Saturday, March 07, 2015

Poet Jill Bialosky On The Intimacy Of Reading Poetry

HuffPost Arts & Books


"In Jill Bialosky's poem 'The Mothers,' from her new collection, The Players, the experience of the soccer mom -- or, rather, the baseball mom -- is brought into warm, lyrical focus. The mothers of 'The Mothers' are a loving collective, cheering on their sons, doing the laundry and attending to other sundry tasks needed to keep their budding athletic dreams alive.

The Players represents an under-appreciated but particularly relatable strain of poetry: The poetry of our daily lives. In its pages, we see our own childhoods, daily domestic experiences, and familial dramas. We spoke with Bialosky about her poem, which appears below, as well as about the joys of poetry as an art form." (Read more here)

Latest from The Bookseller

Search Press and Nosy Crow were both double winners at the Independent Publishers Guild Independent Publishing Awards 2015.
Winners of the 13 categories were announced at a gala dinner hosted by author and publisher John Mitchinson at the IPG spring conference last night (5th March).
Search Press was named IPG Specialist Consumer Publisher of the Year, and also went on to win the Fox Williams Independent Publisher of the Year, and award chosen from the winners of the five publishing category winners.
Academic publishers will put bookshops out of business if they continue to target universities and students with “aggressive” direct sales marketing, the chairman of the Booksellers Association’s Academic Committee has warned. 
Kate Manning has left her role as sales and marketing manager of Hot Key Books.
Manning confirmed she had left the company to The Bookseller, but would not give any more information.  
A spokesperson for Bonnier, which owns Hot Key, would not confirm if Manning had been made redundant, but said her role was “being absorbed into the Bonnier publishing group’s sales force, which is led by Helen Bower”.
Waterstones shops should be "significantly more entrepreneurial than they are at the moment", James Daunt has said.
Speaking on a panel at the IPG spring conference about chain bookshops, alongside Blackwell's David Prescott, Daunt said that the "point at which we become more confident in retailing, bookselling, and our shops has begun" but that many people at Waterstones were still "immersed in the culture which is central direction".
"As much as we encourage it, booksellers in Waterstones are not taking risks at the moment," he added. 
Janetta Otter-Barry, publisher at Frances Lincoln (FL), is leaving the company to set up her own children’s publishing business Otter-Barry Books.
Independent publishers shouldn't underestimate the threat of "game-changer" Penguin Random House, Hardie Grant founder and chief executive Sandy Grant told the IPG spring conference in a keynote speech this morning (5th March). 

Usborne Publishing founder Peter Usborne will receive the 12th annual Lifetime Achievement Award in International Publishing at this year's London Book Fair.
After beginning his publishing career as chairman's assistant at BCP Publishing in 1968, where he ultimately rose to publishing director, he set up Usborne Publishing in 1973, and the company has now published more than 6,000 titles across six languages – English, French, Italian, Dutch, Brazilian, Portuguese and German – with a seventh imprint, Usborne Korea, launching later in 2015.
Bloomsbury will tour UK literary festivals this year with a new event based on J K Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.
For the first time, the publisher has been given permission to put together an authorless Harry Potter festival event, so it has created “Boy. Wizard. Hero. Celebrating the Harry Potter Books”, for children aged nine to 11 years old.
The European Court of Justice has ordered France and Luxembourg to restore their standard VAT rates on e-books in a ruling announced today (5th March).
The court upheld a decision previously made by European Commission, which ruled that the two countries cannot charge the same VAT rate on e-books as physical books. 
Amazon has responded to claims from the GMB union that it is failing in its legal duties when making staff redundant.
GMB had accused the internet giant of failing to follow proper procedures when making redundancies from its UK fulfilment centres, including its warehouse operations in Swansea and Milton Keynes.
However, in a statement to The Bookseller, an Amazon spokesperson said that the company is not making staff redundant, but instead has in place a system called "The Offer", which provides a cash bonus to staff members who are "ready for a new career".
Saudi Arabia is stepping up its efforts to eradicate the illegal photocopying and selling of academic titles at “copying centres” which are often found near the universities. 
Pan Macmillan has appointed Anna Bowen to the new role of communications manager at new inspirational lifestyle imprint, Bluebird.
Bowen will join the company on Monday 9th March and will report to Dusty Miller, non-fiction communications director at Pan Macmillan.

Post-Censorship, Publishing Continues to Evolve in Burma


In the second of a two part investigation, literary agent Evangelia Avloniti considers the economic reasons why so little Greek literature is translated.

At The Irwaddy, U San OO, owner of Seikku Cho Cho publishing house spoke about the development of Burmese publishing, translations and ebooks in the country.

On March 26th, Publishing Perspectives will host a half-day conference with original research from Publishing Technology on how Millennials consume content.

