Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Provocative and legendary tennis star and expert commentator/analyst John McEnroe's long-awaited follow-up to his last bestseller

But Seriously
John McEnroe
Published by Hachette New Zealand, 27 June 2017 TPBK $37.99 RRP/ EBK $19.99 RRP

Over a decade after number one bestselling book Serious, John McEnroe is finally back and ready to talk once again.
Since his hit book, he's maintained a huge presence announcing at tennis's majors, has guest starred in TV shows like 30 Rock and Curb Your Enthusiasm, and has been competing on the court, winning ATP Tour of Champions and playing in special events, exhibitions and charity events around the globe.
The beloved, controversial and respected tennis legend reveals even more from his life and career with the signature style that has made him the enduring cultural figure and icon he is.
About The Author:    John McEnroe is a former World No.1 professional tennis player. He won seven Grand Slam singles titles, nine Grand Slam men's doubles titles, and one Grand Slam mixed doubles title. He is the author of the bestselling memoir Serious. John is a father of six, an art collector, musician, business man and continues to be a senior tennis player and one of the BBC's Wimbledon commentators.

Proverse Prizes - entries closing 30 June

Late entries for the Proverse Prize (book-length work) will be accepted up to 30 June.

The closing date for the The Proverse Poetry Prize (single poems) is also 30 June 2017.

Entries for each prize may be made through: https://proversehongkong.submittable.com/submit
You may also enter via www.proversepublishing.com

An excellent video of our recent launch and awards event is available at: https://youtu.be/mrtSF0iel_c

 The inaugural (2016) Proverse Poetry Prize (single poems) anthology  may be purchased online from: https://www.createspace.com/6632680.

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The Haunting , a timeless classic repackaged for a new generation of readers.

The Haunting
Margaret Mahy

Published by Hachette New Zealand, 27 June 2017 PBK $19.99 RRP/ EBK $9.99 RRP

Winner of the 1982 Carnegie Medal, The Haunting is a timeless classic repackaged for a new generation of readers.

"You're really starting to look haunted, you know . . . sort of yellowish and transparent like cooking oil, and your eyes are funny."

Eight-year-old Barney has been haunted before. He thought it was something he'd just grow out of, like the imaginary friends his step-mother believes he has. But this time it's different. Footsteps follow him, there's a demanding voice barking orders, and Barney begins to feel that sometimes his body is not his own at all . . .

With the help of his sisters, Tabitha and Troy, Barney sets out to uncover the truth about their family secrets and to find out once and for all who is haunting him.

The Haunting is a thrilling ghost story about a 'mostly ordinary' family and a secret legacy.

About The Author:
Margaret Mahy (1936-2012) is one of New Zealand's most celebrated children's writers. She is the author of more than 120 titles, which have been translated into 15 different languages. Awarded the Order of New Zealand in 1993, Mahy also won many global prizes for children's writers, including the Carnegie Medal and the prestigious Hans Christian Andersen Award.

Latest News from The Bookseller

The children’s book market is continuing to outperform other sectors, with sales of children’s titles up 4.3% so far this year, against the wider print market that is slowing down.
Harry Potter celebrations
Bookshops around the country are unveiling a host of magical events — including Quidditch Pong, Harry Potter Bingo and Horcrux hunts—to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the publication of J K Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (Bloomsbury).
Tom Kremer
Tom Kremer, founder of Notting Hill Editions and the Essay Prize, has died aged 87. 
CILIP has announced that Margaret Casely-Hayford, the chair of charity ActionAid UK, is to lead a review into the diversity of its Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Medals prompted after a backlash over the 2017 Carnegie Medal longlist.
A Twitter storm erupted last week over the lack of people of colour speaking at the Chalke Valley History Festival, with historian Rebecca Rideal pulling out just four days before it is due to begin today (26th June), in protest over the issue.
However, the festival director, historian James Holland, has defended the line up, telling The Bookseller he will not be “bullied” into changing the editorial content of the event over a “storm in a teacup”.
Harvill Secker
Harvill Secker has pre-empted Star of the North by D B John, an international thriller moving between the US and North Korea.

