Friday, December 15, 2017

WORDS - Douglas McLennan


The Roundup with PW

Roger Stone Is Writing a Book: The political advisor says he's writing a book about President Trump's impending downfall from the Russia probe.

'He Began to Eat Hermione's Family': A bot has tried to write a Harry Potter book, and the consequent tale veers from almost genuine to gloriously bonkers.

An Abuser's Book, A Feminist Result: ‘The Mists of Avalon’ changed one writer's life—and she's trying to reconcile that with her knowledge of Marion Zimmer Bradley.

The Case Against Reading Everything: Writing instructors often preach exposure to different voices and styles. To the mind of at least one writer, they are dead wrong.

The Plight of the Part-Time Librarian: How to make a working life out of evenings and weekends at your local library—if you can.

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Jamie Oliver
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Lucy Foley
Lucy Foley has signed a "strong six-figure deal" for her first crime novel and one other book with HarperCollins.
Hodder Education
Egmont Publishing's chief financial officer Alan Hurcombe has been appointed to the new role of chief operating officer for the Hodder Education Group.
JoJo Moyes
Novelist and screenwriter Jojo Moyes has been named as ambassador for London Book & Screen Week as the festival returns for 2018.
Virago Modern Classics is celebrating the 80th anniversary of Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier with a special edition of the tale.

Eve Hall
Michael Joseph editor Eve Hall is moving to Hodder & Stoughton to take up a new position as commissioning editor, crime and thriller.
Ingrid Gilmore
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The Witchfinder's Sister
Beth Underdown’s historical debut, The Witchfinder's Sister, has been optioned for TV by Monumental Television.
Hazel Gale
Yellow Kite has acquired Fight, a book explaining cognitive hypnotherapy to readers who want to overcome unwanted behaviour and stumbling blocks in their own lives. 

Off the Shelf


The Laugh-Out-Loud Funny Family Drama I Can Give to Any Reader

I love when I find a book I can share with everyone—my parents, my friends, my book club, fellow book lovers on social media, professional book lovers visiting my office for meetings, every reader on my Christmas gift list. Until recently, it had been a while since I found one of those books. And I’ve been desperately longing for another high quality, entertaining family drama ever since finishing Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney’s THE NEST. So just imagine how thrilled I was to find THE ANTIQUES by Kris D’Agostino—a heartbreaking, nimble, laugh-out-loud funny send-up of modern family life.

Publishers Lunch

Today's Meal

At Dutton, Stephanie Kelly has been promoted to editor and Katie Zaborsky moves up to associate editor.

Jennifer Wattley has joined Simon & Schuster Children's as associate digital & social marketing manager. She was most recently production associate at St. Martin's Press.

Jordan Hamessley has joined New Leaf Literary & Media as literary agent, focusing on children's picture books, middle grade, young adult, and adult genre fiction. She was editorial director

Mark Glesne has joined Thomas Nelson as marketing director. Previously, he was director of marketing and digital commerce at TOL.

Harassment Files

PBS suspended talk show host Tavis Smiley after allegations came out that Smiley "had engaged in sexual relationships with multiple subordinates." The suspension followed an investigation by an outside law firm. Smiley has hosted interview show "Tavis Smiley" since 2004, in addition to authoring multiple books including Death of a King and Before You Judge Me (both with David Ritz), and editing the anthology The Covenant with Black America. He has a forthcoming book, Leading by Listening: Connecting Through Conversation to Transform Your Relationships and Your Business, listed some places for September 2018 publication.

In a
statement on Facebook, Smiley said, "I have the utmost respect for women and celebrate the courage of those who have come forth to tell their truth. To be clear, I have never groped, coerced, or exposed myself inappropriately to any workplace colleague in my entire broadcast career, covering six networks over 30 years.... PBS overreacted and conducted a biased and sloppy investigation, which led to a rush to judgment, and trampling on a reputation that I have spent an entire lifetime trying to establish."

Mario Batali, celebrity chef and author of multiple cookbooks, is
stepping away from his restaurants and co-hosting role on ABC's "The Chew" after four women alleged he "touched them inappropriately in a pattern of behavior that appeared to span at least two decades."

Batali's most recent book, Big American Cookbook: 250 Favorite Recipes from Across the USA, was released in 2016. He said in a statement, "Although the identities of most of the individuals mentioned in these stories have not been revealed to me, much of the behavior described does, in fact, match up with ways I have acted. That behavior was wrong and there are no excuses."

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Powerful poetry collection wins Adam Foundation Prize

A “powerful, restrained but unafraid” collection of poems that explore the lives of four generations of Māori women has been awarded the 2017 Adam Foundation Prize in Creative Writing by Victoria University of Wellington’s International Institute of Modern Letters (IIML).

Tayi Tibble, 22, wrote the winning work—In a Fish Tank Filled with Pink Light—as part of her 2017 Master of Arts (MA) at the IIML.

 Tayi describes winning the Adam Foundation Prize as incredibly encouraging. “It was a privilege and a pleasure to have spent the year so deeply immersed in the world of writing with such talented, intelligent, and generous friends. I believe it was the high calibre of work from my peers that stimulated my growth as a writer, as well as the guidance and encouragement from Louise Wallace and Chris Price. Although I am sad to see the end of this invaluable year, winning the Adam Foundation Prize signals the beginning of a new chapter.”

Wellington-born Tayi (Te Whānau a Apanui/Ngāti Porou) went to school in Porirua and holds a Bachelor of Arts in History and Social Policy from Victoria.  She has regularly appeared in Wellington’s LitCrawl Festival, and her work has been published in Starling—the journal for writers under 25—and Landfall.

Supported by Wellingtonians Denis and Verna Adam through the Victoria University Foundation, the $3,000 Adam Foundation Prize is awarded annually to an outstanding student in the MA in Creative Writing programme at the IIML.

Chris Price, a senior lecturer at the IIML and co-convenor of this year’s Master’s programme, says it’s been a pleasure to read the poems as they have developed over the course of the year.

“Tayi is an ambitious writer who has seized every opportunity to extend her craft and her range of subject matter. Her poems speak to contemporary urban realities, and to the histories that created them. They are also charming, funny and on point.”

This is the second year running that the Adam Foundation Prize has gone to a 22-year-old writer, after Annaleese Jochems’ novel Baby received the prize in 2016.

“Tayi joins the incoming wave of young writers who are forging the future of literature in this country.  We are confident she will make her mark,” says Chris.

Previous Adam Foundation Prize recipients include acclaimed authors Catherine Chidgey, Ashleigh Young, Hera Lindsay Bird and Eleanor Catton.

For more information contact Katie Hardwick-Smith on (04 463 6854) or

WORDS - Douglas McLennan

“I’m A College English Instructor. My Breed Is Dying”
     from Chronicle of Higher Education

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