Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Latest News from The Bookseller

Richard Charkin
Richard Charkin on China, copyright and freedom to publish.
Welsh Books Council
A number of Welsh writers and publishers have condemned proposals to slash £374,000 from the Welsh Books Council budget, calling the move "unjust" and amounting to "self-sabotage".
Penguin Random House UK
Penguin Random House UK is removing any requirement for a university degree for all new jobs to attract a “more varied candidate pool” in order to “publish the best books that appeal to readers everywhere”.
A S Byatt
Possession author A S Byatt has won the €150,000 (£114,000) Erasmus Prize, given every year to a person or institution that has made an exceptional contribution to the humanities or arts.
Daunt Books
Daunt Books is to open its first branch outside London in April.
Phil Earle
Reading charity BookTrust has appointed Phil Earle as it new writer-in-residence.

Debi Gliori
Authors have continued to express their support for a campaign to boycott literary festivals which do not pay authors for appearances.
Exclusive Books has redesigned its flagship Johannesburg store, with the result breaking “the shackles and restraints of the chain-store mentality” in order to make books “sexy” again.
Juno Dawson
Hot Key Books has confirmed that Juno Dawson’s backlist titles, printed with the author’s previous name, James Dawson, will remain in circulation until they come up for reprint.
The department for media, culture and sport is to appoint a new chair of Arts Council England when Sir Peter Bazalgette ends his term next year.
Quercus has signed the sequel to Neil Spring’s paranormal thriller debut The Ghost Hunters, which was recently adapted into an ITV drama.
Juliet Ewers
Orion publishing director Juliet Ewers has been promoted to the newly created position of group associate publisher.

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