Sunday, January 17, 2016

News from The Bookseller

Julia Donaldson
Recent reports about a widening disparity between the earnings of authors at the top of the charts and those at the bottom of the food chain are borne out in 2015’s figures—but the story is far from black and white.
The British Book Industry Awards
The Bookseller has expanded its industry awards, with the 2016 ceremony to celebrate the books of the year as well as the wider trade.
FT Weekend Oxford Literary Festival
Prominent writers including Linda Grant, Denise Mina, Joanne Harris and Francesca Simon have responded to Philip Pullman's protest over the Oxford Literary Festival's failure to pay author fees by joining a call for publishers and fellow authors to boycott events with the same policy.
TheBookshop by W H Smith
W H Smith has opened the first stores of a new-concept bookshop line in airport terminals, targeting more affluent buyers.
Robert Caskie
Literary agent Robert Caskie has decided to leave Peters, Fraser and Dunlop after seven years.
Nadiya Hussain, the winner of last year’s “The Great British Bake Off”, is writing a children’s book of stories and recipes, which is due to hit shops in September.

English PEN
Tom Stoppard, Ali Smith and Ian Rankin have joined fellow UK PEN members in writing to prime minister David Cameron urging him to raise the "crisis" facing freedom of expression with the Turkish prime minister, Ahmet Davutoğlu, on his visit to London next week.
London Book Fair
Judith Kerr, Marian Keyes and Professor Nick Bostrom are to be spotlighted at this year's London Book Fair's Authors of the Day.
Picador is making two promotions within its editorial team, following editorial director Kate Harvey's move to Harvill Secker at the end of 2015.
Brian May
Rock star Brian May's company, The London Stereoscopic Company, is partnering with the V&A to produce a book for its upcoming exhibit, Undressed: 350 Years of Underwear Fashion. 
Courtney Hayles
Mills & Boon has revealed drama teacher and public speaker, Courtney Hayles, as the winner of its Man of the Year 2016 competition.
Book Trust
Reading charity BookTrust is encouraging children to use their local libraries with a new sticker book, developed in partnership with Igloo Books.

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