Thursday, October 08, 2015

Virginia Quarterly Review Fall 2015 issue

Introducing our Fall 2015 issue, featuring a report by Amanda Giracca on the state of the ancient sport of falconry in the US today.

Elsewhere in the issue, our five fall fiction selections share an insight into the curious ties that bind a family together, told by masters of the form—Richard Bausch and Ann Beattie—rising talents—Taylor Antrim and Elliott Holt—and a new voice in American fiction—Praveen Krishna

All content can be read at our website. The issue is also available as a PDF download to all digital subscribers. Just login to your account and visit the issue page.

Click here to review the table of contents.
What the Kurds Want
by Jenna Krajeski
A leftist revolution grows amid Syria's civil war.
Into the Blind Spot
by Howard Axelrod
A memoir of vision loss.
Muscle Memory
Photography by Dawn Whitmore
The regimented life of the female bodybuilder.

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New book about Creative Commons in Aotearoa

This month, Creative Commons Aotearoa New Zealand (CCANZ) is running a PledgeMe crowdfunding campaign to finance a print run of their upcoming book, A Quiet Revolution: Growing Creative Commons in Aotearoa.

Creative Commons is a global movement that seeks to realise the potential of the internet: nothing less than free, open and universal access to the world's research, educational resources, data and culture. CCANZ provides free copyright licences that are fully compliant with NZ law, plus a suite of free resources written specially for the education and heritage sectors in Aotearoa.

Over the past few years, CCANZ has been part of a quiet revolution in Aotearoa. Creative Commons open copyright licensing is being adopted across many sectors of NZ society: government, research, schools, arts, heritage, and data. Many thousands of works are being shared and taonga are being opened up for New Zealanders to learn from, build on and be inspired by.

A Quiet Revolution: Growing Creative Commons in Aotearoa sets out the development of these important changes, what's happening now, and what it means; including case studies from all over the country and essays from experts in the various fields.

CCANZ Communications Lead Elizabeth Heritage has been managing the publication of the book, assisted by students from the Whitireia publishing programme.

A Quiet Revolution showcases just a few of the wonderful things that are happening when Kiwis start using open CC licensing: from saving time and money, to being inspired to create new artworks - and even building houses from a 3D printer! We are really proud to have been a part of this and look forward to even greater things in 2016.”

Pledgers can choose to have a copy of the book for their own, or to donate one to a Kiwi library. Print books will not be for sale anywhere and are only available via this PledgeMe campaign. Special rewards of beautiful art prints by artists Dylan Horrocks and Jem Yoshioka are also available to a lucky few pledgers.

The crowdfunding campaign lasts until the end of October. The names of all pledgers will be printed in the acknowledgements of the book. A Quiet Revolution: Growing Creative Commons in Aotearoa will be published as an ebook later this year

America’s Hardest-Working Sexual Revolutionary/Public Intellectual: ‘Empire of Self’ Author Jay Parini on Gore Vidal



“My goal in writing this book,” Jay Parini explains in the introduction to Empire of Self, his new biography of Gore Vidal, “has been to look at the angel and the monster alike.” There is — it’s safe to say after reading the book — plenty of grist to back up either point of view.
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Three crime fiction novels read in three days - couldn't put them down !

Irene $24.99
Published 01.06.15

The first Camille Verhoeven investigation - a prequel to the acclaimed and bestselling Alex. Commandant Verhoeven is on the trail of a murderer with literary aspirations.

For Commandant Verhoeven life is beautiful: he is happily married, expecting his first child with the lovely Irène.

But his blissful existence is punctured by a murder of unprecedented savagery. Worse still, the press seem to have it in for him - his every move is headline news. When he discovers that the killer has killed before - that each murder is a homage to a classic crime novel - the fourth estate are quick to coin a nickname... The Novelist...

With both men in the public eye, the case develops into a personal duel, each hell-bent on outsmarting the other. There can only be one winner - whoever has the least to lose...

Alex $24.99
Published 01.06.15

In kidnapping cases, the first few hours are vital. Police Commandant Camille Verhœven has nothing to go on: no suspect, no leads, no hope. But as he begins to understand more about Alex, he starts to realise she is no ordinary victim...

