Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Dame Anne Salmond Lecture


We are a democracy founded on and crafted from the meeting of two very different world views: those of Maori and Pākeha. Dame Anne Salmond suggests that the confluence of those views informs a new way of addressing the care of our rivers and land, seas and peoples, and could provide an example of the solution to the global challenges which face us all.

·                     Please note the altered schedule for the evening below.


Where:       Devonport Library


When:        7.00pm 8.00pm Speaker

8.00pm to 8.30pm Drinks and nibbles


Cost:          Koha appreciated


Books will be available for purchase at the event

Publishers Lunch

Today's Meal

Cristobal Pera has joined Vintage Espanol as publishing director, succeeding Jaime de Pablos, who has resigned. Previously, Pera was founding director of The Wylie Agency Espana since 2015. He will acquire and publish books in original Spanish, as well as Spanish translations. Additionally, Ingrid Paredes has been promoted to publishing manager for Vintage Espanol.

Neal Porter will join Holiday House as vice president and publisher for Neal Porter Books on September 18, moving his imprint over from Roaring Brook Press.

Jennifer Kurdyla will join The Experiment as editor starting July 25. Previously, she was assistant editor for Knopf.

Tyler Freidenrich has been promoted to art director for Amazon Publishing.

Yelena Gitlin Nesbit will join Harper Wave as senior director of publicity starting July 31. She was executive director of strategic development a communications for Rodale. Tracy Locke will join Harper as director of publicity on August 7. She had been vp and associate publisher at Penguin Press until mid-2014.

Penguin Random House South Africa has
withdrawn the recently-published book Mandela's Last Years, by Dr. Vejay Ramlakan, following complaints from the family that it breached patient confidentiality. The publisher said the book was "meant to portray Nelson Mandela's courage and strength until the very end of his life and was in no way intended to be disrespectful. However, given the statements from family members we have decided to withdraw the book

The Roundup PW

Investor Urges B&N To Find a Buyer
Sandell Asset Management Corp, which said it has a "meaningful" stake in Barnes & Noble, sent a letter to the retailer's board of directors urging the company try to sell itself.
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A Spellbinding Short Story by Jodi Picoult
Once, Hope was a mermaid at a theme park. Now, she’s married to a marine biologist who has filled the pool in their backyard with flounder for a special study. The fish vanish—echoing a loss Hope alone can understand. She senses there’s something underwater, something alive and hungry for more. NYT bestselling author Jodi Picoult’s 'Mermaid' is a spellbinding short story about the sacrifice it takes to swim again. (Sponsored)
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The Frick Unveils a Book Series: The Frick Museum will publish a series of small books, Frick Diptychs, that combine the museum's collection with critical and literary essays.

PRH Pulls Nelson Mandela Book: Penguin Random House South Africa withdrew the book on Mandela's final days following a threat of legal action from his widow, Graça Machel.

Writing Books is Not for Everyone: An author shares his perspective on who should write a book, such as those with something important to say.

The Importance of Reading Aloud: Communal reading plays an important role in our cultural history, according to Abigal Williams, author of 'The Social Life of Books.'

How to Feel at Home as a Writer: One writer reflects on the flexibility of her work and the rituals involved with it.



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Emma House has been promoted to deputy chief executive of the Publishers Association as the trade body continues its reshuffle following the departure of its director of policy and communications Susie Winter.
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A debut which made a splash at the London Book Fair this year may be set to make it onto the big screen after the 26-year-old author sold film rights to the title.
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Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Phlippa Pearce Lecture

The Philippa Pearce Memorial Lecture: celebrating excellence in children’s literature

Newsletter: July 2017

Booking is now open for the 2017 lecture:

The lecture will take place at 5.00pm on Friday 8th of September in the Mary Allan Building, Homerton College, Cambridge. After the lecture there will be a short wine reception.

Both lecture and reception are free.

To book your ticket please use the form on the booking page of the Philippa Pearce Lecture website. If you need to book a second ticket please revisit the page and repeat the process. Once booked you will receive a confirmation email that includes your e-ticket. Print the ticket out or download a mobile version, and take this with you to the lecture.
PHILIPPA PEARCE died in 2006, but respect and affection for her writing is as strong as ever. In her memory, a series of lectures is now underway, each intended to celebrate excellence in literature for children and to emphasize its continuing vital importance.  
The Philippa Pearce Lecture is hosted and funded by Homerton College. The lecture is free, but running costs are supported by donations. If you would like to make a donation, you can do this at the lecture website:

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Onorati: 'Fostering the Next Generation of Young Booksellers'

Christine Onorati
"My main goal is to brainstorm new and creative ways for bookselling to exist in this somewhat crazy retail environment. Our relationships with publishers and the ways in which they can help direct book buyers to indies and not automatically to online sellers is a big focus, as is fostering the next generation of young booksellers and making sure bookselling is a viable career path for those who want to take over existing stores or start their own. I also believe, as booksellers today, we need to be ahead of the trends and try to stay competitive with the ever-changing technology of the retail and book worlds."

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