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Former leading New Zealand publisher and bookseller, and widely experienced judge of both the Commonwealth Writers Prize and the Montana New Zealand Book Awards, talks about what he is currently reading, what impresses him and what doesn't, along with chat about the international English language book scene, and links to sites of interest to booklovers.
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.
Paredes has been promoted to publishing manager for Vintage
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.
Kurdylawill join The Experiment as editor starting July
25. Previously, she was assistant editor for Knopf.
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Penguin Random House South Africa has withdrawn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
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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.
Warnings have been given of the impact of school funding
shortages on literacy levels, after an infants school in prime minister
Theresa May’s ward of Wokingham appealed to publishers to help provide
books for a summer reading club.
Pan Macmillan imprint Bluebird is to publish the autobiography
of 19-year-old Yusra Mardini, the Olympic Syrian refugee who swam for three
hours to push a sinking boat that was carrying 20 people to safety.
The Taylor & Francis Group saw sales rise 11.3%
year-on-year to £238.9m in the six months to 30th June 2017, although
underlying growth was put at just 1.2%, suggesting the publisher saw a
boost from foreign exchange and the weakened pound.
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.
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: www.pearcelecture.com
Onorati: 'Fostering the Next Generation of Young Booksellers'
"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."
newly elected ABA board member and owner of WORD Bookstores in Brooklyn, N.Y., and Jersey City, N.J., in a q&a with Bookselling This Week