Thu, 06/06/2013 - 14:40
Malorie Blackman might be the eighth Waterstones Children’s Laureate but she is the first to be name checked in a number one single. In “Written In The Stars” rapper Tinie Tempah suggests that he is “a writer from the ghetto like Malorie Blackman”, and for the south London-born author, her upbringing will have a...
Thu, 06/06/2013 - 14:07
Something dawned on Terry Hayes when he was around 150 pages into writing his début novel I Am Pilgrim (Bantam, July, a creeping realisation he had never felt in his 25 years as a Hollywood screenwriter: “I said to myself: ‘Shit, there’s going to be nowhere to hide.’ That thought paralysed me for days....
Thu, 30/05/2013 - 15:30
Thanks to Hollywood, the US’ current dominant role in popular culture and umpteen “Great American Novels”, the creation myth of the United States is resonantly familiar.
The persecution-fleeing Pilgrims, freedom-loving Founding Fathers, and pioneers who tamed the wild frontier combined to create the American Dream:...
Tue, 28/05/2013 - 12:47
Having spent the past four years working as the artistic director of the Bath Literature Festival, James Runcie, the new head of Literature and Spoken Word at the Southbank Centre, knows a thing or two about festival programming. So when it came to this year’s London Literature Festival (20th May–8th September), he had some big...
Mon, 20/05/2013 - 14:55
Turning an unprofitable store into a profitable one is no easy feat, but it is something Ian Owens, pictured accepting the Manager of the Year prize from Tim Waterstone at this year’s Bookseller Industry Awards, has been able to do.
Branch manager of Waterstones’ Argyle Street store in Glasgow for 18 months, he has spent...
Mon, 20/05/2013 - 14:21
You might think you’re busy, but compared to Neil Gaiman, you don’t know busy.
Here is what the fantasy author/children’s writer/comics legend has in store for 2013.
Starting off is The Ocean at the End of the Lane, out in June, Gaiman’s first novel for adults since Anansi Boys in 2005...
Thu, 09/05/2013 - 14:50
Broadcasting Arabic talent worldwide is one of the mainstays of the Sharjah Children’s Reading Festival, held last week (23rd April to 4th May).
An offshoot of the Shahjah International Book Fair, festival director Ahmed Al Ameri [pictured] says SCRF has “really taken off” since the the inaugural fair five years ago...
Thu, 02/05/2013 - 13:30
Behind the writing of every memoir of a life gone off the rails is a motive in need of justification. Why bare your soul? Why tell the world just how bad things got? Why, in Suzanne Harrington’s case, would you want to confess that desperate moment—when at your lowest ebb, and already roaring drunk—you scoured the kitchen...
Thu, 25/04/2013 - 16:04
When the news came to The Bookseller last year that James Heneage had inked a three-book deal with Quercus my first thought, perhaps like many in the trade, was: oh, the former boss of Ottakar’s. I’m sure it was hard for him to get a book deal.
I tell Heneage this when we meet at the bar at the top of Waterstones...
Thu, 25/04/2013 - 15:53
In March certain sections of the US book industry threw their arms up in despair. Why so? The news that Goodreads, the hugely popular book recommendation site, has decided to set its sails down the Amazon.
The online retail giant purchased the community site for a reported $170m, adding another piece to its impressive publishing...