Thursday, December 08, 2016

The Roundup with PW

'Cursed Child' Top Selling Book at Amazon in 2016
'Harry Potter and the Cursed Child: Parts 1 and 2' was Amazon's best-selling book of 2016 and was also the year's "most wished for" and "most gifted" book at the e-tailer.
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Emma Straub to Open a Bookstore in Brooklyn
After learning that her neighborhood bookstore in Brooklyn, BookCourt, will close December 31, bestselling author Emma Straub announced she and her husband plan to open Books Are Magic next spring in the same area.
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NPR’s Book Concierge: A guide to 2016's great reads, which uses filters to allow easy exploration of more than 300 titles recommended by critics.

7 Writers on Their Favorite Bookstores: Geraldine Brooks, Ta-Nehisi Coates, Pamela Paul and others in the literary world reveal their favorite places to buy books.

Sticker Books for Grown-Ups: How Workman is making Beyoncé, Madonna, and the Mona Lisa into paint-by-number sticker books.

Fifty Years of Disquietude: On 'One Hundred Years of Solitude' and Gabriel García Márquez’s tour as an accidental propagandist.

What Set the Romance Novel Free: A history of the bodice-ripper and the "sweet, savage" sexual revolution that led to the modern romance novel.

Book trade News from Publishers Lunch

Danielle Smith has left Red Fox Literary after three years to launch her own literary agency, Lupine Grove Creative, with most of her clients set to follow her to the new agency.

Playwright Kia Corthron has won the Center for Fiction First Novel Prize for her debut novel
The Castle Cross the Magnet Carter (Seven Stories Press).

Green Apple Books music buyer and DJ Johnny Igaz, 34, who had been missing in the Oakland warehouse fire, was
confirmed by the Coroner on Tuesday as among the identified victims.

Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian will write a memoir of his 18 months in an Iranian prison for Anthony Bourdain's imprint at Ecco. The Post reports the memoir, slated for publication in 2018 and titled "Hostage: 544 Days, 400 Million Dollars, the Nuclear Deal & Me," will "share his experiences growing up as an Iranian American in the United States and reporting from Iran, as well as the story of his imprisonment." Rezaian said in a statement: "Not knowing when I would get out was an incredible ordeal for my family and me to endure. Now that it’s over, the hard work of putting my life back together continues, and that, too, has included many incredible and often surreal moments. I'm looking forward to the opportunity to tell this exciting story, which, while intensely personal, also deals with one of the biggest international news stories of recent times."

Martin Amis said his next novel will be an autobiographical treatment of Christopher Hitchens, Saul Bellow and Philip Larkin. Amis told "It's not so much about me, it’s about [the] three other writers...and since I started trying to write it, Larkin died in 1985, Bellow died in 2005, and Hitch died in 2011, and that gives me a theme – death – and a bit more freedom, and fiction is freedom." He added: "It's hard going but the one benefit is that I have the freedom to invent things. I don’t have them looking over my shoulder any more." The novel will be published after an essay collection, slated for publication in fall 2017.

14 Monumental Books to Read on the 75th Anniversary of Pearl Harbor

Off the Shelf
By Erin Flaaen    |   Wednesday, December 07, 2016
From the soldiers on the front lines in North Africa, Normandy, and the Pacific to the civilians fighting with the Resistance in Nazi-occupied territory, we’ll always be grateful to those who gave their lives and those who fought in World War II.
Today, to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the bombing of Pearl Harbor, we’ve gathered some of the most intimate, heart-wrenching, and transfixing nonfiction accounts of the war. READ MORE

Writing courses at The Creative Hub


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Introduce a friend to either of our two summer courses and be in a draw to win one-on-one mentoring with internationally published author and Hub tutor Robert Glancy.

Summer Fiction School runs from 13-15th January and is suitable for anyone wanting to develop their writing skills. Our Intro to Creative Writing (starts on 2 February) is the same course over eight weeks. Many graduates of both courses have gone on to successfully publish novels and win awards.
Robert Clancy
Auckland novelist Robert Glancy’s books are published by Bloomsbury, London, and Bob tutors and mentors at the Creative Hub where he recently won the annual Hub Award For Most Innovative Presenter.

