Thursday, April 27, 2017

Latest News from The Bookseller

Night School
Lee Child has reclaimed his UK Official Top 50 number one, as Night School (Bantam) boomeranged back into the top spot, displacing Star Wars: Rogue One (Egmont).
Freight Books
Authors and agents have expressed concern about the future of Scottish independent publisher Freight Books following the departure of co-founder and director Adrian Searle earlier this week.
international prize for arabic fiction
A Small Death (Dar Al Saqi) by Mohammed Hasan Alwan has won the 10th International Prize for Arabic Fiction (IPAF).
The Big Green Bookshop
The publishing industry has rallied round to help the independent Big Green Bookshop after one of its owners sent out a desperate tweet appealing for customers because they were “seriously skint”.
Sharjah Publishing City
At least three UK publishers have applied to have bases in Sharjah’s “Publishing City”, The Bookseller has learned.
Jane Harris
Stripes’ publisher Jane Harris is to step down from running the list after 12 years with the Little Tiger Group fiction imprint, triggering a restructure.

Creative Industries Federation
The Creative Industries Federation has urged the government to ensure that the creative industries and arts are a "priority sector" in Brexit negotiations, in its election manifesto which is being distributed to all political parties and Federation members. 
Danny Wallace
Danny Wallace is writing a comedic book about rudeness for Ebury Press, publishing on 15th June 2017. 
Clare Hall-Craggs
Nosy Crow has recruited Clare Hall-Craggs as senior PR and media relations manager. 
Quercus is publishing a new small-format "how to" series of books to help readers learn new skills for a more fun-filled and enriching life, called Little Ways to Live a Big Life.
Oneworld has acquired The Baghdad Clock by Iraqi author Shahad al Rawi, originally published in Arabic by Dar al-Hikma in 2016.

The Roundup with PW


Quarto USA Launches Two Picture Book Imprints
Quarto Publishing Group is launching two U.S. children’s book imprints this season. Seagrass Press will publish environmentally focused titles for young readers, while words & pictures—which debuted in the U.K. in 2012—has expanded across the pond.
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Rick Riordan Imprint Acquires First Three Titles
Yoon Ha Lee, Jennifer Cervantes, and Roshani Chokshi will be the first to publish novels with Rick Riordan Presents, Disney-Hyperion’s new mythology-based imprint, which launches in 2018.
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Alwan Wins Prize for Arabic Fiction: 'A Small Death,' Mohammed Hasan Alwan’s historical novel about a Sufi mystic and adventurer, takes $50,000 honor for "striking artistry."

Margaret Atwood Made Them Feminists: Mara Wilson, N.K. Jemisin, Jenny Han, and nine other authors talk about the first time they read 'The Handmaid's Tale.'

William Gibson's Brave New World: The science fiction writer who coined the term "cyberspace" reimagines the world after the 2016 election in his upcoming novel, 'Agency.'

Jeff VanderMeer, Meet Cory Doctorow: Two modern masters of speculative fiction talk biotech, climate change, activism, and how sci-fi genre sensibilities have changed.

A Life Transmuted Into Fiction: Pajtim Statovci grew up as a gay refugee in Finland. His first novel explores questions of identity with the help of a homophobic, immigrant-hating cat.

The Holiday When People Give Their Beloveds Books Along With Roses


It’s April 23, el dia de Sant Jordi (St. George’s Day), the Catalan counterpart to Valentine’s Day – except that it’s a book and not a box of chocolates that goes along with the bouquet for your true love. Natasha Lomas gives us a look at the celebration, for which €20 million worth of books are sold each year.

Off the Shelf


By Bianca Salvant    |   Wednesday, April 26, 2017
I was a teenager when I first read Octavia Butler and had recently begun rebelling against my mother. Deeply rooted in her Christian faith, she forbade me to watch certain movies, read certain books, or participate in certain activities. In her eyes, she was protecting me from temptation, showing me the path, and working toward keeping me focused on it. I, on the other hand, felt limited and emotionally abused. I wanted to read and watch everything she said would reserve me a one-way ticket to hell. READ MORE

Publishers Lunch

Today's Meal

Rich Thomas will join HarperCollins Children's as vice president and publishing director, reporting to Kate Jackson. He was most recently associate publisher and editorial director for Disney Publishing Worldwide. At HarperCollins Children's, he will lead the Festival, I Can Read, and licensing programs.

Jane Starr Literary Scouts has been appointed US scout for Vigmostad & Bjoerke in Norway.


Granta has announced its Best of Young American Novelists list, released with a special issue every ten years. The list includes 21 names selected this year by Patrick deWitt, A.M. Homes, Kelly Link, Ben Marcus and Granta’s editor and publisher Sigrid Rausing. Among the winners are novelists with multiple books out, including Lauren Groff, Ben Lerner, and Jesse Ball, as well as a number of authors with recent debuts, including Emma Cline, Yaa Gyasi, and Garth Risk Hallberg. The accompanying issue of the magazine will be published May 4.

In Australia, Marija Pericic's novel The Lost Pages won the Vogel's Literary Award.

