Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Children's Books Roundup with PW

Happy Anniversary
Knopf Celebrates 25 Years of
Faith Ringgold's 'Tar Beach'

Inspired by her painted story quilt of the same name, Faith Ringgold's debut children's book, Tar Beach, was published by Crown in 1991, and went on to won the Coretta Scott King Award for illustration and a Caldecott Honor. Knopf has just released a 25th-anniversary edition of the book, as well as a new picture book by Ringgold, We Came to America, a celebration of this country's multicultural heritage. more

Footnote: I remember to this day the huge impression this stunning book made on all those years ago.


From the Guardian:
Sarah Crossan wins Irish children's book of the year for One.
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From NPR:
Sherman Alexie Talks About His New Picture Book and the Angst of Being a "Jr."
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From Think Progress:
Portland Bans Climate-Denying Textbooks From Its Schools.
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From Entertainment Weekly:
23 of J.K. Rowling's Biggest Harry Potter Revelations.
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From the Indy Star:
John Green gives a Mr. Rogers-inspired commencement speech.
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From the Guardian:
Out with bourgeois crocodiles! How the Soviets rewrote children's books.
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From the Guardian:
Rick Yancey: "Without trust and cooperation, we're doomed."
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From the Washington Post:
Ten picture books that belong in every child's library.
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Mysterious Mysteries of the Aro Valley, launch Tuesday 14 June.

"But sometimes mathematicians think . . . impure thoughts."

Mysterious Mysteries of the Aro Valley, launch Tuesday 14 June.
Victoria University Press warmly invites you to the launch of
Mysterious Mysteries of the Aro Valley

by Danyl McLauchlan

on Tuesday 14 June, 6.00pm–7.30pm

at Unity Books,
57 Willis Street, Wellington.

MKWC Newsletter May 2016 - Ka Meechan reports

Michael King Writers' Centre Trust  Enewsletter

MKWC Newsletter May 2016

View from my desk

May view from my desk

Latest News in The Bookseller

Waterstones Kindle
Waterstones has withdrawn from the e-book market, announcing an affiliates deal with Kobo that will see the chain bookseller send customers to the third-party website for e-book sales after its boss concluded that it could no longer sell them "effectively". 
Stephen Fry
Stephen Fry is supporting libraries by appearing in a new poster campaign from the Chartered Institute of Library & Information Professionals (CILIP).
Nothing is True and Everything is Possible
A book about the “exposure of greed and corruption in modern Russia” by Peter Pomerantsev has won the £10,000 RSL Ondaatje Prize.
Five Go Gluten Free
Quercus is bringing out a new series, Enid Blyton for Grown-Ups, in time for Christmas.
CBBC is putting on a two-day event in Birmingham this July to celebrate "awesome" authors in partnership with BBC Learning, Birmingham City Council and the Library of Birmingham.
Sarah Crossan
Carnegie Medal and YA Book Prize-shortlisted author Sarah Crossan has won the 26th CBI Book of the Year Award - making her the fourth author ever to win both the Book of the Year Award and the Children’s Choice award with her title One (Bloomsbury Childrens).

 Kate Nash Literary Agency
The Kate Nash Literary Agency has made two new appointments, recruiting a new associate agent in Imogen Howson and a new literary assistant in Tom Ashton.
As Red as Blood by Salla Simukka
Nordic young adult series, The Snow White Trilogy by Salla Simukka (Hot Keys Books) is to be adapted for the silver screen by Zero Gravity Management in association with Elina Ahlback Literary Agency.
Hodder & Stoughton
Hodder and Stoughton has acquired four new novels by Julian Stockwin featuring his Napoleonic-era naval hero, Thomas Kydd.
Fazal Sheikh has won the Kraszna-Krausz Best Photography Book of the Year award for The Erasure Trilogy (Steidl).

The Roundup with PW

Road Poets: U.K. poet laureate Carol Ann Duffy has organized a poetic road trip through England, Wales, and Scotland.

Did Herman Melville Pine Over Hawthorne?: New biographies dig into possibilities of the 'Moby-Dick' author's secret romances.

How Faulkner Foreshadowed Trump: On Flem Snopes's "dirty, cheating American dream" and Trump as the heir of his vision.

Success of an Anonymous 'Oxygen Thief': An anonymously-penned, 147-page fictionalized memoir stands as a peculiar self-published success.

How to Read More Trans Writers: A roundup of works by trans writers in genres other than autobiography and memoir.

