Saturday, July 22, 2017

Latest News from The Bookseller

Lee Child
In keeping with the pattern of recent years, the Big Four’s share of the overall market has contracted, with many feeling the absence of a breakout bestseller.
Margaret Hodge
Labour MP Margaret Hodge has said that there is no better time to push for business rate reform than the present, because the government has been weakened in parliament by the general election.
Little, Brown Book Group has made a series of promotions within its editorial department. 
Chris Brookmyre and Lee Child
Chris Brookmyre has scooped the Theakston Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Award for his novel Black Widow (Little, Brown).
The Handmaid's Tale
The Handmaid’s Tale has racked up a fifth week in the Weekly E-Book Ranking number one spot, matching the run of Jojo Moyes’ Me Before You last summer.
Diana & Dodi
Biteback Publishing has signed a title claiming to tell the "true story" of Princess Diana's fatal crash in 1997.

Denise Mina
Denise Mina’s The Long Drop has made the fiction-heavy Gordon Burn Prize shortlist this year, along with two debuts.
Trapeze has acquired a high-concept thriller, The Tattoo Thief by Alison Belsham, who won a pitching event at the Bloody Scotland festival.
Jack Ramm has made the move from agent to publisher after being hired as commissioning editor for Penguin Random House imprint Viking.
Jim Kay’s illustrated edition of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone will be available digitally through Amazon Kindle for the first time this September.
New research from Arts Council England has explored the “important contribution” public libraries make to the well-being of older people.
Sarah Larter
Illustrated reference publisher DK has promoted Sarah Larter from publisher to children’s publishing director.

The Roundup with PW

Brad Thor Reveals His World: The bestselling thriller novelist discussed his insatiable fans and a knack for controversy.

Iranian Illustrator Denied a Visa: Acclaimed children’s book illustrator Ehsan Abdollahi is unable to attend a U.K. book festival without a visa denied over "ridiculous reasons."

What Would Sendak Say?: Maurice Sendak's longtime collaborator said the famed author would be "delighted" about the posthumous publication of 'Presto And Zesto In Limbo Land.'

Banned Books Fade from Hong Kong: Publishers at the annual Hong Kong book fair were displaying fewer controversial books, according to a report.

Five Things to Never Use as Bookmarks: A used bookstore buyer reveals the top worst items to use as reading placeholders, including money.



Off the Shelf


Papa, Paris, and Pilar: 16 Books to Help You Celebrate Heming-day the Heming-way
Though he’s known best for his love of writing, wives, and world traveling—and yes, fine, the booze—Ernest Hemingway was so much more: a failed KGB spy, a self-proclaimed “liberator” of the Paris Ritz after the Nazi occupation, a stubborn author (he once responded to an editorial note from F. Scott Fitzgerald with three words: “Kiss my ass”), a plane crash survivor (it’s true—–the whole world thought he was dead!), and a brilliant, troubled man whose demons drove and eventually destroyed him. As Off the Shelf’s resident Lost-Generation specialist, it’s my duty to celebrate this, Papa’s 118th birthday (which I affectionately call “Heming-day”—trademark!) with a list of essential reading for any fan of this American icon.

Publishers Lunch

Today's Meal

Library of America president Cheryl Hurley will retire at the end of 2017, and publisher Max Rudin will succeed her. Current cfo Daniel Baker will become chief operating officer, and lon-time editor-in-chief Geoffrey O'Brien will also retire at the end of 2017. He will continue as consulting editor, and the LOA will conduct a search for a new editorial director.

At Norton, vp and senior editor
Maria Guarnaschelli has retired after almost 17 years at the company.

Barnes & Noble Education ceo Max J. Roberts will
retire, effective September 19, after 21 years with the company. Current BNED executive chairman and former ceo of Barnes & Noble Inc. Mike Huseby will succeed him. (Huseby was given a reward of $15.7 million in severance when Barnes & Noble spun off the college bookstore division as a separate company in 2015. The two companies have gone from a market cap of about $1.9 billion right before the split to a combined value of just over $900 million now.) Lead independent director John R. Ryan says in the release: "The company and board have benefited under Mike's stewardship as executive chairman, and we are pleased to appoint him as CEO. His leadership skills and strategic vision will be crucial assets as we continue to navigate the dynamic educational services market. It is an exciting time in the company's history and we look forward to working with Mike and the strong management team in place at BNED to execute upon the company's strategy."

