Friday, July 28, 2017

The Roundup with PW

The Canadian Author Canadians Know Best? Margaret Atwood
A new survey of Canadian readers found that Margaret Atwood is the Canadian author most residents recognize. The BookNet Canada survey also found that one in five Canadian readers cannot name a single Canadian author.
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Hudson Booksellers Opens New Concept Store
The second Ink by Hudson, a new concept bookstore from the airport retailer, has opened at the Tucson International Airport.
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S&S Announces Title for Forthcoming Clinton Memoir
Hillary Clinton's anticipated new memoir, due out September 12, has been given a title. Simon & Schuster said the book, which will focus on Clinton's defeat in the recent presidential election, will be called 'What Happened.'
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Amazon to Host Job Fair: The online retail giant announced Amazon Jobs Day where it will look for candidates to fill 50,000 positions in the U.S. on August 2.

How to Write Historical Fiction: Here are six tips to follow while writing a historical novel, including a less is more approach to details.

Why Short Books Should Be Celebrated: Check out an essay on the benefits of short books, complete with recommendations for titles within the genre.

Introducing the Most Glamorous Librarian: Learn more about the life of Belle de Costa Greene, an influential librarian in America during the early 20th century.

Seven Books to Read in August: Find a list of nonfiction and fiction titles slated to publish soon, including ‘My Absolute Darling’ by Gabriel Tallent.


Bringing poetry to the people with free online collection

Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day celebrate their 20th anniversary this year and, to mark the occasion, are publishing free online poetry collection 20/20. The collection includes Poet Laureates, Ockham New Zealand Book Awards winners and strong new voices from recent collections and anthologies.

The 20/20 collection features 40 poems by New Zealand poets who represent the diversity and vibrancy of our literary talent. Twenty of the poets featured in the collection are acclaimed writers, who were invited to select one of their own poems that they felt spoke to New Zealanders now. They were also asked to choose a poem by an emerging poet or writer who they considered to be essential reading in 2017.

Paula Morris (Ngati Wai, Ngati Whatua), spokesperson for the New Zealand Book Awards Trust, said that she was “excited to see the range of voices selected here, and the ethnic and geographic diversity in the poets chosen by our twenty established writers. This list speaks to a 'new' New Zealand literature, and reflects how much our culture is changing and growing.”

The poems are published in groups of ten between 24 May and 25 August 2017, with Group Three (tabled below) released today. The featured poets and their chosen poems are: Auckland-based poet C. K. Stead and his choice Johanna Emeney (North Shore, Auckland); David Eggleton (Dunedin) and Leilani Tamu (Auckland); Elizabeth Smither (Taranaki) and Rob Hack (Paekakariki); Richard Reeve (Dunedin) and Michael Steven (Auckland); Robert Sullivan (Auckland) and Ngahuia Te Awekotuku (Waikato).

C. K. Stead
‘Into extra time’
The Black River (AUP, 2007)
Johanna Emeney
Apple & Tree (Cape Catley, 2011)
David Eggleton
The Conch Trumpet (OUP, 2015)
Leilani Tamu
‘Avaiki Rain’
The Art of Excavation (Anahera Press, 2014)
Elizabeth Smither
Miss Bowerman and the hot water bottles’
Night Horse (AUP, 2017)
Rob Hack
‘Almost a Buddhist’
Everything is Here (Escalator Press, 2016)
Richard Reeve  
‘At Frankton Supermarket, Queenstown’
Manifesto Aotearoa ed. Emma Neale and Philip Temple (OUP, 2017)
Michael Steven
‘Dropped Pin: Jollie Street’
The Story of My Past Lives
(Maungatoa Press, 2017)
Robert Sullivan
‘Sullivan Whānau’
Star Waka (AUP, 1999)
Ngahuia Te Awekotuku
Puna Wai Kōrero: An Anthology of Māori Poetry in English ed.  Reina Whaitiri and Robert Sullivan (AUP, 2014).

The 20/20 collection is being made available to all New Zealanders as a free download. The PDF can be accessed on Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day, Friday 25 August, via this link:

Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day has been running continuously since 1997 and is always celebrated on the last Friday in August. Poetry enthusiasts from all over New Zealand organise a host of events – from poetry slams to flash and pop-up events – in a multiplicity of venues, including schools, libraries, bars, cafes and theatres. This year, Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day takes place on Friday 25 August 2017.

Established in 1997, National Poetry Day is about discovery, diversity, community and pushing boundaries. It is a one-day national poetry-event extravaganza held on the last Friday of August each year. This is the second year of National Poetry Day operating under the sponsorship of Phantom Billstickers.

Arts Journal - Words

Are Trigger Warnings Censorship (Or A Good Idea?)

If you search for” books with trigger warnings” you will hit an interminable list of titles which include, and are not restricted to, suicide; self-harm; eating disorders; grief; miscarriage; addiction; racism; rape; sexual violence; incest. Where do you draw the line?

Sven Birkerts Found It More And More Difficult To Write. Then The Impulse Returned

“The change did not come overnight, but I did start to notice a while back that I was having fewer of these word surges interrupting whatever I was doing. Less and less often was I waking up wanting to strategize — plotting out paragraph transitions like a traveler marking a route on a map, except that both map and route were both in the head.”

The Strange Tastes Of Bookstore Shoplifters (Kierkegaard And Wittgenstein?)

Sure, thieves make off with expensive coffee-table books and textbooks, but, says the manager of the London Review Bookshop, “Our most-stolen authors, in order, are Baudrillard, Freud, Nietzsche, Graham Greene, Lacan, Camus, and whoever puts together the Wisden [Cricketers’] Almanack.” One booklifter who got caught said as he was escorted from the store, “I hope you’ll consider this in the Žižekian spirit, as a radical reappropriation of knowledge.”

English Bookseller's Debut Novel Makes Man Booker Longlist

Shelf Awareness

Fiona Mozley
Among the books by many well-known authors on the longlist for the Man Booker Prize (see the full list below) there's an unusual one, the Bookseller noted. The debut novel Elmet, "a book about family as well as a meditation on landscape in South Yorkshire" that will be published only August 10, is by a bookseller. Fiona Mozley, 29, works weekends at the Little Apple Bookshop in York while completing a Ph.D. in medieval studies. She wrote the novel "while commuting on the train," according to her editor, Becky Walsh, at JM Originals, an imprint at John Murray Publishers, a Hachette UK subsidiary.

The bookstore posted this on Facebook: "Fantastic news. The Booker Prize Longlist includes our very own Fiona Mozley, one of our talented Little Apple staff. We read it and loved it. Out in August. Watch this space

Going West Festival a Feast for Book, Theatre and Film Lovers

Come to where the trees soar high and join some of the country’s best known writers of books, songs, film and theatre at the 22nd Going West Books and Writers Festival this September.

Featuring new work by Anne Salmond, Witi Ihimaera, Diana Wichtel, Bill Manhire, Kirsten McDougall, Pip Adam and Selina Tusitala Marsh, audiences will also be treated to an address by Rod Oram as the Sir Graeme Douglas orator; C.K. Stead examines the literacy legacy of Allen Curnow; Steve Braunias tells us how he Ate Lincoln Road while Colin Hogg Hits the High Road. This year’s Ockham New Zealand Book Awards Acorn Foundation Fiction Prize winner, Catherine Chidgey, discusses The Wish Child; Bill Manhire plays tour guide through NZ poems set to music by Norman Meehan and Hannah Griffiths and the Titirangi Poetry Collective celebrates 40 years at the fringe of heaven.

Going West Books and Writers Festival Director, Nicola Strawbridge, says audiences can expect to hear from big names, celebrate what’s local and be immersed in conversations about some of the big issues the world is facing at the moment.

“Come along and be inspired! There’s smart talk, poetry, great music, stimulating discourse and amazing catering.

“To quote Emma Neale, our Curnow Reader in 2016, “the Festival is a long party for the mind”.

“Going West Festival presents great ideas served up with delicious food and organic wine,” says Ms Strawbridge.
In partnership with Auckland’s home for Māori theatre, Te Pou, the Festival will present an intimate experience of Kororāreka: The Ballad of Maggie Flynn written by Paolo Rotondo and directed by Julie Nolan from 21-23 September.

For the first time in Auckland, Te Pou and the Festival also present The Māori Sidesteps ‘the newest and naughtiest Māori Showband in town’, written by Rob Mokaraka and Jamie McCaskill, directed by Tamati Kawha from 14-16 September.

Te Pou will also host their annual Koanga (Spring) Festival offering a range of performances, writing workshops and readings and culminating in a community Whānau Day of storytelling on Sunday 10 September at the theatre’s home 44A Portage Road, New Lynn.

There’s an intriguing line-up of films from 18 September, including Perfectly Frank, the Life of a NZ Writer in which biographer Michael King takes us through the life of pioneering writer Frank Sargeson; A Portrait of Katherine Mansfield which includes readings from Mansfield’s writings by Ilona Rogers and a screening of In my Fathers Den, followed by a Q&A with Producer Trevor Haysom and Going West Festival Founder, Murray Gray.

Spoken word poets have time to sharpen their acts before the Going West Poetry Slam takes place on 9 September. Directed by Doug Poole, this will be a fun, fast-paced evening featuring some of the country’s best known slammers. Handsome cash prizes to be won. 
Te Uru Waitakere Contemporary Gallery’s Learning Centre will hold an Indie Book Fair: a thriving showcase of zines, handmade books and limited-edition publications on Sunday 10 September and Henderson’s Corban Estate Arts Centre features Word Up on Friday 8 September: an exciting, word-based performance competition which gives 13-20-year-olds the opportunity to present their original work in any word-based genre from rap, poetry, spoken word, music or stand-up comedy.

The full Going West Books and Writers Festival programme will be online at from July 28. For tickets go to: or phone 09 361 1000.

The Festival is grateful for support from the Waitakere Ranges Local Board, Creative New Zealand, The Trusts Community Foundation, Foundation North, the West Auckland Research Centre, Douglas Family Trust and the Norcross Falls Heritage Trust.

Latest News from The Bookseller

Man Booker Prize 2017
A bookseller's unpublished debut is among the novels longlisted for the £50,000 Man Booker Prize 2017, alongside books by authors including Arundhati Roy, George Saunders, Sebastian Barry and Zadie Smith.
Publisher Elsevier saw revenue up 11% in the first half of 2017, to £1,171m, although underlying growth was a more modest 2%.
Amazon HQ
Employees from the book world were among those who celebrated the launch of Amazon’s news 15-storey headquarters in London’s Shoreditch.
What does this button do?
HarperNonFiction is to publish What Does This Button Do?, the "hugely anticipated" memoir from Iron Maiden frontman Bruce Dickinson, this autumn.
The BBC has backtracked on plans to axe "Saturday Review", its cultural discussion programme presented by Tom Sutcliffe on Radio 4.
Marcel Somerville
Blink Publishing has signed Love Island’s Marcel Somerville to publish Dr Marcel’s Little Book of Big Love

Terry Pratchett
The first pictures from the forthcoming Terry Pratchett exhibition at the Salisbury Museum have been revealed.
Michael Donkor
Fourth Estate has snapped up a debut "coming-of-age" novel set in Ghana and Brixton at auction.
Business Inclusivity
Nancy Roberts, previously global operations director at Cambridge University Press, is launching a new consultancy to help tackle gender inequality in publishing.
Fnac Darty
German consumer electronics company Ceconomy has paid €425m to acquire the controlling stake of 24.33% in the Fnac Darty, the largest French cultural product chain, from Artémis.
Carolyn Reidy
Simon & Schuster's president and c.e.o. Carolyn Reidy will be a “Guest of Honour” at this year’s Frankfurt Book Fair and will speak about “strategic developments in international publishing”.
London Book Fair
The London Book Fair and US magazine Writer’s Digest are to launch a new conference for authors, The Writer’s Summit, which will explore new opportunities in publishing and in developing successful writing careers.

Off the Shelf

July 27, 2017
Elizabeth Breeden


The 5 Best Novels I Read This Spring

The best and worst quality I brought to the table when applying for jobs in the publishing industry was that I read everything. I was advised against telling this to prospective HR managers because it sounds vague and unfocused, and told I should instead play up a distinctive niche in which I’m a reading expert. Swarthy corset-bound romances? Political biographies? Swedish noir? Narrative nonfiction by award-winning journalists? Alas, I still find myself reaching for vastly different styles, genres, and subjects to meet whatever mood I’m in. This is especially clear as I look back on some of the best novels I read this spring. Each has a tone, pacing, and content unique from the others—and frankly, I wouldn’t have it any other way. Sorry, career advisors!

Publishers Lunch

Today's Meal

At Sourcebooks, Stephanie Lewis has been promoted to business data manager; Drew French has been promoted to sales data associate.

Nick Lindsay has been promoted to director of journals and open access for MIT Press.

Sarah Baline will join Catapult, Counterpoint Press, and Soft Skull Press as events coordinator starting August 14. Most recently, she was events coordinator for East City Books in Washington, D.C.

At Random House Children's, Shay Brown has been promoted to production coordinator and Alice Rahaeuser has been promoted to production supervisor.

At Ingram Content Group: Tricia Racke Bengel has joined as library sales and services manager for Ingram Library Services (she was assistant director at Nashville Public Library). Anne Ugarte has joined Perseus Distribution and Ingram Academic Services as client relations manager. Andrew McGarrity becomes director of digital solutions for Tennessee Book Company, following their acquisition of teaching and learning platform Thrivist, which he founded. As part of that acquisition, Derrick Greer is now senior manager of customer success.

In promotions, Catherine Robinson has moved over to marketing team as product marketing manager. Johanna Hynes moves up to manager, sales, for Ingram Publisher Services, continuing to sell to independent bookstores in the Midwest, and Robert Barnard is now senior manager of application development for the IT department.
Hillary Clinton's forthcoming book will be titled What Happened, now set for publication on September 12. Originally announced as a book of essays it has evolved into a "full memoir." Clinton promises in the introduction, "I've often felt I had to be careful in public, like I was up on a wire without a net. Now, I'm letting my guard down."

Hudson Group
opened 3 new stores and 3 new kiosks at the Tucson International Airport, including their second Ink by Hudson concept store, testing a less-terrible bookstore format that looks more like, well, a bookstore. (The first one opened a year ago at the Dallas airport.) The Ink store "features a contemporary style and indie-inspired design and ethos" and "built around a core offering of books...conceived as a cultural hub to the airport community." The 1,000-square-foot stores "features a curated assortment of bestsellers, small press titles, classics, prizewinners, local favorites, and a unique selection of toys, stationery, fashion, artwork, travel essentials and indulgences."