On Breaking Up with Your Manuscript

Dear Novel: On Breaking Up with Your Manuscript

By   - The Millions - May 20, 2016

Dear Novel,

It’s over. We both know it.
That’s not to say that it hasn’t been fun. We got together in the summer of 2012. You were a short story, a few thousand glorious words, but I wanted you to be more. Every fiction writer thinks they need to be in a long-term relationship.

coverI hated when people wanted to call you manuscript. You were better than that. You were always a novel. At least in my mind. You started as a single-worded file name, Harvest. I already had high hopes for you. I must have just watched Days of Heaven and listened to Ennio Morricone’s soundtrack for the thousandth time. I finished your first draft a few days after Thanksgiving that year.

I should have listened to you more. You were happier as a story. I tried to make this more than it was. I even realized the truth when people asked my favorite question, “what is your novel about?” Halfway during my description of you, I would revise you. I sped up your first chapters. I used the word “revenge” several times when describing your plot. If I noticed their eyes drifting away, I said you were “intense.”

Family of Swallows and Amazons Titty 'furious' as BBC film changes her to Tatty

The family of the woman who inspired Arthur Ransome's character Titty in Swallows and Amazons have told of their fury after the new BBC film changed her name to Tatty.

Barbara Altounyan, the niece of Titty Altounyan, said her descendants are "absolutely furious" the name had been swapped without consultation, accusing filmmakers of acting in a "disgustingly pompous" manner. Telegraph

Waterstones Ebook Store Is Closing


The Waterstone's eBook Store is closing and all of the digital content is being transferred over to Kobo. The UK bookseller announced this today on their main website and also via email to their existing customers. This is the 3rd major company to strike a relationship with Kobo.
The United Kingdom is facing a digital crisis with many of the leading e-book companies going out of business. It simply is not viable to compete against Amazon. In the last few years Blinkbox Books, the Sony Reader Store, the Nook e-Book store and a bunch of startups have all folded.


Moby Live

This past weekend, Moby returned to Stamford, Conn., where he lived in the late '80s early '90s, to celebrate publication of his memoir, Porcelain (Penguin Press). At Saturday's event, he talked about playing his very first gig in a friend's backyard in Darien (near the Barrett Bookstore) with only a dog as their audience.
The event was hosted by Barrett Bookstore and Franklin Street Works. Pictured: Terri Smith, creative director, Franklin Street Works; Moby; Rosanna Nissen, events coordinator, Barrett Bookstore; Bonnie Wattles, executive director, Franklin Street Works.
via Shelf Awareness

CWA Dagger 2016 Long lists announced

Peter Pomerantsev Wins 2016 Ondaatje Prize


An electrifying portrait of Vladimir Putin's Russia, in which television is the chief tool of authoritarianism, has won the £10,000 RSL Ondaatje Prize, for "a distinguished work of fiction, non-fiction or poetry evoking the spirit of a place".

Bonnier Publishing Creates Aussie Division

Shelf Awareness

Bonnier Publishing has launched Bonnier Publishing Australia "in a bid to expand further into the Australian and New Zealand markets," the Bookseller reported. The new division includes Five Mile Press and Echo Publishing.

Bonnier Group CEO Richard Johnson said the move "gives us the platform to deliver our ambitious plans for the Australian and New Zealand markets, which will ultimately see our division in Australia double in size, mirroring what we have achieved in the U.K. in the last two years. We intend to invest heavily to achieve that goal.

Bonnier Publishing, owned by Sweden's Bonnier Group, also has major book operations in Scandinavia; Germany, including Ullstein, Piper and Carlsen; and in the U.S., mainly Weldon Owen.

Do You Download Audiobooks? Congratulations, You’re Keeping Publishing Afloat

May 24, 2016
 Do You Download Audiobooks? Congratulations, You’re Keeping Publishing Afloat

By - Flavowire

And from Shelf Awareness:

Audiobook Sales Jump 20.7% in 2015
In 2015, audiobook sales rose 20.7%, to $1.77 billion, according to the Audio Publishers Association's annual sales survey. Unit sales also grew, rising 24.1%, and the number of titles published in audio rose 37.1%, to 35,574, continuing a steady increase in the last five years from a base of 7,237 in 2011.
Among other finding of the survey, conducted by Management, Practice, digital download sales continue to rise faster than any other audio format, growing more than 34% in both sales and units. Adult titles still dominate audiobooks, accounting for 90.4% of audiobook sales. Fiction accounts for 76.3% of audiobooks sold. Some 96.3% of audiobooks sold are unabridged.
The abridged version of this information: the average audiobook sold today is a digitally downloaded, unabridged adult fiction title.

This Land is Your Land: 13 Literary Pit Stops Across the USA

Off the Shelf
By Hilary Krutt    |   Tuesday, May 24, 2016
We’re kicking off the summer season with a literary road trip from the lush forests of Maine, to the small towns of the Midwest, to the expansive plains of Wyoming. Each of these thirteen books celebrates a distinct microcosm of the American landscape. Choose your own destination and let’s hit the road! READ MORE