Someone is helping rape victims exact revenge on their attackers, prompting an edge-of-your-seat,
cat-and-mouse chase between old friends, detectives Theodore Tate and Carl Schroder.
Carl Schroder and Theodore Tate, labelled ‘The Coma Cops’ by the media, are finally getting their lives back into shape. Tate has returned to the police force and is grateful to be back at home with his wife, Bridget. For Schroder, things are neither good nor bad. The bullet lodged in his head from a shooting six months ago hasn't killed him, but, almost as deadly, it's switched off his emotions.
In the fraught world of selling actual books in actual shops, it’s nice to know that right now, all over the planet, highly intelligent people are on your side. And they’re out there coming up with clever ways to get punters to realise that it’s way cooler to stroll down to your local bookshop than surf the internet with your credit card.
Here are some ideas from around the world that direct global consciousness towards the wonders of the humble bookshop.
The association of New Zealand booksellers strongly backs the European and International Booksellers Federation (EIBF) as they join the battle against online retailer Amazon.
Booksellers NZ is a member of the EIBF, which yesterday announced support for the German Publishers and Booksellers Federation, which has filed an official complaint against Amazon with the German Federal Antitrust Authority.
The 14th Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIAs) were announced in Sydney on Friday in front of Prime Minister Tony Abbott and Minister for the Arts George Brandis with Pages & Pages Booksellers being named Independent Book Retailer of the Year. The award was shared with iconic Melbourne bookshop Readings with a judging panel of experts from across the book industry unable to split the two bookshops.
New Zealand has a long history of science fiction publishing for a young country, with books receiving both national and international critical attention. Anno Domini 2000, or, Woman’s Destiny, the book widely accepted to be this country’s first science fiction novel, was written in 1889 by former Prime Minister Julius Vogel.
Can we? Of course we can. What? Follow America in turning around book sales in New Zealand and see them grow rather than decline.
That’s the big message I came away with from attending the American Booksellers Association 9th annual Winter Institute, held this year in Seattle, WA. On occasions it was a bit tough to keep positive, in particular when Jonathon Noel from Nielsen in the UK presented a chart that showed that book sales in New Zealand in 2013 were down 19.3%.