Thursday, September 03, 2015

Diane Foreman Guest Lecture

Unbreakable Spirit Launch Celebrated

An appreciative crowd celebrated the launch of Unbreakable Spirit by Karen McMillan last night at The Women’s Bookshop. 
uests included people who feature in the book, including surgeon Stan Govender who said a few words, and oncologist Reuben Broom. The original publishers of Unbreakable Spirit, Helen Benton and Bob Ross were also there, as well as many people from the book industry. 

Guests enjoyed music by guitarist Henry Thorrington, the usual fabulous refreshments from the Women’s Bookshop owner Carole Beu, and people in the book also signed copies for guests, along with the author Karen McMillan. 
People commented on the warm and welcoming feel to the evening. A great time was had by all. 

Left -  Karen and Frances  who features in the book.

- Karen and Katherine Shanks from PANZ.

- Karen and Robin who features in the book.

Latest News from The Bookseller

Four Bonnier Publishing imprints – Templar Publishing, Weldon Owen, Studio Press and Blink Publishing – are to be brought under a new division, resulting in the loss of “less than five” jobs.
Kings Road Publishing will see Templar Publishing, Weldon Owen and Studio Press relocate from Dorking in Surrey to Chelsea in London, where Blink Publishing is based, from 14th September. All four imprints have been under the control of Blink m.d. Perminder Mann, who becomes m.d. of Kings Road Publishing.
A founder of The Book Depository is to launch a global online bookselling site later this year called 
Dr Emad Eldeen Elakehal, former chief technology officer at The Book Depository, is to launch, a website selling titles in multiple languages and offering customers the option to pay for titles in a number of different currencies. 
Scottish Book Trust
The Scottish Children’s Book Awards shortlist has been revealed, with every Primary 1 child given three free shortlisted titles during Book Week Scotland.
Never Tickle a Tiger by Pamela Butchart and Marc Boutavant (Bloomsbury), Wanted! Ralfy Rabbit Book Burglar by Emily MacKenzie (Bloomsbury) and Mouse’s First Night at Moonlight School by Simon Puttock and Ali Pye (Nosy Crow) are shortlisted in the ‘Bookbug Readers’ category for children aged three-seven years-old.
Book recommendation site Goodreads has been integrated into Amazon’s Kindle and Fire tablet devices in the UK, Amazon has announced. 
The company bought Goodreads, a website hosting a book lovers’ community and giving personal book recommendations, in April 2013 for a reported $150m.
Editions du Seuil has said it will not publish a controversial book about King Mohammed VI of Morocco following the arrest of the authors by French police on charges of attempted blackmail and extortion. The publisher's c.e.o. Olivier Bétourné described himself as "staggered" by the development.
Orion is running a digital advertising campaign for the new book from The Hairy Bikers, Meat Feasts, allowing people to print a 50% off voucher for the book to be redeemed in WH Smith stores.
The campaign, which begins this week, will allow people to print off the vouchers for Meat Feasts from around 50 digital advertising units [pictures below] across the country, all within a five-minute walk of a WH Smith outlet.
Orion said it was the first publisher in the UK to have run such a campaign.
Sir Terry Pratchett’s 41st and final Discworld novel The Shepherd’s Crown (Doubleday Children’s) grabbed the UK Official Number one by a sizeable margin, outselling the much-hyped Stieg Larsson reboot by over 37,000 copies.

