Friday, May 26, 2017

Invitation to the launch of Tōtara: A Natural and Cultural History

                    Auckland University Press and Devonport Library Associates
invite you to the lau
nch of  
Tōtara: A Natural and Cultural History                                 



The mighty tōtara is one of the biggest and oldest trees in the New Zealand forest. The heart of Māori carving and culture, it also trails No. 8 wire as fence posts on settler farms. Tōtara’s story is the story of New Zealand.

With author Philip Simpson, speaker Stephen King (of Pureora Forest protest fame) and Dave Veart as chair, the launch of this informative and magnificently illustrated book will be a night to remember.

7.30 pm, Tuesday 13 June
Drinks and nibbles 7.30 pm, speakers 8–9 pm
Devonport Library, 2 Victoria Road, Devonport

Koha appreciated. Books will be available for sale on the night.

The Bookman is away for the weekend

Normal service will resume Monday am, or perhaps Sunday evening.

The Roundup with PW

Amazon Publishing Books Faring Better on Amazon's New Bestseller Lists
Four Amazon Publishing titles, which drew poor BookScan print sales numbers, are among the top 20 fiction bestsellers on the latest iteration of the e-tailer's new weekly bestseller list, bolstered by sales in non-print formats.
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New Sylvia Plath Poems Found: A carbon paper sheet in one of the poet's old notebook was examined by academics and yielded two unknown works.

Neil Gaiman Reads a Menu: The author of 'Sandman' and 'American Gods' will perform a dramatic reading of the entire Cheesecake Factory menu for charity.

Curating a Literary Museum: Who (and what) deserves to be in the literary canon enshrined in America’s first museum dedicated to writers?

Why Nixon Is Tricky for Novelists: In many ways an iconic and even exaggerated figure, Nixon has posed challenges to artistic representation from the beginning.

Richard Ford Hates Your Tweets: In an interview with 'Vice,' the novelist chats about 'Between Them,' his new memoir about his parents.



From Bookselling This Week:
Silent art auction at BookExpo next week to feature artwork from 125 illustrators.
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From Variety:
Sam Mendes in Talks to Direct Pinocchio Movie for Disney.
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From the Irish Examiner:
Chris Haughton's Goodnight Everyone wins Children's Books Ireland Book of the Year.
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From Publishing Trends:
Spotlight on the middle grade book category.
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From Book Riot:
Why I Won't Be Watching This (or Any) Little Women Adaptation.
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From NPR:
Neil Gaiman hopes to raise $1 million for refugees with dramatic reading of Dr. Seuss book.
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From the Hollywood Reporter:
The Extincts Animated Film to Be Directed by William Joyce.
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From KVOE:
The annual William Allen White Children's Book Award winners are announced in Kansas.
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From Fuse #8:
Russia and Children's Literature: A Storied History.
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From the Boston Globe:
Oh, the places you'll go when visiting the new Dr. Seuss museum.
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Off the Shelf

By Glommable    |   Thursday, May 25, 2017
I have been an unabashed Francophile almost all my life. But I’m certainly not the first American to be captivated by France. We all know the classics—Ernest Hemingway’s A MOVEABLE FEAST, F. Scott Fitzgerald’s TENDER IS THE NIGHT, Julia Child’s MASTERING THE ART OF FRENCH COOKING—but we remain as obsessed in our modern day as we did then. So, I’m recommending these 7 modern books by and for French-obsessed Americans. READ MORE

'Words Are at the Heart of Everything We Do'

"The book industry is not so much an industry as it is a community. Each part intimately connected to the others....
"Given that words are at the heart of everything we do, communication is and should be central to this community to which we all belong. The joy books give us is communal and so is the responsibility for their ongoing life. Not just a responsibility, but a privilege. To say that being a part of that community for 40 years, being part of the ABA Board for eight, being the president for two has been interesting is putting it mildly. I won't even begin to describe it except to say that it's been a great honor. There's nothing I care more about (besides my loved ones) than books and this industry--this community--we've formed and are continuing to strengthen. All I have left to say is thank you."