Winner of the CWA International Dagger Award 2013.

In kidnapping cases, the first few hours are crucial. After that, the chances of being found alive go from slim to nearly none. Alex Prévost - beautiful, resourceful, tough - may be no ordinary victim, but her time is running out.

Commandant Camille Verhœven and his detectives have nothing to go on: no suspect, no lead, rapidly diminishing hope. All they know is that a girl was snatched off the streets of Paris and bundled into a white van.

The enigma that is the fate of Alex will keep Verhœven guessing until the bitter, bitter end. And before long, saving her life will be the least of his worries.

Camille $24.99
Published 08.09.15

The gripping final chapter of the bestselling Camille Verhœven trilogy.

Winner of the 2015 C.W.A. International Dagger.

Anne Forestier finds herself in the wrong place at the wrong time when she blunders into a raid on a jewellers on the Champs-Élysées. Shot three times, beaten almost beyond recognition, she is lucky to survive, but her ordeal has only just begun. Lying helpless in her hospital bed, with her assailant still at large, Anne is in grave danger. Just one thing stands in her favour - a partner who will break all the rules to protect the woman he loves: Commandant Camille Verhœven.

For Verhœven it's a case of history repeating. He cannot lose Anne as he lost his wife Irène. But his serious breach of protocol - leading a case in which he is intimately involved - leaves him out on a limb, unable to confide in even his most trusted lieutenants. And this time he is facing an adversary whose greatest strength appears to be Verhœven's own matchless powers of intuition.

All three titles published by Macelhose Press in 2015. What a superb trilogy. Can't wait for more of his work to be translated.... he is up among the very best in the crime fiction world I reckon..

About the author:(from Wikipedia):
    Pierre Lemaitre is a Prix Goncourt-winning French author and a screenwriter. His first novel to be translated into English, Alex, is a translation of the French book of the same title, it won the CWA ........ Wikipedia

    Born: April 19, 1951 (age 64), Paris, France

Latest News from The Bookseller

Joanna Trollope is to move to Pan Macmillan, after being published by Transworld for more than 20 years.
Canongate experienced a "difficult and dispiriting" 2014 in which its turnover dropped 24% to £7.9m.
In financial results posted on Companies House for the year ending December 2014, Jamie Byng, Canongate's c.e.o, said the financial performance of the business had been "very poor”, blaming the underperformance of the company's key autumn titles. However, the company said 2015 had "started well" with the publisher beating its half-year budget target.
Jonathan Buckley
Jonathan Buckley has won the  £15,000 BBC National Short Story Award for ‘Briar Road’.  
Salman Rushdie
Iran has threatened to boycott 2015's Frankfurt Book Fair taking place next week (14th-18th October), due to organisers’ selection of Salman Rushdie as a keynote speaker.
Stephenie Meyer
Twilight author Stephenie Meyer has today released a new book where the genders of the two main characters Edward Cullen and Bella Swan are reversed, Life and Death (Little, Brown).
Grandpa’s Great Escape
David Walliams has held onto the Official Top 50 number one spot for the second straight week, notching up his best-ever single week of sales.

