Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Latest from The Bookseller

Fresh figures have shown the scale of library closures in Great Britain continues unabated, with 105 closed in the UK last year.
Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls
Blackwell’s has named its Book of the Year as the "inspirational" Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls (Particular Books) by Elena Favilli and Francesca Cavallo.
Emer McLysaght and Sarah Breen
Gill Books has struck a six-figure two-book deal with journalists Emer McLysaght and Sarah Breen to continue their series about stereotypical Irish girl Aisling, hailed as Ireland's answer to Bridget Jones. 
Meghan Markle
Andrew Morton is to pen an in-depth biography on Meghan Markle, who he calls a "dramatic contrast to the blushing, coy royal brides of recent history".
Mel Giedroyc
Television presenter Mel Giedroyc will chair the BBC National Short Story Award’s judging panel.
Wiley saw a year-on-year revenue increase of 6% (3% at constant currency) in the second quarter to end October 2017, at $452m.

Mike Doodson
A digital marketing manager has won the Amazon Christmas Writing Competition for his tale of a greedy squirrel who learns compassion from "three wise trees".
Michael Lynton
Michael Lynton, chairman of messaging app Snapchat, and a former chair and c.e.o. of Sony Entertainment, has been appointed to the Pearson board of directors. 
Hannah Pearl
Ruby Fiction, a new imprint of women's fiction publisher Choc Lit, has signed a three-book deal with Hannah Pearl, last week's winner of the #HeatSeeker Short Story Writing Competition.
Pocket guidebook publisher, Do Books, has launched an audio partnership with Penguin Random House.
Penguin Random House has inked a deal to publish The New Female Tribes which "explodes" gender stereotypes and explores the role of women in advertising.

Signals 2017 Launched

11 December 2017

Signals 2017 Launched
The Michael King Writers’ Centre launched the sixth issue of Signals, its literary journal for young writers, on Saturday 9 December at the National Library in Parnell.

The journal features the work of senior secondary students who took part in this year’s Young Writers Programme, as well as its alumni. Over 190 pieces were submitted to the editors.

This year we are very grateful to have received the support of Penguin Random House.

Winners of the $150 Chris Cole Catley Prizes for the year were Maria Ji of Auckland University and Rachel Meadows of Auckland University of Technology. Full results are as follows:

Poetry: Judged by Gregory Kan

First - T & C by Maria Ji Second - We Are Working on Standing Still by Sophie van Waardenberg Highly Commended - Paradox by Pritha Marks

Prose: Judged by Whiti Hereaka

First - Tumour by Rachel Meadows

Second - When the Wolves Come Out by Joanna Li

Highly Commended - Roses for the Grave by Gina Holden and Birdgod – Rachel Meadows

The 2017 Programme attracted more than 130 senior students, representing schools from all over Auckland.

Leading writers contributed to workshops and master classes in collaboration with tutors Ros Ali and Jo Emeney. Guests included Ali Ikram, Toby Morris, Chris Price, Gregory Kan, Whiti Hereaka and Fiona Sussman, Matt Harris and Tina Makareti.

Copies of Signals will be distributed to Auckland secondary schools and libraries. The journal will be available from the Michael King Writers’ Centre and selected bookshops.

The Young Writers Programme thanks Creative New Zealand, Joyce Fisher Charitable Trust and Penguin Random House for their support. Michael King Writers’ Centre
PO Box 32-629, Devonport, Auckland 0744
Ph: 09 445 8451
E: administrator@writerscentre.org.nz
E: youngwriters@writerscentre.org.nz


WORDS with Douglas McLennan


Off the Shelf


24 Books for the Hard-to-Shop-For Person on Your List
It's that time of year again. The holidays. The time of year filled with family and friends, turkey and pie, tickets home and car rides, Black Friday deals and glasses of cheer. And for many of us, it's trying to find a present for those hard-to-gift people in our lives. You know—the ones you've already given a coffee-shop giftcard to and a scented candle the year before that. We hope this list helps you cross a few more off your shopping list.

Publishers Lunch

Today's Meal

Publisher of the Penguin Random House Audio Group Amanda D'Acierno has been promoted to executive vice president.

At Harper One, Jenn Jensen has been promoted to associate director of marketing.

Bonnier will expand their North American publishing operations, adding the Bonnier Zaffre imprint (which publishes authors including Wilbur Smith and Lynda La Plante). Valentina Rice has been hired as vp, sales, marketing & publicity for Bonnier Zaffre in the US, reporting to ceo Mark Smith. Rice spent 15 years at Penguin, most recently as vp, international sales & marketing, before launching her own e-commerce site helping small-batch artisanal food producers get national distribution.

The Paris Review has updated their
online masthead, now listing Lorin Stein as a "past editor" and continuing to list Sadie Stein as an "advisory editor" (and cleaning up errors like the listing of the late Robert Silvers). Managing editor Nicole Rudick tops the masthead for now.

In a sweet story, Barnes & Noble vice president of retail operations Frank Morabito
visited third graders at Tomoka Elementary in Ormond Beach, FL to thank them for their efforts in supporting the chain's store in Daytona Beach. The class had written to BN ceo Demos Parneros with concern after learning that the Daytona Beach store might close. Morabito told them, "When we got the letter, it was important to us, not only that we didn't disappoint you but we didn't disappoint the community. So we tried really hard to keep it open and this time we were able to."

To be clear, however, the store was "saved" some time ago. The Daytona News Journal had
reported in mid-October that BN had agreed to another one-year extension of their lease, through 2018. At the time, the paper cited a petition from Daytona State College instructor Mark Preziosi as helping. The landlord had indicated that Barnes & Noble has been "going year to year, their preference" for the past three years. Spokesperson Mary Ellen Keating confirms to us that Morabito's visit was a delayed commemoration of the renewal.


Kristen Roupenian
's short story "Cat Person" in the new issue New Yorker went viral over the weekend. As she tells Deborah Treisman in an interview, "I just completed an M.F.A. at the University of Michigan, and I'm putting the finishing touches on a short-story collection. I'm also at work on a novel." Roupenian is currently represented by Jenni Ferrari-Adler, though previously was represented by Rob Weisbach. At Michigan, her novel (Look After Me) and two of her stories "The Matchbox Sign" and "The Night Runner") won Hopgood Awards.

800-CEO-READ will give their annual Jack Covert Award for Contribution to the Business Book Industry to Tom Peters

The Roundup with PW

'NYT' Scribes to Pen Sexual Abuse Book: Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey of the 'Times' will publish a book about sexual abuse and harassment scandals for Penguin Press.

All Best Books Lists, Condensed: Determining the best books of 2017 by combining 21 Best Books of 2017 lists and mining them for data.

A Sequel to 'Ready Player One': During a Facebook Live event, author Ernest Cline confirmed that he was working on a sequel to the bestselling book.

A New Chapter for U.K. Publishing: Authors, agents, activists, and publishers discuss their ideas for improving the prospects for writers of color in British publishing.

DFW's 'Derivative Sport' of Journalism: Editors and writers discuss the ways David Foster Wallace’s journalistic work influenced them and what it was like to work with him.

Monday, December 11, 2017

Round-up of the most read stories of the past week on The Bookseller




Radio with pictures... and arts, theatre, film, comedy, books, dance, entertainment and music.


This week's stories

Rainbow Rosalind

Rosalind Manowitz has spent the year working on an ambitious, interactive and educational orchestral concert specifically for children, as the SOUNZ Community Commission winner for 2017. Her stage name is Rainbow Rosalind and she dresses as a fairy when performing around the country, as part of her mission to introduce children to the world of classical music. As well as the SOUNZ commission, Rosalind took out the APRA Best Children's Music Video Award 2016 for her original music video Aotearoa, Home of our Hearts, and has released her debut album of original children's songs, Kia Ora.
Dec 10, 2017 02:50 pm

The meaning of Atamira

The deaths of two people close to members of Atamira Dance Company felt like a sign to choreographer Kelly Nash. So Kelly did her research which revealed the word 'Atamira' is historically associated with the process of caring for those who have died.
Dec 10, 2017 02:35 pm

John Cranna: taking the Creative Hub to Kaitaia

It's hard for some parts of the country to cut a break. Northland, for example, is usually in the news because of stories about poverty, ill health, violence and most recently kauri dieback. But children at Kaitaia College and a small village school were given the chance and the tools to express themselves through writing when an invitation was made to the Auckland-based Creative Hub.
Dec 10, 2017 02:25 pm

