Sunday, May 28, 2017



Remember: this is a free event. You do not need a ticket - audience members are free to attend when they like and stay as long as they would like. First-come, first-served.
We are delighted to announce more details about our upcoming event at the UCL Festival of Culture: 1984 Live. 1984 Live is a free, all-day reading of 1984 on the site of the inspiration for the Ministry of Truth, staged as an act of subversion in itself.

Two days before an era-defining general election in a moment of political turbulance, Orwell's vision of a dystopian future in which mass surveillance, complete social segregation and isolationist policies define the life of its citizens, will be read out loud in whole for the first time ever in the UK. As politics of fake news, ‘alternative facts’, reframing the truth, and social media’s destruction of ideas about the private self become the norm, the book has never been more prescient.

Nineteen Eighty-Four will be read in full at the building on which Orwell based the Ministry of Truth - Senate House. The full reading, featuring over 50 leading cultural figures will also have immersive staged elements, submerging audiences in the world of Big Brother, IngSoc and The Party. Using projection, and actors from UCL, the audience will be able to absorb the intrigue and horror of 1984.

Presented by the Orwell Foundation and UCL Festival of Culture, the reading is directed by Hannah Price and produced by Libby Brodie Productions.
The reading will also be live-streamed online here

Libraries and Theatres across the country will show the screening and organise satellite events and activities (including in Poole, Leeds, Halton, York, Cardiff and Canterbury – for more information see here).
Readers announced: Billy Bragg
Billy Bragg is a recording artist, performer and activist. His albums include Life's a Riot with Spy Vs Spy, Talking with the Taxman About PoetryDon't Try This at HomeEngland, Half English, and Tooth and Nail. He is the author of Roots, Radicals and Rockers, published by Faber and Faber on 1st June 2017.

Mark Ravenhill
Mark Ravenhill is a playwright, actor and journalist. He has written over 20 plays including Some Explicit Polaroids (1999) and Mother Clap's Molly House (2001). In 2012, he became Writer-in-Residence at the Royal Shakespeare Company. He is Associate Director of London's Little Opera House at The King's Head Theatre.

Ece Temelkuran
Ece Temelkuran is a Turkish writer and journalist. She was fired by her editor at the newspaper Milliyet in 2012 for writing a column critical of the Turkish government. She has published 12 books and has been a visiting fellow at the Reuters Institute of the Study of Journalism at the University of Oxford.

Further readers include: Richard Blair (Orwell’s son), Alan Johnson MP, award-winning writer Aminatta Forna, journalist Peter Hitchens, Baroness Patience Wheatcroft, broadcaster and historian David Olusoga and activist Jack Monroe.

For more information, click here.

Standing Room Only

Arts stories for 05/28/2017
Standing Room Only

Standing Room Only for 05/28/2017

Standing Room Only is literally radio with pictures... and arts, theatre, film, comedy, books, dance, entertainment and music – all the things, in other words, that make life worth living.

Full programme details are available on the Standing Room Only webpage

Getting your kit off...for art!

What would possess someone to volunteer to be a life drawing model? If you are an artist, is it all right to talk during class? Zoe George gets model Virginia Kennard to bare all regarding life-drawing classes.
May 28, 2017 02:55 pm

Sarah Quigley's new novel The Suicide Club

Three loners who're struggling to cope with life end up at an institution in Bavaria, The Palace, where experiments are being carried out on people with suicidal tendencies. This is the scenario for The Suicide Club, the latest novel from Berlin-based New Zealand writer, Sarah Quigley. Bright and Gibby are very protective of their friend, Lace, and that protectiveness soon turns to love. But is The Palace going to do them all more harm than good? Lynn Freeman asks Sarah Quigley about tackling the delicate subject of suicide.
May 28, 2017 02:42 pm

Stanley Makuwe's latest play Finding Temeraire

For me being a New Zealander now, I really cherish my nomination for the Adam New Zealand award for me it's a big thing because it made me realise that you can make it here, you can be recognised here in New Zealand.
May 28, 2017 02:25 pm

Screen Gems

Irene Gardiner is looking forward to a long weekend for Queen's Birthday so Simon Morris decided to get in early and look at things Queenly in today's Screen Gems.
May 28, 2017 01:45 pm

Aliens 101

The Industry of Imagination event is into its second year in Wellington bringing together a spectacular line-up of sci-fi, fantasy and pop-surreal artists for a series of events; a conference, exhibitions and masterclasses. One such masterclass is Alien Creatures by Design. Simon Morris speaks to the 'master' himself, Wayne Barlowe.
May 28, 2017 01:30 pm

Ink that doesn't dry.

