Bedminster, Westbury, Wick Road in Brislington and
Literature can help teens understand the reality of sex,
although many parents are still reluctant to let their children read books
with sexual content, a panel of authors said at YALC (the Young Adult
Literature Convention) on Sunday (19th July).
Nearly two years after a draft bill for the regulation of book
prices in Poland was presented to parliament, no vote has taken place and a
question mark hangs over whether there will be a vote before the general
election in October. While the draft has been repeatedly discussed in several
committees, political opinion is divided.
The era of “cute” picture books is over, according to Flying
Eye Books co-founder Sam Arthur, whose mission to produce highly
illustrated hardback books paid off last month when Will Grill’s Shackleton’s Journey
won the CILIP Kate Greenaway medal. Arthur and Flying Eye co-founder Alex Spiro began creating
children’s books at NoBrow, the publishing company they set up in 2008, and
their intention was always to produce highly crafted titles to last a
London writer development agency Spread the Word is looking
for the next Young Poet Laureate for London. The age range of the Young Poet Laureate programme has been extended
this year, with poets aged 21 to 30 now eligible. Applicants have to be
living in a London borough. The new laureate will succeed Aisling Fahey, from Walthamstow,
who is currently undertaking a residency in the Olympic Stadium in Queen
Elizabeth Olympic Park as it prepares to host the Rugby World Cup.
Scribner has acquired a novel by French novelist and
playwright Karine Tuil called The
Age of Reinvention. Editorial director Rowan Cope acquired British Commonwealth
rights from Heidi Warneke at Editions Grasset & Fasquelle for Scribner
UK. The novel will be published by Peter Borland at Atria Books in the
United States. The English translation is by Sam Taylor, translator of HHhH and The Truth about the Harry Quebert