Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Latest from The Bookseller

Hannah Sullivan
Hannah Sullivan has won the £25,000 T S Eliot Prize for her "astonishing" debut collection Three Poems (Faber).
Clarivate Analytics
Clarivate Analytics is to become a publicly listed company following an agreement to merge with Churchill Capital Corp.
Emirates Airline Festival of Literature
Former Irish President Mary Robinson has pulled out of the Emirates Festival of Literature in Dubai in the wake of growing calls for the United Arab Emirates to free human rights activist Ahmed Mansoor.
Tom Fickling
Tom Fickling has taken on the role of m.d. at Oxford-based publisher David Fickling Books.
Cambridge University Press
Cambridge University Press has launched Cambridge Elements, a large-scale programme for research that sits outside the traditional formats of either book or journal article.
Zoë Plant
Bent Agency is expanding by hiring Zoë Plant, formerly a senior scout at Daniela Schlingmann Literary Scouting, as a literary agent.

Robertson Murray Literary Agency
Charlotte Robertson's new literary agency with Arlington Management has launched as the Robertson Murray Literary Agency.
Olivia Morris
Olivia Morris, currently editorial director for Orion Spring and Seven Dials imprints, is joining Ebury to be publishing director for Rider.
Andy Williams
Andy Williams, formerly head of operations at Thames & Hudson, has joined Bristol University Press as its operations director, a new role at the press.
Far Corner
Steve Potter, co-founder of online bookseller Wordery, is joining Far Corner as managing director of its global wholesale and e-commerce book businesses.
The London Library
The London Library has launched the Emerging Writers Programme to support unpublished writers, with literary agency A M Heath one of the scheme's supporters. 
Female Leadership in Publishing
A new digital platform and newsletter called The FLIP (Female Leadership in Publishing), launched by three Transworld colleagues to showcase "brilliant, inspiring, courageous and creative" women who work in the publishing industry, has been "inundated" with support, collecting hundreds of followers within its first hours of launching.

The 10th annual Hippocrates International Prize for Poetry and Medicine

When health and poetry come together: the 10th annual Hippocrates International Prize for Poetry and Medicine

C for Life Newcastle
Entries are now open for the 2019 Hippocrates Prize for Poetry and Medicine.
Since its launch in 2009, the Hippocrates Prize has attracted around 10,000 entries from over 70 countries, from the Americas to Fiji and Finland to Australasia. Entries for the 10th annual Hippocrates Prize close on 14th February (1st March for the Hippocrates Young Poet Prize).
Awards in the Hippocrates Prize are for an unpublished poem in English of up to 50 lines on a medical theme by entrants from anywhere in the world. Previous winners have come from Canada, Hong Kong, New Zealand, the UK and the USA.
With a prize fund of £5500 for winning poems in the Open International category and NHS category, and £500 for the Young Poets Award, the Hippocrates Prize is one of the highest value poetry awards in the world for a single poem.
Judges for the  2019 Hippocrates international Open Prize and Health Professional Prize (deadline 14th February) are UK journalist and broadcaster Kate Adie CBE, DL,  American-Mexican poet and author Jennifer Clement, International President of PEN International and physician Professor Dame Jane Dacre, who is immediate past-president of the UK Royal College of Physicians in London and a Professor of Medical Education. 
New Zealand poet Elizabeth Smither will judge the Hippocrates international Young Poet Prize for Poetry and Medicine (age 14-18 years; deadline 1st March).
Co-organiser Donald Singer said: “We are delighted to have such a distinguished panel of judges for the 2019 Hippocrates Prize. We are also grateful that the 2019 Hippocrates Awards Ceremony will be hosted by the Centre for Life in Newcastle in partnership with the Newcastle Centre for the Literary Arts.”
The International Hippocrates Prize is awarded in three categories:
- a £1000 first prize, £500 second prize and £250 third prize in the Hippocrates Open category, which anyone in the world may enter. There are a further ~20 commendations in the Open category
- a £1000 first prize, £500 second prize and £250 third prize in the Health Professional category, which is open to Health Service employees, health students and those working in professional organisations anywhere in the world involved in education and training of health professional students and staff. There are a further ~20 commendations in the Health Professional category
- a £500 award for the Hippocrates Young Poets Prize for an unpublished poem in English on a medical theme. Entries are open to young poets from anywhere in the world aged 14 to 18 years. There are further commendations in the Young Poets category. There is no entry fee for the Young Poets prize.
US poet and 2018 Hippocrates Prize Judge Mark Doty said: “The humane and moving work shortlisted for the Hippocrates Poetry Prizes testify to the power of poetry to help us to negotiate the difficult in carefully crafted, artful language”.
Austrialian doctor, poet and 2018 Hippocrates Prize Judge Peter Goldsworthy added: “There are many species of poem (in the 2018 Hippocrates Prize entries) - dark, poignant, epigrammatic, celebratory, funny. I applaud the poets for their creativity and compassion.”
Shortlisted and commended poets will be informed by email and information about the shortlist and the commended entries posted on the Hippocrates Prize website. The winners in the 2019 Hippocrates Health Professional Prize will be announced by the judges at the Hippocrates Awards ceremony on Friday 17th May 2019 in at the Centre for Life in Newcastle-upon-Tyne.

The Hippocrates Initiative for Poetry and Medicine – winner of the 2011 Times Higher Education Award for Innovation and Excellence in the Arts – is an interdisciplinary venture that investigates the synergy between medicine, the arts and health.
Notes for editors
For more on the Hippocrates Prize contact +44 7494 450805  or email

2019 Hippocrates Judges
The 2019 Hippocrates Awards judging panel includes Kate Adie from the UK and US-Mexican poet Jennifer Clement for International Open and International Health Professional categories and for the Hippocrates Young Poets Prize Elizabeth Smither from New Zealand.
Kate Adie became a familiar figure through her work as BBC Chief News Correspondent. She is the long-serving presenter of Radio 4’s From Our Own Correspondent and a presenter or contributor to many other radio and television programmes. She has served as a judge for the Orange Prize for Fiction, now the Bailey’s, and the Whitbread, now the Costa Prize, and recently, the RSL Ondaatje Prize. Kate was honoured with a Bafta Fellowship in 2018 and received a CBE in the 2018 Queen's Birthday Honours list. Other awards include: Royal Television Society Reporter of the Year 1980, for her coverage of the SAS end to the Iranian Embassy siege; Winner, 1981 & 1990, Monte Carlo International Golden Nymph Award; The Richard Dimbleby BAFTA Award 1990.
Jennifer Clement is the President of PEN International and the first woman to be elected as its President in 100 years. Under her leadership the PEN International Women’s Manifesto was created. Clement has published four books of poetry including The Next Stranger (with an introduction by W.S. Merwin). She is the author of A True Story Based on Lies, The Poison That Fascinates, Prayers for the Stolen and Gun Love.  She also wrote the acclaimed memoir Widow Basquiat on New York City in the 1980’s and the painter Jean-Michel Basquiat. Her books have been translated into 30 languages. She is the recipient of the Canongate Prize, Sara Curry Humanitarian Award, the Gran Prix des Lectrices Lyceenes de ELLE, a Guggenheim Fellowship, an NEA Fellowship and her books have twice been a New York Times Editor’s Choice Book.  Prayers for the Stolen was both a PEN/Faulkner Prize and Femina Prize finalist.  Her recent novel Gun Love is an Oprah Book Club Selection as well as being a National Book Award finalist. She lives in Mexico City. 
Elizabeth Smither has published 18 collections of poetry, was Te Mata Poet Laureate (2001-3), and was awarded an Hon DLitt by Auckland University and the Prime Minister’s Award for Literary Achievement in 2008. She also writes novels, journals and short stories, and is widely published in Australia, Britain and USA. She was awarded the Sarah Broom Poetry Prize in 2016 and her most recent poetry collection, Night Horse, won the Ockham NZ Book Award for poetry in 2018.
Professor Dame Jane Dacre DBE, MD, FRCP is a UK consultant rheumatologist and Professor of Medical Education. She is the immediate past president of the London Royal College of Physicians and was vice chair of the Association of Medical Research Charities, Director of University College of London Medical School, MD of MRCPUK and academic VP of the RCP. She is the lead for the DHSC independent review into the gender pay gap in medicine, and the President of the Medical Protection Society. She won the medicine and healthcare category 2012 of Women in the City Woman of Achievement Award; was named on the HSJ inaugural list of 50 inspirational women in healthcare in 2013; was named in the science and medicine category for people of influence Debrett’s 500 in 2015, 2016 and 2017; and was named on the HSJ top 100 list from 2014 to 2017.
Hippocrates Prize Organisers
Professor Donald Singer is a clinical pharmacologist and President of the Fellowship of Postgraduate Medicine. His interests include research on discovery of new therapies, and public understanding of drugs, health and disease. Professor Michael Hulse is a poet and translator of German literature, and teaches creative writing and comparative literature at the University of Warwick. He is also editor of The Warwick Review. His latest book of poems, Half-Life (2013), was named a Book of the Year by John Kinsella.

Off the Shelf

January 15, 2019
Will Rhino


Master Yoga and Life This Year with These 5 Books
So you’ve just had your first yoga class of 2019, and you need some motivation to get to class two. You weren’t as flexible as you led yourself to believe, and you had never heard of downward-facing dog until that very moment. These books will inspire you—mind, body, and spirit—to get you back on that mat and keep your peace this year.


Publishers Lunch

Former Crown Publishing Group president and publisher Maya Mavjee will join Macmillan on March 1 in the new role of president, publishing strategy, reporting to ceo John Sargent. Mavjee will work closely with Sargent, coo Andrew Weber (formerly of Random House), and president of Macmillan US Don Weisberg (formerly of Random House and Penguin Children's) on "all aspects of publishing across the company, with a focus on publishing strategy and the overall growth and development of its programs."

Sargent says in the announcement, "Maya brings a wealth of experience to this new role and will have a broad mandate. She is a huge talent, and I am sure she will make us better at everything we do." Mavjee adds, "I am excited to be joining the Macmillan team. I have long admired the publishing programs, authors, talent and leadership of the company and look forward to the opportunities ahead."

She will acquire books for all of Macmillan's publishing houses, and will also take over responsibility for the central digital marketing and communications groups and the company's diversity and inclusion efforts. Reporting to Mavjee will be Wibke Grutjen, vp, digital marketing, and Erin Coffey, vp, communications, events and community services.

James Melia and Caroline Bleeke have each been promoted to senior editor at Flatiron Books.

Tamar Rydzinski has formed Context Literary Agency, bringing over her roster of authors from Laura Dail Literary Agency, where she was previously vice president and director of sub rights.

Carolyn Forde has moved over to the Transatlantic Agency as senior agent. She was previously literary agent and director of international rights at Westwood Creative Artists, and brings many of her clients with her.

Zoe Plant is joining the Bent Agency UK as literary agent, acquiring children's and YA fiction and commercial adult fiction, including sci-fi, fantasy and crime. She was previously senior scout at Daniela Schlingmann Literary Scouting.

Anna Jordan has joined Books of Wonder as special events coordinator. She previously worked in author relations and events at Islandport Books in Yarmouth, ME and served two terms as the conference co-director for the New England region of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators.

Novelist and journalist Francine du Plessix Gray, 88, died on January 13 in Manhattan. Gray was the author of several novels and biographies, as well as Them: A Memoir of Parents, which won the National Book Critics Circle Award in 2006.

