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.
Egypt’s largest bookshop chain is opening a London outlet next
month, which will be its first international branch. The 33-branch-strong chain Alef Bookstores has chosen London
as the place to launch its international expansion, and will open a 2,000
sq ft store at 219 Baker Street, next door to 221B Baker Street, fictional
home of Sherlock Holmes and home to The Sherlock Holmes Museum.
Former self-published writer Kerry Wilkinson pictured has laid
down the gauntlet to traditional publishers, saying that they do not
communicate with authors enough and that Amazon is “the main innovator in
the book space”. Wilkinson also said that publishers were unlikely to change
the way they worked any time soon, as the “only reason you change is if
you’re forced to”.
Richard Mollet has spearheaded "unprecedented
change" in the industry and given the Publishers Association
"real energy and a sense of direction," publishers have said
following the news he is to stand down from his position as c.e.o of the
Publishers Association next year. Mollet is leaving to take on the role of head of European
government affairs at RELX Group, an information and analytics company, it
was announced today
A debut novel has sparked auctions across Europe. Two Roads in the UK won an auction for The Keeper of Lost Things
by Ruth Hogan, from Laura Macdougall at Tibor Jones & Associates. The book has sold to Rizzoli in Italy in a six-way auction,
and Ullstein won a five-way auction in Germany. Tibor Jones’ Charlotte
Maddox said the German offer was the largest received for a debut in the
eight-year history of the agency.
Film rights to Andrew Michael Hurley’s The Loney (John
Murray) have been optioned by DNA Films, with the support of Film4, after a
five-way auction. The gothic novel is set on the Lancashire coast and follows a
Catholic family who make an Easter pilgrimage from London to try and cure
their mute son.
Two campaigns from Walker Books are on the shortlist for this
Marketing Competition, along with initiatives from Hachette Children’s,
Macmillan Children’s Books, Simon and Schuster Children’s and Little Tiger
Canongate has acquired a “haunting Kafkaesque narrative” from
a debut Nigerian novelist. Louisa Joyner, editorial director of fiction at Canongate,
bought Odafe Atogun’s Taduno’s
Song and one other novel from Toby Mundy at Toby Mundy
Associates. The novel follows African singer Taduno, who returns from
political exile to the country of his birth to find that the dictatorship's
efforts to erase all trace of him have been so successful that he has been
entirely forgotten, even by his closest friends and neighbours.
Hot Key Books has acquired the UK and Commonwealth rights
(excluding Australia) to We
Were Never Here by Australian YA author Krystal Sutherland. The story, which is a teen love story set in a high school, is
described as like the film '500 Days of Summer', by way of Rainbow Rowell
and John Green. Editor-at-large Emma Matthewson struck a deal for two books
with Catherine Clarke at Felicity Bryan Associates, who was acting on
behalf of Catherine Drayton at InkWell Management.