BWB Books

Dire predictions about the death of books and of publishing in this country with the advent of e-books and the amalgamation of big publishing houses have proved to be way off the mark. One of the standout publishers to have emerged is Wellington's BWB - Bridget Williams' Books - with its focus on New Zealand non-fiction and championing of the topical essay. Titles in their popular BWB text series include The New Zealand Project by Max Harris, Holly Walker's The Whole Intimate Mess, and Antibiotic Resistance by Dr Siouxsie Wiles. Their latest publications include The Expatriates by expat Martin Edmond, and Paul Gorman's take on the Canterbury Earthquakes - Portacom City.
Dec 10, 2017 01:40 pm

Funding Katherine Mansfield Birthplace

The Katherine Mansfield Birthplace in Wellington is Mecca for adoring fans of the New Zealand short story writer. It's also in need of some serious work on the exterior and the gardens. Lynn Freeman went to visit and to find out about fundraising efforts from Jen Boland (Director of the Katherine Mansfield House & Garden).
Dec 10, 2017 01:35 pm

The plethora of NZ film in 2017

2017 has been an extraordinary one for New Zealand films. Say what you like about the quality of 2017, the sheer quantity of titles has been extraordinary. It's across the board too - documentaries, dramas, comedies. Even that rare thing in this country; family movies. But it still seems hard to get New Zealand audiences along to a local film - or at least one not made by Taika Waititi. What are they missing out on? To look over the year's riches Simon Morris is joined by James Robins (The Listener), and Sarah McMullen (Nine To Noon with Kathryn Ryan).
Dec 10, 2017 12:45 pm

Bless the Child

Who killed baby Ara? It could be another headline to another news story about another child killed by a family member or step parent. Which is very much the point of Hone Kouka's new play Bless the Child. The mother of Ara is charged with her murder - but what is the truth? Bless the Child was a co-winner of the Adam Play Award in 2015 and it will be directed by his partner Miria George.
Dec 10, 2017 12:30 pm

Kaikoura’s New Normal

Kaikoura residents are sharing their own stories of life since the November 2016 earthquake altered the seaside community in so many ways. They come up with all kinds of ways to describe their experiences within the confines of a box. There are about 30 boxes in the exhibition called New Normal representing a big cross section of the Kaikoura community and beyond. It's been a collaboration with Kaikoura's new Museum which invited locals to share their stories for future generations.
Dec 10, 2017 12:16 pm

Older stories

Symposium on the Future Imaginary
All Our Secrets
Taking The High Ground
Sian and Makyla make art!
Le Moana at the Measina Festival
Auckland, Wellington and Dunedin celebrate their theatre scenes
Mimedian Trygve Wakenshaw
Not all audio is available due to copyright restrictions




Tuesday 12th December

15% off all full priced stock*

It's that time again! We would love you to join us for a bubbles and our famous christmas cookies at our annual customer shopping night.

Need inspiration? Check out our
 latest newsletter full of our 2017 staff picks. You can also look at the Booksellers Summer Reading Guide here and our bestsellers for November are on our blog here.

If you are unable to come in on our customer night, you can shop online!
At the same time our shopping night begins, we will activate the Group Special Code XMAS17. This will allow you to buy online items for 15% off between 5.30-9pm.

1. Go to 

2. Click Login/Sign Up in the top right hand corner of the browser.

3. Register yourself or log yourself in if you're an existing customer. Remember to fill in the group code box here with XMAS17.

4. Shop away! Use the central search bar to find what you're after.

5. We will courier off these items on the morning of Wednesday 13th, or they will be put aside for you to pick up in store.
Auckland deliveries are tracked 1-2 business days. Out of Auckland (NZ) are tracked 2-3 business days.

If you have any problems, please send an email to 

You can only purchase items that are in stock. Stock levels listed on our website are as accurate as possible. However, we cannot guarantee all stock levels are correct due to in-store customers, theft or damage. We will notify you as soon as possible if there are any issues with your order.

*No loyalty credit can be redeemed or collected on this evening. No holds or lay-bys. No Booksellers Vouchers can be purchased or redeemed.
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