Beattie's Book Blog - unofficial homepage of the New Zealand book community
Former leading New Zealand publisher and bookseller, and widely experienced judge of both the Commonwealth Writers Prize and the Montana New Zealand Book Awards, talks about what he is currently reading, what impresses him and what doesn't, along with chat about the international English language book scene, and links to sites of interest to booklovers.
You Seen Elephant? by David Barrow has been
shortlisted for the Waterstones
Children's Book Prize 2016 and we couldn't be more excited!
Here's a quick recap of all things lovely on our favourite elephant book:
bonefide pitch-perfect laugh-out-loud picture book for all ages. Debut
author David Barrow has created a brilliant celebration of the limitless
nature of a child’s imagination wrapped up in a deliciously sophisticated
and accessible package." –Booksniffer (UK)
"Stonkingly good." –Picture Books Blogger (UK)
"A sweet, funny tale
of characters being good at unlikely things ... A story that will be
requested over and over (and over) again." –Bambino
"Younger audiences will be screaming 'There it is!'
from the get-go." –Kirkus (US),
Press publisher Julia Marshall first saw David Barrow''s work while he was
studying at the Cambridge School of Art. She signed up Have You Seen Elephant? on
the strength of his portfolio.
David went on to win the Sebastian Walker award for most
promising children’s illustrator.
If you're wondering what he looks like, David's
self-portrait is below:
The UK’s possible exit from the European Union, looking likely
to be the subject of a summer referendum, would be a disaster for the book
trade, according to industry figures such as Waterstones m.d. James Daunt,
Bonnier Publishing c.e.o. Richard Johnson and Alma Books m.d. Alessandro
Nosy Crow leads the nominations for the 10th annual
Independent Publishers Guild (IPG) Independent Publishing Awards 2016 with
five nominations, while Bloomsbury Publishing follows closely behind with
The UK has made "substantial progress" towards
ensuring Open Access publication of publicly funded research since the
Finch Report was published in 2012, according to an independent advisory
report to government.
There's laziness, procrastination... and then there's writer's block. Some people see it as an invented affliction. But others such as Leo Tolstoy, Virginia Woolf and Ernest Hemingway have been affected by it for varying periods of time. Authors with personal experience are obviously the ideal people to give advice – so here's nine helpful quotations and one 'kick up the backside'.
Richard Dawkins has cancelled his highly anticipated return to the Adelaide Writers' Week and tour across Australia and New Zealand as a result of a minor stroke suffered on Saturday. Dawkins is expected to make a full or near-full recovery from the incident and is recuperating at home.
Last year, the New Republic celebrated the 60th anniversary of Vladimir Nabokov’s Lolita with a selection of mini-essays from women writers. The first of these, from debut novelist Alexandra Kleeman, offers a brilliant close reading of the novel’s first lines. After a fiery opening that seems to be addressed to Lolita, Kleeman writes, our narrator veers off, “leaving the reader uncertain whether he refers to the girl or to himself, or to the latter in the guise of the former.” …Read More
Cassandra Clare's lawyer, John
Cahill of Rubenstein Associates, issued a statement Thursday afternoon
responding to Sherrilyn Kenyon's trademark and copyright infringment lawsuit
filed against Clare late last week. "Cassie was both surprised and
disappointed that Ms. Kenyon would file this baseless lawsuit, a decade after
the debut of Cassie's books. Kenyon is wrong when she claims that Cassandra
Clare or her publisher made any agreements about using 'shadowhunters.' Cassie
never gave Kenyon any assurances regarding this and, although she would have
preferred to resolve any concerns that Ms. Kenyon has or may have had, Ms.
Kenyon never contacted or spoke with her."
Kenyon's suit, Cahill said, "rests on a basic misunderstanding of
copyright law and Cassie's totally original work. The law does not protect
ideas and myths, it protects only the expression of those ideas." These
"basic factual inaccuracies" include the identification of a main
character’s "stepfather as her 'best friend,' alleges that the term 'daimons'
appears in her books (the word is never used) and claims that one of her main
characters is based on a Kenyon character whose similar attributes were first
revealed some three years after Cassie had created and told the backstory of
the relevant protagonist. Tellingly, the lawsuit failed to identify a single
instance of actual copying or plagiarism by Cassie." Clare's lawyer
expects the suit to be dismissed as "there is little chance of anyone
confusing [Clare's] Young Adult themes and orientation with the sometimes very
adult storylines in Ms. Kenyon's books."
