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.
Thursday, October 18, 2012
A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness and Jim Kay has won the German Children's Literature Award
Walker Books is proud to announce
Calls by Patrick Ness and Jim
Kay has won the German Children's Literature Award (Jugendjury
Ness & Jim Kay (illus)
· Arrp $16.95/NZrrp
Children's Literature Award
The German Children's Literature Award
(Deutscher Jugendliteraturpreis) is Germany's only state-sponsored
prize for works of fiction. It has been awarded annually since 1956 by a jury
of literature specialists and critics in four categories: picture book,
children's book, young adult book and non-fiction. In addition, since 2003 an
independent young adult jury gives its own award. Each category carries a value
of 8,000 Euro.
This year's Frankfurt Book Fair was all
about Kiwis, asNew Zealand was the country of honour. A guest of honour at this giant
literary event was Walker Books author Brian Falkner. Brian, impressed with the
size and scope of the fair, commented, "It's about the same size as a small New Zealand
town. Possibly bigger".
The author of, among others,
The Tomorrow Code, Northwood, Recon Team Angel and new
book Maddy West and the Tongue Taker, said: "Yesterday I
was told that two of my books are going to be published in German and at least
two more are being considered by German, French and Turkish publishers. It's
been a fantastic opportunity to see what goes on behind the scenes in
publishing and NZ's presence is quite amazing. NZ
is everywhere you turn and then you're standing in a queue and you hear people
talking about 'Neuseeland'. I do think that if we hadn't been guest of honour
we would have been submerged here."