Our March 2015 selection of reviews from BlueInk Review, a review of self-published books, includes a memoir from Romanian tennis pro Peter Marmureanu.

The joy of shopping for books in person

Supporting Indies: 'For Our Sakes as Well as Theirs'

"It was in Oxford, Miss., that it come to me so clearly. I knew it, of course. I had known it since I was a child skirted in gingham innocence and trimmed with inexperience.... A recent sojourn to the small towns of Greenwood and Oxford, reminded me strongly and clearly of the joy of bookstores for these two places have excellent independents. In Greenwood, you'll find the amazing Turnrow and in Oxford, you can shop all day at Square Books and its two offshoots--Off Square and Square, Jr.

"When it comes to brick-and-mortar bookstores, what's gone is gone. But those that remain, need our support and patronage. For our sakes as well as theirs."

--Ronda Rich in her Forsyth County News column headlined "The joy of shopping for books in person"

Via Shelf Awareness

The Roundup with PW

Peter Usborne to Receive LBF Lifetime Achievement Award
The London Book Fair is awarding Peter Usborne, founder and managing director of Usborne Publishing, its 12th annual Lifetime Achievement Award in International Publishing. »

E-books Are Services, Not Goods, Says EU: Electronic books cannot benefit from the same reduced rate of value-added tax as paper books, the top court of the European Union ruled on Thursday.

New Rowling Novel Coming?: The Harry Potter author alluded in a tweet that she was starting her next novel in honor of World Book Day in the U.K. on Thursday.

Martin Donates First Edition 'Hobbit': George R.R. Martin has donated one of only 1,500 first editions printed of J.R.R. Tolkien's 'The Hobbit' to Texas A&M University.

Jonathan Galassi as Debut Novelist: The publisher of Farrar, Straus and Giroux talks to the 'Observer' about his first novel 'Muse,' to be released by Knopf in June.

Amazon Opens Store on Alibaba's Tmall: Amazon opened a store on Alibaba's business-to-consumer platform Tmall on Thursday in a move that analysts say will boost awareness of its brand in China.

Kazuo Ishiguro’s ‘The Buried Giant’ and the Tyranny of Genre Fiction

Is Kazuo Ishiguro’s new novel, The Buried Giant, a work of genre literature? Is Beowulf? In February, the author mortified genre fans everywhere by suggesting that the novel, which makes mention of she-dragons and ogres, is not a work of fantasy. “Will readers follow me into this?” Ishiguro wondered aloud for the New York Times. “Will they understand what I’m trying to do, or will they be prejudiced against the surface elements? Are they going to say this is fantasy?” … Read More

George RR Martin Donates Hobbit First Edition To Texas University

ook2ookFriday 06 Mar 2015

George RR Martin expressed his pleasure at a long overdue acceptance of fantasy "into the canon of world literature", as he donated a rare first edition of The Hobbit to a Texas university.
The volume, one of only 1,500 first editions printed, was purchased by the fantasy novelist for Texas A&M University. JRR Tolkien's story of Bilbo Baggins's quest is the university library's five millionth volume, and was presented to the university by Martin in an official ceremony.


Mightier than the Sword by Jeffrey Archer published around the world

Dotti Irving reports:

.....our much-loved and long-standing client, Jeffrey Archer, has launched Mightier than the Sword, the fifth in the bestselling Clifton Chronicles.
Jeffrey has had a whirlwind week. Mightier than the Sword, published around the world last week,  opened in classic Archer style, on a knife-edge, with a massive explosion on the MV Buckingham’s maiden voyage across the Atlantic.
Coverage has included The Telegraph, The Sun, Daily Express, FT and a front cover of Mail on Sunday EVENT, plus appearances on BBC Breakfast, Radio 2 Arts Show, Five Live Afternoon Edition, LBC and BBC World Service Arts Hour.

Boy Excluded From World Book Day For Fifty Shades Of Grey Costume

Book2Book Friday 06 Mar 2015

A boy from Manchester was excluded from taking part in World Book Day for dressing as the "Fifty Shades of Grey" character Christian Grey.
Liam Scholes, 11, was told by his secondary school that his outfit was "offensive" and asked him to change it.
His mother Nicola says other pupils and teachers were allowed to dress as equally offensive characters, including the serial killer Dexter from the TV series. She labelled the school's response as hypocritical:

ITV News

T.C. Boyle, LeVar Burton lead L.A. Times Book Prizes

ook2ook Thursday 05 Mar 2015

The 35th annual L.A. Times Book Prizes are announced today. There are five finalists in 10 categories, and two prize winners were revealed: The Robert Kirsch Award for Lifetime Achievement will be presented to author T.C. Boyle, and LeVar Burton will be honored with the Innovators Award for inspiring generations of readers with Reading Rainbow. The awards will be presented Saturday, April 18, in conjunction with the L.A. Times Festival of Books April 18-19.


