Friday, April 08, 2016

Latest news from The Bookseller

Amid strong pre-LBF buying, Headline’s Alex Clarke has snapped up a high-concept début thriller by Faber Academy graduate Felicia Yap for a “healthy” six-figure sum.
A teachers’ union has voted for libraries to be included in Ofsted inspections, after fears were raised that schools are increasingly viewing books as obsolete.
Writers David Mitchell, Ali Smith, Cathy Cassidy, Nick Hornby and David Nicholls are among the top names who have signed an open letter supporting the occupiers of Carnegie Library and condemning the proposed changes to the Lambeth library service.
Two titles from Penguin Random House imprint Harvill Secker are among the titles that have been selected for the Waterstones spring book club in its "strongest selection yet".
Jacques Glénat, who founded the Grenoble-based graphic novel and manga publisher Editions Glénat in 1969, has been named in the Panama Papers in connection with a company in the Seychelles, according to Le Monde, one of the 109 media in the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists that has exposed the massive tax avoidance.
Sarah Savitt
Virago has appointed Sarah Savitt, currently publishing director of Headline and Headline Review, as deputy publisher at Virago. 

Fay Weldon
Head of Zeus is to publish The Death of a She-Devil by Fay Weldon, the sequel to Weldon’s 1983 novel The Life and Loves of a She-Devil (Sceptre).
 Peter James
Pan Macmillan has bought audio rights to 11 books from bestselling author Peter James, in a move to consolidate his audio publishing within the publisher.
Kings Road Publishing, a division of Bonnier Publishing, has signed a global deal to publish two official Dungeons & Dragons® titles in partnership with Hasbro UK and Wizards of the Coast.
Lena Dunham
Not That Kind of Girl author Lena Dunham has teamed up with Penguin Random House in the US to launch a new "voice-driven" publishing imprint, called Lenny.

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