Jessie Burton
Picador is to publish a new novel by Jessie Burton called The Muse in July 2016.  
Set in 1930s Spain and 1960s London, The Muse is the story of a young Caribbean immigrant, a bohemian artist and the mysterious painting that connects them across the decades.
Francesca Main at Picador acquired the new novel in a two-book deal with The Miniaturist in March 2013. 
Watkins Media has purchased Cygnus Book Club, adding it to the company’s portfolio which includes publishing imprints.
Watkins, which bought Watkins, Nourish, Angry Robot from Osprey last year and which will soon launch an imprint called Repeater books, also owns the Watkins Bookshop in Cecil Court, three magazines, and a range of digital platforms.
Louise O’Neill
YA author Louise O’Neill is moving to Quercus’ adult imprint with her editor Niamh Mulvey, who took on the role of senior commissioning editor of the adult list last month.
Mulvey signed world rights to two more books from O’Neill in a “significant deal” with Rachel Conway of Georgina Capel Associates.
The titles of the books are yet to be confirmed but Quercus said they will still have “YA and crossover appeal”.
Raif Badawi
Saudi blogger and activist Raif Badawi will share the 2015 PEN Pinter Prize with British poet, journalist and literary critic James Fenton. 
Badawi was named the 2015 International Writer of Courage, selected by Fenton from a shortlist of international cases of concern supported by English PEN, during a public event held this evening at the British Library in London. 
Cosmic Kids
Watkins is set to publish a new series of books from YouTube "sensation" Cosmic Kids Yoga.
The internet “phenomenon” showcase their “incredibly” popular yoga routines for children on YouTube and are the number one kids’ yoga brand worldwide, with nearly 50,000 subscribers and average viewing figures for each month reaching 150,000 hits.
The show, which offers monthly 'yoga adventures', a 'posture of the week', a range of relaxation meditations and other fun activities, is aired to children across the world and is used in thousands of schools every day.
Tom Watson
Deputy leader of the Labour Party, Tom Watson will address United, We Publish, an evening of workshops hosted by Unite and BookMachine.
Watson will discuss his role in exposing the phone-hacking scandal at News International and his book Dial M for Murdoch: News Corporation and the Corruption of Britain (Allen Lane).

20 New Lines From The Epic Of Gilgamesh Discovered In Iraq, Adding New Details To The Story


“One of the oldest narratives in the world got a surprise update last month when the Sulaymaniyah Museum in the Kurdistan region of Iraq announced that it had discovered 20 new lines of the Babylonian-Era poem of gods, mortals, and monsters.”

The Roundup with PW

A Self-Published Sleeper: Author of 'The Rabbit Who Wants to Fall Asleep' Speaks
'The Rabbit Who Wants to Fall Asleep,' which RH Children's acquired for seven figures in August and re-released last week, may have appeared to be an overnight sensation. But, as author Carl-Johan Forssen Ehrlin explained, the book's success is actually the result of promotional efforts that have been building over a period of five years. more »

Iran Threatens Frankfurt Boycott: The country is threatening to boycott the forthcoming fair because organizers have invited Salman Rushdie to deliver the keynote address at the opening press conference.

The Instagram Novel: Author and photographer Rachel Hulin is releasing her new novel on a most unexpected platform.

Twilight Surprise: In honor of the 10th anniversary of her bestselling vampire romance, Twilight author Stephenie Meyer has written a reimagining of the novel that made her a publishing sensation. This time around, she’s switched the genders of her protagonists.

The Latest from Martin: It’s okay George R. R. Martin’s new book isn't a Song of Ice and Fire sequel, writes 'Wired.'

Too Many Books?: What "Super Thursday" in the U.K. tells us about publishing.

Karin Slaughter Wins Ian Fleming Steel Dagger Award

The Crime Writers’ Association announced Karin Slaughter’s Cop Town as the winner of the Ian Fleming Steel Dagger Award. Random The book is Slaughter’s first stand-alone novel.

Click Here to download the complete press release

McNally Jackson to Open Store in NYC's Seaport District

Shelf Awareness

McNally Jackson will open a café-bar-bookstore on Schermerhorn Row in the Seaport District in lower Manhattan in 2017, the New York Post reported. 

Owner Sarah McNally told the paper that the space is "very magical and very beautiful" and that that the 1,000-square-foot café-bar on the ground floor will have outdoor seating and the 9,000 square feet upstairs will be "all about the books, and perhaps even a hidden speakeasy."

In a release, she added, "I can't imagine a better setting for a bookstore than the old buildings of Schermerhorn Row. It will be thrilling to sit in the deep sills of those old windows, surrounded by books, looking out over the cobblestone streets to the river and the Brooklyn Bridge."
Seaport developer David Weinreb of Howard Hughes said, "We wanted to find an unrivaled literary experience to add to the rich culture of the Seaport."

McNally Jackson's main store is on Prince Street in SoHo. It also operates Goods for the Study, which offers stationery, paper, notebooks and more, and the Picture Room gallery, both nearby on Mulberry Street.

The Bookman is delighted about this as my daughter lives near Seaport and at present there is no bookstore in the area.

