Thursday, May 25, 2017

Beehive launch cuts the cake on important new book

Wellington's Beehive was the venue for this week’s unveiling of the fourth edition of the definitive guide to the practice and procedure of the New Zealand House of Representatives.

Politicians and parliamentary experts, both present and past, were in attendance for the launch of Parliamentary Practice in New Zealand — published by Oratia books, authored by former Clerk of the House of Representatives David McGee, and fully revised by Mary Harris (who was the Clerk until 2015) and David Wilson (the present office holder).

Speaking to the assembled guests, David Wilson praised the large team from the Office of the House of Representatives that had helped to bring this large book to completion, notably assistant editors Pavan Sharma and David Bagnall.
He noted that 12 years had passed since the previous edition, necessitating numerous revisions to content and structure of the book, including measures to make the work more accessible to readers.

Parliamentary Practice in New Zealand is available for the first time as an ebook, as well as an 896-page printed edition.

Parliamentary Practice in New Zealand
David McGee, revised by Mary Harris and David Wilson
Published by Oratia Books
Paperback: ISBN 978-0-947506-24-7, $75.00
Ebook: ISBN 978-0-947506-27-8, $45.00

Clerk of the House of Representatives David Wilson cuts the cake to mark the launch .
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Antiquarian Book News

PBA Galleries – June 1 – 11am

Sale 616: The Richard Beagle Collection of Angling & Sporting Books, Part I

Among the highlights:

Dean Sage, The Ristigouche and Is Salmon Fishing, 2 volumes, Edinburgh, 1888, the rarest and most beautiful book on salmon fishing, limited to 105 copies. Estimate: $15,000-$25,000. 


+Salmon Fishing on Cain River, New Brunswick, by Lee Sturgis, 1919, fifty copies printed, but all save five destroyed by fire. Estimate: $10,000-$15,000.

+Rare deluxe issue of Leonard West's The Natural Fly and Its Imitation, 1912, with 105 specimen flies bound in on sunken mounts. Estimate: $10,000-$15,000.  

  • Dry Fly Entomology by Frederic M. Halford, 2 volumes, 1897, one of 100 copies of the Edition De Luxe with 100 actual specimens of tied flies. Estimate: $7,000-$10,000. 

  • A Book on Hackles for Fly Dressing by William Baigent, one of 40 to 80 copies, with 11 folders containing 164 hackle specimens. Estimate: $4,000-$6,000. 

  • "Flees, and the Art a Artyfichall Flee Making," by W.H. Aldam, 1876, with 22 sunken mounts containing fly-making materials. Estimate: $3,000-$5,000.

  • A Hunters Summer in Yukon Territory, by A.H. Bannon, 1911, a rare account of a hunting trip to northwest Canada, in the original printed wrappers. Estimate: $1,000-$1,500. 

  • Adventures in Fishing, by "Three-six", i.e. Thomas M. Potter, founder of the "36" club, with much on the Catalina Fishing Club, signed by the author, quite rare. Estimate: $3,000-$5,000.

  • The Salmon Flies of Major John Popkin Trahern, edited by Paul Schmookler, one of 28 Deluxe Edition copies, and one of only a few bound in full morocco, with an original fly tied by Schmookler. Estimate: $3,000-$5,000. 
Each lot illustrated in the online version of the catalogue.
Bid directly from the site. Now available in the
Bid Live Now section
Over 300 lots of rare and important works on angling and fishing, plus scarce accounts of big game hunting and adventures in the wild, gathered over multiple decades. The collection includes numerous books containing original specimens of flies, rare limited editions, many signed and inscribed copies, and more, all in superb condition.

Bloomsbury Summer Ephemera, Book, & Postcard Fair

The Bloomsbury Summer Ephemera, Book, & Postcard Fair takes place this coming Sunday, 28th May, the first of Etc Fairs annual Summer Fairs. The fair is fully booked and has proved to be extremely popular. Expect a wide range of exhibitors displaying a wealth of material! We have dealers from the UK, Europe and further afield, doors open at 9.30 and close at 3pm.

The fair has a great reputation as a place to wander and find unusual items, from sought after books to vintage postcards, unusual photographs, maps and prints, as well as every type of ephemera imaginable! The summer fair is bigger, busier, better than usual! Items are available to suit every budget, so new collectors and seasoned collectors can find items from a few pounds upwards. Come along and treasure hunt!

All details including exhibitor list and travel details are available on our
website or phone Kim for further details: 01707 872140.

Forum Auctions - Modern Literature Online sale, Thursday 1st June
There are 95 lots on offer in Forum’s online only sale of Modern Literature, which is currently open for bidding and ends on Thursday 1st June.