Friday, March 06, 2015

Book about Bain killings withdrawn

By Hamish McNeilly on Fri, 6 Mar 2015 - Otago Daily Times

Michael Sharp, of Palmerston North, wrote and self-published The Bain Killings Whodunnit?, which was being sold by the University Book Shop and online.

His 200-page book was withdrawn from sale this week, after he received an email from manager Phillippa Duffy.

''Due to concerns over legal aspects of your book, I have withdrawn them from sale and am awaiting legal advice,'' she said.

Ms Duffy could not be reached for comment yesterday. 




Saudi Arabia: Imprisoned editor Raef Badawi 
may face death penalty

According to unconfirmed reports, Raif (or Raef) Badawi, who was sentenced
by a Saudi Arabian court to 10 years in prison, 1,000 lashes, a fine, a 10-year 
travel ban and 10-year media participation ban for “insulting Islam” and 
“founding a liberal website”, may now face a retrial for ‘apostasy’ which could 
result in the death penalty if he is convicted.

PEN is calling for Badawi’s current conviction to be overturned; 
for his sentence of flogging to be halted immediately, as it violates the absolute prohibition in international law against torture and other 
cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment; and for him not
to be retried for ‘apostasy’ as this would breach his right to freedom of 
belief. PEN International also reiterates its call for the release of 
Badawi’s lawyer Waleed Abu al-Khair, who is serving a 15-year 
prison sentence.

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The Children's Books Roundup with PW

City Lights Publishes First Children's Book
The San Francisco-based publishing house that poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti founded in 1955 celebrates its 60th anniversary this year, and for the first time in its history, is publishing a children's book. For more on its foray into feminist children's literature, click through. more

'Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda'
Becky Albertalli was in a holding pattern. She had left her job as a clinical psychologist after the birth of her first child, Owen. Just when it was time to think about returning to work, a family move gave her a small window of opportunity to fulfill a dream. After writing her novel, the manuscript sold in four days. For more on Albertalli's debut, which Tim Federle asserted may have been the stolen "diary of a hilariously observant teenage boy," click through. more

A Lively Book Launch for Gayle Forman and Friends
Authors Gayle Forman, Libba Bray, and E. Lockhart joined forces to launch Forman's I Was Here at Housing Works Bookstore Café in lower Manhattan in February. In the spirit of subverting gender expectations, they sported mustaches for part of the talk, and may have set a record for the number of times YA authors have dropped the f-bomb during an hour-long panel discussion. more

In Brief: February 26 

This week, a bookstore wins a visit from guest authors; insiders talk shop about children’s book adaptations; co-authors hit the road; an author's book has its theatrical debut; and an industry vet retires. more


From the N.Y. Daily News:
In a tweet about World Book Day, J.K. Rowling alluded to a new book being in the works. Click here
From School Library Journal:
Anonymous Book Reviews: There Is a Good Reason for Them, by Vicky Smith of Kirkus Reviews. Click here
From the Hollywood Reporter:
The writing duo that adapted John Green's The Fault in Our Stars will also adapt Looking for Alaska. Click here
From the Guardian:
For World Book Day, authors get grilled by their own creations. Click here
From the Guardian:
Funny and silly books win the U.K.'s Blue Peter awards. Click here
From KPCC:
Spanish-language books for kids have a new home in Los Angeles. Click here
From BookRiot:
The Best Feminist Books for Younger Readers. Click here
From BuzzFeed:
A New Twitter Account Captures the Ridiculousness of Guys from Teen Fiction. Click here
From BuzzFeed:
13 Detective Series You Obsessed Over as a Kid. Click here
From Deadline:
MGM options Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH for live-action/CGI remake. Click here
From School Library Journal:
Anonymous Book Reviews: License to Be Cruel, by author Sarah Darer Littman. Click here
From Time:
Kaui Hart Hemmings, author of The Descendants, will make her first foray into YA literature this fall. Click here
From Slate:
The Best Teen Movie Ever Made About Cyberbullying? The DUFF. Click here
From Shannon Hale’s Tumblr:
No Boys Allowed: School visits as a woman writer. Click here
From the Huffington Post:
Meet Hilary Knight, The Illustrator Who Brought Eloise to Life. Click here
From the Guardian:
Wimpy Kid and the odd charms of children's misfit lit. Click here
From the Los Angeles Times:
Kids' books get whimsical with lonely typewriters and wild inventions. Click here
From BuzzFeed:
The Hardest Divergent Quiz You'll Ever Take. Click here