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.
Bookshops around the country are unveiling a host of magical
events — including Quidditch Pong, Harry Potter Bingo and Horcrux hunts—to
celebrate the 20th anniversary of the publication of J K Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s
CILIP has announced that Margaret Casely-Hayford, the chair of
charity ActionAid UK, is to lead a review into the diversity of its
Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Medals prompted after a backlash over the 2017
Carnegie Medal longlist.
A Twitter storm erupted last week over the lack of people
of colour speaking at the Chalke Valley History Festival, with historian
Rebecca Rideal pulling out just four days before it is due to begin today
(26th June), in protest over the issue. However, the festival director, historian James Holland,
has defended the line up, telling The
Bookseller he will not be “bullied” into changing the editorial
content of the event over a “storm in a teacup”.
Big Green Bookshop co-owner Simon Key came face to face with
presenter Piers Morgan on ITV this morning (26th June) - months after the
pair had a heated Twitter feud over the merits of J K Rowling’s Harry
Hodder & Stoughton has
commissioned BuzzFeed writer Hannah Jewell to author 100 Nasty Women of History, a
book profiling women united by the fact they were all "too
scandalous, too difficult, and too unladylike for their time".
Actor Samuel West is reading the entirety
of late Colin Dexter’s Inspector Morse series, as well
as the short story collection Morse's Greatest Mystery and Other Stories, for a
new audio series from Pan Macmillan.
The Borough Press has acquired two novels with an
"international focus": The
Nine-Chambered Heart by Indian author Janice Pariat
and Stephen Florida by Publishers Weekly fiction
reviews editor Gabe Habash.