--outgoing ABA president Betsey Burton, co-owner of the King's English Bookshop in Salt Lake City, in a letter in Bookselling This Week

NZ Bestsellers this week

Booksellers NZ
There is a strong Ockham NZ Book Awards influence on the NZ lists this week, primarily in the Fiction / Poetry category. Catherine Chidgey's Acorn-winning The Wish Child takes out two spaces, while Poetry winner Fits & Starts by Andrew Johnston and Best First Book winners - Hera Lindsay Bird for Poetry and Gina Cole's Black Ice Matter for Fiction - also feature. Every title on the Fiction list was by somebody who appeared at Auckland Writers' Festival; and this goes for the Indie Top 20 as well. Non-fiction is a bit more regular, with Jake Bailey's biography topping it, and The New Zealand Project surging in response to Max Harris' lecture at AWF. There is a couple of new books on the Children's & YA chart, with We're Off to Find a Kiwi, as well as junior fiction title The Dragon Defenders. Click through for the international headliners.

Latest News from The Bookseller

Hisham Matar has won the first £20,000 Rathbones Folio Prize for his "profound and powerful" memoir The Return (Viking).
Hay Festival
Hay Festival is stepping up its security following the attack on Manchester Arena this week.
Goldsboro Books has launched a new £2,000 prize for “compelling” contemporary fiction.
William D. Adams, chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), has resigned from his post shortly ahead of news that the White House plans its "orderly closure".
Little, Brown is publishing Scottish broadcaster Eddie Mair's first book, plus one other, following a five-way auction. 
Footballer Joey Barton has won the Cross Sports Book Awards for autobiography of the year.

Curtis Brown
Debi Allen, founder of DAA Management, is joining Curtis Brown as the agency acquires her company.
Ali Smith
Ali Smith has been longlisted for the Gordon Burn Prize 2017 for the first in her Seasonal four-part series, Autumn (Hamish Hamilton). 
Watkins Media has appointed Chris Wold to the role of group sales director in a bid to strengthen the global sales for the trade publishing imprints.
The location for the New York Rights Fair launched by Bologna Fiere has been revealed and is set to take place at the Metropolitan Pavilion in midtown Manhattan.
The Dome Press, the new publishing imprint of D H H Literary Agency, has signed Claire Dyer’s new novel, The Last Day.

artsjournal - words

This Indie Bookstore Got A Year’s Worth Of Orders In A Single Day, Thanks To A Tweet

“[Bestselling author Shea Serrano] decided on Wednesday to direct his 135,000 Twitter followers to the Carmichael’s online store. His goal was to generate 1,000 orders in one day. It took less than five hours.”

Publishers Lunch

Today's Meal

ICM Partners promoted Rich Green to head of media rights (which sells book-to-film rights). He joined the agency in 2014. Co-heads of the publishing department Sloan Harris and Esther Newberg and fellow board member Kevin Crotty said in the announcement: "Intellectual property is the lifeblood of media in all formats. With Rich at the helm of our media rights department, we are poised to build on the strength of our publishing department, providing the best opportunities to expand the work of our clients."

Hillary Jacobson, Heather Karpas, and Zoe Sandler have each been promoted to agent in the New York publishing department. Motion picture agent Will Watkins moves over to media rights, and Lia Chan has been promoted to agent in the media rights unit.

At HMH, publisher of Clarion Books
Dinah Stevenson will transition to editor-at-large, "to focus all my attention on the books." The company will not name another person to the publisher position, with svp of HMH Children's Cat Onder continuing to oversee the imprint.

Amanda Acevedo and Alia Almeida have both been promoted to marketing specialist at HMH Children's.