And Then There Were None has been voted the World's Favourite Agatha Christie Novel.
The book, which is currently being made into a BBC One series starring "Poldark" actor Aidan Turner, came top of a poll carried out to mark the writer's 125th birthday, which is on 15th September.
And Then There Were None, announced as the winner last night (1st September) at the opening of the Agatha Christie: Unfinished Photograph exhibition at Bankside Gallery in London, collected 3,211 of over 15,000 votes in a worldwide poll.
Foyles’ Bristol branch in Cabot Circus is to relocate within the shopping centre this autumn.
Located on Brigstowe Street, close to the recently announced Victoria’s Secret store, the new 3,800 sq ft retail space will “raise the profile of Foyles within Cabot Circus,” a company spokesperson said. 
The relocated store will feature an "exciting" cafe concept, building on the success of the Foyles cafe at the Charing Cross store and aims to become a social hub for shoppers, the company said.
The bookseller expects it will be in situ in time for Christmas.
A memorial service for the late Ruth Rendell is due to held next month.
Rendell died on 2nd May at the age of 85, almost four months after being admitted to hospital after suffering a critical stroke.
A service for Rendell will be held on Thursday 29th October at All Saints Margaret Street, London, at 2pm.
Two Roads has acquired a book by comedian, actress and writer Susan Calman.
The book, currently titled Cheer Up Love: further adventures of the Crab of Hate, will examine Calman’s life coping with depression and “how, with a bit of work and a lot of box sets, she started appreciating how excellent gloomy people actually are”.
Two Roads said Cheer Up Love would be “a survival handbook on how to think positively when you’re the world’s most negative person”.
John Mitchell is to retire as m.d. of Hodder Gibson.
Mitchell has worked for Hodder Education for 31 years, latterly heading its Scottish business. Before Hodder Gibson he led the schools sales and marketing teams, having started his career as sales consultant for Scotland.
Lis Tribe, m.d. of Hodder Education, said: “John has brought both humour and humanity to every project he has worked on, but beyond that he has shown great talent for forming lasting professional relationships that have led in turn to enduring commercial success.
Margaret Hewinson has been appointed as a non-executive director of Edinburgh University Press from 1st September 2015. 
She succeeds Jill Jones who has stood down after two years. Hewinson joins Richard Fisher and Ivon Asquith, who has been re-appointed as chairman for a further four year-term.
Hewinson is a consultant, mentor and development coach for the publishing industry. She has had a long career in academic publishing which included Oxford University Press and Palgrave Macmillan. 


Funky Britomart venue Generator was packed to capacity for the launch of Harold Hillman’s second book, Fitting In, Standing Out last Friday evening. Top corporate and media folk were in attendance, including illustrious exec Doug McKay, Mark Sainsbury and representatives of Fonterra. Harold’s long-time friend and business associate, McKay graciously MC’d, speaking warmly of Harold’s capacity to be real in the corporate world and encouraging us to do the same in our daily lives, particularly at work. 

RadioLive host Mark Sainsbury invited everyone to toast Harold and his new book, affectionately referring to him as “the good doctor”, a title he has playfully adopted when talking business matters with Harold every week on his Sunday morning radio programme. Sainsbury highlighted Harold’s insights, common-sense and humanity when discussing thorny, contemporary work/life issues. Sainsbury then presented Harold with a bouquet of flowers from his wife Ramona, who has been a big fan right from when she first heard Harold’s voice on radio. 

Margaret Sinclair, Publisher – Business Partnerships & General Non-fiction, Penguin Random House New Zealand – described Harold as a wonderful and responsive author to work with; one who moved with grace and integrity through the labyrinthine publishing process. 

Harold’s speech was a warm and generous tribute to his team at Sigmoid, publisher Penguin Random House and bookseller Whitcoulls, all of whom have supported Harold since he published his first book, The Impostor Syndrome, in December 2013. 

Whitcoulls Book Manager Joan Mackenzie was in attendance; another loyal supporter of Harold’s. Fair to say, there was a lot of love in the room for Harold Hillman; the man who daily walks the walk as author, media commentator, executive coach and authentic business leader. Harold Hillman’s new blog has also just been launched:

And check out this powerful and elegant story by senior Herald journalist, Phil Taylor, which ran in the Weekend Herald: 

Report from Sarah Thornton
Thornton Communications Ltd

The Roundup with PW

RH Children's Buys Self-Pubbed Phenom 'Rabbit Who Wants to Fall Asleep'
The picture book which shot to the top of Amazon's U.K. print list a few weeks ago, by Swedish behavioral scientist Carl-Johan Forssén Ehrlin, has been acquired in a joint deal between Random House U.S. and Penguin Random House UK. more »

Controversy Dogs Red Hen Press After HuffPo Article
After Red Hen Press managing editor Kate Gale posted an article on HuffPo last week defending AWP against charges of discrimination, members of the literary community reacted with outrage, claiming the piece itself was riddled with casually racist and homophobic stereotypes. Now, Red Hen's authors are speaking out...for, and against, the press. more »

iBooks Bestsellers: 'Grey' Falls to #12
EL James' consistently bestselling "Grey" fell a staggering eight spots to #12 on iBooks bestseller list for the week ended Aug. 31. more »

NBF to Honor Don DeLillo
The National Book Foundation, presenter of the National Book Awards, will award its 2015 Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters to Don DeLillo at the 66th National Book Awards Ceremony on Nov. 18. »

E-Book Authors Wanted in Oregon Library: Multnomah County Library is inviting local e-book authors who have library memberships to submit their work for the system's electronic book collection.

