Friday, September 30, 2016

Latest News from The Bookseller

Dan Brown
Booksellers are predicting Dan Brown's next Robert Langdon thriller will be a public-pleasing bestseller and will compete with the latest “megasellers” from E L James, Harper Lee and J K Rowling in terms of sales figures.
Wildfire is the name of Headline's new imprint spearheaded by publishing director Alex Clarke.
Goldsmiths Prize
Books from Jonathan Cape and Faber and Faber, as well as new African literature publisher Cassava Republic, are on the shortlist for this year’s Goldsmiths Prize, run by Goldsmiths University in association with the New Statesman.
Nicolette Jones
The Sunday Times is launching a series of videos about children’s books hosted by its children’s editor, Nicolette Jones.
Unexpected by Greg Rutherford
Simon & Schuster UK has acquired Olympic long jump champion Greg Rutherford’s “raw” autobiography Unexpected.
Federica Martin Leonardis
Federica Martin Leonardis has left Rogers Coleridge & White to found her own agency, Martin Leonardis Literary Management.

Say Ja to Hygge!
Hodder is bringing out a parody guide to hygge, the Danish lifestyle philosophy centred on the idea of "cosiness".
Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler
Scholastic UK will next year publish The Ugly Five, a new picture book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler.
The Biographer's Club
The Biographers' Club has revealed the shortlist for the 2016 Tony Lothian Prize, which awards £2,000 to the best proposal for an uncommissioned first biography.
Elizabeth Laird
Children’s author Elizabeth Laird has written a book about the Syrian refugee crisis, which is due for publication by Macmillan Children’s Books in January 2017.
James Spackman
The Book Marketing Society is launching the second series of its Masterclasses with publisher and consultant James Spackman, after the success of the original events earlier this year.

Amazon Warehouses Coming to Australia?


Amazon "is looking for its first warehouse in Australia, with suggestions one site of interest is the Goodman Group's $50 million industrial estate at Oakdale, in Sydney's west," the Morning Herald reported. Goodman is the online retailer's main landlord globally.

Amazon currently has two data centers in Sydney for its Amazon Web Service, "and agents say given the usually large warehouses required by Amazon, the new Oakdale site would be the best available," the Morning Herald wrote, adding that the company "will also look at Melbourne, if a large space is available."

Shelf Awareness

The Roundup with PW

PRH Releases ‘Game of Thrones’ Enhanced E-Book
To mark the 20th anniversary of the release of the first book in George R.R. Martin's Song of Fire and Ice series, 'A Game of Thrones,' Penguin Random House has released an enhanced e-book edition of the title featuring additional content.
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The Aspen Words Literary Prize: Announcing a new award for a work of fiction focusing on the vital issues of our time — social, political, economic, environmental or otherwise.

Trayvon Martin's Parents Ink Book Deal: Tracy Martin and Sybrina Fulton are writing a book, which OneWorld will publish in January—nearly five years after the teen was killed.

The Relentlessly Relevant Henry James: The U.S. Postal Service has made a stamp in honor of the American expatriate writer.

New Law for Signed Books: Your signed books and artwork just got much harder to sell in the state of California.

Twitter as Literature: On the novelist whose Twitter feed is both a refuge from writer's block and a work of art.

Wellington Book Launch Invitation


Unity Books and Escalator Press warmly invites you to the launch of

"A clever story about the seductive power of surveillance ... until it goes wrong. Thought-provoking and well written."
– Nicky Hager
We were supposed to be the good guys.
We did the right thing.
At first ...
Escalator Press are proud to present their first young adult novel, Like Nobody's Watching, written by Wellington author L. J. Ritchie. Ritchie shares the moral journey of a Wellington teenage hacker who uses his school’s surveillance system to seek justice for the bullied and the downtrodden. But the power the cameras provide is too great, and the line between protection and judgement becomes blurred. How do you go from cyber vigilante to cyber villain, when those around you turn their screens against you?
57 Willis Street, Wellington 6011
04 499

Jordanian writer shot dead outside court after being charged with insulting Islam

Nahed Hattar
Nahed Hattar was killed after being charged with offending Islam

A prominent Jordanian writer was shot dead by a suspected Islamist gunman on Sunday outside the courtroom where he was due to stand trial for offending Islam by sharing a cartoon on Facebook.

Nahed Hattar, a 56-year-old intellectual from Jordan's Christian minority, was gunned down on the steps of a courthouse in Amman in what appeared to be a religiously motivated attack. 