From a small rehearsal room in Wellington to a world-wide audience of half a million, writer/performer Jacob Rajan and producer Justin Lewis have made their mark like nobody else. After 20 years of Indian Ink - making shows like Krishnan's Dairy, The Candlestick Maker and The Pickle King, Simon Morris finds out if there's still fire in their belly.
May 28, 2017 12:50 pm

Mixing it up at the Wellington Jazz Festival

The upcoming Wellington Jazz Festival boast the usual riches you'd expect - top overseas artists like singer Dianne Reeves, guitarist Bill Frisell and drummer Dave Wecki, and some stellar local talent like Tammi Neilson and Jonathan Crayford. But even those who're not in the know about jazz, the festival boasts two names will have have heard of. In fact they're probably two of anyone's top ten list of New Zealand musicians - trombonist and big band king, Rodger Fox, and classical pianist Michael Houstoun. Jazz and classical? they talk to Simon Morris about how it all works.
May 28, 2017 12:30 pm

Heroes come in many forms

The Logie Collection of Canterbury University is one of the small miracles of this country - treasures of the Ancient World from classical Greece and Rome, right back to the Bronze Age - 7000 BC. And when the first big earthquake struck Christchurch in September 2010, there were fears that the priceless collection - described as "one of Australasia's finest collections of classical art" would be utterly destroyed. Well it was and it wasn't. The Logie Collection has a brand-new home - the Teece Museum of Classical Antiquities - and last week it was proudly displayed in an exhibition called We Could Be Heroes. But it certainly didn't look like it at the time. Simon Morris is joined by Terri Elder and Penny Minchin-Garvin, the co-curators of the museum.
May 28, 2017 12:17 pm

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The relationship between the book, TV and film industries has never been stronger trade figures have said, with new, hungry players such as Netflix and Amazon Prime spurring on the number of dramatic rights deals being struck.
Philip Pullman
The title of the first novel in Philip Pullman's new series The Book of Dust, a companion series to his famed His Dark Materials trilogy, has been revealed as La Belle Sauvage.
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Kogan Page managing director Helen Kogan toasted her father, Philip, at a party held to celebrate the publisher’s 50th anniversary.
Simon Schama
Television presenter Simon Schama has signed a book deal for Return of the Tribes, which will go beyond the headlines to unearth the “deep, ancient roots of nationalism's perennial and problematic appeal”.
Eoin McHugh, who has been publisher of Transworld Ireland since the imprint’s creation 10 years ago, is leaving the company.
Scholastic has entered into a global master publishing agreement with Sutikki to become the second global licensee for Andrew Davenport's new CBeebies preschool series, "Moon and Me". 

The Gollancz sci-fi and fantasy festival is returning for its fourth year this November in the company of authors including Joe Hill, Ben Aaronovitch, and Joanne Harris.
The Archers
Weidenfeld & Nicolson is publishing 10 books based on four popular BBC Radio 4 series, one of which is "The Archers". 
Delegates attending The Bookseller’s Marketing & Publicity Conference on 13th June can sign up now for a marketing or publicity quick-fix. 
Sarah Ward
Lucy Cavendish College, part of the University of Cambridge, has named the 2017 winner of its fiction prize as Sarah Ward, with her novel Resurrection, Port Glasgow.
The London Book Fair is hosting a "Books, Brexit and Brits" debate at Book Expo America, promising to give delegates an insight into publishing and the wider creative industries in the UK.
Piatkus is publishing a book on self-care, entitled Recharge: A Year of Self-Care to Focus on You.

Publishers Lunch

Today's Meal

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt evp and chief content officer Mary Cullinane will leave the company in late July, following a reorganization of her responsibilities. The company said it will "reorganize its existing Product Planning, Development and Marketing function under into three separate but complementary functions focused on core curriculum, supplemental curriculum extensions, and marketing." Cullinane joined HMH in 2012 as svp of global corporate social responsibility and was made chief content officer in 2013.

Megan Jayne Dobson joined Thomas Nelson imprint W Publishing as associate publisher.

Samuel M. Caggiula joined Casemate Group as US group publicity director. Most recently, he worked for digital publisher YourTango and consulted for Southard Communications.

Diversion Books will work with Jessica Craig at Craig Literary to represent their foreign rights worldwide.


Denis Johnson, 67, author of Jesus' Son, Train Dreams, and many other works, has died. A two-time Pulitzer Prize finalist, he won the 2007 National Book Award for Tree of Smoke. His new story collection The Largess of the Sea Maiden is scheduled for publication on February 6, 2018. Part of a two-book deal with Random House, he was supposed to be at work on a novel as well, about a deposed Middle Eastern dictator retelling his life's story as he is being interrogated.

We first invented our popular Buzz Books samplers back in 2012 to harness ebooks in spreading the excitement of grabbing hot galleys and making new discoveries on the convention floor to thousands of people inside the trade and beyond. (Truth be told, most of the printed galleys these days are given away in runs of a few hundred at most.) Whether you're preparing for Book Expo and want a taste of the big books, or skipping the convention but look forward to sampling new titles from the big fall season, our two Buzz Books samplers are the perfect answer. They're like a free BookCon, open to all twice a year.

