Thursday, March 10, 2016

Latest News from The Bookseller

The Escape: Star Wars
The force was with World Book Day last week as The Escape: Star Wars (Egmont) claimed the number one spot from Mary Berry’s Foolproof Cooking (BBC) and all 10 WBD titles charted inside the top 15.
Lionel Shriver
Author Lionel Shriver has said literary prizes just for women are "problematic", while calling International Women's Day "creepy" at an event to mark the occasion.
Gail Rebuck
Chair of Penguin Random House UK, Baroness Gail Rebuck, is set to receive the Lifetime Achievement Award 2016 from the London Book Fair.
NW Decline and Fall
The BBC is to broadcast adaptations of NW (Hamish Hamilton) by Zadie Smith and Decline and Fall (Penguin Classics) by Evelyn Waugh later this year, the BBC's Charlotte Moore, controller of TV channels and iPlayer, has announced.
The arguments for and against the relaxation of Sunday Trading laws have ramped up ahead of a key vote on the proposal in the House of Commons today.
David Brent
Blink Publishing is to release The David Brent Songbook to coincide with the UK cinema release of "Life on the Road" starring Ricky Gervais, this summer.
Ben Dunn, m.d. of Blink, acquired exclusive worldwide rights from Robert Kirby and Duncan Hayes at United Agents.

digital book world
The most talked about presentation of yesterday's Digital Book World conference in New York came from Jonathan Taplin, director of the Annenberg Innovation Lab at the University of Southern California, who asked: “Is this tech revolution great for everybody or just a few at the top of the Forbes 400?"
Love and Friendship
Two Roads is publishing a novel by film writer-director Whit Stillman, inspired by a short work by Jane Austen which was never published in her lifetime. 
Bob Johnston
Bob Johnston, owner of The Gutter Bookshop, has won The O'Brien Press Bookseller of the Year Award in Ireland for his “immense” commitment to bookselling.
Caspar Lee
Michael Joseph, an imprint of Penguin Random House, is publishing YouTube star Caspar Lee's memoir, authored in collaboration with the 21-year-old's mum.
Afua Hirsch
Jonathan Cape is publishing BRIT(ish): Getting Under the Skin of Britain’s Race Problem by Afua Hirsch, social affairs editor for Sky News.
Chaz Hutton
HarperNonFiction has acquired Instachaaz, the first book by Instagram "sensation" Chaz Hutton.

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