Barnes & Noble in Crystal Lake, IL,
will close, though a date is not known. City officials say they hope to find "a smaller location to house a scaled-down Barnes & Noble after it closes."

Bob Woodward will
receive the 2019 PEN America Literary Service Award, presented at their gala in May. PEN America ceo Suzanne Nossel said in a statement, "Woodward has set the standard for dogged and objective reporting and gripping storytelling. His work has helped fortify American democracy for decades." Richard Robinson, Scholastic ceo for over 40 years, is the year's Publisher Honoree.

Chicago Review Press acquired Council Oak Books, which will become an imprint of the former. The Wildcat Canyon Press imprint will become a series under the Council Oak Books imprint.

2018 Stats
Print book sales in Canada were flat, as
tracked by BookNet Canada's point-of-sale service SalesData. They say 54.7 million units were sold, at a value of $1.13 billion (CA). Nonfiction sales rose modestly, up 1.5 percent, and fiction declined by 0.5 percent.

The Roundup with PW


The Books the Nazis Stole: The hunt for the millions of books stolen by the Nazis during World War II has been pursued quietly for decades, but has recently intensified.

Scholar Newly Translates Hebrew Bible: For 24 years, literary scholar Robert Alter has been working on a new 3,000 translation of the Hebrew Bible by hand. And he's finally done.

Author Praises Pardon for Groveland Four: Gilbert King's Pulitzer Prize–winning book 'Devil in the Grove,' about the four falsely-accused men, helped set the pardon in motion.

Why 1984 Isn't Banned in China: Censorship in the country is more complicated than many Westerners imagine, and George Orwell's work is a case in point.

Leslie Jamison's Next Book: The author of 'The Recovering' previews her new book, 'Make It Scream, Make It Burn,' in a new essay.

Saturday, January 12, 2019

Latest from The Bookseller

Christmas High Street
Independent bookshops enjoyed a bumper end to 2018, with "excellent" Christmas sales, and most are looking ahead with optimism, according to The Bookseller’s Indie Bookshop Christmas Trading Survey.
Stephen Lotinga
The Publishers Association’s second workforce survey has found improvement in the number of women landing leadership roles in UK publishing, as well as a "high" representation of LGBT+ and disabled staff.
Cath Burke
Cath Burke, Sphere Fiction publisher and executive director of Little, Brown’s rights and audio teams, has been promoted to deputy managing director of Little, Brown Book Group.
The Tattooist of Auschwitz
It is fitting that our last Weekly E-Book Ranking of 2018 ends with The Tattooist of Auschwitz at the summit. It is the 10th number one for Heather Morris’ début novel, and the sixth in a row.
Bookouture has revealed it is building a third editorial team, with a particular focus on the US market, as part of fresh plans to expand in 2019.
The German book market has been shaken up by a surprise merger between two major bookselling companies.

Europa Editions
Europa Editions has launched a non-fiction imprint, Europa Compass, with the first book coming from French author Antoine Compagnon in May.
Dead Ink
Former Waterstones events manager Jordan Taylor-Jones has joined northern indie Dead Ink in a newly created role following a £66,000 cash injection from the Arts Council.
Sue Armstrong
A revamped structure at C&W sees Sue Armstrong and Sophie Lambert appointed as directors, joining Clare Conville and Jake Smith-Bosanquet, to future-proof the agency against "the thrilling challenges ahead".
The Cut Out Girl
Bart van Es' The Cut Out Girl (Fig Tree) and Tara Westover's Educated (Hutchinson) have been shortlisted for the Slightly Foxed Best First Biography Prize.
Aoife Walsh
Aoife K Walsh has joined New Island Books as a commissioning editor.
Edward Stanford Travel Writing Awards 2019
Authors including Sharlene Teo (Ponti, Picador) Sayaka Murata (Convenience Store Woman, Granta) and Levison Wood (Arabia, Hodder) have been shortlisted for the Edward Stanford Travel Writing Awards, recognising the best travel writing in the world.