At Random House, the marketing department is pursuing "a more dynamic structure to ensure our consumer is at the core of our marketing strategy," with Leslie Prives promoted to new role of senior director of integrated marketing operations, continuing to report to Sanyu Dillon. She will spearhead a new integrated marketing operations team, whose heads will report to her, including: Annette Melvin, senior director of creative services; Grant Neumann, vice president of copy; Kyle Wilamowski, senior manager of audience development; and Erika Seyfried, assistant director of a new digital campaigns and media planning department. Additionally, Maxwell Minckler has been promoted to director of marketing insights and analytics.

Allison Schuster has been promoted to marketing manager for Ballantine Bantam Dell.

Senior vice president and group controller for Simon & Schuster Dave Upchurch will retire on July 7, after 27 years with the company. Deepak Daswani will succeed him in the role, starting June 5. He joins from Viacom, where he was most recently vice president of technical accounting.

Emma Komlos-Hrobsky will join Tin House Books as associate editor. She moves over from Tin House magazine, where she was editor.

Beth Lieberman, formerly of NAL, Warner Books, Kensington, and Lieberman Editorial, has joined the Central Conference of American Rabbis Press as executive editor.

Founder of the Fact & Fiction bookstore in Missoula, Montana, Barbara Theroux will
retire at the end of June after 40 years of bookselling business. Now owned by the not-for-profit Bookstore at the University of Montana, the store will be run by new manager Mara Panich-Crouch.

Knopf Children's will publish a middle-grade book Pakistani American Gold Star father Khizr Khan, THIS IS OUR CONSTITUTION, on November 14, releasing simultaneously with Khan's memoir from Random House that was
announced last November. The book "will extend Khan's message to young readers, introducing them to the history and contents of the Constitution and Bill of Rights—what these documents say, and why they still matter."

Peter Ho Davies won the Chautauqua Prize for
The Fortunes.

Hisham Matar was awarded the UK's revamped Folio Prize for
The Return.

The twenty O. Henry Prize Stories for 2017 have been


Authors Guild Gala Award Winners

Shelf Awareness

At the 25th annual Authors Guild dinner last night in New York City, awards for distinguished service to the literary community were presented to James Patterson (upper left); IngramSpark, represented by Kelly Gallagher and Robin Cutler (next to Patterson); and Toni Morrison (c.).

Looking on: (l.) agent and lawyer Robert Barnett, who introduced Patterson, and Sonny Mehta of Knopf

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Book Launch Invitation

Beloved is an antidote to these crazy, accelerated and uncertain times. The words and images encourage us to slow down, breathe deeply and connect with our true nature. Beloved promotes mindfulness and brings awareness back to our connection with ourselves, and our world. Grief, change and turmoil are all stepping stones to personal growth. Beloved encourages us to embrace them and set ourselves free.

You are cordially invited to celebrate the launch of Beloved, where you will enjoy bubbles and delicious refreshments, and be entertained by special musical guests. 

Please RSVP to Emma Farry by email: or text: 021 2544246.

Beehive launch cuts the cake on important new book

Wellington's Beehive was the venue for this week’s unveiling of the fourth edition of the definitive guide to the practice and procedure of the New Zealand House of Representatives.

Politicians and parliamentary experts, both present and past, were in attendance for the launch of Parliamentary Practice in New Zealand — published by Oratia books, authored by former Clerk of the House of Representatives David McGee, and fully revised by Mary Harris (who was the Clerk until 2015) and David Wilson (the present office holder).

Speaking to the assembled guests, David Wilson praised the large team from the Office of the House of Representatives that had helped to bring this large book to completion, notably assistant editors Pavan Sharma and David Bagnall.
He noted that 12 years had passed since the previous edition, necessitating numerous revisions to content and structure of the book, including measures to make the work more accessible to readers.

Parliamentary Practice in New Zealand is available for the first time as an ebook, as well as an 896-page printed edition.

Parliamentary Practice in New Zealand
David McGee, revised by Mary Harris and David Wilson
Published by Oratia Books
Paperback: ISBN 978-0-947506-24-7, $75.00
Ebook: ISBN 978-0-947506-27-8, $45.00

Clerk of the House of Representatives David Wilson cuts the cake to mark the launch .
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