Friday, December 18, 2015

Morning Briefing from The Bookseller

A new nationwide library campaign will hold the government to account over its legal responsibilities towards libraries and has called on local authorities to put all changes to library services on hold or risk breaching the law.
Allen prowle
The winner of the 2015 Stephen Spender Prize for poetry in translation, Allen Prowle, has withdrawn his entries and returned the prize money, amid claims of "blatant plagiarism".
Nadiya Hussain
Winner of the Great British Bake Off 2015, Nadiya Hussain, will be publishing her "dream" debut cookbook with Michael Joseph.
Peter Dickinson
Author and poet Peter Dickinson OBE died yesterday on 16th December - his 88th birthday - in Winchester, following a brief illness.
Val Emmich
Picador has acquired a debut novel by actor and singer-songerwriter Val Emmich.
Gail Rebuck
Baroness Gail Rebuck, chair of Penguin Random House, will be the the opening keynote speaker at the Quantum Conference next April.

Egmont Publishing
Egmont Publishing is set to publish two books based on the Halo Xbox video game franchise, after acquiring world rights from Microsoft and game developer 343 Industries.
A Guardian investigation has revealed Amazon is selling illegal weapons on its website, including stun guns, pepper spray pistols and knuckledusters.
Stephen Fry Audible
Stephen Fry will voice two classic detective stories exclusively for Audible.
Fry, who voiced all seven of J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter books, will voice The Coin of Dionysius and The Game Played in the Dark by Ernest Bramah, which features the blind detective Max Carrados who was first introduced to the literary world in 1914.
The books are out on the Audible platform today (16th December).
Festive Penguin Selection Box
Penguin has been wishing shoppers "seasons readings" with book giveaways in Manchester and London as part of a new Christmas campaign.
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone
Pottermore has commissioned graphic designer Olly Moss to redesign the front covers of the Harry Potter e-books.
Two Roads
Two Roads has acquired the international bestselling graphic memoir The Arab of the Future, by former Charlie Hebdo contributor and cartoonist Riad Sattouf.

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