Sunday, April 22, 2018

Standing Room Only

This week's stories

Learning lessons through comedy

Dancer and Choreographer Jandel J a.k.a. Justin Haiu is bringing The Perfect Gift to the New Zealand Comedy Festival - a rare example of a show aimed at children in the festival programme.
Apr 22, 2018 02:50 pm

Stories from another angle

Today we're looking at stories from another angle - talking to Grammy nominated storyteller American Diane Ferlatte who doesn't commit her stories to the page - it's all in the performance and from then on in people's memories.
Apr 22, 2018 02:40 pm

Leading new gallery opens in Wellington

It's not often in New Zealand an art dealer opens a second gallery space - and there have been a fair few failures in the past, but one of our leading contemporary gallerists Hopkinson Mossman wants to change all that.
Apr 22, 2018 02:25 pm

Discussion on the role of provincial art galleries

Privately run art galleries outside the main centres have an important role to play - for the artists who show there, for the people who love art, and for their communities.
Apr 22, 2018 01:40 pm

Pet Portraits

Dunedin photographer and Caselberg Trust artist in residence Justin Spiers, has been snapping pets and their owners. As this goes to air, In the Broad Bay community Hall on the Otago Peninsula, Dunedin animal lovers and their pets are posing for photographs in a specially designed pet photo booth.
Apr 22, 2018 01:30 pm

Photographing climate change

Documenting the reality and impact of climate change around the globe in his bleakly beautiful images, is the all consuming project of expat photographer Michael Hall.
Apr 22, 2018 12:45 pm

Walking into New Zealand's past

The latest technology meets some of Christchurch's earliest buildings with the release of a new app in time for upcoming New Zealand Archaeology Week. Heritage New Zealand has been working with the Christchurch Archaeology Project and University of Otago on a GIS walking app so people can find out more about the city's characterful early pubs.
Apr 22, 2018 12:30 pm

From Nashville to New Zealand

Veteran Nashville based songwriter Marc Beeson has penned well over a hundred songs from almost 30 years in the business.
Apr 22, 2018 12:14 pm

Older stories

Not all audio is available due to copyright restrictions

The Roundup with PW

Sergio Pitol Dies at 85: The essayist, translator, and prolific author, recognized for breaking barriers between genres, died in Xalapa, Veracruz, Mexico on April 12.

This Year's Best Coffee Table Books: Rounding up the best gift books coming out this spring, from a book on the New York pigeon to Robert Crumb's sketchbooks.

Kendrick Lamar's Writing Tips: Before he was a Pulitzer winner, writes Leila Green, Kendrick's music taught her things about writing short stories she hadn’t learned anywhere else.

The 17 Best Stoner Mysteries: In honor of 4/20, a list of the best weed-related mysteries, in print and on screen.

The Trials of Literary Life: A new comic from Tom Gauld, author of 'Mooncop,' on James Joyce visiting his publisher.

Off the Shelf




5 Inspiring and Accessible Poetry Collections for National Poetry Month
Every time National Poetry Month rolls around in April, we love discovering the best poetry collections to read. It is the perfect opportunity to take a break from novels and add some variety to our reading diets. Whether you’re a fan of poetry looking to discover a new writer, or if diving into a poetry collection is new to you, here are some inspiring and accessible picks in honor of this month’s celebration.


Saturday, April 21, 2018

From The Bookseller

Gail Rebuck
The adult literacy campaign Quick Reads is wrapping up after 12 years due to lack of funding, The Bookseller can reveal.
Titles by Malala Yousafzai, Anne Frank and Reni Eddo-Lodge have been voted on to a list of the Top 20 "most influential books in history written by women".
Philip Pullman
Independent bookshops are being offered the chance to win a visit from Philip Pullman during Independent Bookshop Week in June, ahead of the paperback publication of La Belle Sauvage: The Book of Dust Volume One in the autumn.
Springer Nature
Three academic publishers – Springer Nature, Cambridge University Press and Thieme – have reached an agreement with ResearchGate to work together on the sharing of articles.
Jo Quinn
Bloomsbury has acquired a book about the ancient history of the West after an 11-way auction.
Celia J Anderson
HarperFiction has bought a debut about a 110-year-old "memory harvester" from Romantic Novelists Association awards organiser Celia J Anderson.

Nourish & Inspire
Octopus is hosting its first Nourish & Inspire Wellness Day in partnership with Waterstones Tottenham Court Road.
Yrsa Sigurðardóttir
Hodder & Stoughton has acquired three new novels by international bestseller Yrsa Sigurðardóttir in a six-figure deal.
Pamphlet publisher Stewed Rhubarb is set to reissue two poetry collections previously taken out of print following the collapse of Scottish press Freight Books late last year.
Amy Nickell
Headline has acquired Confessions of a Single Mum, a "frank, honest and hilarious millennial memoir" about the highs and lows of being a single mum, by journalist and TV presenter Amy Nickell.
Book production company Imago has launched a range of "bite size" courses.

Publishers Lunch

Today's Meal

Recently-fired deputy director of the FBI Andrew McCabe recently sold a book someone, represented by Todd Shuster at Aevitas Creative Management, reported by the NYT and confirmed by unsuccessful bidders.

