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.

Arts Journal - Words

When Secondary Characters Get Novels Of Their Own

Anjum Hasan looks at the phenomenon of “minor-character elaboration” – from Jean Rhys’s The Wide Sargasso Sea (the story of Jane Eyre‘s madwoman in the attic) to Margaret Atwood’s The Penelopiad (how Ulysses’s wife and queen passed the twenty years waiting for his return) and onward. (Hasan also includes Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, though we think that wasn’t the same thing.)

Publishers Lunch

Today's Meal

Keith Wallman has joined Diversion Books as senior editor. He was most recently senior editor at Lyons Press.

At Crown Publishing Group, Liz Wetzel has been promoted to publicity manager for Crown, Hogarth, Tim Duggan Books, and Broadway Books. Maya Lane moves up to associate publicist for Crown Archetype, Three Rivers Press, and Harmony.

Director of English PEN Jo Glanville will step down as in July, moving on to an honorary visiting fellowship at the Giessen University in Germany.

Author Alix Ohlin will
become chair of the University of British Columbia's creative writing program as of January 1, 2018. She has been an English professor at Lafayette College and taught at McGill University as the Mordecai Richler Writer-in-Residence for 2016-17. It's the largest creative writing program in Canada, with 35 faculty and 5,500 students enrolled in undergraduate and graduate courses.


Jose Eduardo Agualusa's A General Theory of Oblivion won the €100,000 International Dublin Literary Prize.

Peter Paret won the $100,000 Pritzker Literature Award for lifetime achievement in military writing.

Melanie Mah won Canada's $75,000 Trillium Book Award for her debut novel The Sweetest One (Cormorant Books).

While it lasts, the National Endowment for the Arts has approved Poets & Writers, Inc. for an Art Works award of $75,000. The grant will support publication of six issues of their magazine, along with the development of new online content and improvements to their Directory of Poets and Writers. The NEA
announced recipients of a total of $84 million in protected fiscal 2017 grants, with $1.3 million going specifically to 63 literature grants. $75,000 grants, the largest awarded, also went to the Council of Literary Magazines and Presses, the Academy of American Poets, and the Association of Writers & Writing Programs.


Joe's Place Bookstore in Greenville, SC will reopen in its new location on July 1. The new three-story space in a renovated 1920s house includes a new and used bookstore, coffee shop, and wine bar.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

NFFD is here – Thursday, June 22

NFFD is here – Thursday, June 22

 Come celebrate in Auckland, Christchurch, Dunedin and Wellington!

Because life is short. And so is some of the best fiction.

Awards, judges’ comments, guest readers, spot prizes and more. 

Special guests include:

Adult category judges Michael Harlow (Wellington) & Emma Neale (Dunedin)

Youth category judges Heather McQuillan (Christchurch) & Fleur Beale (Wellington)

Frankie McMillan (Auckland) and James Norcliffe (Christchurch)

Vaughan Rapatahana Rachael Naomi (Auckland)

Teoti Jardine & Tania Roxborough (Christchurch)

Chris Else (Dunedin) & Tim Jones (Wellington)


The Roundup with PW

ALA 2017 Spotlight: Librarians Gear Up for 'the Fight of a Lifetime'
Librarians will gather in Chicago for the 2017 ALA Annual Conference amid an organizational leadership transition, and challenges from the Trump Administration.
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The Top 10 Most Challenged Books of 2016
Each year during National Library Week, the ALA’s Office for Intellectual Freedom releases its list of the top 10 most challenged books in the nation’s schools and libraries. We asked OIF director James LaRue to share some insight on the trends reflected in the 2016 list.
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Amazon Is the New Conglomerate: The conglomerate was supposed to be dead, a relic of a bygone of era of corporate America. And yet there is Amazon.

Top German Prize Goes to Poet-Translator: This year's Georg Büchner Prize has been wone by poet Jan Wagner, who is also a translator of poetry in English.

Two Writers, One Marriage: How do two writers live and write together? Julie Buntin and 'PW' deputy reviews editor Gabe Habash on marriage and each other's work.

Revisiting 'The Nixon Poems': Four years before Watergate, the poet Eve Merriam published an eerily prescient collection dedicated to the U.S. Constitution.

Why Publishing Seeks A.I.: On the potential for artificial intelligence in the book publishing world—especially in marketing and book discovery.


Othe Shelf


Best Beach Reads: 12 Great Memoirs to Read This Summer

As members of the human race we all seek to connect in a deep, authentic way. Reading a memoir can feel as intense as sinking into a good novel. You might be introduced to another culture, experience the challenge of living with chronic illness or addiction, learn about your idol's childhood, witness grief and healing in new ways, be humbled by another's strength, laugh your butt off at someone's antics, and discover new facets of yourself. So dust off your lounge chair, grab something cold...

Allen & Unwin report Wilbur Smith deal

Some exciting news overnight from our UK agency partner, Bonnier Zaffre.  In one of the biggest deals in publishing history, the company has acquired world rights to eight new books by Wilbur Smith and 34 backlist titles.  The deal means Allen & Unwin will sell and distribute Wilbur Smith in the ANZ market from January 2018.
Allen & Unwin CEO, Robert Gorman, says, “we are delighted to welcome Wilbur Smith to Allen & Unwin in Australia and New Zealand.  We look forward to working with Wilbur to cement his place as one of the giants of international fiction.” 

Latest News from The Bookseller

Carnegie winners
Ruta Sepetys has won the CILIP Carnegie Medal while Lane Smith has scooped the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal, meaning that both awards have been taken by Americans for the first time in their history.
The Creative Industries Federation has issued its Brexit "red lines” in the week the Article 50 negotiations formally begin.
Judith Kerr
HarperCollins has bought a new book from Judith Kerr, inspired by the 94-year-old author's ninth pet cat Katinka.
Writer's House
Writers House literary agency in the US has announced the closure of its UK office, with UK operations being taken in-house. 
Elise Dillsworth
Literary agent Elise Dillsworth is entering into an association with Caskie Mushens Ltd.
Val McDermid
Bloody Scotland today (20th June) revealed the longlist for the McIlvanney Prize Scottish Crime Book of the Year Award 2017.

Pottermore Book Club
Pottermore has launched its Wizarding World Book Club community pages and revealed the first themes up for discussion online. 
Finding My Virginity
Sir Richard Branson is publishing a new autobiography with Virgin Books, called Finding My Virginity.
Huw Armstrong
Huw Armstrong, previously assistant editor at Century, has been appointed editor for non-fiction at Hodder & Stoughton.
Margaret Atwood
Margaret Atwood has said she would like to see those who have been killed in the fight to protect free speech honoured, either through a statue or a wall in London's Hyde Park. 
Allen & Unwin has signed the first book by journalist Anna-Marie Crowhurst in a "major acquisition" which signals a "strong move towards upmarket historical fiction" for the Atlantic Books imprint.