At the Knopf, Pantheon & Schocken Books marketing group: Katie Burns has been promoted to director of advertising; Sara Eagle and Danielle Plafsky have each been promoted to assistant director of marketing; and Dani Toth has been promoted to marketing manager. Julianne Clancy joins as marketing manager. Emily Murphy has been promoted to associate marketing manager.

Cindy Johnson has been promoted to managing editor for Random House Children's/Golden Books. Megan Williams has been promoted to associate managing editor for Crown Children's.

Joey Paul joined Thomas Nelson and Zondervan as senior editor. Previously, he was executive editor at FaithWords.

Connie Hsu has been promoted to executive editor for Roaring Brook Press.

Elyse Marshall has been promoted to executive director of publicity at Penguin Children's.

Colleen Lindsay joined Amazon Publishing as publicity lead for Montlake Romance, 47North, and Skyscape. Previously, she was marketing director at Open Road Integrated Media.

At Kids Can Press, Adrienne Tang has been promoted to rights director, while Genie MacLeod has been promoted to production editor.

Kristen Radtke
has joined The Believer as art director and New York editor. She was managing editor at Sarabande Books.

At Electric Literature, Lucie Shelly has been promoted to senior editor for Recommended Reading, and Brandon Taylor has been promoted to associate editor. Michael Seidlinger joins as social media editor.

Chris Brookmyre won the Theakston Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year award for
Black Widow.


Friday, July 21, 2017

A Strange Beautiful Excitement


How does a city make a writer? Described by Fiona Kidman as a ‘ravishing, immersing read’,
A Strange Beautiful Excitement is a ‘wild ride’ through the Wellington of Katherine Mansfield’s childhood.
From the grubby, wind-blasted streets of Thorndon to the hushed green valley of Karori, author
Redmer Yska, himself raised in Karori, retraces Mansfield’s old ground: the sights, sounds and smells
of the rickety colonial capital, as experienced by the budding writer.
Along the way his encounters and dogged research – into her Beauchamp ancestry, the social
landscape, the festering, deadly surroundings – lead him (and us) to re-evaluate long-held conclusions about
the writer’s shaping years. They also lead to a thrilling discovery.
This haunting and beautifully vivid book combines fact and fiction, biography and memoir, as
Yska rediscovers Mansfield’s Wellington, unearthing her childhood as he goes, shining a new lamp on old territory.
It’s not enough to say I immensely enjoyed A Strange Beautiful Excitement... it’s simply splendid.
– Dame Fiona Kidman
...the best account I have ever read of Wellington and Karori as they were in Mansfield’s day ... Vivid
and vigorous, it is a pleasure to read. – Kathleen Jones, KM biographer





Last night at the PANZ Book Design Awards when a book really is judged by its cover – and its design – Cazador: game, offal and the rest, written by Dariush Lolaiy and Rebecca Smidt, designed by Tim Donaldson and Amanda Gaskin of Sea Change Studio, took home the Gerard Reid Award for Best Book

The judging panel said of Cazador:

‘This cookbook as brave, classic, yet excitingly contemporary. Cazador’s exquisite production values are immediately seductive. It is beautiful to hold and look at. The blood linen cover, exposed ‘frenched-like’ binding (that opens flat for function), arresting artful photography, an interestingly paced layout that never gets pedestrian, knife-like typography that also plays homage to the 1980’s heritage of its restaurant home. The outward beauty is sensitively matched by a depth of thought that reveals the soul of Cazador (the restaurant) and its story. An outstanding package.  

Cazador’s design lifts it above simply a cookbook, it breaks its genre and becomes something of its own, artful and unique.’

Cazador was also shortlisted for Best Typography and winner of Best Cover and Best Cook Book categories.  

Nine awards were presented. 

