Words of the Day: Friday, 11 October 2013

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Book reviews

Book Review: The Virgin and the Whale: A love story, by Carl Nixon

Stephen King on Donna Tartt’s Goldfinch, “a rarity that comes along perhaps half a dozen times per decade.”

Extracts

Giveaways

We have three double passes to WLG or AKL screenings of Tim Winton’s The Turning courtesy @nzff to give away

Events

Kind of excited to be going to @hueandcry‘s launch of One Human in Height by @itsracheloneill tonight…5.30pm @CityGalleryWgtn

Page & Blackmore are packing in stock for the start of the Nelson Readers and Writers Festival tomorrow.

Prof. Harry Ricketts gives his inaugural lecture on Kipling’s legacy

Book News

The Read: Friday, 4 October 2013 –

The PEN Printer prize has been awarded to Tom Stoppard, and the Belarusian journalist Irina Khalip.

The ABA’s CEO writes about indies and their importance in this world of bookselling

Australian and NZ authors nominated for 2014 Astrid Lindgren awards

Kobo’s CEO Michael Serbinis’ October newsletter – new developments & growth stats

NZ publishers build on Frankfurt fair success

2014 commonwealth short story prize is open for entry. Kiwis have been known to win this… 

‘Master of the contemporary short story’ Alice Munro has won the Nobel Prize for Literature overnight

Booker Awards News

Claire Armistead does a great job selling The Luminaries (video)

From around the internet

The always good @vicbks blog: A Light to Read by

Gary Steel! Legend, top writer, good egg. His book on Frank Zappa is a classic in the making; help make it! 

Margaret Atwood on Alice Munro’s road to the Nobel Prize.

Canadian writer Alice Munro has said it is “splendid” to have been awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature

Some intriguing stories coming from Frankfurt. Markus Dohle talks about the Penguin Random House merger

And in a panel ‘What is a Publisher Now?’ publishers are being told to get closer to their audience w digital

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