The gunman was arrested at the scene and a Jordanian security source identified him as Riyad Ismail Abdullah, a 49-year-old imam who was wearing traditional Islamic robes at the time of the shooting.

PRH Launches Unbound Worlds


Penguin Random House has launched Unbound Worlds, a consumer-facing website dedicated to science fiction and fantasy. Unbound Worlds is the successor to Suvudu, the genre site launched by Random House in 2008, and features an expanded editorial scope, an updated design and mobile functionality.

Unbound Worlds offers readers a variety of content about SF and fantasy, including author interviews and essays, coverage of author appearances, panels and book signings, book lists and other discovery features, and Cage Match, an annual March Madness-style tournament of fictional characters.

Unbound Worlds joins sister sites Brightly and Signature as part of PRH's consumer-facing efforts.

Shelf Awareness

Bookstores: 'An Experience Impossible to Replicate'


"In 2016 people have a plethora of outlets for book talk, book news and book buying, most of them online. But none of them compares to standing in a book store and talking with strangers about what they have in stock.

When a customer asks where to find D.H. Lawrence and it opens a store-wide discussion about his best story, you know you're in a great book shop; when everybody nominates a different story and then all involved--including the employee--file off to browse Lawrence's back catalog, you know you've found your people. It's an experience impossible to replicate via text, chat or online review."

--Paul Friswold, in a story--"Because We Still Buy Books Here: One of 75 Reasons We Love St. Louis in 2016"--in Riverfront Times' best of St. Louis issue about Subterranean Books and other St. Louis bookstores

13 Banned Books That Will Always Have a Place on Our Shelves


Off the Shelf
By Off the Shelf Staff    |   Thursday, September 29, 2016
It’s always surprising to us which books wind up on the banned books list each year. They might be banned for violence or drug use or “inappropriate” sexual relationships. But we believe that everyone who has the desire should have the opportunity to read these books and judge the content for themselves.

Banned Books Week was launched in 1982 in response to a sudden increase in challenges to books in schools, bookstores, and libraries. Each September, publishers, librarians, booksellers, and readers celebrate the freedom to read and raise awareness about the problems of book censorship. We’ve collected some of the most challenged books here based on and the American Library Association.



Publishers Lunch

The National Book Foundation named their list of 5 Under 35 honorees Thursday morning:

Brit Bennett,
The Mothers (Riverhead)
Yaa Gyasi,
Homegoing (Knopf)
Greg Jackson,
Prodigals (FSG)
S. Li,
Transoceanic Flights (Harvard Square Editions)
Thomas Pierce,
Hall of Small Mammals (Riverhead)

The Aspen Institute is launching a $35,000 annual
Aspen Words Literary Prize, recognizing "an influential work of fiction that focuses on vital contemporary issues." Submissions for books published in English in 2017 that address questions of violence, inequality, gender, the environment, immigration, religion, race, or other social issues will open early next, and the first award will be presented in New York in early spring 2018.

Correcting Tuesday's awards preview item, the Booker Prize will be awarded the evening of October 25, after the Frankfurt Book Fair.

Winners Of The 2016 Emerging Voices Awards Announced

Posted at 8:43PM Wednesday 28 Sep 2016
Eka Kurniawan, Gareth Nyandoro and Clarissa Campolina take the prizes for fiction, art and film
FT (via Literary Saloon)

Goldsmiths Prize Shortlists Novels 'That Break The Mould'

Posted at 7:08AM Thursday 29 Sep 2016
Eimear McBride, who struggled for years to find a publisher for her debut novel before it went on to win a host of prizes, has been shortlisted for the Goldsmiths award for her second, The Lesser Bohemians.

Richell prize: Susie Greenhill wins literary award for 'ecological love story'

Posted at 8:47PM Wednesday 28 Sep 2016
Tasmanian author, whose novel The Clinking explores themes of extinction, snaps up award for Australian writers who have not yet published a book

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Victoria University Press warmly invites you to the launch of The Collected Poems of AlistairTe Ariki Campbell

The Collected Poems of Alistair Te Ariki Campbell
Book launch at Unity Books, Thursday 20 October.
Victoria University Press warmly invites you to the launch of
The Collected Works of Alistair Te Ariki Campbell

on Thursday 20 October, 6pm–7.30pm
at Unity Books, 57 Willis St, Wellington.

The Collected Works of Alistair Te Ariki Campbell, H/B, $50