Piers Morgan
Big Green Bookshop co-owner Simon Key came face to face with presenter Piers Morgan on ITV this morning (26th June) - months after the pair had a heated Twitter feud over the merits of J K Rowling’s Harry Potter series.
Gina Luck
Gina Luck is joining Bonnier Zaffre in the newly-appointed role of brand director, working with authors Lynda La Plante and Wilbur Smith.
Hannah Jewell
Hodder & Stoughton has commissioned BuzzFeed writer Hannah Jewell to author 100 Nasty Women of History, a book profiling women united by the fact they were all "too scandalous, too difficult, and too unladylike for their time".
Sam West
Actor Samuel West is reading the entirety of late Colin Dexter’s Inspector Morse series, as well as the short story collection Morse's Greatest Mystery and Other Stories, for a new audio series from Pan Macmillan. 
Ben Myers
Independent non-fiction publisher Elliott & Thompson has signed Under the Rock, a "bold and original" exploration of landscape, nature and literature by Benjamin Myers.
The Borough Press
The Borough Press has acquired two novels with an "international focus": The Nine-Chambered Heart by Indian author Janice Pariat and Stephen Florida by Publishers Weekly fiction reviews editor Gabe Habash.

A Bookshop Is a Radiant Chapel'

Shelf Awareness

"If books constitute a magical religion that doesn't persecute anyone, then obviously a bookshop is a radiant chapel of that religion. In this strange new world the importance of books and bookshops has taken a quantum leap. I am thrilled, strengthened and frankly improved by receiving this award from this Atlas-like sector of society--may independent bookshops thrive, and indeed be nurtured, till the end of time."

--Author Sebastian Barry, in his remarks after winning this year's U.K. Independent Bookshop Week award in the adult category for Days Without

The Roundup with PW

ALA 2017: Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel Urges Librarians to 'Stay Strong'
In a short address, Emanuel welcomed librarians to his city, offering words of support amid the steep political challenges facing the profession.
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20 Years of Harry Potter: Retail wars, legal battles, vibrating broomsticks, and 20 things we've learned from two decades of J.K. Rowling’s boy wizard.

...and 20 Years of L.G.B.T.Q. Lit: Picking 25 recent works that have shaped the L.G.B.T.Q. literary genre over the last two decades.

One Direction Fanfic Hits Publishing: A convergence between publishing trends and One Direction fandom has brought boy band fanfiction into the mainstream.

David Bowie's Aborted '1984' Film: Bowie wanted a televised musical adaptation of the novel—or so he told William S. Burroughs in a 1974 'Rolling Stone' interview.

Literature’s Great Alternative Families: An author looks at the deep bonds that hold together literature’s most memorable families of choice.

Off the Shelf


Best Beach Reads: 11 Perfect Nonfiction Books That Read Like Fiction

Who says beach reads can’t be based in reality? Each of these 11 true stories is so utterly compelling that it reads like fiction. Whether your favorite genre is political thrillers or mysteries, tales of friendship or dystopia, historical fiction or science fiction, horror or adventure, any of these compelling nonfiction titles in your beach bag will happily take you away to a truth that is stranger than fiction.

Arts Journal - Words

Audiobooks: They’re Just As Good As ‘Real’ Books

Seriously though, think of The Iliad. “Our cultural anxiety about audiobooks may have deeper roots in media and educational history, dating as far back as the beginning of the Enlightenment period, when the West made a general shift towards the privileging of sight over the other senses. After all, oral storytelling predates print and writing by thousands of years.”

Publishers Lunch

Today's Meal

As suggested here earlier in the month by booksellers, a just-published paperback edition of Imbolo Mbue's debut novel Behold the Dreamers is the latest "summer" pick for Oprah's Book Club. Winfrey declares -- in another videotaped announcement first posted at Amazon, which continues its undeclared/undefined but clearly official and close relationship with Winfrey -- "It's about race and class, the economy, culture, immigration and the danger of the us versus them mentality. And underneath it all pumps the heart and soul of family love, the pursuit of happiness and what home really means." The official press release touts Amazon alone as well; at some point booksellers will get more pointed in their questions about supporting Oprah picks: "Oprah.com and Amazon.com will feature video clips from Oprah’s interview with Imbolo Mbue as well as a reading guide. To start reading a free sample of the Kindle book, customers can visit: Amazon.com/kindle-beholdthedreamers. Behold the Dreamers is available for purchase on Amazon.com/oprahsbookclub, on Audible and wherever books are sold nationwide."

The book won the PEN/Faulkner award earlier this year and was
well reviewed, but did not fulfill expectations in its initial hardcover life. Acquired in a pre-empt for seven figures, it sold just over 15,000 copies in hardcover in outlets monitored by Bookscan.