Target Delivery Speed Vs. Amazon: Does Target need faster delivery to compete with Amazon?

Louise O'Neill Explains 'Asking For It': The author, who explores rape culture in her new book, discusses the reasons why women often take the blame for being assaulted.

Disney Finds Director For 'Artemis Fowl': After years in development limbo, Disney has reportedly tapped Kenneth Branagh to adapt "Artemis Fowl" to the big screen.

'Hunger Games' Star to Launch Comic Book: Amandla Sternberg, the 16-year-old who starred in "The Hunger Games" as Rue, is spreading her message about intersectional feminism with a new comic book.

Oliver Sacks's final writings begin to appear

Oliver Sacks in 2013.

With tributes still coming in for the late neurologist and author, some of his last journalistic work is being published

.. Above - Oliver Sacks in 2013. Photograph: Elena Seibert/Reuters
One of the final articles by the late Oliver Sacks, the acclaimed neurologist and author of Awakenings who died on 30 August, has just been published.

Sacks, who revealed he had terminal cancer in February, was “writing to the last”, according to a statement from his assistant Kate EdgarHis essay Urge has just been published online, and is due out in the 24 September issue of the New York Review of Books, for which Sacks was a long-time contributor.

Running to almost 1,500 words, it sees Sacks lay out the case of a patient he saw in 2006, Walter B, who had been diagnosed with Klüver-Bucy syndrome, “which manifests itself as insatiable eating and sexual drive, sometimes combined with irritability and distractibility, all on a purely physiological basis”.
Edgar writes on Sacks’s website that the neurologist “spent his final days doing what he loved – playing the piano, writing to friends, swimming, enjoying smoked salmon, and completing several articles”, with a second piece also set to be published this week, in the New Yorker.


UBUD Writers & Readers Festival October 2015

Dear Friends,

Explored our program yet? With over 165 of the world's leading writers, thinkers and artists such as Michael Chabon, Christina Lamb, Mpho Tutu, Seno Gumira Ajidarma, Tony Wheeler, Eka Kurniawan and Putu Oka Sukanta set to descend on Ubud October 28 - November 1 for a global melting pot of big ideas and extraordinary stories, you won't want to miss out.

Without further ado, we're pleased to release our Festival Club program, as well as The Kitchen, Fringe events and Book Launches. Dig in.

We've also made planning your Festival experience easier than ever, with an at-a-glance Daily Schedule.

Purchase your 4-DAY PASS and gain access to 85+ Main Program sessions;1-DAY, Student, KITAS and for the first time ASEAN discount Passes also available. 

'Four Reasons Why Independent Bookstores Are Thriving'

Shelf Awareness

Citing Brooklyn's BookCourt as "one of thousands" of indies in the U.S. that are doing well "long after analysts predicted their demise," the Week considered "four reasons why independent bookstores are thriving":
  1. They offer an experience.
  2. They curate and recommend in a human way.
  3. They're diversifying their offerings.
  4. They foster community.
"We're doing very well," said BookCourt bookseller Andrew Unger. "We don't like people coming in and saying 'Oh you guys are suffering so much,' because we're not."

"I definitely wanted to create an experience," noted Josh Spencer, owner of the Last Bookstore in Los Angeles. "I thought, people aren't gonna come just to buy books, because they can buy them on Amazon."

Katie Orphan, a manager at the Last Bookstore, added: "We've had a really wonderful advantage in that our store is not just a place to pick up whatever book you need but it's also a place that people go for the experience of having come here. You get a unique experience with a bookstore you can't get online. That has been a really valuable part of the store for us."

