Friday, June 23, 2017

NZ Poet receives XIII distinction 'Poets From Other Worlds' in Spain

New Zealand poet Charles Olsen receives the XIII Distinction POETAS DE OTROS MUNDOS (‘Poets From Other Worlds’) awarded by the Fondo Poético Internacional (‘International Poetry Fund’) in recognition of the high quality of his poetic oeuvre.

Photo credit: Lilián Pallares, New York, 2016
Son of an Anglican priest and an opera singer, Charles Olsen moved to England in 1981 and to Spain in 2003. He travelled to Spain because of his interest in the Spanish painters Velasquez and Goya, and to study flamenco guitar. He has published the poetry collections Sr. Citizen (Amargord, 2011), which includes a foreword by New Zealand poet Pat White, and Antípodas (Huerga & Fierro, 2016). His poems have been included in anthologies in Spain and Colombia as well as Blackmail Press (editions 28 and 39) and the latest NZ Poetry Yearbook 2017 (Massey University Press). Although he didn't speak Spanish before moving to Spain now writes many of his poems in Spanish and has also translated many Spanish and New Zealand poets.

He has also taken his poetic vision into different areas such as the performance Agita Flamenco which premiered in the New Zealand pavilion of the Venice Biennale – a show including flamenco dance and piano – and his poetry films, which have been shown in festivals such as Liberated Words (Bristol), Sinestèsia (Barcelona), and ZEBRA Poetry Film Festival (Berlín). He collaborated with video-creations in the show Parpadeos, presented this year in the Netherlands Flamenco Biënnale.

For the last six years he has run the online poetry project
Palabras Prestadas (Given Words) with the participation of poets from throughout the Spanish-speaking world and this year he is running a special edition of Given Words in English for the Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day which is open to all New Zealanders.

His partner, Colombian poet Lilián Pallares, with whom he runs the audiovisual producer
antenablue – the observed word, has been awarded at the same time the XIV Distinction POETAS DE OTROS MUNDOS. In 2011 she was selected as one of the ten best young writers of Latin America by, New York. Charles recently translated her book of short stories 'Sleepwalking City' into English.

The awards will be presented by the Aragonese poet, Ángel Guinda, president of the Fondo Poético Internacional, on Sunday 9
th July of the current year, in Madrid, Nakama Bookshop (Calle Pelayo 22), at 12:30 midday. [See invitation below.]

The previous distinctions have been awarded to the poets Theodoro Elssaca (Chile), Subhro Bandopadyay (India), Zhivka Baltadzhieva (Bulgaria), Mohsen Emadi (Iran), Ahmad Yamani (Egypt), Inés Ramón (Argentina), Rubén Grajeda Fuentes, ‘Leo Zelada’ (Peru), Nicanor Parra (Chile), Abdul Hadi Sadoun (Iraq), Mohamed Alfaqueeh (Libia), Soleh Wolpé (Iran) and Luljeta Lleshanaku (Albania).

NZ Bestsellers this week

Booksellers NZ
No huge changes in the NZ charts this week, with only a couple of new titles. The Fiction list sees The Wish Child holding the champion's acorn aloft continuously since its win, while a couple of older titles move up the charts again while we wait for new NZ titles in July/August. A mighty tree has been introduced in the Non-fiction list, and Annabel Langbein has nudged Jake Bailey out of her way to rise to the top again. It's fantastic to see a bit of a takeover of the Children's & YA list by Picture Books about Matariki - both current, and older titles are coming through here. Read on to find out more about the international lists. 

The Roundup with PW

B&N's Fiscal 2017 Report Cites Falling Sales in Challening Year
The country's largest book chain said sales dropped 6.5% in the fiscal year, ended April 29. Barnes & Noble reported lower losses in its Nook division, however, which led to a jump in operating income.
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Rodale Considers a Sale
The media company and publisher, home to such magazines as 'Men's Health' and 'Prevention,' along with Rodale Books, is considering its strategic options, which include the potential sale of the publisher.
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Five Modern Day Shakespeares: With the Bard’s influence as relevant as ever, 'Vulture' considers which of today’s storytellers are on track to leave their own lasting legacies.

Fifty Shades of Cuts and Bruises: E.L. James’s battles with director Sam Taylor-Johnson are part of a long tradition of Hollywood's conflicts with authors of works being adapted.

How to Raise a Reader: The benefits of reading at every stage of a child’s development are well documented. Happily, raising a reader is fun, rewarding, and relatively easy. Here's how.

A Patriot Signs with Scholastic: New England Patriots wide receiver Malcolm Mitchell has a three-book deal with Scholastic, the children's publisher told 'AP' on Thursday.