Next Tuesday's release of Amy Chozick's
CHASING HILLARY: Ten Years, Two Presidential Campaigns, and One Intact Glass Ceiling has already drawn a pre-pub review in the Washington Post and coverage in the Daily Beast. Chozick reports Clinton as unsurprised when told she had lost the election to Trump: "I knew it. I knew this would happen to me," Chozick quotes her as saying. "They were never going to let me be president." Early in the campaign, Chozick told her husband on Clinton, "She really, really hates me." Chozick also reports that "The Deplorables" was a standard Clinton term for one of three "baskets" describing different types of Trump supporters. "The Deplorables always got a laugh, over living-room chats in the Hamptons, at dinner parties under the stars on Martha's Vineyard, over passed hors d'oeuvres in Beverly Hills, and during sunset cocktails in Silicon Valley."

PBS's The Great American Read announced their
list of America's 100 "most-loved" works of fiction, as selected through a survey of approximately 7,200 people via polling service YouGov. (A 13-person panel provided limited oversight for the final list.) We count 69 male authors and 31 female authors. The eight-episode series launches on May 22, with the top pick to be announced on October 23.

Dartmouth College
announced that publishing consortium The University Press of New England will shut down in December. Founded in 1970, the organization once included 10 university presses, but is now down to just Dartmouth and Brandeis University. Following the closure, both schools will take control of their own imprints. Brandeis plans to "maintain current books in press or under review and continue to support its growing portfolio of books covering diverse subjects and perspectives," while Dartmouth will assemble a study group to "envision a 21st-century press that will support Dartmouth faculty and the institution as a whole."

Dartmouth president Phil Hanlon said, "We are extremely grateful for the guidance our authors have received over the years from UPNE’s dedicated staff, including superb editorial support and personal service with high quality and attention to detail."

Adaptive Studios has purchased Zane Grey's complete literary estate, "inclusive of over 133 titles." Co-founder TJ Barrack says in the announcement: "With this acquisition, not only is Adaptive bringing new life to Grey's personal legacy, but also reviving his body of work—a true piece of American Western heritage. We cannot wait to introduce a new generation to Zane Grey by refreshing his stories for both the page and the screen."

Friday, April 20, 2018

Words with Douglas McLennan

International Prize for Arabic Fiction


International Prize for Arabic Fiction Winner Announcement | #ArabicFiction2018


The winner of the International Prize for Arabic Fiction 2018 will be announced at a ceremony at the Fairmont Bab Al Bahr in Abu Dhabi on Tuesday 24 April, from 7pm (GST). The ceremony will be followed by a press conference with the 2018 winner from 8.30pm (GST) at the same venue. The winner announcement is strictly embargoed until 8.30pm (GST)/ 5.30pm (GMT).


The 2018 shortlist, with author names in alphabetical order, is as follows:

Country of origin
Amir Tag Elsir
Flowers in Flames
Dar Al Saqi
Aziz Mohammed
The Critical Case of "K"
Saudi Arabia
Dar Tanweer, Lebanon
Ibrahim Nasrallah
The Second War of the Dog
Arab Scientific Publishers
Shahad Al Rawi
The Baghdad Clock 
Dar al-Hikma, London
Walid Shurafa
Heir of the Tombstones
Al Ahlia
Dima Wannous
The Frightened Ones
Dar al-Adab



To celebrate all six shortlisted authors and novels for the 2018 International Prize for Arabic Fiction, there will be a special series of events taking place in Abu Dhabi.
These are:

·         Sunday 22 April, Emirates Writers’ Union, Abu Dhabi National Theatre , 7.30pm
An event in partnership with the Emirates Writers’ Union and NYU Abu Dhabi Institute, will see writer and broadcaster Yassin Adnan chair an panel of five of the shortlisted authors

·         Monday 23 April, NYU Abu Dhabi Art Gallery, 6.30pm
Shortlisted author Walid Shurafa will speak about his novel Heir of the Tombstones. Shurafa has been invited to speak at the university by the co-curator of Permanent Temporariness, an exhibition at the NYU Abu Dhabi art gallery which focuses on the life of refugees, in particular, the Palestinians, which is the focus of his novel.
This event will be in Arabic.


Following the announcement of the winning novel on the evening of Tuesday 24 April, the winner will take part in their first public event as the winner of the Prize, alongside the five shortlisted authors, on the opening day of the Abu Dhabi International Book Fair.

·         Wednesday 25th April, Abu Dhabi International Book Fair, 7-9.30pm, Sea of Culture Foundation Stand
Winning and shortlisted authors will take part in a salon event hosted under the patronage of Sheikha Sheikha bint Mohammed bin Khalid Al Nahyan.

Further information about the fair can be found on the book fair’s website. 

The International Prize for Arabic Fiction is recognised as the leading literary prize in the Arab world. It is awarded for prose fiction in Arabic and each of the six shortlisted finalists receives $10,000, with a further $50,000 going to the winner.

 Last year’s winner of the Prize was A Small Death by Mohammed Hasan Alwan.

Fulfilling its ambition to increase the international reach of Arabic fiction, the Prize provides funding for English translation for its winners. This year has seen the publication of 2014 winner Ahmed Saadawi’s Frankenstein in Baghdad by Oneworld in the UK and Penguin Books in the US. Its translation rights have been sold for a further 12 languages including Cantonese and Mandarin.
The International Prize for Arabic Fiction is run with the support, as its mentor, of the Booker Prize Foundation in London and sponsored by the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi).