Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Encore Award Shortlist Announced

The six shortlisted books for The Encore Award for a second novel are:

Getting Colder by Amanda Coe (Virago)
Reasons She Goes to the Woods by Deborah Kay Davies (Oneworld)
Everland by Rebecca Hunt (Fig Tree)
Her by Harriet Lane (Weidenfeld & Nicolson)
The Lives of Others by Neel Mukherjee (Chatto & Windus)
The Way Inn by Will Wiles (Fourth Estate)


Green Party To Review Controversial Copyright Plans

Book2BookTuesday 28 Apr 2015

The Green Party have promised to review their plan to reduce the copyright term to 14 years after publication following concern from people in the creative industry.
Authors and creatives criticised plans to substantially reduce the term, which currently stands at 70 years after death, with bestselling authors saying that it had taken years to get royalties from their work.


Baddies in books: Mickey Sabbath, Philip Roth's supernova of sin

The antihero of Roth’s 1995 novel Sabbath’s Theatre blinds us with his astonishing misogyny, his exponential misanthropy, his audacious nihilism - and yet he makes us care

Philip Roth in New York, 2010.
In search of “more disastrous entanglement in everything”... Philip Roth in New York, 2010. Photograph: Eric Thayer/Reuters
Here is a baddie with scale, mythical in his magnification. And yet he is no Pilate or Iago, merely a sad old man with a hard-on, raging against the dying of the light. Just as with Macbeth, the more flagrant Sabbath’s transgressions, the more we are dazzled by his outrageous glare. He’s a supernova of sin, or a Roman candle, at the very least, blazing away in Roth’s virtuoso paragraphs; blinding us with his astonishing misogyny, his exponential misanthropy, his audacious nihilism. How does Roth pull it off? (The expression is apt.) Or more accurately, how does he pull it off and still make us care?

For those not familiar with the novel, Sabbath is a puppeteer and disgraced academic in mourning for the death of his libidinous mistress, Drenka, “a conventional woman who would do anything”. Her enthusiasm was convenient, as Sabbath had decided to defy his own imminent demise by attempting to have as much sex as possible.

Andrew Dean, twenty-six, the author of "Ruth, Roger and Me", an exciting new talent.

Young New Zealand voices writing at length on contemporary issues, with eloquence and intellectual facility, are rare. Andrew Dean, twenty-six, the author of Ruth, Roger and Me, is an exciting new talent.

With this addition to the BWB Texts series, Dean, a Rhodes Scholar from Canterbury, studying for a doctorate in literature at Oxford University, has taken time out to write a compelling conversation starter on the question of what it means to be young in New Zealand today. It is a New Zealand in which housing affordability, inequality, unemployment, and indebtedness cast lengthening shadows.

‘I wanted to tell the story of our “inheritance” – after three decades of reform,’ says Dean. ‘For so many of us, the circumstances in which we find ourselves are social phenomena without history.’

He joins a set of young writers and thinkers increasingly unwilling to accept at face value the status quo of free-market orthodoxy, insistent individualism and the continued devaluation of civic endeavour.  More

Ruth, Roger and Me
by Andrew Dean

Bridget Williams Books


Publisher seeking children's book authors and illustrators

Freerange Little Prints

Freerange Press is calling for submissions for original, imaginative and interesting children’s books, based around our journal topics, which explore themes responding to life for an urbanized humanity (the city, politics, design, art, pirates). We want to make books that both kids and adults love, that encourage a shared reading experience, as well as exploration and discovery.

We are looking for a combination of great language and illustrations/visual material in the following categories: 

Non-fiction (all ages – up to 12 years) 

Picture books, from simple (think 3-7 years old) to relatively complex (6-9 years)

We want to hear your thoughts, imaginings and artistic expressions on how to interpret our journal themes for kids. These publications have canvassed a myriad of ideas, from the big to the silly, from the city and the self through to tricksters, gardens and humanimals. Read more about the submission process here.