A rebound copy of Karen Blixen’s classic Out of Africa, 1937 is estimated at a modest £200-300 and the following lot, Ray Bradbury’s dystopian magnum opus Fahrenheit 451, this copy being the first English edition of 1954, is estimated at £150-200. There are many lots of multiple works by an author, such as John Buchan, Karel Capek, Len Deighton, Lawrence Durrell, Dick Francis, William Golding, Nadine Gordimer, Robert Graves, Thom Gunn, Seamus Heaney, Franz Kafka, Philip Larkin, John Le Carre, Hugh MacDiarmid, Somerset Maugham, Ian McEwan, George Orwell, Ian Rankin, Siegfried Sassoon, Tom Sharpe, Alexander McCall Smith, Robert Louis Stevenson and Evelyn Waugh. There are also 15 lots by or relating to Vorticist writer and artist Wyndham Lewis, headed by the exceedingly rare brochure for the trendy bohemian London nightclub, the Cave of the Golden Calf, titled simply Cabaret Club, to which Lewis contributed the illustrations and decorations. This is one of Lewis’ earliest appearances in print and is estimated to fetch £1000-1500.

The full sale is on view at Forum’s premises in Queenstown Road, Battersea from Friday 26th May. For further details or to view the catalogue, please visit

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Off the Shelf

By Taylor Noel    |   Wednesday, May 24, 2017
Who says people don’t read poetry anymore? During the past several months, all my girlfriends have been reading the same collection of poetry. Now, these are twentysomethings who barely read any of the books I send them—let alone poetry—and they don’t buy books regularly. So it meant something when all these young women were raving about Rupi Kaur’s MILK AND HONEY. When I finally decided to pick up this extraordinary collection of poems, I immediately understood why everyone is so obsessed. READ MORE

The Fix - a new, superb thriller from David Baldacci

The Fix by David Baldacci
Macmillan, RRP $34.99

Amos Decker, David Baldacci's unique special agent, who suffered a head injury that resulted in giving him the gift of a remarkable memory together with a condition called synaesthesia, takes on another case in The Fix.
Walter Dabney is a family man. A loving husband and the father of four grown daughters , he's built a life many would be proud of. But then the unthinkable happens. Standing outside the FBI Headquarters in Washington, D C, Dabney shoots school teacher Anne Berkshire in cold blood before turning the gun on himself.
One of the many witnesses is Amos Decker; a man who forgets nothing and sees what most miss.
Baffled by what appears to be a seemingly senseless and random killing, Decker is thrust into the investigation to determine what drove this family man to pull the trigger.

As part of an FBI special task force, Decker and the team delve into the lives of Dabney and Berkshire to find a connection that doesn't seem to exist. What they do find are secrets that stretch back a lifetime and reveal a current plot of impending destruction that will send the world reeling, placing Decker and his team squarely in the crosshairs. I couldn't put this one down.

About the author:
David Baldacci is a worldwide bestselling novelist. With his books published in over forty-five languages and in more than eighty countries, and with over 110 million copies in print, he is one of the world's favourite storytellers. His works have been adapted for both feature-film and television. David is also the co-founder, along with his wife, of the Wish You Well Foundation®, a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting literacy efforts across America. David is still a resident of his native Virginia.


Latest News from The Bookseller

Roger Moore
Bond star Roger Moore, who has died, sent in the manuscript for his last, as-yet-untitled book just two weeks ago, his publisher has revealed.
The Clever Guts Diet
Michael Mosley and Tanya Borowski’s The Clever Guts Diet (Short) has bowel’d into the UK Official Top 50 number one spot, selling 19,302 copies for £101,156 according to Nielsen BookScan's Total Consumer Market, and denying Paula Hawkins’ Into the Water (Doubleday) a third week at the top.
Simon Key
Independent bookseller Simon Key has been snapped up to write a book with Head of Zeus, based on his parenting tweets.
Pianist James Rhodes, comedian Bill Bailey, actor Greg Wise and TV presenter Katie Piper were among the Quercus authors appearing at an evening for booksellers hosted by the publisher at London cabaret venue Cafe de Paris.
David Baddiel
HarperCollins Children's Books is to publish the fourth children's novel by writer and comedian David Baddiel, entitled Birthday Boy, in September.
National Poetry Day is to celebrate the nation's "great" local words with 12 specially-commissioned poems in conjunction with the BBC.

Reggie Yates
Reggie Yates is publishing his first book, Unseen, with BBC Books, taking readers behind the scenes on his journey from TV presenter to documentary maker.
Freedom of expression organisation Index on Censorship has joined the Banned Books Week Coalition as the first international member of the US-based alliance.
Emmanuel Macron
Scribe has signed Revolution, a memoir and political testament by France's recently-elected president Emmanuel Macron.
Pan Macmillan
Pan Macmillan is inviting online "influencers" and "brand advocates" to host hundreds of house parties simultaneously across the UK to help promote books.
The memoir of late Labour MP Jo Cox, written by her husband Brendan, has received the backing of former president Barack Obama who said she "made the world a better place".
Goodnight Everyone
Picturebook maker Chris Haughton has won the 27th Children's Books Ireland Book of the Year Award for his "captivating" book Goodnight Everyone (Walker Books).