People, Etc.

Germany's S. Fischer has hired Siv Bublitz as publishing director, effective September 18, taking over from Peter Sillem, who is leaving S. Fischer on June 30. Bublitz was previously chief executive at Ullstein. Reporting to S. Fischer president and publisher Jörg Bong, she will join the board of Holtzbrinck Publishers Germany. As managing director for program and strategy, Bublitz will be responsible for publishing divisions S. Fischer, Fischer Scherz, Fischer Krüger, Fischer FJB, Fischer Tor and Fischer Taschenbuch. Dr. Bong says in the announcement, "Siv Bublitz has the highest reputation on the international book market as well as many years of management experience. Her tremendous expertise, ranging from high literature to entertainment, will greatly benefit the extensive Fischer program."

Nicole Fischer has been promoted to editor for Morrow/Avon.

The American Library Association launched their
Book Club Central initiative (though the website is running a little late), and announced the first selection of honorary chair Sarah Jessica Parker, No One Is Coming to Save Us, by Stephanie Powell Watts. The next pick will be named in the fall. The site is meant to be "a one-stop shop for engaging content and helpful information for book clubs and readers of all types, including author interviews, book recommendations and reviews, as well as discussion questions and information on how to start and moderate a book club."

Monday, June 26, 2017

Launch Invitation - Tuai: A Traveller in Two Worlds

Please join us to celebrate:

Tuai: A Traveller in Two Worlds

By Alison Jones and Kuni Kaa Jenkins

Tuai will be launched at Kororeka Marae in the Bay of Islands, then celebrated at the Kohia Centre in Auckland.

Kororeka, Bay of Islands

When: Saturday 8 July 2017, 1.00–3.00pm
Where: Kororeka Marae, Te Whare Haratu, Kororareka, Bay of Islands
RSVP for afternoon tea to Deb at rewiri.boyce@xtra.co.nz or phone 027 289 4044
Read more:
Website, Facebook, download an invitation


When: Thursday 13 July 2017, 5.30–7.30pm
Where: Kohia Centre, 78 Epsom Ave, Auckland
RSVP: For light catering purposes please RSVP to Alison at 
a.jones@auckland.ac.nz, Kuni at Kuni.Jenkins@wananga.ac.nz or text 021 13 909 57.
Directions: Parking is in Gate 1 and 2 of the Faculty of Education and Social Work on Epsom Ave. The Kohia Centre is just inside Gate 1 on the left.
Read more:
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All welcome.

Alison Jones, Kuni Kaa Jenkins, and the BWB Team

About the Book

In early 1817 Tuai, a young Ngare Raumati chief from the Bay of Islands, set off for England. He was one of a number of Maori who, after encountering European explorers, traders and missionaries in New Zealand, seized opportunities to travel beyond their familiar shores to Australia, England and Europe in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries.

On his epic journey Tuai would visit exotic foreign ports, mix with teeming crowds in the huge metropolis of London, and witness the marvels of industrialisation at the Ironbridge Gorge in Shropshire. With his lively travelling companion Titere, he would attend fashionable gatherings and sit for his portrait. He shared his deep understanding of Maori language and culture. And his missionary friends did their best to convert him to Christianity.

But on returning to his Maori world in 1819, Tuai found there were difficult choices to be made. His plan to integrate new European knowledge and relationships into his Ngare Raumati community was to be challenged by the rapidly shifting politics of the Bay of Islands.

Alison Jones and Kuni Kaa Jenkins uncover the remarkable story of one of the first Maori travellers to Europe.

For more information, contact julia.wells@bwb.co.nz or go to the BWB website.

The Nam Legacy

The Nam LegacyThe Nam Legacy

Carole Brungar
ISBN - 978 0 473 39520 9

The Nam Legacy is an epic love story set during the 60's and 70's. When the Rolling Stones and Jefferson Airplane drove parents crazy, teenagers found sexual freedom and peace slogans covered placards. When the Vietnam War abducted the nation's young men and sent them to fight in New Zealand's most controversial campaign.

After eighteen months in Vietnam, New Zealand soldier Jack Coles thought killing others to stay alive would be the hardest thing he would ever have to live with. He was wrong.
Although the nightmare of what he saw and did haunt him constantly, what tortures him the most is what he has left behind.
'Not everyone who lost his life in Vietnam died there, not everyone who came home from Vietnam ever left there.'


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