No more Wallander books after author's death: publisher

No more Wallander books after author s death: publisher
No more Wallander books after author's death: publisher

Stockholm (AFP) - Swedish crime writer Henning Mankell, who died Monday, was adamant that his characters, including detective Kurt Wallander, should never be resurrected by a another writer, his publisher said.

"It is out of the question that there would be other books featuring Wallander," Dan Israel, the Swedish publisher with whom Mankell founded the Leopard publishing house in 2001, said on Tuesday.

Israel stressed that he would therefore oppose any attempt at reviving Mankell's characters in new novels.

In doing so he takes the opposite tack from the publishers of the "Millennium" series. The first trilogy was created by Swedish writer Stieg Larsson.

A fourth book in that series, by another crime writer, was published earlier this year, over a decade after Larsson's sudden death in 2004.

Similarly since James Bond creator Ian Fleming died in1964 there have been a string of new Bond books produced.

The best-selling Mankell, whose detective Kurt Wallander character became a worldwide phenomenon, died aged 67 on Monday after a battle with cancer.

Mankell wrote and published a final book wrapping up the Wallander series, "The Troubled Man", in 2009.   More

Get Lost in this Mind-Bending Postmodern Masterpiece

Off the Shelf
By Hilary Krutt    |   Wednesday, October 07, 2015
It is too mild to say that I have never read anything like House of Leaves. In fact, I’ve never read anything that even lands in its realm. Long before I finally picked it up myself, I had heard rumblings of its power—it had been deemed the scariest book some had ever read, and also the sexiest. Friends told me that it had altered their lives in ways big and small. Johnny Truant, the novel’s narrator, issues an ominous warning to readers in the introduction: “This much I’m certain of: it doesn’t happen immediately. You’ll finish and that will be that, until a moment will come . . . you’ll suddenly realize things are not how you perceived them to be at all.”READ MORE

Scenes From the Graphic Novel That Inspired the Film ‘We Are the Best!’



Many, many people have seen and loved Lukas Moodysson’s wonderful 2013 film, We Are the Best!, but I would venture to guess that few of these fans are aware that the filmmaker adapted his movie from a graphic novel written by his wife, Coco Moodysson. For those of you who have seen the film, the stories and characters of Never Goodnight will be instantly recognizable. The rest of you get the chance to meet Coco, Klara, and Matilda for the first time in English. Here, from the book, are four scenes to get you started.
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News from Publishers Lunch

The Hilary Weston Writers' Trust Prize for Nonfiction was awarded to Stalin's Daughter by Rosemary Sullivan (Harper Canada).

Following the Giller Prize shortlist earlier in the week, finalists were announced for Canada Governor General's Awards. Rachel Cusk's Outline is now a contender for both awards. Joining her on the Governor General's nominees for English-language fiction are:

How You Were Born, Kate Cayley (Pedlar Press)
The Evening Chorus, Helen Humphreys (Harper Canada)
The Winter Family, Clifford Jackman (Random House Canada)
Daddy Lenin and Other Stories, Guy Vanderhaeghe (McClelland & Stewart)

Kathrin Scheel has started a new foreign rights agency based in Hamburg, Germany, This Book Travels. Previously she sold foreign rights for the publishing house Schoffling & Co. This Book Travels is working in collaboration with the literary agency Kossack to sell foreign rights on behalf of a number of German publishers, including Hoffmann & Camp.

The late Henning Mankell's Swedish publisher (and publishing partner) Dan Israel at Leopard promises that, "It is out of the question that there would be other books featuring Wallander" or other Mankell characters written by others. "Nothing can be approved without my agreement," Israel said, though he has not seen Mankell's will yet. 

James Patterson Giving $250,000 in Bookseller Bonuses

Shelf Awareness

Wow. James Patterson keeps on giving--and now he's giving to individual indie bookstore employees.

The bestselling author, who has donated millions of dollars to bookstores, libraries and other organizations in the U.S., U.K., Australia and New Zealand, and more than a million books to children, is giving bonuses to booksellers of $1,000-$5,000 each, for a total of $250,000. He is partnering with the American Booksellers Association.

