Saturday, January 13, 2018


01 Jan - 30 Dec 2017
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  • LS Travel Retail
  • Paper Plus Group
  • The Warehouse
  • Fishpond (Added Q3 2017)
  • Kmart (Added Q3 2017)
  • The Book Depository (Added Q3 2017)
  • David Jones
  • The Nile
  • A weighted sample of independent general bookstores
  • Specialist bookstores
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Same But Different Book Festival

The Same Same but Different writers festival offers something for everyone when it returns for the third time on 9-10 February 2018 at AUT’s central city campus.

The festival celebrates Aotearoa New Zealand’s LGBTQI+ writing talent as part of Auckland Pride 2018.

The two-day February programme highlights the breadth of LGBTQI+ writing talent including New Zealand’s brightest young talent such as Cole Meyers and Courtney Sina Meredith to 88- year old theatre writer Renée. This year’s international guest is Australian trans man Quinn Eades, an acclaimed academic, author and poet.

The festival opens on Friday evening, 9 February with the gala session ‘Great Moments’. The line-up of festival founder Peter Wells, Hera Lindsay Bird, Marilyn Waring, Chris Tse, Anton Blank and Mani Bruce Mitchell will pitch their lively, controversial and intense stories of great moments.

Sessions on Saturday 10 February range from Pasifika writers, theatre writers (including Snapchat-dude Tom Sainsbury and Madeline Sami), an intersex documentary discussion to an academic panel themed ‘queering the academy’.


In the closing gala on Saturday evening, ‘It Gets Better’ with Jo Drayton, Courtney Sina Meredith, Cole Meyers, Sam Orchard and Gina Cole, will tell stories of the winding roads we walk to be ourselves.

The festival also includes two free events, the ‘Poetry Speakeasy’ at Ley’s Institute Library Ponsonby on Wednesday 7 February, and a ‘Queer Zine Workshop’ at the Auckland Central Library on Friday 9 February.

he festival is open to everyone. Programmes are available at The Women’s Bookshop, Unity Books and some Auckland libraries. Tickets for individual sessions or a full festival pass are available now at

 For more information and full session details visit the Facebook page:

Junot Díaz: 'Indie Booksellers Kept Their Faith in Me'

Shelf Awareness

"Sadly, I grew up in something of a bookstore desert. When you grow up poor and marginalized spatially, that is often the case. There weren't bookstores of any kind anywhere near our neighborhood. I had to ride a bus over an hour to reach a Waldenbooks (back when there were Waldenbooks). It wasn't until I was older and had a car that things changed. I found the Montclair Book Center, among other places, a bookstore I still visit regularly.

"But to speak strictly as a writer, I wouldn't be where I am if not for independent bookstores. My first book, Drown, stayed alive, and in turn kept my career alive, because independent booksellers continued to put the book in people's hands long after everyone else had forgotten it. For 11 years, I had no other book and yet indie booksellers kept their faith in me. To them, I owe very much. I'll definitely be in a lot of indie bookstores on this tour, as many as will have me."

--Junot Díaz, who will be a keynote speaker at the American Booksellers Association's 2018 Winter Institute in Memphis, in a q&a with Bookselling This Week

Off the Shelf

January 12, 2018
Julianna Haubner



Proving to us that we can indeed have nice things in 2018, Barack Obama recently released his list of favorite books (and songs) of the past year. A semi-annual tradition from his time in office (and here at Off the Shelf), the bestselling author and former leader of the free world created the collection to “reflect on the works that resonated with me and lift up authors and artists from around the world.” This year’s picks range from transportive historical tales and contemporary fiction to big biographies and blistering social commentary—so get reading!


January 11, 2018
Off the Shelf Staff

A Peak Behind Allison's Shelf

We’re taking you behind the scenes to meet the members of our incredible team, one-on-one. First up is Allison Tyler! A founding member, Allison is instrumental in the day-to-day operations at Off the Shelf. She believes a good book and a cup of tea help cure what ails you. In addition to writing some of our favorite lists and reviews, Allison is also the voice of our Twitter account. But after four wonderful years together, Allison is setting off on a new adventure, swapping books for birds.

The Roundup with PW

Local Gov'ts Mum On Amazon Bids: Many state and local governments will not disclose financial incentives they've offered the e-tailer to move to their region.

