Saturday, May 21, 2016

Latest News from The Bookseller

Booksellers are preparing for another blockbuster summer of sales, with a second successive year of “event publishing” shoring up the industry in the sunny season, and one retailer declaring “we feel like we are winning again”.
Hesperus Press
Hesperus Press and Hachette Book Group have reached a settlement concerning the royalty pay dispute for bestselling author Jonas Jonasson, which became public last year.
Star of Africa (Avon), Scott Mariani’s 13th book featuring “crisis response consultant” Ben Hope, is the star of The Bookseller’s first-ever Weekly E-Book Ranking.
Oren Teicher
It had been a dozen years since BookExpo America (BEA) convened in Chicago, its base for much of the 1990s and early 2000s. The decision to return was controversial, the rationale being that booksellers and librarians put off by Manhattan prices would attend. On the other hand, New York publishers were unhappy about travel costs to Chicago: some skipped the fair, others brought skeleton crews.
Mark Richards
Editorial director at John Murray, Mark Richards, has been promoted to publisher.
The White Horse Bookshop celebrates expansion and refurbishment.

Lord Weidenfeld
The shortlist for the 2016 Oxford-Weidenfeld Prize has been announced, celebrating “impressive” submissions, predominantly from independent publishers. 
Bookseller Eason is Ireland's most reputable retailer, according to Ireland RepTrak® 2016.
Candlestick Press
Jenny Swann, co-owner of Nottingham-based independent Candlestick Press, will be stepping down from the business leaving fellow co-owner Di Slaney the sole owner. The press is also launching two new titles, both "ideal" for Father's Day.
Boydell & Brewer
Independent academic and trade publisher Boydell & Brewer has relaunched as an employee-ownership trust after 45 years in private ownership.
The Gunner Girl by Clare Harvey
Nottingham-based author Clare Harvey has won The Romantic Novelists' Association’s Joan Hessayon Award for New Writers for her wartime novel The Gunner Girl, published by Simon & Schuster UK.
Canongate is to publish a "magical" children's series by Scarlett Thomas, author of the adult novel The End of Mr Y (Canongate).

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