"Every store has its own reason why it survives," Unger observed. "Every store has a different way of going about it. One thing we're just really grateful for is there's a community here that wants us to be here and so they make sure we're able to be here

Book Launch Invitation

Unity Books Wellington, Simon Nathan and the
Geoscience Society of New Zealand warmly invites you to the launch of

Explorer, Scientist, Leader
By Simon Nathan

Published by Potton & Burton

Thursday 17th September 6pm
Unity Books Wellington
57 Willis Street

James Hector was the dominant personality in the small nineteenth-century scientific community in New Zealand. As the first scientist employed by the government, he was the founder of the Geological Survey (now GNS Science), Colonial Museum (now Te Papa), New Zealand Institute (now Royal Society of New Zealand) and the Colonial Botanic Garden (now Wellington Botanic Garden), as well as being a trusted government advisor.

Whenever a tricky technical problem arose, the first question was often, ‘What does Dr Hector think?’ Among his many achievements, Hector was the first to recognise and describe Hector’s dolphin, to introduce and spread seeds of radiata pine and macrocarpa around New Zealand, and to standardise New Zealand time. He set up a national earthquake-recording system, the forerunner of today’s GeoNet, and was one of the first observers to report on the disastrous 1886 Tarawera eruption.

James Hector: Explorer, Scientist, Leader describes the life and work of this multi-talented man and the organisations he founded. It is aimed at the general reader with an interest in New Zealand’s history and natural environment, and is generously illustrated.

Poetry Has A Plagiarism Problem

Boo2Book Friday 28 Aug 2015

An internet sleuth has uncovered a murky world of stolen lines and rhymes, raising big questions about identity and authenticity

Why The Most Famous Agent In Book Publishing Is About To Become A Famous Novelist Too

Book2BookTuesday 01 Sep 2015

Before Bill Clegg's debut novel, Did You Ever Have a Family, hit shelves - it had already secured a spot on the long list for the 2015 Man Booker Prize.
You wouldn't be alone in believing that Clegg merely strolled onto the Booker list; after all, there might not be anyone in New York better positioned to write a best-selling novel with his eyes closed.

News from The Royal Society of Literature

August news
  • This month we welcome our new Director Tim Robertson. Read more about Tim below.
  • Our Autumn/Winter Programme is now available to book online. The first event will be American theatre critic and biographer John Lahr discussing Tennessee Williams on 9 September. Book now.
  • Writers! We are accepting applications for the autumn round of RSL Brookleaze Grants. The purpose of these grants is to buy time for novelists, short-story writers, poets or playwrights with pieces of work in hand. Please visit our website for full details of eligibility and how to apply. Deadline for applications is Monday 2 November 2015.
  • We have increased our Young Person's membership age from 24 to 30; now all those aged 18 to 30 can enjoy all the benefits of RSL membership for £30 per year. RSL Membership makes a great gift for birthdays and other celebrations. For more information contact
    Ellen Harber or call 020 7845 4679.
New RSL Director Tim Robertson

"I have always believed with Shelley that poets – and literary prose writers – are the unacknowledged legislators of the world. The RSL plays a unique national role in restoring some of that acknowledgement – to individual writers and to the crucial contribution that literature makes to society, helping us see ourselves and envisage the future. I feel privileged to be picking up the reins of this vital tradition, and tremendously excited to start working with the staff, Fellows, Members and wider literary field in taking it forward."

Read Tim's biography on our website.
What's so great about Trollope?
7 October, 7pm
Courtauld Institute of Art
Should we take Anthony Trollope seriously? Are Barchester TowersPhineas Finn and The Way We Live Now comfort reading for addicts of the heritage industry and TV costume drama, or is Trollope up there with Dickens, Hardy and the Bronte exponents of the Victorian novel at its most incisively original?
In an event marking the bicentenary of his birth, Jonathan Keates, Kwasi Kwarteng, Michael Symmons Roberts and Joanna Trollope examine his reputation, his surprising narrative range and his often audacious and strikingly humane treatment of controversial themes and characters.


Fellows' news 

  • Congratulations to Romesh Gunesekera, pictured, who has been shortlisted for the Gordon Burn Prize 2015 for his novel Noon Tide Toll.
  • Speakers at the Ways With Words, Southwold Literature Festival, (5-9 November) include: Melvyn Bragg and Penelope Lively. Tickets for all events (except the literary dinner) are £12. Click here for the full programme.
  • Hermione Lee is one of the confirmed speakers at  'We All Have These Thoughts Sometimes', a one-day conference on the work of Stevie Smith (1902-1971). Proposals are still invited. Visit the conference website for more information.