Recommend either of our summer courses to a friend, and let us know when they have enrolled. We will draw the prize on 30
th January, and you can schedule your six hours of mentoring at any time during the following three months.
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Upcoming Courses

Summer Fiction School

10am to 4pm, 3 days, 13th – 15th January
Have fun with a like-minded bunch of scribblers in a beautiful room on the waterfront this January! This is the sixth year our Summer Fiction School has run, and the course has its own unique atmosphere in this magical waterfront location.  We show you the basic writing techniques used by professionals, such as creating memorable scenes, transforming your own life experiences into fiction, choosing the right point of view, and writing great dialogue. What is the Hero's Journey? What is Show, Don't Tell? What is the best way to end a story? We offer a supportive group environment in which you can explore your writing ideas and connect to other aspiring writers.
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New Zealand Books - Latest issue in bookshops this Friday

2       Elizabeth Aitken-Rose: Penning in a digital world (byline)

3       Ashleigh Young: Margot Roth, Roll on the Revolution … But Not Till After Xmas!: Selected Feminist Writing

4       Ingrid Horrocks: Ashleigh Young, Can You Tolerate This?: Personal Essays

5       Sarah Quigley: Ingrid Horrocks and Cherie Lacey (eds), Extraordinary Anywhere: Essays on Place From Aotearoa New Zealand

6       Paula Morris: Helene Wong, Being Chinese; Julie Fry and Hayden Glass, Going Places: Migration, Economics and the Future of New Zealand; Atholl Anderson, The First Migration: Māori Origins 3000 BC- AD 1450; Mere Kēpa, Marilyn McPherson and Linitā Manu’atu (eds), Home: Here to Stay

7       Olivia Bennett: Glenn Colquhoun, The Art of Walking Upright

8       Edmund Bohan: T E Scott, The Song Journey; Joan Norlev Taylor, Napoleon’s Willow

9       John O’Leary: Elsbeth Hardie, The Girl Who Stole Stockings: The True Story of Susannah Noon and the Women of the Convict Ship Friends; Helen Thomas, May Your Shadow Never Grow Less: The Life and Times of Henry and Jane Holland, Canterbury, New Zealand, 1863-1945

11     Paul Moon: Lloyd Carpenter and Lyndon Fraser (eds), Rushing for Gold: Life and Commerce on the Goldfields of New Zealand and Australia

12     Bookshelf

13     Peter Russell: Friedrich Voit (ed), Andrew Paul Wood (trans), Karl Wolfskehl: Three Worlds / Drei Welten: Selected Poems: German and English

14     Michael Hulse: Jenny Bornholdt, Selected Poems

15     Anna Jackson: Hera Lindsay Bird, Hera Lindsay Bird

16     Melissa Laing: Roger Horrocks, Re-inventing New Zealand: Essays on the Arts and the Media

17     Hugh Roberts: Jennifer Lawn, Neoliberalism and Cultural Transition in New Zealand Literature, 1984-2008

18     Chris Else: David Ciccoricco, Refiguring Minds in Narrative Media

19     Mark Houlahan: John Smythe, The Plays of Bruce Mason: A Survey; David O’Donnell (ed), Here/Now: 8 Plays by Award-Winning New Zealand Playwrights

20     Jon Johansson: Helen Leahy, Crossing the Floor: The Story of Tariana Turia

21     Melinda Johnston: Peter Bromhead, Bromhead: Scratching a Living

22     Helen Watson White: Peter Simpson, Bloomsbury South: The Arts in Christchurch 1933-1953

23     Claudia Jardine: Katie Pickles, Christchurch Ruptures; James Norcliffe and Joanna Preston (eds), Leaving the Red Zone: Poems from the Canterbury Earthquakes

24     Giovanni Tiso: Jock Phillips, To the Memory: New Zealand’s War Memorials

25     Stella Ramage: Jennifer Howarth, Behind the Twisted Wire: New Zealand Artists in WWI

27     Crossword

Friends with Books - Berlin

Photo: White Fungus at Friends With Books 2015

White Fungus will exhibit at Friends With Books - Art Book Fair Berlin at Hamburger Bahnhof, Decenber 9-11.
Friends With Books is Europe's premier festival for contemporary artists' books and periodicals by artists and art publishers. Featuring 150+ international participants and a series of public programmes: discussions, readings, presentations, performances, and art works that explore the perimeters of today's art publishing.
Friends with Books is a non-profit organisation founded in 2014 offering greater visibility to contemporary artists' books and art publications, including an annual art book fair, public programming, and partnerships with art organisations and institutions, facilitating the engagement of diverse audiences with the book works of artists and publishers worldwide.

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Libraries Taskforce
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New Beacon Books
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Andy McNab
Andy McNab has won the inaugural Ruth Rendell Award for the author who has done the most to champion literacy.
Kevin Brennan
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Quentin Blake
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Gail Rebuck
Baroness Gail Rebuck, chair of Cheltenham Literature Festivals and member of the Cheltenham Festivals' board of trustees, is to stand down at the end of 2016 due to the pressures of work. 
Head of Zeus
Head of Zeus has appointed literary scout and former commissioning editor at Arcadia, Helen Francis, to the role of commissioning editor of its literary imprint Apollo.
Quantum 2017
The London Book Fair and Nielsen Book are to combine the London Book Fair’s Quantum: Publishing & So Much More Conference and the Nielsen BookInsights Conference into one Spring event.