Tuesday, March 28, 2017

The Roundup with PW

Lukas Prize Project Award Winners Announced
Columbia Journalism School and the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard have announced the winners of the annual awards, which honor American nonfiction writing.
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James Tait Black Prize Shortlist Announced
A blend of books telling stories that cross cultural divides forms the shortlist of Britain’s oldest book awards, announced today.
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Three American Women and the Qur'an: The story of how three white women from U.S. became some of the most influential Qur’anic publishers in the world.

Amazon Wins Tax Battle With IRS: Amazon.com scored a big victory against the IRS in a case related to its Luxembourg subsidiary that could have cost the company $1.5 billion.

A Nobel Laureate Takes On Trump: 'On the Royal Road: The Burgher King,' a play about President Trump written by Nobel laureate Elfriede Jelinek, will debut next week.

Eight Reasons a Book Is Rejected: A literary agent lays out the factors that go into the acceptance—or rejection—of a manuscript by potential publishers.

Lenin's Love of Literature: The father of the Soviet Union was also a Latin buff who adored Goethe and liked to compare his enemies to figures in novels.

Off the Shelf

By Kyo Maclear    |   Monday, March 27, 2017
I was 15 when I first read THE FIRE NEXT TIME by James Baldwin. A tiny volume first published in 1962, THE FIRE's incendiary look at racial injustice in mid-century America excoriates the American dream as “a nightmare, on the private, domestic, and international levels.” It is personal memoir. It is literary essay. It is unflinching report. It is passionate letter addressed to black boys who are making the transition to black men in race-dominated America. It is searing testament. It is blazing pain. READ MORE

If Fiction Is The Thing That Changes The World, That Fiction Will Be YA - and - Poetry Sales Booming

If Fiction Is The Thing That Changes The World, That Fiction Will Be YA

That might be because literary adult books need time and distance, not topicality – or at least that’s the idea. “Anecdotal evidence would suggest to me that YA novels take, on average, less time to get from idea to hardcover than literary novels, so that may be a factor in all of this. But there’s also the fact that in literary publishing, there’s a definite ick factor that comes along with being too timely.”

Latest news from The Bookseller

David Walliams
For the first 11 weeks of 2017, the Children’s market is up 2.6% in value, to £46.4m, compared to the same period a year ago.
Publishers have been working with counter-terrorism police to develop general security guidelines and advice for employees, although most have said it is "business as usual" following last week's terrorist attack in Westminster, London.
Evan Davis
BBC "Newsnight" presenter and broadcaster Evan Davis has signed a deal to publish Post-Truth to explain "why bullshit is both pervasive and persistent".
Pearson c.e.o. John Fallon has been awarded a 20% total pay rise despite the fact the company made a £2.6bn loss in 2016. 
Maggie O'Farrell
Tinder Press is publishing a memoir of near-death experiences from Maggie O'Farrell, which she says will be "the only non-fiction book I will ever write". 
The Book People
The Book People has appointed former Troubadour sales director, Rob Kittlety, as managing director of field sales.

New Beacon Books
Afro-Caribbean bookshop New Beacon Books has decided to remain open due to the “fantastic response” from the public following the announcement of its impending closure.
Bromley Council
Around 60 members of library staff in Bromley are to stage a week-long strike as part of a campaign to prevent Bromley council from privatising local libraries.
Simon & Schuster
Author RJ Bailey, whose book Safe from Harm was published in January, has been revealed to be the pseudonym for husband and wife team Robert and Deborah Ryan.
Oneworld's literary crime imprint Point Blank is to publish a "stunning" speculative historical novel entitled The Parentations by Kate Mayfield.

Publishers Lunch

Today's Meal

Michael Martens has joined IDW Publishing as director of trade sales, and will act as liaison with Penguin Random House Publisher Services when they take over distribution in April. Martens had been consulting on that relationship, and was previously vp of trade sales at Dark Horse Comics.

Harper Christian has appointed Tim Marshall senior marketing director for Thomas Nelson and Zondervan Gift Books, reporting to Michael Aulisio. Previously, he was an independent marketing and brand consultant.

By most standards Pearson ceo John Fallon should have been fired by now, given the company's disastrous performance. Instead, he was awarded a 20 percent increase in compensation, to approximately £1.5 million, as detailed in their annual report. Leila Abboud's Bloomberg Views
column makes the case for why "shareholders would be right to vent their outrage."