Book Club Made Me Gay: When most people think about queer identity, they think about sex, or how to come out to their parents. Author M. Milks thinks about book clubs.


Latest News from The Bookseller

Golden Hill
Francis Spufford has been awarded the 2017 Desmond Elliott Prize for his "miraculously constructed" debut Golden Hill (Faber).
Laura Macdougal
Laura Macdougall is joining United Agents next month after two “wonderful” years with Tibor Jones & Associates.
A General Theory of Oblivion (Harvill Secker) by Jose Eduardo Agualusa, translated from Portuguese by Daniel Hahn, has won the €100k International Dublin Literary Award.
Jo Hardacre
Jo Hardacre is leaving HarperCollins to begin a freelance venture.
Daniel Hahn
Writer, editor and translator Daniel Hahn is donating half his winnings from the International Dublin Literary Award to help establish a new prize for debut literary translation - the TA First Translation Prize. 
Emma Watson‏ is hiding 100 copies of The Handmaid’s Tale in Paris as part of her “book fairy” duties.

Design Awards
Madalyn Farley, Elliot Lee and Beth Ewens were revealed by Penguin Random House UK last night (22nd June) as the winners of its 2017 Student Design Awards.
Lewis Hine
Kings Road Publishing has signed the memoir of 16-year-old disability campaigner and social media star Lewis Hine, set to be released next spring.
Three stories showcasing “the finest new Scottish children’s writing” have been revealed on the Kelpies Prize shortlist.
Thomas Merrington
Thomas Merrington has been promoted to creative director at Penguin Ventures, charged with setting the creative direction for all Penguin Ventures brands.
IB Tauris
I B Tauris is to publish a "timely" new non-fiction book on the relationship between Islamist and far-right extremism.
Fiona Mitchel
Hodder & Stoughton has acquired a debut novel, The Maid’s Room by Fiona Mitchel, about the maltreatment of domestic workers in Singapore.

Off the Shelf


Grab Your Headphones: 10 Reasons to Celebrate Audiobook Month
Sometimes a book is just a book, but other times it's an experience that captivates and consumes you—and for me, that experience is made richer as a listener. Over and over again this year I've been astounded by the marriage of a stellar narration and an incredible story. Traffic jams, my commute to the office, grocery shopping, dog walking, and gym workouts all fly by when I'm listening to a compelling book. This June, celebrate Audiobook Month with ten of the recordings I've enjoyed the most.


Publishers Lunch

Today's Meal

Barnes & Noble continued to suffer from declining sales in their fourth quarter, ending April 29, but a reduced loss in the period and improved earnings for the fiscal year gave investors some confidence. After closing Wednesday near an all-time low of $6.50 a share, investors were relieved by the improvement in profits and stabilization at the company, sending the stock back up by roughly 7 percent in the first hour of trading, returning to around $7 a share.

Sales for the quarter were $821 million, down 6.3 percent both overall and on a same-store basis. Online sales nudged up 2.9 percent. The retail segment recorded an operating loss of $15.9 million in the quarter while Nook had a loss of $7.9 million, but the "consolidated" loss of -$13.4 million was better than -$30.6 million a year ago.

For the full year, the company met their guidance on EBITDA, which was considered critical, and generated increased actual operating income, of $54.3 million. (Retail earned $90.7 million and Nook lost $36.4 million.) Consolidated EBITDA was $172.2 million, up from $150.5 million a year ago. Retail EBITDA actually fell, down $25.6 million on the lower sales, but the Nook losses got better as well.

Full year sales were $3.895 billion, down form $4.164 billion a year ago, dropping $269 million, or 6.5 percent. Same-store sales were down 6.3 percent for the full year, though online sales rose 3.7 percent during the year, up $10.8 million, thanks to ebook settlement credits as well as "site improvements and increased promotional activity."

Arts Journal - Words

Remaking School Libraries Into Hotbeds Of High Tech

“[There’s] a national movement to turn K-12 librarians into indispensable digital mavens who can help classroom teachers craft tech-savvy lesson plans, teach kids to think critically about online research, and remake libraries into lively, high-tech hubs of collaborative learning – while still helping kids get books.”

The Importance Of Historical Fiction In Times Of Historical Turmoil

“Reading historical fiction not only puts our current events into a historical context, but also helps us understand and imagine and empathize with what people lived through in other times and places. It reminds us that other people, ordinary people, real people, have lived and survived and fallen in love, but also, died in these times of political turmoil before us.”