We welcome those who wish to collaborate on a book as an illustrator or writer, and we are happy to discuss proposals at all stages of development, including conception, ongoing or relatively complete projects that are seeking publication. They just need to fit our focus. 

Read more about the journals and submission process here.
The first round of submissions closes on 31 May.

Please contact Emma for more information: emma@projectfreerange.com
(Always keep a copy of your work.)

White Fungus Taipei Release Event

White Fungus is holding the Taipei release event for its 14th issue at Taipei Artist Village as part of Urban Nomad on May 3, 6pm. The night will include a performance by Dawang Yingfan Huang and a new documentary about the artist, TPE-Tic. The new issue of White Fungus contains an article about Dawang by Beijing music critic and artist Yan Jun.

To celebrate the new issue, White Fungus will DJ a set of Residents tracks. The new issue of White Fungus features a 22-page article about this history of the Residents by New York music writer Kurt Gottschalk

For the full program of the night, visit here.

The Bookman heads offshore

Tonight we fly out to visit family in London. Back in office on Monday 11 May, in time for the AWF .

The blog will continue but may be affected occasionally by time differences and WiFi access.

Dorothy Vinicombe Funeral Details

The funeral service will be held on Thursday, 30 April at 1pm at St Joseph’s Church in Takapuna, followed by afternoon tea at Carmel College.

Tuesday Poem

This week Harvey Molloy has shared a poem by Cliff Fell - 'In Carbondale'.

As Harvey says 'We can read the title of the poem as not just functioning as a proper noun referring to the town of Carbondale, Illinois, but as an kind of epithet for all life on Earth.' And 'There's a kind of poetry I love which I think of as speculative or errant. 
The poem takes me on a walk with an idea. It goes off—like a dog pulling the reader on a lead as it follows scents in the language. These poems are full of possibilities, chance encounters, echoes of the familiar and they tend to be longer than short lyrical poems as their adventure is not concerned with a singular experience or memory. 'In Carbondale' is such a poem.'

Nine to Noon Scheduled interviews and reviews this week

Nine to Noon with Kathryn Ryan
Nine to Noon episode archive

Scheduled interviews and reviews

Tuesday 28 April

  • The coroners inquest into the deaths of two Dunedin children at their hands of their father has raised serious questions about the way police enforce protection orders in domestic violence cases. We look at one region, Wairarapa, where all breaches of protection orders are investigated and prosecuted if there is enough evidence.
  • US Correspondent Steve Almond
  • Australian poet and animal activist David Brooks
  • Book Review: The Great Leader and the Fighter Pilot by Blaine Harden
  • Reading: Burt Bell's Crusade
  • Political commentators Mike Williams and Matthew Hooton
  • Baker, Alice Arndell from Martinborough with recipes from her new book Bake Me Home.
  • Media commentator Gavin Ellis

Wednesday 29 April

  • Calls for a law change to protect insurance customers who accidentally leave out information when applying for a policy.
  • Australia correspondent, Karen Middleton
  • Australian author and journalist, Ramona Koval on Her her latest book Bloodhound, Searching for my Father. Romona Koval's parents were Holocaust survivors who fled Poland and settled in Melbourne. But she had always suspected that the man who raised her was not her biological father, and set about finding the truth.
  • Book Review:  The Hiding Places by Catherine Robertson
  • Reading: Touchstones by James McNeish. Part 8, follows on from the first half of the story which aired at the end of last year.
  • Marty Duda's musical artist of the week
  • Legal commentator
  • Science commentator, Siouxsie Wiles

Thursday 30 April

  • News and current affairs
  • UK Correspondent
  • Egyptian-American journalist and commentator, Mona Eltahawy on her new book Headscarves and Hymens: Why the Middle East Needs a Sexual Revolution.
  • Book Review: Very Good Lives by J K Rowling
    Published by Little Brown
  • Reading: Touchstones by James McNeish. Part 9
  • New Technology with Erika Pearson
  • Parenting, how to keep non-sporty kids active
  • TV reviewer Regan Cunliffe of Throng

Friday 1 May

  • The man who spearheaded Sydney City Council's change to electric vehicles, Chris Binns.
  • Jamil Anderlini, Asia correspondent .
  • US Lawyer, Randol Schoenberg who successfully fought the Austrian government for the return of five Klimit paintings stolen by the Nazis, a story told in the film The Woman in Gold, starring Helen Mirren.
  • Book Review: Tilly Lloyd from Unity Books 
  • Reading: Touchstones by James McNeish. Part 10
  • New Music with Jeremy Taylor.
  • Sports with Brendan Telfer.
  • Te Radar and Pinky Agnew on the Week that Was 

The Reading 28 - 1 May

A short story, Burt Bell's Crusade, plays on Tuesday, followed by the second half of James McNeish's Touchstones, which aired at the end of last year. 

Latest book news from The Bookseller

Peter Carey
Peter Carey [pictured] and Michael Ondaatje have pulled out of a PEN gala, objecting to an award due to be given out honouring French magazine Charlie Hebdo.
Rachel Kushner, Taiye Selasi, Francine Prose and Teju Cole are also among those who are no longer planning to attend the PEN American Center Gala in New York on 5th May, where the satirical magazine is due to receive a Freedom of Expression Courage Award.
Harper Lee
Cornerstone m.d. Susan Sandon and William Heinemann publisher Jason Arthur have met with Harper Lee ahead of the publication of Go Set a Watchman in July, with Sandon saying the writer has a “sharp sense of humour and astonishing recall of poetry and literary references”.
Sandon and Arthur went to see Lee at the residential home where she lives in Monroeville, Alabama on the weekend of April 17th to 19th, along with Lee's literary agent Andrew Nurnberg.
YouTube star Zoella, real name Zoe Sugg, has revealed she is writing the sequel to her debut novel Girl Online (Penguin) without the help of an “editorial consultant”.
Girl Online was written with the assistance of Siobhan Curham, although Curham’s involvement with the book was not initially made explicit. Penguin confirmed Curham’s role after rumours began circulating on social media.
Foyles is planning a "Summer of Fun" children’s festival, featuring events with favourite characters such as Alice in Wonderland, Star Wars and Aardman’s Shaun the Sheep.
The festival will take place during 25th July-30th August at Foyles stores across London and Bristol.
Themes of art, nature, fantasy and science will run across the festival and Foyles will aim to bring books to life with immersive theatre experiences, visits from kids’ favourite characters, film screenings and workshops.
The Bookseller is conducting a survey into the book trade's opinions on the May 7th general election. Share your views with our quick, five-question survey on your voting intentions and how this year's election affects the book trade.
A third "Robert Galbraith" novel featuring detective Cormoran Strike, Career of Evil, will be published by Little, Brown this autumn, it has been confirmed. No precise publication date has yet been revealed.  
The first in the series authored by J K Rowling, The Cuckoo's Calling, was published in 2013, and follow-up The Silkworm last year. The novels have recorded volume sales of just over 560,000 in the UK through Nielsen BookScan, to a value of £4.3m.
Pharrell Williams,
Penguin Random House Children’s UK will this autumn publish Happy!, the debut children’s book from US musician Pharrell Williams, to coincide with US publication by Penguin.
Happy! is a picture book about what it means to be happy and is inspired by the words of Williams' hit song "Happy", which has sold 12 million copies worldwide.
The government of Sharjah is building a printing press it hopes will rival Chinese competitors as part of a new initiative, the Sharjah Book Authority (SBA), launched at the Sharjah Children’s Reading Festival.
“The SBA will be located five minutes from Sharjah airport and Dubai airport is 10 minutes away,” said Ahmed Alameri, the newly appointed chairman of the SBA and director of the Sharjah Book Fair. “If a UK-based company wants to print a book it will be cheaper to ship back to the UK than from China. Or we can distribute it overseas.”
Independent US publisher Soho Press is looking to build a broader UK audience this year by focusing on a handful of its flagship titles. 
Chinese-American author Yiyun Li is the first female winner of the £30,000 Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award for her story "A Sheltered Woman".
Director Richard Eyre presented Li with her winner's cheque at the Stationers’ Hall this evening (Friday 24th April).
Head of Zeus is making available digital crime list, MysteriousPress.com, in print-on-demand format through Amazon.co.uk.
Kate Mosse
Famous Agatha Christie fans – including authors Kate Mosse [pictured], Val McDermid, and Sophie Hannah, Hercule Poirot actor David Suchet and former tennis player Greg Rusedski – are supporting a campaign to find the world’s favourite Christie novel to celebrate the author’s 125th anniversary.

Adult Colouring Book Craze Doubles Print Run Of Popular Title Enchanted Forest

Book2Bookonday 27 Apr 2015

A Scottish illustrator whose colouring books for adults have been a surprise hit world wide has had 250,000 copies of her new book re-printed to meet global demand.
Publishers Laurence King Publishing said that Johanna Basford's Enchanted Forest, published last month, sold out of its first printing run of 225,980 in weeks, and has now more than doubled the number available.


Fifty Shades Of Grey Sequels Set For 2017 And 2018

Book2Book Friday 24 Apr 2015

The first film adaptation of Fifty Shades of Grey has taken £378 million at the global box office – and even managed to please some critics – so it's no surprise that Universal Pictures is banking on the next novels in EL James's trilogy to become future hits.
The studio has announced that Fifty Shades Darker, the second film in the series, will be released on February 10 2017, and Fifty Shades Freed, the final film in the trilogy, will appear on February 9 2018.


One month to go - Australia & New Zealand Festival of Literature & Arts

Australia & New Zealand Festival 2015
With just one month to go until the main Festival weekend kicks off, we take a close look at what's  in store for festival goers.
The May 28–31 events are all held at Kings College, London, and feature literature and spoken word, discussion, debate, music, writers' workshops, poetry, film, and more.

The Roundup with PW

Writers Withdraw from PEN Gala : Michael Ondaatje, Francine Prose and at least four other writers have withdrawn from next month's PEN American Center gala, citing objections to the literary and human rights organization's honoring the French satirical magazine 'Charlie Hebdo.'

Rock Stars of the Literary World: Romance writing isn’t just a billion-dollar industry. It’s also the nicest meritocracy around.

High Court Backs Hachette in U.K.: Hesperus Press was ordered to halt sales of an English translation of a Jonas Jonasson novel, and to return copies to Hachette Book Group, which owns world English rights.

The Future of Reading: Walter Mosley, bestselling author of the Easy Rawlins series, has good news for those who love to read.

New Cormoran Strike Novel this Fall: A third Robert Galbraith novel featuring detective Cormoran Strike, 'Career of Evil,' will be published by Little, Brown in the U.K. in autumn.

Portrait of a Book Conservationist

Shelf Awareness

For more than three decades in Japan, Okano Nobuo "has been repairing tattered books and reconstituting them to look brand new" using "very basic tools like a wooden press, chisel, water and glue," Colossal reported, featuring a video in which the craftsman breathes new life into an old Japanese-English dictionary by approaching it "like an art conservationist repairing a painting."

Despite his gift for book conservation, Okano said, "It's not their shape or form but what's inside them that attracts us to books." Colossal noted that for a man "who makes it his job to repair the shape and form of books it's an incredibly humbling statement and is a testament to the value we still hold in physical books."

From the archive, 27 April 1915: Editorial: A Poet’s Death

The death of Rupert Brooke leaves us with a miserable sense of waste and futility, yet it is impossible to withhold even the most precious personalities

The Soldier, by Rupert Brooke
First world war poet Rupert Brooke, who died in April 1915
First world war poet Rupert Brooke, who died in April 1915. Photograph: PA
The news that RUPERT BROOKE has died on a French hospital ship and been buried at Lemnos will bring deep regret to those who care for literature and will touch those who only knew him as a gallant young poet gone to the war. He was not a warlike poet, but one of niceties and delicate apprehensions, of moods and impressions; with sympathetic fancifulness he would penetrate to the consciousness of a fish in the cool stream. It is difficult to imagine the process of adjustment by which such a man would fit himself for the savage blatancies, the shrieks and roars of war, and hardly less difficult, perhaps, to associate him with all the straitnesses of uniform and drill. 


Poem of the Week

Aggression Diary by Annemarie Austin

The art here is in the omission, whereby the ordinary is made mysterious, its strangeness exposed, and at the heart we find an unspoken act of violence

Giovanni Battista Piranesi (Italian 1720-1778). The Man on the Rack, 1761. From Carceri d'Invenzione
Imagined prisons … Piranesi’s engraving, The Man on the Rack (detail), 1761, from Carceri d’Invenzione. Photograph: Liszt Collection/Alamy

Aggression Diary
They had become concerned about him and started
to keep an aggression diary.


PEN and Salman Rushdie’s Disappointing Response to Authors Who Refuse to Celebrate ‘Charlie Hebdo’

PEN and Salman Rushdie's Disappointing Response to Authors Who Refuse to Celebrate 'Charlie Hebdo'

By on

Six writers — Teju Cole, Rachel Kushner, Michael Ondaatje, Francine Prose, Peter Carey, and Taiye Selasi — will withdraw as literary hosts from the PEN American Center’s annual gala in response to the organization’s decision to recognize Charlie Hebdo with the James C. Goodale Freedom of Expression Courage Award. But instead of recognizing the power of their gesture, PEN has met these writers with a pose of incredulity and a statement written in the language of a GOP primary. … Read More

And at the Guardian- 
Salman Rushdie slams critics of PEN’s Charlie Hebdo tribute 

Wimpy Kid: Old School Gets 16-Country Launch In November

Publishers Lunch

The title and cover of Jeff Kinney's fall release DIARY OF A WIMPY KID: Old School was revealed at Symphony Space in New York Monday morning during a live webcast. The book goes on sale November 3 and follows Greg Heffley "as he goes on a weeklong field trip to a farm and deals with a generation gap between the kids and their chaperones."

Abrams is touting a global release strategy with this tenth title in the bestselling Wimpy Kid series. The new book will launch simultaneously in the US, UK, Canada, Germany, Australia, Turkey, Greece, Japan, Brazil, Spain, Romania, Portugal, Hungary, Sweden, Taiwan, Latvia, and Norway -- and Kinney will go on his first "world tour" to promote the new book. Abrams ceo Michael Jacobs says in the release announcement: "This unprecedented global release promises to be the biggest book and book event of the year, not just in North America but around the world."

Monday, April 27, 2015

Sport 43

Packed with new essays, poetry and fiction from leading and new New Zealand writers, Sport 43 is a superb overview of current New Zealand writing

Edited by Fergus Barrowman
with Kirsten McDougall and Ashleigh Young
and published by Fergus Barrowman

256 pages, pbk, A5, May 2015, $30

Internet orders vup.victoria.ac.nz/sport-43

Ebook available now

Jane Blaikie
Ingrid Horrocks
Kirsten McDougall
Maria McMillan
John Summers
Giovanni Tiso
Damien Wilkins

David Coventry
Melissa Day Reid
Tracey Slaughter
Anna Taylor
Ashleigh Young

Johanna Aitchison
Jane Arthur
Nick Ascroft
Morgan Bach
Sarah Jane Barnett
James Brown
Rachel Bush
Max L. Chapnick
Johanna Emeney
Rata Gordon
Bernadette Hall
Helen Heath
Anna Jackson
Erik Kennedy
Brent Kininmont
Anna Livesey
John McAuliffe
Hannah Mettner
Claire Orchard
Vincent O’Sullivan
Holly Painter

Chris Price
James Purtill
Kerrin P. Sharpe
Marty Smith
Chris Tse
Ruth Upperton
Tim Upperton
Rae Varcoe
Gem Wilder
Faith Wilson

Sugar Magnolia Wlson