Nathaniel Philbrick won the George Washington Prize for
Valiant Ambition: George Washington, Benedict Arnold, and the Fate of the American Revolution (Viking). The $50,000 prize honors the year's best book on the nation's founding era.

A Small Death by Mohammed Hasan Alwan
won the $50,000 International Prize for Arabic Fiction.

Seven editors and agents from the U.S. and Canada have been named Zev Birger Jerusalem International Book Fair Fellows and will participate in special programs and seminars at the 28th biennial Jerusalem International Book Fair, June 11-15:

Anna deVries, Picador/Macmillan
Erin Edmison, Edmison Harper Literary Scouting
Noah Eaker, Random House
Alexander Littlefield, HoughtonMifflinHarcourt
Marleen Seegers, 2 Seas Literary Agency
Melanie Tortoroli, Viking/Penguin
Janie Yoon, House of Anansi Press

AWF - An Invitation

Auckland University Press warmly invites you
to come and raise a glass with us at
the Auckland Writers Festival!



Auckland University Press invites you to attend the launch of Ian Wedde’s Selected Poems, to meet the Press’s Ockham New Zealand Book Award Finalists and Festival speakers, and to take a look at the great books we have coming up in 2017.

Refreshments will be served and books available for signing.

3.30–5.00 p.m.
Friday 19 May
Air New Zealand Foyer
Level 5, Aotea Centre
Auckland CBD
RSVP not essential but helpful for catering.
Phone 09-373-7528 or email

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Landfall celebrates 70th anniversary with new prize for young writers

Landfall, New Zealand’s leading journal of arts and literature, has announced the winner of the inaugural Charles Brasch Young Writers’ Essay Competition.

Named in honour of Dunedin poet and literary figure Charles Brasch, who founded Landfall in 1947, the new competition is an annual award open to New Zealand writers aged 16 to 21.

Landfall editor David Eggleton says the 48 entries received were an ‘immediately readable throng of lively, opinionated, argumentative essays: writing that brimmed with ideas’.

New Zealand student Andy Xie, currently studying at the University of Columbia in the United States, takes the $500 prize with his essay ‘The Great New Zealand Myth.’
‘A saga of migration and transformation, of landfall and then further wanderings, Andy Xie’s essay is also an exploration of idealism and its consequences, told as a personal narrative that describes his parents’ self-sacrifice for the sake of their offspring,’ says David Eggleton.
Second place went to Mia Rutledge for ‘We Are Nothing Without Our History’, a potted account of Taranaki’s provincial history intertwined with familial history that featured some wonderful imagery.

Third placegetter Alexandra McKendry adopted the persona of an elderly curmudgeon in her well-paced diatribe, ‘A Facebook Free Diet’, revisiting all the reasons why being on Facebook was a bad thing.

The following essayists were highly commended: Sariya McGrath, Jesse Austin, Ellena Khoo, Ioana Manoa, John Sibanda, James Fitzgerald and Heinrich Metzler.

David Eggleton says one recurring theme was ‘the reality of life’s imperfections and limited choices versus consumerism’s shimmering mirages and supposedly endless opportunities’.

‘Quite a number of the essays, too, dealt with or circled around the theme of self-identity, self-discovery –along with the ways that culture or society served to define it.’

The winning essay will be published in Landfall 233, a special 70th anniversary edition, published on 1 May.

As part of the 70th anniversary celebration, panel discussions on Landfall are being held during both the Dunedin Writers and Readers Festival and the Auckland Writers Festival, in May 2017.

Featured Artists
Chris Corson-Scott, Heather Straka, Jenna Packer, Samuel Harrison
Featured Writers
Aimee-Jane Anderson-O’Connor, Nick Ascroft, Claire Baylis, Miro Bilbrough, Victoria Broome, Iain Britton, Owen Bullock, Christine Burrows, Brent Cantwell, Marisa Cappetta, Joanna Cho, Stephanie Christie, Makyla Curtis, Doc Drumheller, Mark Edgecombe, Lynley Edmeades, Johanna Emeney, Riemke Ensing, Ciaran Fox, Michael Gould, S.K. Grout, Shen Haobo, Paula Harris, René Harrison, Stephen Higginson, Jeffrey Paparoa Holman, Amanda Hunt, Anna Jackson, Ted Jenner, Anne Kennedy, Erik Kennedy, Jessica Le Bas, Wes Lee, Michele Leggott, Carolyn McCurdie, Robert McLean, Fardowsa Mohamed, Kavita Ivy Nandan, Emma Neale, Piet Nieuwland, Claire Orchard, Bob Orr, Jenny Powell, Chris Price, Helen Rickerby, Ron Riddell, L.E. Scott, Iain Sharp, Charlotte Simmonds, Peter Simpson, Tracey Slaughter, Laura Solomon, Barry Southam, Matafanua Tamatoa, Philip Temple, Dunstan Ward, Elizabeth Welsh, Sue Wootton, Mark Young, Karen Zelas.

