Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Arts Journal - Words

The Problem With Beautiful Bookstores Is That Everyone Wants Photos, All Of The Time

At The Last Bookstore in Los Angeles, “Some see it as a special place, one made magical through the presence of books. Some view it as a photo opportunity first, everything else second. We get people blocking thoroughfares to take photos, making access to shelves difficult for both staff and visitors. We should have known that would happen when we created unusual design fixtures for the store, from the tunnel of books on the mezzanine level to the cash wrap made of books.”

A Writing Workshop That Runs Itself – And Has Served 15,000 People In New York

“At the beginning of each session the leader gives a prompt, and, after the requisite grumbling and staring into the middle-distance, the whole group, leader included, spend 15 or 20 minutes in silence, scribbling in their notebooks. Then those who feel like it read what they’ve just written.” And feedback has to be positive, or it can’t happen at all.

British Writers Aren’t Cool With Hollywood’s ‘Pathetic’ Treatment

Part of the problem, award-winning screenwriters say? Directors. “The generally held view is that the director is all-powerful. You never hear a writer mentioned. Hardly ever. They don’t say ‘this is a marvellous film written by’ but ‘this is a wonderful film directed by.’ … There’s nothing you can do to change it, but that’s how the industry is. The director has taken over the whole film world.”

Latest News from The Bookseller

Claims are being made of a “thinning out” of older staffers in publishing, with the industry shifting its workforce demographic.
Anthony Horowitz
Anthony Horowitz children's publisher at Walker has said it would not instruct authors on whether or not to include characters of a different race or background in their book
Robin Stevens
Robin Stevens and Simon Mason have won the inaugural awards for Best Crime Novel for Children and Young Adults respectively at the annual CrimeFest Awards.
Jeremy Corbyn
The Creative Industries Federation has cancelled its planned general election event in Hull with Jeremy Corbyn, because, it says, Labour refused to give up as much time as other parties to questions from the floor. 
Karen Ball
Publishing consultancy Speckled Pen is launching a remote work experience placement scheme aimed at encouraging diversity in publishing.
The shortlist for the Theakston Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year pits "Queen of Crime" Val McDermid's 30th novel against an espionage thriller by Mick Herron, as well as Chris Brookmyre's "celtic Gone Girl". 

BAME in Publishing
Publishing network BAME in Publishing is celebrating its first birthday by offering the opportunity for one writer hailing from a black, Asian or ethnic minority (BAME) background to have their work edited by W&N publishing director Arzu Tahsin.
Hilary Mantel
Dame Hilary Mantel is to give a series of lectures around the UK which will be broadcast by BBC Radio 4 and the BBC World Service.
Tess Holliday
Blink Publishing has signed a book by plus-size supermodel Tess Holliday, The Not So Subtle Art of Being A Fat Girl, to publish this August.
Michael Rosen is shortlisted for this year’s CLiPPA award for children’s poetry after winning it the previous year.
Canongate has launched its new website, promising a "uniquely Canongate" experience.
Hay Festival
The Hay Festival, which opens later this week for its 30th year, is to release a book of Hay Festival Conversations: Thirty Conversations for Thirty Years to mark the anniversary.  

Through the Lonesome Dark by Paddy Richardson

Through the Lonesome Dark by Paddy Richardson
Published by Upstart Press,
Trade Paperback, RRP $34.99

The stunning new novel from bestselling and award-winning local author Paddy Richardson is an unforgettable and compelling read

Blackball, West Coast, pre-World War I. Three youngsters; Pansy, Clem and Otto. Life had an idyllic surface with a far from idyllic underside for youngsters in this mining town. As a World War approaches, the harsh realities become apparent – just because you are smart and motivated there is no certainty that you can advance yourself in this world, especially if you are a girl.

With a light hand on a dark time in history, Paddy Richardson navigates the territory between Denniston Rose and Birdsong with great skill. Characters you want to cry for battle on against themselves, family, society and world events.

About the author:
Paddy Richardson is the author of five previous novels, The Company of a Daughter, A Year to Learn a Woman, Hunting Blind, Traces of Red, Cross Fingers, and Swimming in the Dark.  She has also written two collections of short stories, Choices and If I Were Lebanese.

Her writing has appeared in journals, anthologies, and on radio, and she has been the recipient of the University of Otago Burns Fellowship, the Beatson fellowship, the University of Otago/James Wallace residency and the Foxton writer’s residency. Paddy has been a guest author at the Leipzig and Frankfurt Book Fairs. She lives in Dunedin, where she writes and teaches courses in creative writing.

