Saturday, March 19, 2016

Latest news from The Bookseller

London Book Fair
The London Book Fair, which runs next month (12th–14th April) is getting “more significant all the time”, with the British event still very much a place where deals are cut, publishers have told The Bookseller.

Too Naked for the Nazis
A biography of a musical hall act has beaten an academic treatise on the human posterior in the closest race ever for The Bookseller’s Diagram Prize for Oddest Book Title of the Year.  
Christopher North managing director Christopher North is to leave the business, taking up a post as president and chief executive officer of personalised gift company Shutterfly from 31st May.
My Brother is a Superhero
Author David Solomons has won the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize 2016 for his novel My Brother is a Superhero (Nosy Crow).
APS Bookselling Conference
Blackwell’s, Oxford University Press and JS Group were all honoured at the annual Academic, Professional and Specialist Awards, held at Wotton House in Surrey last night (17th March).
Quentin Blake
HarperCollins Children’s Books is to publish a picture book by Sir Quentin Blake and Emma Chichester Clarke in a “landmark acquisition”.

The most extensive survey of authors' "economic and social conditions" ever conducted in France has shown that fewer than 10% of the estimated 101,600 authors in France earned most of their living from their work in 2013, the most recent year of available data.
Scholastic UK has struck a three-book deal for a new YA trilogy by debut author Alice Broadway.
Sally Riley
Sally Riley, director of the foreign rights department at Aitken Alexander Associates, will step down from her role at the end of April.
Consultants Mike Jones and Colin Midson are to partner to broaden the remit of Bookshaped, an agency set up by Midson in 2012.
The Sellout by Paul Beatty, which will be published by Oneworld in May, was awarded the National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction in the US last night.
Val McDermid
Leading writers Val McDermid and Ann Cleeves have spoken out against proposed cuts to Orkney's mobile library service.

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