BEST ILLUSTRATED BOOK (sponsored by Penguin Random House New Zealand)

Beach Life by Douglas Lloyd Jenkins (Penguin Random House) designed by Alan Deare, Area Design

BEST NON-ILLUSTRATED BOOK (sponsored by Upstart Press)

Extraordinary Anywhere: Essays on Place from Aotearoa New Zealand edited by Ingrid Horrocks & Cherie Lacey (Victoria University Press) designed by Jo Bailey & Anna Brown

BEST CHILDREN’S BOOK (sponsored by Scholastic New Zealand)

Annual edited by Kate De Goldi and Susan Paris (Gecko Press) designed by Spencer Levine
BEST EDUCATIONAL BOOK (sponsored by Edify)

Mātaki Mai Ana Te Ao: Te Tawhio Pihirei o 1981 by Rachael Tuwhangai, Hone Morris and Pania Tahau-Hodges (HUIA) designed by Tim Hansen, Fay & Walter
BEST COOKBOOK (sponsored by 1010 Printing)

Cazador — game, offal and the rest by Dariush Lolaiy and Rebecca Smidt (Cazador) designed by Tim Donaldson & Amanda Gaskin, Sea Change Studio
BEST TYPOGRAPHY (sponsored by Mary Egan Publishing)

Annual edited by Kate De Goldi and Susan Paris (Gecko Press) designed by Spencer Levine.

AWARD FOR BEST COVER (sponsored by HarperCollins Publishers New Zealand)

Cazador — game, offal and the rest by Dariush Lolaiy and Rebecca Smidt (Cazador) designed by Tim Donaldson & Amanda Gaskin, Sea Change Studio


Cazador — game, offal and the rest by Dariush Lolaiy and Rebecca Smidt (Cazador) designed by Tim Donaldson & Amanda Gaskin, Sea Change Studio

One of the highlights of the evening was the presentation of the Allen & Unwin Young Designer of the Year Award. This year it was presented to Auckland designer, Sam Bunny.  The judges said:
‘Sam Bunny’s portfolio showcases a wonderful range of designs across a number of categories. His work is consistently measured, visually enticing and exhibits a good understanding of the subject matter.

From the substantial non-fiction The Great Kiwi Pub Crawl, to the haunting monochromatic The Salted Air, to the playful design of Grandad’s Wheelies and the mysterious but impactful cover illustration of The Impossible Boy, all his work hits the right tone and is well executed. Bunny seems to have fun with his designs and his work effectively serves the purpose of making you want to read these titles.’

This year, for the first time, there was a People’s Choice Award.  Voting took place at last night’s awards ceremony in Auckland where attendees had the opportunity to compare the awards finalists.  The inaugural Hachette New Zealand People’s Choice Award was presented to Spencer Levine for Annual, published by Gecko Press, the book that received the most votes. 

The judging panel was convened by award-winning illustrator and book designer, Rowan Somerset, supported by graphic designer, David Coventon; graphic designer and book designer, Anna Egan-Reid and leading business commentator, journalist and publisher, Vincent Heeringa. 

The PANZ Book Design Awards are administered by the Publishers Association of New Zealand. The Publishers Association of New Zealand (PANZ) established the PANZ Book Design Awards to promote excellence in, and provide recognition for, the best book design in New Zealand.

Latest from The Bookseller

Ehsan Abdollahi
An Iranian children’s illustrator has spoken of his “upset” over being refused a British visa to appear at the International Edinburgh Book Festival.
Jason Segal
Oneworld has paid six figures for a YA trilogy by US actor and screenwriter Jason Segel and his writing partner Kirsten Miller.
Rachel Mallender
HarperCollins has hired BBC’s Radio 1 editor Rachel Mallender to head up its audio book arm.
The Snowman
Penguin Random House has brought The Snowman brand “back in house” after more than 30 years.
Society of Authors
The Society of Authors has welcomed the Creative Freelancers report, issued this week by the Creative Industries Federation. 
Sainsbury's Children's Book Awards
Sainsbury’s has announced the Children’s Book Awards shortlist which features Adrian Edmondson, Quentin Blake and Oliver Jeffers, with illustrator Jim Field appearing twice.

Diana Evans
Chatto & Windus has acquired rights to the new "quirky" novel by Diana Evans, a study of modern relationships and identity called Ordinary People
Milo Yiannopoulos’ Dangerous has declined 42% in volume in its second week on sale in the US.
The Montpellier appeal court in France has overturned the local commercial court’s decision for the Lille-based Furet du Nord chain of bookshops to acquire Sauramps, a group of five outlets in the Montpellier region in the south of France.
Galley Beggar Press
Norwich-based independent publisher Galley Beggar Press is opening up general submissions in order to "keep [itself] open to surprises and the wider world".
Bonnier Zaffre
Bonnier Zaffre has acquired Kate Helm’s crime debut, The Secrets You Hide, about a courtroom artist.