James Patterson outside Oblong Books, Millerton, N.Y., a recipient of an earlier bookstore grant.
Anyone can nominate a bookstore employee for a bonus: store owners, managers, fellow booksellers, publishing professionals and shoppers. The application, which opens today and runs until November 1, asks one question: "Why does this bookseller deserve a holiday bonus?" Patterson will personally select which bookstore employees will receive bonuses, and the full list of winners will be announced in December. For more information, go to and follow the hashtag #JPbonus on social media.

Patterson said he's giving out holiday bonuses because he believes that "bookstore employees are saving literature and that their work is critical for building a more literate America." He wants to encourage the work that booksellers do "to advance literacy in their communities, especially as independent bookstores--which have seen their numbers grow in recent years--continue to face considerable financial pressures."

ABA CEO Oren Teicher said, "We are extremely grateful to James Patterson, who once again has shown himself to be a singular champion for literacy and independent booksellers. His commitment and generosity continue with this latest initiative, which will ensure that a number of independent bookstore owners will be able to offer well-earned bonuses to their colleagues in the store who are working so hard to put the just the right book in the hands of readers of all ages."

Patterson added: "Every holiday season I get the chance to pick out books to give my son, Jack. I think hard about what he'll love reading--what will excite him? What will inspire him? Of course, every day booksellers ask these questions on behalf of the people in their community. And I think they should be rewarded for spreading the joy of reading. These holiday bonuses are my humble acknowledgement of the important work they do all year. Here's to you, booksellers, and to a joyful holiday season!"

Wednesday, October 07, 2015

The Gap of Time by Jeanette Winterson review – an elegant retelling of Shakespeare

This Winter’s Tale ‘cover version’, set in wealthy London and the deep south, kicks off a new series of Shakespeare for the 21st century

Jeanette Winterson

Lilting tribute … Jeanette Winterson. Photograph: Sam Churchill
Next year marks the 400th anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare – following, so the story goes, “a merry meeting” with Ben Jonson during which he “drank too hard”. Four centuries later, the world remains in thrall; around the globe, commemorations are already under way. With the launch of the Hogarth Shakespeare, then, Vintage imprint Hogarth Press is entering a crowded market, but there is no chance of it getting lost in the scrum. Back in 2013 the publisher announced it had commissioned a range of A-list writers (Margaret Atwood, Anne Tyler and Howard Jacobson, among others) to “reimagine Shakespeare’s plays for a 21st-century audience”. Their remit was to move the plays from stage to page; to turn them into novels that would be “true to the spirit” of the originals but which, beyond that, could travel wherever they pleased. Rewriting Shakespeare: for sheer, straight-up chutzpah, it doesn’t get bigger than that.

Jeanette Winterson’s The Gap of Time is the first in the series, and her position at the front of the pack leaves her peculiarly exposed. While those who come after will be judged at least in part against each other, for Winterson, at this point, it’s her words against Shakespeare’s. Judiciously, she soft-pedals the comparison by positioning her novel as a response rather than a revision; her task was made easier, too, by the fact that, when it came to the question of which play she would tackle, she was absolutely clear in her mind. “All of us have talismanic texts that we have carried around, and that carry us around,” she has said. “I have worked with The Winter’s Tale in many disguises for many years ... And I love cover versions.”


Jailed Saudi blogger Raif Badawi named co-winner of PEN Pinter prize

Wikipedia co-founder Jimmy Wales accepts award on Badawi’s behalf and criticises British government for close links to Saudi regime

Raif Badawi

A protester holds a poster bearing an image of Raif Badawi. Photograph: Andrea Ronchini/Demotix/Corbis
A Saudi blogger who was jailed, fined and publicly flogged after being convicted of charges including “violating Islamic values and propagating liberal thought” has been named co-winner of the 2015 PEN Pinter prize.

Raif Badawi will share the prize with the British poet and literary critic James Fenton, who highlighted Badawi’s courage in a speech at the British Library in London.
Fenton said: “What moved me was the contrast between the simplicity of Badawi’s liberal aims – their modesty, almost – and the ferocity of the punishments they have brought down on him.