Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Book Chat


WHEN?   Wednesday, 16 May 2018 at 6:30 p.m.

WHO?   Leading this book chat will be Trevor Agnew

The format of Book Chat is conversational, where those attending can bring a selection from their personal favourites on the topic, to share with others.      

WHAT?   The topic is “Celebrations”. However, after some discussion this was widened to include “Memorials and Special Events”.

AUDIENCE?   Teachers, Librarians, Parents, Booksellers, Publishers . . . in fact anyone who is interested in Children's Literature.                          

WHERE?    St Andrews Prep School Library.

Directions: Park on Normans Road. Walk up the path to the Prep-School Entrance. The library is immediately to the right once you enter the building.


Mary Sangster
Painted Stories

The Roundup with PW

Amazon’s Critics Get New Life: President Trump’s attacks on the e-tailer and its chief executive, Jeff Bezos, have opened the door for the company’s critics.

Japan's Biggest Export? Its Culture: Anime, manga, and Haruki Murakami may form an unlikely trinity, but outside of Japan, they're the country's reputation makers.

Who Bought Sylvia Plath’s Stuff?: A tartan kilt, fishing rod, and dragon pendant were among items auctioned recently by the poet’s daughter, Frieda Hughes.

Lay Off the L.A. Readers: There's a stereotype out there that Angelenos are loath to crack open a book. If that's true, how do you explain the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books?

The Marvelous Rise of Stan Lee: How a man who was once "finished with comics" became synonymous with Marvel's powerhouse global brand.

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Publishers Lunch

Today's Meal

At Sourcebooks, Deve McLemore has joined as purchasing manager and Leyla Parada has joined as contracts attorney. Laura Costello has been promoted to assistant editor for Sourcebooks Casablanca.

Elizabeth Stranahan has been promoted to assistant editor at Crown Children's.

Mike Nardullo joins Foundry Literary + Media today as foreign rights director today. He was at Maria Campbell Associates.

Kate Zwaard has been
promoted to new position of director of digital strategy at the Library of Congress, to "elevate the institution's digital planning and drive envisioning and collaboration around digital initiatives." She was chief of the National Digital Initiatives division, and will continue to oversee the Library Labs and innovator-in-residence programs she created there.

Book Expo invites you to "learn how to capitalize on this [political books] buzz and drive new sales" with the help of expert author Sean Spicer (speaking on Friday morning).


IPG announced 10 new distribution clients. IPG will distribute Shinola journals starting May 1. Trafalgar Square will distribute in the US and Canada for Saltway Global publisher clients Baker Street Press, Debrett's, Hawthorn Press, and Perronet Press, beginning July 1. TSP also distributes St James's House starting July 1, and has begun distributing Gilgamesh Publishing in the US and Canada and Lost the Plot. IPG's Academic and Professional program will begin distributing books for Massey University Press on July 1 and J. Ross Publishing on May 1.

Off the Shelf


7 Fictional Shakespeare Retellings to Honor the Bard's Birthday
I love William Shakespeare. As a certified literature nerd, I’ve got my personal favorite Shakespeare quotes and sonnets, and I even nurse a crush on a couple of his characters (Horatio from Hamlet and the Fool from King Lear, if you’re curious). Naturally, I want to celebrate the Bard’s birthday. If his actual plays are a bit too dense for you, check out these seven novels inspired either by some of his greatest works or by the man himself.

Latest from The Bookseller

Women's Prize for Fiction
Debuts by Imogen Hermes Gowar, Jessie Greengrass and Elif Batuman have been shortlisted for 2018’s Women’s Prize for Fiction.
Quick Reads
The book trade has reacted with shock and dismay to the “tragedy” that Quick Reads has been scrapped for next year after organisers struggled to find sponsorship.
Less by Andrew Sean Greer
Little, Brown has pre-empted Andrew Sean Greer's 2018 Pulitzer Prize-winning novel Less within 24 hours.
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine
Gail Honeyman’s début continues to remain completely fine at the top of the Weekly E-Ranking.
Carlton Books
Dean Chance has been promoted to managing director of the Carlton Publishing Group.
World Book Night
New research by the Reading Agency suggests the UK is a nation afflicted with "book-block", with many readers deciding to give up on books after struggling through a difficult title.

Poppy Stimpson
Members of the book trade braved the hottest London Marathon in history yesterday in the name of charity.
Sarah Odedina
Publisher Sarah Odedina is launching a new workshop for aspiring children’s authors and will give away 10% of the tickets to black, Asian and minority ethnic writers.
sarah Macmillan
Simon & Schuster UK has hired Sarah Macmillan as its new children’s marketing and publicity director.
Rosie Price
Harvill Secker has won debut novelist Rosie Price’s literary novel, What Red Was, in an "intense" five-way auction.
Lagom is publishing The Good Girl’s Guide To Being A Dick, the first English translation of Alexandra Reinwarth's book which has sold half a million copies worldwide.
Penny Junor
Royal biographer Penny Junor is publishing a book about all the dogs the Queen has owned in her lifetime, called All the Queen's Corgis.

Sunday, April 22, 2018

Standing Room Only

This week's stories

Learning lessons through comedy

Dancer and Choreographer Jandel J a.k.a. Justin Haiu is bringing The Perfect Gift to the New Zealand Comedy Festival - a rare example of a show aimed at children in the festival programme.
Apr 22, 2018 02:50 pm

Stories from another angle

Today we're looking at stories from another angle - talking to Grammy nominated storyteller American Diane Ferlatte who doesn't commit her stories to the page - it's all in the performance and from then on in people's memories.
Apr 22, 2018 02:40 pm

Leading new gallery opens in Wellington

It's not often in New Zealand an art dealer opens a second gallery space - and there have been a fair few failures in the past, but one of our leading contemporary gallerists Hopkinson Mossman wants to change all that.
Apr 22, 2018 02:25 pm

Discussion on the role of provincial art galleries

Privately run art galleries outside the main centres have an important role to play - for the artists who show there, for the people who love art, and for their communities.
Apr 22, 2018 01:40 pm

Pet Portraits

Dunedin photographer and Caselberg Trust artist in residence Justin Spiers, has been snapping pets and their owners. As this goes to air, In the Broad Bay community Hall on the Otago Peninsula, Dunedin animal lovers and their pets are posing for photographs in a specially designed pet photo booth.
Apr 22, 2018 01:30 pm

Photographing climate change

Documenting the reality and impact of climate change around the globe in his bleakly beautiful images, is the all consuming project of expat photographer Michael Hall.
Apr 22, 2018 12:45 pm

Walking into New Zealand's past

The latest technology meets some of Christchurch's earliest buildings with the release of a new app in time for upcoming New Zealand Archaeology Week. Heritage New Zealand has been working with the Christchurch Archaeology Project and University of Otago on a GIS walking app so people can find out more about the city's characterful early pubs.
Apr 22, 2018 12:30 pm

From Nashville to New Zealand

Veteran Nashville based songwriter Marc Beeson has penned well over a hundred songs from almost 30 years in the business.
Apr 22, 2018 12:14 pm

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