The J. Anthony Lukas Prize Project Awards has named its winners. Gary Younge has won the The J. Anthony Lukas Book Prize for Another Day in the Death of America: A Chronicle of Ten Short Lives (Nation Books); Tyler Anbinder has won the Mark Lynton History Prize for City of Dreams: The 400-Year Epic History of Immigrant New York (HMH); and Christopher Leonard has won the The J. Anthony Lukas Work-In-Progress Award for Kochland (Simon & Schuster).


Emma Straub and Michael Fusco announced that their new Brooklyn bookstore Books Are Magic will open May 1 in Cobble Hill.

'Inside London's Oldest Bookshop'

Shelf Awareness

An inside look at the "positively Dickensian" Hatchards, London's oldest bookshop, was offered by Londonist, which noted that the shop "was opened by a chap called John Hatchard in 1797, and has been in its current Piccadilly home for over 200 years....

You're unlikely to find a tome for sale in here that you wouldn't find anywhere else in London, but for books with a side of nostalgia, head to Hatchards. On a drizzly day, with the sound of buses splashing through the puddles outside on Piccadilly, it's a warming place to be."

Monday, March 27, 2017

Auckalnd Libraries - What's on in April

What's On  April 2017
Romance novels feature in HeritageTalks at the Central City Library on 19 April. Libraries around Auckland are hosting family history events and April is the month to remember the First World War.
Saturday 8 April
Tuesday 4 April
Let's build, create and explore at these school holidays. Activities for kids and teens
Book clubs
Thursday 6 April // Freida Margolis, 440 Richmond Rd, Grey Lynn
Meet new people and make new friends while enjoying some of the best local bars in Auckland's central suburbs!
Chinese events
1st and 3rd Thursday of the month // St Heliers Library
Join us for a chat and to meet new people! At our St Heliers Chinese Friendship Group we share life experiences, skills and hobbies, favourite reads and find out what is new in the library’s Chinese Language Collection.
欢迎参加St Heliers 图书馆 举办的华人友好俱乐部。您将在这里结识朋友,交流分享读书心得,生活经验与技能爱好,以及了解图书馆最新中文图书和近期活动等。
Classes & workshops
Maori Land Trustee Training
Tuesday 11 April // Central City Library
Free Maori Land Trustee Training workshops will be provided by Toni Welsh, education officer of the Maori Land Court. Whakapapa sessions by Auckland Libraries included. RSVP is essential.
Grey Power drop-in clinic
Every Monday // Orewa Library
Popped into to see the people from Grey Power yet? They are at Orewa Library every Monday morning, offering advice. Anyone 50 and up can access the benefits, discounts and support.
Ranui paper upcycling workshop
Thursday 6 April // Ranui Library
Take the kids along to this session, part of Eco-West. The focus is on making and creating with paper clay, with all materials provided and it's free! (Adult event 31 March).
Online Exhibition
Many of the contemporary newspaper accounts of Gallipoli included photographs and other images that brought the experiences of soldiers into the homes and minds of the population. View the online exhibition to see a selection of images from the newspapers of the day.
Family history

La Basse Ville 1917: New Zealand Voices from Flanders Fields 
Wednesday 12 April // Central City Library // Takapuna Library
Retired Belgian judge Dominique Cooreman unearthed an almost forgotten battle in a 12-year quest to bring understanding and closure to the families of the more than 1000 Kiwi men killed in a small hamlet called La Basse-Ville in 1917. The talk is part of the Central City Library's Heritage Talks series.
Kids' events
Saturday 9 April // Central City Library
Join us for a chilled out afternoon workshop transforming old pairs of socks into amazing super sloth sock monkeys! BYO socks! RSVP recommended. 
Beginner electronics 
Saturday 1 April & Saturday 8 April // Glen Eden Library

Learn the fundamentals of electronics by creating exciting circuit board projects. This free course will be run by a qualified electronics engineer with a focus on blending education with fun. Ages 8 - 18. 
Auckland Libraries events calendar.
Auckland Libraries locations and hours.
Auckland Libraries
Private Bag 92300
Auckland 1142
(09) 301 0101