The Roundup with PW

Is Mass Market Dying, Or Just Evolving—Again?
The format, in steady decline for years, is either in the midst of a slow death or has begun to resurrect itself. Whether it's inching toward the graveyard, or finally righting itself in the marketplace, depends on who you ask. more »

Bookstore Pop-ups Keep On Popping Up
To avoid the high costs of real estate, booksellers are increasingly turning to pop-up shops to test the bookselling waters.
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Amazon Books to Open in L.A.
Amazon will open a bookstore in a Century City mall, marking its first bricks-and-mortar foray into the Los Angeles market. more » »

Knopf to Publish Jann Wenner Bio in October
The publisher has acquired Joe Hagan’s biography of the 'Rolling Stone' magazine founder, 'Sticky Fingers.'
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io9 Cofounder Takes Home Nebula: Charlie Jane Anders took home the prize for best novel at this year's Nebula Awards for 'All The Birds In The Sky.'
Anne R. Dick Dies at 90: The former wife of science-fiction author Philip K. Dick, and a memoirist in her own right, died last month.
The Dangers of Reading in Bed: In 18th-century Europe, the practice was considered a menace to life and property, but mostly to morals.
More Margaret Atwood in Your TV: Netflix is hopping on the Atwood train started by Hulu's 'The Handmaid's Tale' with its own miniseries based on 'Alias Grace.'
Indie Publishing Thrives in N.M.: Stalking Horse Press and Called Back Books are two new publishers that have recently joined the Santa Fe literary community.


Off the Shelf

By Tolani Osan    |   Monday, May 22, 2017
At the George Washington University 2010 commencement, Michelle Obama gave an awe-inspiring address and a call to action, which I know my fellow classmates have since carried out in their lives. “Keep going. Keep giving. Keep engaging,” she told us, and her words still inspire my passions today. Graduation season often contains a cocktail of emotion: from joy to confusion to anxiety to relief. Luckily for the class of 2017, there are words—spoken and written—to help with the transition to the next stage in life and beyond. Even if you’re not graduating, this time of year—the flowers, the weather, and the sunshine—often brings welcome feelings of new beginnings after a long, dark winter. Here are 11 commencement speakers—and their cherished books—to guide you through whatever new beginning awaits you this summer. READ MORE


Publishers Lunch

Today's Meal

At Random House, Michelle Jasmine has been promoted to assistant director of publicity, while Allyson Lord moves up to associate publicist.

Tanusri Prasanna has joined Foundry Literary + Media, moving from Hannigan Salky Getzler Agency, building her list in children's books and selectively representing adult literary fiction and narrative non-fiction.

Former Clarkson Potter executive editor
Rica Allannic will join the David Black Agency in September as a literary agent. She will focus on cooking, narrative nonfiction, popular culture, history, memoir, and "helping authors from diverse backgrounds tell stories that are important to them."

Joe Hagan's biography
STICKY FINGERS: The Life and Times of Jann Wenner and Rolling Stone Magazine, will be published October 24 by Knopf. As noted when the book was acquired in 2014, Wenner was interviewed by Hagan and provided access to his archives, though it is not officially an "authorized" biography. Interviews with numerous stars and pop icons are said to "depict the extremes Wenner has been willing to visit in pursuit of success (and pleasure), and help to explain how Rolling Stone became a locus of power and influence and headline-making news."


Ruth Franklin's Shirley Jackson: A Rather Haunted Life, won the Biographers International Organization's Plutarch Award, for best biography.

The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America's Nebula Awards were presented over the weekend.
Winners included Charlie Jane Anders' All the Birds in the Sky (best novel) and David D. Levine's Arabella of Mars (YA science fiction and fantasy).


Anne R. Dick, former wife of Philip K. Dick and author of The Search for Philip K. Dick, died on April 28 at 90. She was the inspiration for much of Dick's work.

Monday, May 22, 2017

The Roundup with PW

Elena Ferrante Brings Kids to TV: Children and parents gathered last week in Naples, Italy, for a casting call for the HBO adaptation of Ferrante’s novel 'My Brilliant Friend.'

How to Write Iranian America: Author Porochista Khakpour on growing up in America as an Iranian-American and working toward being a writer.

The Library of Books and Bombs: How a London borough turned a former insane asylum into a library that survived the German Blitz.

BBC Books Brings Poetry to 'Doctor Who': The first 'Doctor Who' poetry collection will be written by James Goss and illustrated by former executive producer Russell T. Davies.

Reviving an Out of Print Book: One author's book went out of print, but he has a plan to revive it—without his publisher's help.

Children's books in the media:

From Variety:
Universal buys rights to 'You May Want to Marry My Husband' column by late author Amy Krouse Rosenthal.
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From the Smithsonian:
The True Story Behind Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler and Her Mixed-Up Files.
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From Bookselling This Week:
Check out which books made the Summer 2017 Kids' Indie Next List.
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From the New York Times:
How Google Took Over the Classroom.
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From School Library Journal:
Hena Khan and Karuna Riazi on Writing for Salaam Reads.
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From the Millions:
Why the Link Between Edward Gorey and John Bellairs Remains Unbreakable.
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From the Guardian:
See the photo gallery for the just-announced shortlist for the U.K.'s Klaus Flugge prize for children's book illustration.
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From Entertainment Weekly:
The Day the Crayons Quit illustrator Oliver Jeffers announces a new picture book.
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From Animation:
New PBS Kids series Pinkalicious & Peterrific to premiere in 2018.
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From the Telegraph:
The 10 must-read young adult books.
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From the Horn Book:
The Family Who Reads Together, Cries Together.
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From the Los Angeles Times:
Once controversial, the picture book Heather Has Two Mommies is now collectible.
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