Friday, April 15, 2016

Latest News from The Bookseller

The European market is back with a bang this year, with foreign publishers moving “quickly and ambitiously” to secure several big deals during the course of London Book Fair.
Man Booker International Prize
Reclusive Italian writer Elena Ferrante and Nobel Laureate Orhan Pamuk have been named on the six-strong Man Booker International Prize shortlist.
Rosamund de la Hey
Rosamund de la Hey, owner and founder of The Mainstreet Trading Company, has been made president of the Booksellers Association.
Harlequin UK and Harlequin North America have unveiled a coordinated strategy to acquire and promote fiction for their respective trade imprints across the world English market.
Deborah Rogers
Three unpublished authors will compete for the inaugural £10,000 Deborah Rogers Foundation Writers’ Award (DRFWA), in honour of the late agent.
Penguin is in talks to sell Dorling Kindersley, Sky News has claimed.

HarperCollins will run a graduate scheme exclusively for black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) candidates in a bid to diversify its talent pool.
Rowan Lawton of Furniss Lawton has sold a "sweeping page-turner" about two sisters separated by war, White Chrysanthemum by Mary Lynn Bracht, to Chatto & Windus in a six-figure pre-empt during London Book Fair.
Kindle Oasis
Amazon has announced its thinnest and lightest e-reader, the Kindle Oasis, "designed to feel weightless".
David North
Walker Books UK has acquired two books by David Almond – a middle-grade novel that will be illustrated by Alex T Smith, and a picture book illustrated by Levi Pinfold.
As of this month, the St Bride Foundation Library is opening without entry charge on the first Wednesday of each month, in a limited reversal of its move last year to open only on a private, paid-for basis.
Atlantic has completed three major acquisitions at this year’s fair.

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