Episode 5 of New Zealand’s rather admirable books programme….
14 Beautiful Independent Bookshops In London – a BuzzFeeed photo feature
And only one of them – Belgravia Books – featured thus far in ACHUKA’s own series of indie bookshop visits, so lots to keep us busy in London alone it seems….
When asked about his writing by a female teacher in the audience, who told the author she had “humiliated” herself by crying in the classroom while reading his novels, Morpurgo admitted he too became emotional about the war.”If you cry in front of children when you’re reading a book it’s good teaching,” he said.”How else do children ever get to know that books matter, that stories really matter, unless they see grown-ups touched by them?”He added: “I find it profoundly difficult to read the Carol Ann Duffy poem [about the Christmas Truce].”I think that’s the point of literature, it’s about something different: engaging us deeply, making us think.”When asked why many of his children’s books were so “melancholy”, he added: “Young people are thinking people.”I know your life isn’t perfect. There are really good bits about your life and maybe some bits that are not so good.”If you just write stories for young people and wrap everything in a little pink bow and say everything’s fine, they know you’re not being honest.”I have to be honest with people, look them in the eye and tell them a story – not try to pull the wool over their eyes.”
A Wood Green primary is officially the best read school in the country.
Lordship Lane Primary School, in Ellenborough Road, came top of the more than 3,500 schools taking part in this year’s Read for My School competition.
The 350 pupils at the primary school worked their way through 10,160 books in 60 days – and that is despite three-quarters of the children having English as their second language.
Pupils were so keen to add to their total that they would use the school ICT suite at lunchtime to read books online.
And it took just 24 hours for pupils to hit the 1,000-book mark.
Jackie May, deputy head teacher and literacy co-ordinator at the school, said the pupils’ enthusiasm “took her breath away” – especially with a late surge taking the total into five figures.
Ms May said: “Every class teacher signed up children and it was a whole school effort – the younger children were really keen to get involved.
“We had weekly assemblies where we would reveal the new total and it generated early tension and excitement. I would give out certificates to the children who had read the most that week.
“In the last week we had reached 9,000 and I said ‘come on, we’ve got five days’ and they did it.”
The competition, now in its second year, was launched by learning charity Pearson with charities Booktrust and The Pearson Foundation, and support from the Department for Education.
My Independent Bookshop is a new initiative in the UK that allows any reader to set up their shop with twelve books at a time on their shelves—changing the display as often as they choose by season, genre or simply their mood. The owners of the shelf can earn a 8% commission from their favorite indie bookstore. Today the service gets out of beta and over 400 bookshops are opening in the UK.
The ‘bookshops’ opening today, following a month-long invite-only beta period, include several high-profile authors and book lovers from Irvine Welsh to Simon Mayo to Carys Bray, many of the UK’s independent bookshops from South London stalwart Dulwich Books to the UK’s smallest island bookshop, Hayling Island Books, and hundreds of specially selected VIP readers.
E-books will not replace printed children’s books, bestselling children’s author Judith Kerr told the BBC.
Some books are “alright” as e-books, but only if they’re the type of book that is read once then cast aside, she said. “I don’t think printed books will ever disappear, they’re a totally different thing.”
Before you published your first book in 1977, you were a bookseller. What do you think about what is happening to bookshops now?
With the book trade, if anyone tells you they know what’s going on, they’re lying. Everyone is winging it, and it changes from month to month. It’s quite alarming. Bookshops are closing every week because Amazon and the wholesalers are deliberately squeezing them out. If you’re notreviewed in the nationals and on the front table in Waterstone’s, you may as well set fire to your books. I think soon there will be a few big-name authors at the front [of the average bookshop] and cookbooks and art books at the back. I’m depressing myself now. Maybe one ought to get a proper job.
You have magnificent facial hair. How did that come about?
At the age of 19, I inherited an electric shaver which gave me a terrible rash. I decided to stop inflicting this pain on myself. The amazing question is not "Why do you have a beard?" but "Why do 99% of the male population shave every day?" It is quite unnatural.
Children’s book publishers, agents, authors, and artists from around the world descended on Bologna, Italy, this week for the 51st annual Bologna Children’s Book Fair. While official attendance figures aren’t yet available, program director Roberta Chinni told PW that she was "very happy" with attendance and that the publishers she had spoken with were pleased with the number of appointments and overall energy of the fair. For those who couldn’t attend, here’s an overview of the fair in photos.
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via Bologna 2014: Photos from the Fair.