Featured Reviews
Paul Moon on Artefacts of Encounter, eds Nick Thomas et al.
Kristyn Harman on Mothers’ Darlings of the South Pacific, eds Judith A. Bennett & Angela Wanhalla Edmund Bohan on The Big Smoke: New Zealand cities 1840–1920 by Ben Schrader Chris Else on My Father’s Island by Adam Dudding James Norcliffe on Beside Herself by Chris Price and Fits and Starts by Andrew Johnston Airini Beautrais on Playing for Both Sides: Love across the Tasman by Stephanie Johnson and Late Love: Sometimes doctors need saving as much as their patients by Glenn Colquhoun Peter Bland on Selected Poems by Gordon Challis Murray Edmond on Shooting Gallery by Wes Lee Erena Shingade on Lucky Punch by Simone Kaho and This Explains Everything by Richard von Sturmer Jeffrey Paparoa Holman on The Collected Poems of Alistair Te Ariki Campbell
Landfall 233 70th anniversary edition
Edited by David Eggleton
Release Date: May 2017
ISBN 978-0-947522-52-0

Big day tomorrow for those who love libraries

Dear Friends,

Our campaign has taken off like a rocket in the past few days. Janet McAllister's piece in the Herald on Monday really blew the lid off the uncertainty and strain our library staff have been enduring and we're now adding hundreds of signatures a day to the petition. Thank you everyone!

I think many of us are fed up with government services being run like a business. We expect much better treatment and support for our hard-working community librarians.

Tomorrow is our chance to get Council to do the right thing, to call a halt to these "reforms", find somewhere else to save a measly $1.8 M, and to involve the community in any future consultations about improving service.

The media is responding to a wave of press releases one of our volunteers sent out this morning and I'm about to be interviewed by Newshub in front of my local branch. I thought I'd better write this email now before the day got away from me!

Please keep sharing the link to the petition.

And if you can, please join us tomorrow from 9:00 AM (meeting starts at 9:30) for the Governing Body meeting at Town Hall, 301 Queen Street. I'm told our presentation is scheduled early in the agenda. The kids are on school holidays, bring them along to meet their Councillors and see how government works.


Julia Schiller

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death expands us.jpgDeath Expands Us
Tuesday 2 May 6pm in the bookshop
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Join writer & professional grief coach Stephanie Harris to celebrate the launch of her book – an honest account of grief & how it can evolve into a catalyst for positive transformation & change.

All welcome 
Auckland Writers Festival (AWF)
16 – 21 May
logo.pngIt’s about to happen again! It’s one of the biggest & best literary festivals in the world!
difficult women.jpgDon’t miss Roxanne Gay, Anne Enright, Emma Neale, Caroline Brothers, Brit Bennett, Catherine Chidgey, Mpho Tutu van Furth (Desmond Tutu’s daughter), Ashleigh Young, Tina Makereti & lots of great chaps too!!
Take your kids to hear the divine Lauren Child.
Hear Carole Beu chat with the delightful, hilarious Stella Duffy.
Attend another stunning theatre performance by Rebecca Vaughan – Jane Eyre this time.
Advance AWF Event –
Saturday 29 April, Auckland Town Hall
An Evening with Armando Iannucci

iannuci.jpgThe Emmy-winning Veep, the Bafta-winning The Thick of It, & Little Englander Alan Partridge are just some of the satirical creations of this brilliant writer, producer & director. He’ll be talking to Toby Manhire about his work & whether the new world order is putting satirists out of a job!
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We have piles of AWF PROGRAMMES in the shop – or go to
We’re buried under an avalanche of AWF books (phew!) & are delighted to be running the numerous (phew again!) festival bookstalls with our friends Unity Books. We’ll have about 25,000 books & 35 staff at the Aotea Centre for the week.
World Women 17
We were fortunate to be the bookseller at the stunning World Women 17 Conference run by Theresa Gattung & colleagues in March.
rebel girls3.jpgOne of the most frequently asked for titles at the conference was Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls: 100 Tales of Extraordinary Women
World-wide demand has been so phenomenal that our stock has only recently arrived – we now have heaps! ($40)

We ordered too many copies of two titles for the conference, so are pleased to offer them to you at reduced prices:

Flash Froniter April Issue

April 2017: POCKETS
Welcome! New stories and art from Aotearoa New Zealand, opening with artwork by NZ sculptor Marian Fountain, whose commemorative work honouring the New Zealand Tunnelling Company during World War I has just been unveiled in Arras. 
Read the stories and see the stunning artwork here.

Our feature page this month starts by welcoming 
Gail Ingram to the Flash Frontier team. She joins as Associate Editor in June, when we say a fond thank you and farewell to Nod Ghosh. Huge thanks to both of these talented writers who bring such insight and value to our pages!

Also in our features: a look at 
Bay of Islands Writers, founded by Vivian Thonger and Angela Shaw, including an interview and images from the Far North, and also flashes from members prompted by the word 'treaty'.

We also bring you two book announcements, with launches coming in May: 
Manifesto Aotearoa: 101 political poems, edited by Philip Temple Emma Neale and published by Otago University Press, and Leanne Radojkovich's First Fox.

Many thanks for reading – we hope you enjoy this New Zealand issue of Flash Frontier: An Adventure in Short Fiction!