The Roundup with PW

NEH Chair Resigns as Trump Renews Bid to Eliminate Arts, Library Funding
The president's latest budget proposal once again seeks to terminate the NEH, NEA, and virtually all federal library funding. In a related move, NEH Chairman William Adams announced his immediate resignation.
more »

Amazon Books Opens in New York City
Amazon will open its seventh bookstore, and first in New York City—the heart of U.S. trade publishing and the hometown of Barnes & Noble—on May 25.
more »

Comics, the King of Libraries
As demand for graphic novels in libraries grows, so do attempts to remove certain titles from library shelves. Librarians talked with PW about censorship as well as the need to also collect digital and self-published graphic novels.
more » »

B&N CEO Defends the Bookstore: Demos Parneros sees the new stores that is opening as proof there is still a need for brick-and-mortar book retailing.

Anthony Wiener Loses a Book Deal: The former congressman was working on a tell-all book, but his latest sexting scandal involving an underage girl sank the project.

French Literary Bad Boy Comes to U.S.: Michel Houellebecq is about to open his first exhibition in the U.S., a multimedia work titled 'French Bashing.'

A Literary Guide to 'Twin Peaks': The original iteration of David Lunch and Mark Frost's beautiful, bonkers show was abundant with literary references. Here's the lowdown.

Elisabeth Moss's Next Adaption: The 'Handmaid’s Tale' star will star in, and executive produce, a series about Typhoid Mary, to be based on Mary Beth Keane’s novel 'Fever.'


Artsjournal - Words

‘One Hundred Years Of Solitude’ Was Not An Instant Classic

“Fifty years after the book’s publication, it may be tempting to believe its success was as inevitable as the fate of the Buendía family at the story’s center.” It wasn’t – it had many detractors in its first years, including some who dismissed it as traditionalist and anachronistic.

Publishers Lunch

Today's Meal

CBS chief executive Les Moonves, 67, has extended his contract and is now expected to run the company through June 2021 -- after which he can serve as a senior adviser for five years, with an option to set up a production company with CBS's support.

Chip Rolley
joined PEN America as director of the PEN World Voices Festival, and also serves as senior director of literary programs. Most recently he was artistic director of the Sydney Writers' Festival.

Abigail Welhouse has been promoted to senior publicist for Scott Manning & Associates.

In the UK, Harim Yim and Rachel Richardson have both been promoted to rights director for Rights People.
Alex Webb is leaving the company and can be reached at

Audio has a deal with Pottermore to
offer for sale the eight Wizarding World digital audiobook series.


Thinkingdom Media Group
in Beijing joined the Shanghai Stock Exchange late last month, rising quickly from its IPO price. The shares nearly tripled within the first two weeks, and have now settled back to about twice the initial offering price, giving the company a market capitalization of just over $800 million.

NEH chairman William D. Adams resigned on Tuesday after less than three years leading the organization. With funding recently reaffirmed for the current fiscal year, Adams was able to say in his statement, "We're encouraged that Congress and the President increased our funding for the current year and that the White House has initiated the process of bringing new political appointees to the agency. Deputy chair Margaret Plympton will serve as acting chair.

At the same time, however, the organization was forced to submit a fiscal 2018 budget appropriations request that asks Congress for a pared down $42 million "to begin the orderly closure of the agency." But Plympton said in a separate press release that, "As NEH awaits Congressional action on the President's proposed budget, the agency is continuing normal operations and will be making the next round of FY 2017 awards following the meeting of the National Council in July."

The NEA is in a similar position, required to submit a modest
2018 budget request of $29 million to begin their own orderly closure. As a spokesperson explained to artnet News: "As all federal agencies and departments are part of the executive branch and led by the president, we work in close coordination with the White House and the Office of Management on budget requests. In addition, agencies and departments are forbidden from lobbying on their own behalf. So the NEA can educate, but we cannot advance our own cause."

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Two international writing prizes now open for entry

Two international writing prizes, administered by Proverse Hong Kong are now open for entry:

They are:

The Proverse Prize (book-length work), closing date, 14 June.

The Proverse Poetry Prize (single poems), closing date 30 June 2017.

The prizes are publication and one or more cash awards. Winners are invited to showcase their work at one of the two annual Proverse events, one in April, one in November, traditionally held in a lovely heritage building, in Hong Kong Central District.

Details and entry forms are available at

(You can see the video of the recent April event at: