Saturday, August 27, 2016

The Roundup withy PW

W. G. Sebald and the Immigrants: How a friendship with two elderly Jewish refugees inspired the German novelist.

The Medium is the Message: Have e-books failed to live up to their potential? On how we read and how it affects us.

Remembering Max Ritvo: The poet died on Tuesday after succumbing to a rare cancer, and is remembered here by Milkweed publisher and CEO Daniel Slager.

Suzanne Koller's New Book: The fashion director of French 'Vogue' will publish a collection of her work—and the printing is limited to 500 copies.

Radical Flâneuserie: An examination of the flâneuse, or aimlessly wandering female author, in a contemporary context.


The Thurber Prize has announced its shortlist, with the winner to be named on September 26:

Jason Gay,
Little Victories (Doubleday)
Harrison Scott Key,
The World's Largest Man (Harper)
Mary Norris
Between You & Me: Confessions of a Comma Queen (Norton)

PEN Center USA
announced its Literary Award winners in various categories, including Sandra Cisneros' A House Of My Own: Stories from My Life in creative nonfiction; Scott Blackwood's See How Small in fiction; and more.

Publishers Lunch

Artist Vs. Artist: Four Of The Biggest Rivalries In Art History – Depicted In Comix!

Degas vs. Manet. Matisse vs. Picasso. Freud vs. Bacon. Pollock vs. De Kooning.

WORD CHRISTCHURCH - Saturday programme

After a day of buzz with people discovering the new venue in town, The Piano, sold out sessions and two fantastic shows at the Isaac Theatre Royal last night - book tickets you want as quickly as possible because otherwise you may not get to hear the extraordinary range of topics and see the writers we have programmed just for you!
As one of our international visitors (Director of the Vancouver Writers Festival)  said yesterday of one event " I don't say 'world-class' lightly...but that session was absolutely ' world-class' ". Enjoy our world today...

Amazon Opening Bookstore in Chicago


Amazon's bookstore in Seattle
Amazon is planning to open a bricks-and-mortar bookstore in Chicago's Lakeview neighborhood, the Tribune reported, adding that "the store, targeted to open next year, will be at 3443 N. Southport Ave., the former location of the now-closed Mystic Celt bar and restaurant."

"We are excited to be bringing Amazon Books to Southport in Chicago," company spokeswoman Deborah Bass said. The online retailer currently operates an Amazon Books store in Seattle, Wash., and has previously announced plans for locations in San Diego , Calif., and Portland, Ore.

Reaction to the news is not all positive: "Replacing a locally owned restaurant with an outpost of the most valuable retailer in the world--worth an estimated $250 billion--could disappoint neighbors who want to keep the Southport Corridor diverse," DNAinfo Chicago commented.

Shelf Awareness

Auckland Writers Festival News

Featured in our August round-up...
an evening with the hilarious Nigel Owens, our inspiring Women of Influence, the 2017 Ockham New Zealand Book Awards Judges and some special offers from our festival friends.


We are pleased to present a special 'in conversation' event with Welsh rugby referee Nigel Owens MBE.
Nigel is a television personality, comedian and the first openly gay rugby personality and has been described as "...the best referee in any of our major sports, the antithesis of a rulebook automaton, he is authoritative without being condescending and balances sharp comment with quick humour." His autobiography Half Time is warm, funny and painfully honest. Nigel speaks frankly about his struggle to accept himself for who he was, leading to attempted suicide, bulimia, and steroid addiction.
Join us for an evening of storytelling and laughter as Nigel recounts many amusing incidents from rugby matches, foreign trips and his off-field career as an entertainer.

Thursday 20 October, Auckland Grammar School. 
Tickets on sale via
General Admission: $20, Friends of the Festival: $15, Students: $12.50
AWF Patrons please contact the
Festival Office.


A huge congratulations to Festival Director Anne O'Brien Trustee Nicola Legat, both much-deserved finalists in the Arts & Culture category for the 2016 Westpac Women of Influence Awards!

The category winners and the supreme award winner will be announced at the Women of Influence Awards dinner on 12 October. View the full list of
categories and finalists.


Man Booker winner The Luminaries adapted for TV

Posted at 8:29AM Friday 26 Aug 2016
Eleanor Catton's Man Booker Prize-winning novel The Luminaries is to be made into a BBC drama series.
The six-part adaptation, also written by Catton, is a Victorian mystery tale set during the New Zealand gold rush.The New Zealand author became the youngest ever winner of the Man Booker Prize - aged 28 - when The Luminaries won in 2013.The 832-page book was also the longest work to win in the prize's history.The judges described it as a "Kiwi Twin Peaks". BBC

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