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.
A proposed restructure at Penguin Random House Australia and
New Zealand is set to make 15 people redundant, while three further people
are also leaving the company: digital director Sally Bateman, HR
director Ian Posthumus and, at the end of the year, deputy c.e.o.
Anne Enright has won the Irish novel of the year award at the
Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards 2015, during a ceremony which also saw
prizes given to J P Donleavy, Louise O’Neill, Eoin Colfer and Niall
Lancaster University has appointed Benoit Peeters, a renowned
French graphic novelist and critic, as visiting professor in Graphic
Fiction and Comic Art in what has been dubbed the "first appointment
of its kind in the UK".