In her first interview since Scholastic withdrew the children's book "A
Birthday Cake for George Washington" for potentially giving "a false
impression of the reality of the lives of slaves," author Ramin Ganeshramtold
the AP she expressed repeated misgivings about the production process and
the lack of communication with illustrator Vanessa Brantley Newton, well in
advance of publication. "The public does not know that the authors (of
picture stories) are not in full control of their books. The public feels if
you write the book, the book is yours and you make the decisions. But in
children's publishing at least, that is entirely untrue. Authors and
illustrators often do not speak, or interact. I never had a conversation with
Vanessa, just a few tweets."
Ganeshram said she had researched the life of the slave Hercules, Washington's
head chef, for several years and planned "Birthday Cake" to be the
first in a series of works. "For me, Hercules is everything, so every
opportunity to present him to the world was something to be seriously considered."
But Ganeshram said she objected to what she characterized as the illustrations'
"over-joviality" to editor Andrea Pinkney as far back as last spring,
and her frustration at not being in contact with the illustrator. "And I
said, 'When can I start speaking to Vanessa? I would like to send some research
material.' And the editor told me, 'Authors and illustrators don't
Minnesota-based children's publisher Amicus is launching a trade-oriented
imprint, Amicus Ink,
in a bid to move beyond the school library market. The launch list features six
original photographic nonfiction board books and 59 nonfiction paperbacks.
Amicus Ink titles will be distributed to the trade through Chronicle Books,
while The Creative Company will handle sales & marketing.
Welcome to 2016 and the first of many events we’ll
be bringing you this year, culminating in the four-day extravaganza of
the WORD festival, 25—28 August.
After the success of last year’s How to be a Feminist event,
we are once again streaming live from the Sydney Opera House on
International Women’s Day. This time there will be two sessions, with
afternoon tea served in between.
3—4.15pm WHAT NEEDS TO CHANGE? Featuring Masha Gessen,
Crystal Lameman, Mallory Ortberg, Ann Sherry & Anne- Marie
If you could change the world overnight, what would
you do first?
Meet the real life Piper Kerman, otherwise known as
inmate #11187-424. You may know the story from the Netflix series
based on her bestselling memoir, Orange is the New Black: My Year in a Women’s
World poetry slam champ Anis Mojgani is returning to
Christchurch on March 17 and 19, following sell-out shows at our
2014 festival. Pulling inspiration from his Black and Iranian heritage,
his childhood memories, his worldview, love, and existence, Anis takes
seemingly commonplace subject matter and sculpts inspiration from them.
Don’t miss this opportunity as there may not be another!
The Catch Lunch with Nicolas Fargues, renowned French
author, 2015 Goncourt Prize nominee and the latest Randell Cottage
resident in Wellington.
Nicolas will join author and WORD Christchurch
Literary Director Rachael King and Catch guests at Tequila
Mockingbird. Tickets include a delicious lunch and sparkling water.
Hurry! Tickets are limited.
Wednesday, 2 March, 12—2pm
Tequila Mockingbird, Victoria Street
booking and more information visit the Catch
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Andonis Foniadakis’s Selon désir,
William Forsythe’s In
the Middle, Somewhat
Elevated and Alexander Ekman’s Cacti are Speed of Light:
international contemporary classics that will showcase the energy,
precision and charisma of New Zealand’s national ballet, under the
artistic leadership of Francesco Ventriglia. Touring to Wellington,
Auckland, Christchurch and Dunedin and featuring the New Zealand
String Quartet performing live onstage, this is an unmissable start
to the Royal New Zealand Ballet’s 2016 season.
Chain booksellers in the UK have welcomed yesterday’s news
that Little, Brown UK will publish the script of J K Rowling’s Harry Potter
stage play in book form, although independents are less sure of how well
the book will sell.
Hachette UK saw overall sales fall by 6.7% in the fourth
quarter of the year due to lower e-book sales, with its parent company
Lagardere Publishing saying that "market trends have reversed in the
US and the UK".
E-book sales seem to have finally taken off in France last
year, even though at a more modest rate than the three-digit growth
achieved in the United Kingdom and United States in the early stages of the market
US film and theatre producer Scott Rudin is to take Harper
Lee's novel To Kill a
Mockingbird to Broadway, in a new adaptation by screenwriter
Aaron Sorkin, after a change of heart by the author, who was previously
reluctant to allow such a production.