U.S. Printers Up in Arms: Newspaper and book printers that rely on imported Canadian uncoated groundwood are furious at an impending tariff.

Patty Hearst Slams Upcoming Adaptations: The heiress condemns unauthorized biographer Jeffrey Toobin, CNN, and others for two new page-to-screen projects.

How the Astro Poets Lit Up the Internet: Alex Dimitrov and Dorothea Lasky, whose Twitter feed of astrological musings launched in 2016, have become a sensation.

Colleges Jump On 'Hillbilly Elegy': Why is J.D. Vance's memoir popping up on so many college syllabi?

The Media Men List Creator: The maker of a Google spreadsheet called "Shitty Media Men," which named alleged sexual abusers in publishing and media, has come forward.

Amazon Is Thriving Thanks to Taxpayers: The tech giant has received more than $1 billion in tax breaks. The government is also funding food stamps for many of its workers.

Black, Bookish, and Beautiful: Meet Jack Jones Literary Arts, the all-African-American, all-female publishing team ensuring that authors of color get their time in the spotlight.

Women Writing About the Wild: A primer on 25 essential women nature writers to start reading, who you've probably been overlooking for too long.

Why Is the 'Fire and Fury' Cover Bad?: An artist offers a solution to Michael Wolff's explosive book’s "egregious" graphic design.

Publishers Lunch

Today's Meal

At Folio Literary management, both Emily van Beek and Steve Troha have been made partners, joining Claudia Cross, Scott Hoffman and Jeff Kleinman.

At Workman,
Traci Todd will join as director of children's publishing, and Sara Corbett will become the new art director of children's publishing, both starting January 29. Todd was most recently editorial director of Appleseed and Abrams' children's licensed publishing. Corbett was most recently associate art director for Penguin Workshop. They take over following the great and terrible departure of Daniel Nayeri, Nathalie Le Du, and Colleen AF Venable in October to start a new imprint at Macmillan Children's.

At Sourcebooks, Valerie Pierce has been promoted to senior marketing manager.

Hachette UK head of digital George Walkley was promoted to the new, broader role of digital and development director, reporting to deputy ceo Richard Kitson. He will "oversee digital supply chain, drive digital initiatives on behalf of the group and provide support, infrastructure, advice and expertise to allow publishers to publish digital content effectively."

The Milo Chronicles
A modest update, that's about the little details rather than big case developments. The court has
published a transcript from a December conference among attorneys for Milo Yiannopoulos and Simon & Schuster, and Judge Barry Ostrager.

In one point, Judge Ostrager resists the plaintiff's effort for extensive discovery across the personal cellphones of 20 or more Simon & Schuster employees unless they pay for it. S&S has a "bring your own device environment" rather than issuing company phones, which means they do not control or have access to work-related texts and other communications on those devices. (Just as people learned from the Apple case to not email anything you wouldn't want to see exposed in court documents, the same is true now for text messages.)

The more minor detail, in which the judge also limits the plaintiff's ability to demand wide discovery of communications among a broad set of senior CBS executives, is Yiannopoulos's contention that "CBS people at the highest level of CBS were involved and consulted and participated in the termination of my client's publishing contract." (That includes ceo Leslie Moonves, and svp of communications Gil Schwartz. The publisher's attorney says, "The decision to terminate this contract was made by the chief executive of Simon & Schuster. Understandably, this was a huge thing at the time and she was reporting up to others and there were communications with CBS as you would in any corporation where you have a duty to report up. All those communications, whether to or from, have been produced

People, Etc.

Jason Rekulak has resigned as publisher of Quirk Books after 18 years with the company, effective immediately, to pursue his writing career and other creative projects. There will be a transition period through March, and the company "will explore a new relationship with Rekulak" thereafter. Quirk president Brett Cohen will take on the role and responsibilities of publisher as well, and the company will search for an editorial director. Owner and ceo of the parent company David Borgenicht notes, "with 17 years at Quirk Books, Brett is a seasoned publishing professional who has a deep understanding of our business as well as of our publishing and entertainment vision."

In other personnel news,
Sarah Stein has been promoted to senior editor at Penguin Books.

At Vintage/Anchor, Angie Venezia has been promoted to assistant director of publicity. In addition, Jessica Deitcher and Laura Chamberlain both move up to marketing manager.