The consumer editions are still featured prominently at
iBooks and available on all major ebook platforms. Or get the "trade editions," directly from PM as EPUB files and from NetGalley, where both the adult and YA books always top their most-downloaded lists and generate hundreds of positive reviews of your forthcoming titles. (As usual, a small quantity of the always-popular printed versions will be available at the first Editors' Buzz Panel and in the ABA Lounge at Book Expo, thanks to our friends at Lighting Source.)

For more convention prep, remember that we have our handy day-by-day, hour-by-hour spreadsheet of all of the various events, sessions and key in-booth signings in one place available, at

Most days we focus on trying to make our own news and analysis as accurate, informed and comprehensive as possible and leave others reporting on the trade to their own approaches. But with a lot of attention on Amazon's new Charts -- too much, probably, since this is a new merchandising initiative for Amazon's customers, on their site, tilted towards their house product and preferred formats -- PW has made the same basic error two weeks in a row, so it's worth making things clear for our readers at least.

The new weekly Charts are
not "the company's first move into tracking sales using the time frame used by almost all major bestseller lists" and it is not true that "what the e-commerce giant has lacked is a weekly list." Amazon has posted and archived weekly bestsellers for nearly its entire history; check out, for example, their bestsellers from this week in 1996. (eBook lists appear to date back to the launch of Kindle in late 2007.) At PublishersMarketplace, we have databased their lists since the beginning of 2012, particularly for the value of their weekly ebook bestseller list. It would be fair to say that those weekly lists are little known and little publicized, but they have been there and continue (and at 100 positions, are more extensive than the new Charts as well).

It's also
not accurate that "The New York Times recently launched a combined print & e-book bestseller list." The paper launched two combined lists, for fiction and nonfiction, in February 2011, at the same time that they started issuing ebook bestseller lists -- and we have those databased as well. The recent revamp of their lists, in January 2017, eliminated the separate ebook charts, leaving the combined lists in place along with some of the print-only lists.

Prior to those changes, the NYT would effectively not consider Amazon Publishing titles for bestsellerdom because they did not track "e-books available exclusively from a single vendor," and Amazon does not allow anyone else to sell their ebooks. The NYT dropped that condition earlier this year -- though as we pointed out at the time, the bar remains high for any of Amazon Publishing's titles to make a NYT list since ebook-only lists were eliminated. Also, at the NYT a sale is still only a sale, and not also a subscription "read," "borrow" or a free promotional download.

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Private Prison Sued For Censoring Inmates’ Reading Material

“A private Utah-based corporation that runs the North Central Correctional Complex in Marion, Ohio, has been sued by the nonprofit Human Rights Defense Center for blocking inmates from receiving books on ‘criminal justice policies, legal research, health care issues and other similar topics.'”



Last night at the Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIA’s) Jimmy Barnes revealed the title and cover of the second volume of his autobiography, Working Class Man, which will be published on 1 November 2017.

The Oz-rock icon also performed live in front of a crowd 500 of celebrities, media, publishers and booksellers and read them an incendiary passage from the upcoming book, which picks up his life story as he leaves Adelaide in the back of an old truck with a then unknown band called Cold Chisel.

A spellbinding and searingly honest reflection on music, success, fame and addiction, Working Class Man will reveal how Jimmy Barnes used the fuel of childhood trauma to ignite and propel Australia's greatest rock 'n' roll story.

Earlier in the evening his acclaimed first book, Working Class Boy won the prestigious ABIA Award for Biography of the Year. That first volume dealt with his violent and chaotic childhood and has broken sales records in Australia.  The paperback of Working Class Boy will publish on 1 August, in time for Father’s Day.
In a presentation to the audience Jimmy said, ‘In some ways my new book is probably more like the one people were expecting the first time around. There’ll be lot more rock’n’roll in it but there are still a few surprises in there too.  I’ve lived a pretty big life so it’s taking me two volumes to tell the story.’

‘We are incredibly proud of the immense success of Working Class Boy, but we always knew it was only half the story – Working Class Man lifts the lid on one of the most extraordinary rock’n’roll careers in Australian music history. Brace yourselves,’ said James Kellow, CEO of HarperCollins.

Jimmy Barnes is a Scottish-born rock singer–songwriter who grew up in Adelaide. His career, both as a solo performer and as the lead vocalist of the legendary band Cold Chisel, has made him one of the most successful and distinctive artists in Australian music history.  

A prolific songwriter and performer, Jimmy has been a storyteller for more than 40 years, sharing his life and passions with Australians of all ages at over ten thousand gigs throughout his adopted homeland. In the process he has amassed more #1 albums in Australia than the Beatles: four with Cold Chisel and eleven as a solo artist, including the iconic For the Working Class Man. Across his career Jimmy has sold over 12 million albums and he has been inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame twice.

Jimmy lives in New South Wales, with Jane, his wife of 35 years, their children, grandchildren and two schnauzers.