Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Latest News from The Bookseller

James Daunt
Waterstones must sustain three years of consecutive profit-making before the company can “stand on its own two feet” and not rely on the “charity” of its owner, the chain’s m.d. James Daunt has said.
The Independent
The Independent and Independent on Sunday print editions are to close, leaving publishers “shocked” and saddened by the end of one of the “last, best” places to have books reviewed in print.
Authors and critics are warning that Middle Grade children’s books, for readers aged eight to 12 years, are failing to get the attention they merit from the media and book prize organisers because of the dominance of Young Adult titles.
Mark Rylance
British "Bridge of Spies" actor Mark Rylance, who won Best Supporting Actor at 2016's BAFTA awards last night, has spoken out in support of a campaign to save Lambeth's libraries from closure.
War and Peace
Leo Tolstoy’s War and Peace has entered the Nielsen BookScan top 50 for the first time since records began in 1998 thanks to a boost from the recent BBC adaptation.
A package of 100 titles drawn from Penguin's Black Classics series is being aimed at secondary school children, with schools minister Nick Gibb offering his support to the venture.
Audrey Azoulay
Audrey Azoulay, former culture advisor to French president François Hollande, has replaced Fleur Pellerin as the country's culture and communications minister.
Emma Watson
Sales of Gloria Steinem's On the Road have peaked after it was selected as the first read for Emma Watson's new feminist book club. 
Edward Stanford Travel Writing Awards
From next year, the Edward Stanford Travel Writing Awards are to be held in February in order to coincide with the Stanfords Travel Writers Festival.
Michael O'Mara Books
LOM Art - the arts and crafts imprint of Michael O'Mara Books - has acquired a new colouring book by London-based textile and homeware designer Zeena Shah. 
Nina Douglas
Barrington Stoke has appointed Nina Douglas to the role of associate publicity director.
Walker Books
Walker Books last night announced Jane McGuiness as the winner of the 2016 Sebastian Walker Award for Illustration.

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