Jake Eldred has been promoted to managing editor, Knopf Children's. Taking over his former position of associate managing editor for The Princeton Review imprint is Amanda Yee. She was an assistant managing editor at NYU Press.

At Tor/Forge/Tor Teen/Starscape, Theresa DeLucci has been promoted to associate director of marketing and Alexis Saarela has been promoted to associate director of publicity.

Brianna Yamashita, currently executive publicity & marketing director for TarcherPerigee will join Houghton Mifflin as marketing director, lifestyle & culinary, later this month.

Claribel Vasquez has been promoted to assistant manager of production for Random House Children's.

In Canada, Kelvin Kong left The Rights Factory, where he was an agent and rights manager, to launch
K2 Literary.

In author news, Hillbilly Elegy author JD Vance
told CNN (for which he is a contributor) that he is seriously considering challenging Sherrod Brown for his Senate seat in Ohio in the 2018 election. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is said to have spoken with Vance about the possibility recently.


Quarto will consolidate their adult UK imprints Aurum Press, Frances Lincoln, and Quintessence into a single imprint, White Lion Publishing. All books will begin publishing under the White Lion brand starting September 2018. The line will be led by group publisher Richard Green. Andrew Dunn, the publisher of Frances Lincoln, "has decided to use this opportunity to seek a new challenge and will leave Quarto."

Green said, "Since the summer, we have been conducting a full review of our UK-based trade imprints in the context of a challenging market. We're inspired by the bold move of launching a new, single imprint which will feed on our 40 years' experience while breaking down silos and embracing new ways of communicating with our target readers. White Lion Publishing will be a revolution in how we conceive, commission, make, market and sell books at Quarto."

The School of Life Press, based on writer and philosopher Alain de Botton's organization The School of Life, launches in February. Consortium will distribute the line in the US and Canada. The books will collect know-how of The School of Life in a series of practical titles.

Kristin Hannah's novel The Great Alone is the top pick for February's Library Reads List. The rest of the list comprises:

An American Marriage, by Tayari Jones
The French Girl, by Lexie Elliott
Force of Nature, by Jane Harper
Surprise Me, by Sophie Kinsella
Tarnished City, by Vic James
As Bright As Heaven, by Susan Meissner
How to Stop Time, by Matt Haig
Summer Hours at the Robbers Library, by Sue Halpern
Educated, by Tara Westover

Latest from The Bookseller

Indie bookshops are kicking off 2018 with confidence after the majority reported sales rises over the Christmas period, but some have urged publishers to take more risks and work harder to build authors into brands this year.
Haslemere Display
Fire and Fury fever has gripped retailers across the UK as thousands of copies of Michael Wolff's controversial exposé of president Donald Trump finally hit shop floors yesterday.
Paul Currie
Foyles’ sales were marginally up in value terms in December, despite the mini-chain being hit by a drop in footfall, which it said was a result of adverse weather and roadworks outside its flagship branch on Charing Cross Road in London.
Michael Morpurgo
Michael Morpurgo has penned a new novel, Flamingo Boy (HarperCollins Children's Books), inspired by his autistic grandson.
George Walkley
George Walkley, formerly Hachette UK’s head of digital, has been appointed digital and development director.
EL James’ Darker has once again roped in the Weekly E-Book Ranking number one, with the title spending a fifth consecutive week at the peak.

Linda Grant
Orange Prize-winner Linda Grant has been shortlisted for the £4,000 Jewish Quarterly Wingate Literary Prize for her book The Dark Circle (Virago).
Elly Griffiths
Quercus is publishing crime writer Elly Griffiths’ first standalone title, The Stranger Diaries, in November 2018.
Jenny Savill
Jenny Savill has been appointed to Andrew Nurnberg Associates' board of directors. 
Mary's Monster
Wren & Rock, an imprint of Hachette Children’s Group, is marking next month’s 200th anniversary of Frankenstein with a book about Mary Shelley.
Gui Minhai
London-based Iranian e-publisher Azadeh​ Parsapour and missing Hong Kong bookseller Gui Minhai have been shortlisted for the 2018 Prix Voltaire, which rewards "exemplary courage in upholding the freedom to publish and in enabling others to exercise their right to freedom of expression".
Emily Burns
Bonnier Zaffre's head of PR, Emily Burns, is leaving the company on 9th February 2018 to open her own PR and communications agency, BrandHive.