Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Latest News from The Bookseller

International Publishers Association
Arnaud Nourry, chief executive of Hachette Livre, has publicly questioned the decision to allow the Publishers Association of China to become a member of the International Publishers Association (IPA), citing newspaper reports of censorship in the country.
Howard Marks
Former drug smuggler turned author Howard Marks has died, aged 70.
Philip Pullman
Publishers need to ask themselves what are they offering writers and readers that other agencies cannot provide, author Philip Pullman told delegates at the International Publishers Congress.
The occupation of Carnegie Library has ended after 10 days. The protest, which began on Thursday 31st March, officially came to an end on Saturday after the occupiers left the building in London's Herne Hill to a crowd of cheering people.
Raif Badawi
Jailed Saudi blogger Raif Badawi has been named the first winner of the IPA Prix Voltaire, previously known as the IPA Freedom to Publish Prize.
Arnaud Norry
Google is a bigger threat to publishers than Amazon and could be helped by "the European Commission’s senseless attack on copyright", Hachette Livre c.e.o. Arnaud Nourry told international publishers ahead of the London Book Fair.

Adrian Greenwood
Author and biographer Adrian Greenwood has died following a “vicious and sustained” attack in his home.
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
British surveillance agency GCHQ intervened with the launch of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, the sixth book in J K Rowling’s Harry Potter series.
Salman Rushdie
Simon Schama, Germaine Greer, Salman Rushdie and Caitlin Moran are just some of the writers and thinkers lined up to take part in this year’s Hay Festival, which takes place 25th May – 5th June.
Gail Rebuck
The “phenomenal” speed of change in the industry has led to the “curious” revolution of old technology existing with new, Penguin Random House chair Barnoness Gail Rebuck has said.  
Harlequin, a division of HarperCollins, has promoted several members of staff at its new HQ imprint.
Mondadori Editore
"Legendary" editor Giancarlo Bonacina has died in Milan, aged 78, following a long illness.

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