Thursday, June 22, 2017

The Roundup with PW

Agualusa Wins Dublin Literary Award
Angolan author José Eduardo Agualusa has won the 2017 International Dublin Literary Award for his novel 'A General Theory of Oblivion,' translated from the Portuguese by Daniel Hahn.
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Paret Nets Pritzker Literature Award
Military historian and author Peter Paret has been named the 11th recipient of the Pritzker Military Museum & Library Literature Award for Lifetime Achievement in Military Writing.
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Amazon Bites Off More Monopoly Power: Antitrust officials would be naïve to view the Amazon-Whole Foods deal as simply about groceries, Lina M. Khan writes.

Derek Walcott Museum Closes: The St. Lucia National Trust says a funding cut forced the closure, which came during a dispute over Caribbean tourist developments.

Sexism in the Beach Read: Why did publishers decide that only women take books on vacation, and why are totally normal books about girls billed as "beach reads?"

75 Agents to Follow on Twitter: A list of the most active and insightful literary agents to add to your feed for upcoming pub dates, reading recommendations, and more.

The Big Money Is in Kids’ Comics: Abruptly, the most important sector in the world of sequential art has become graphic novels for young people, Abe Reisman writes.

The Team that Changed Rugby Forever

The Team that Changed Rugby Forever: The 1967 All Blacks
By Alex McKay
Published by New Holland
$35.00 PB

On the 50th anniversary of their ground-breaking1967 northern hemisphere tour, author Alex McKay provides an engaging social history on the team considered by current coach Steve Hansen as the greatest All Black side.

With an unbeaten record, the team is remembered not only for transforming the national style of rugby from a defensive to an attacking focus, but also for the highly productive lives many of them went on to lead in and out of the game: Of the 32 players, coach and manager, four went on to captain the All Blacks, three were knighted, and four others elected to Parliament. One also became High Commissioner to Zimbabwe and others succeeded in teaching, business, and farming.

McKay shares details of what became of everyone on the team, and draws on interviews with surviving players (including the legendary Sir Colin Meads and Sir Brian Lochore) along with reports, tour books, diaries and a wide range of illustrations, to situate the side in the wider New Zealand society of the time. The result is a fascinating insight into how a group of essentially conservative men produced a dramatic change in rugby culture in a period of radical worldwide social changes in music, arts, sport and society.

About the author
Born in Wellington, Alex McKay attended Whangarei Boys High School and was a young ball-boy in Okara Park in 1967. He is probably the only rugby writer who is also a Tibetan/Himalayan historian, a former NGO worker in Bangladesh, North Sea oil rig worker and Sydney private detective. He currently lives with his artist wife in rural New South Wales, but spent an extensive period back in New Zealand researching the book and meeting the surviving players. He is presently in Auckland doing media interviews.

Latest News from The Bookseller

How it Works: The Dad
The World’s Worst Children 2 (HarperCollins Children's) has claimed a fourth week in the UK Official Top 50 number one spot, selling 24,974 copies for £191,767.
Daniel Shand has been named the winner of this year's £10,000 Betty Trask Prize for his darkly comic novel Fallow (Sandstone Press) at the Society of Authors’ annual awards.
Virago has acquired two graphic novels as part of a strategy to begin publishing the genre on its list for the first time.
Crystal Mahey-Morgan
Diverse stories in today’s “dark times” have never been more important, Crystal Mahey-Morgan, founder of OWN IT! said at the launch of No Place To Call Home.
Nikesh Shukla
Nikesh Shukla is writing a children's book about race with blogger Claire Heuchan for Hachette Children's Books.
Cassandra Clare
Cassandra Clare’s lawyer has sought a court order demanding sci-fi writer Sherrilyn Kenyon disclose evidence in the case over trademark infringement.

Expert speakers disagreed on whether a "crisis of oversupply" exists in the academic monograph market, at a debate held to mark the launch of the Academic Book of the Future policy report.
Jane Austen
Authors and artists including Margaret Atwood, Hilary Mantel and Quentin Blake have created one-off, hand-written responses to Jane Austen to be auctioned in aid of the Royal Society of Literature.
HarperCollins division William Collins has acquired world rights to Dunkirk: The History Behind the Major Motion Picture by Joshua Levine.
Caroline Hutton
Journalist Caroline Hutton is to become the chair of The Times and The Sunday Times Cheltenham Literature Festival, replacing Baroness Gail Rebuck who stepped down last year.
Joanne Harris
Charlie Higson and Joanne Harris are headlining the Society of Author's ScotsWrite conference this September.
European booksellers have launched a petition asking the European Council not to “force” bookshops to sell e-books across borders, for fear it will drive them out of the digital book business.