Saturday, May 07, 2016

Latest News from The Bookseller

A year after Nicholas Brealey Publishing was acquired by Hachette UK, Nicholas Brealey, who was on a 12-month consultancy contract while the two businesses were integrated, is leaving the business.
Desmond Elliott Prize 2016
Lisa McInerney's tale of murder and misfits in post-crash Ireland The Glorious Heresies (John Murray), already shortlisted for this year's Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction, is also on the shortlist for this year's Desmond Elliott Prize.
Global revenue at HarperCollins has fallen 11% in the latest quarter, to $358m ($402m in same period 2015), attributed partly to lower revenues from Chris Kyle's American Sniper and the Divergent series, lower e-book sales and a negative impact in foreign currency changes.
Deborah Rogers
The winner of the inaugural Deborah Rogers Writers’ Award, a £10,000 prize for an unpublished writer, is Sharlene Wen-Ning Teo for Ponti, a work of fiction about "a misfit adolescent girl growing up in sultry, sweaty Singapore".
Ed Armitage
Waterstones e-commerce director Ed Armitage has left the bookshop chain.
Puffin World of Stories
Penguin Random House Children’s is taking over the children’s section of the OnBlackheath Festival with "Puffin World of Stories", an immersive story space for children under 12.

Wolfson Foundation
The Wolfson History Prize has appointed Sir David Cannadine, dodge professor of history at Princeton, as the chair of judges for this year’s award, and increased its prize money to a combined £60,000 (raised from £50,000 last year), split between two winners.
children reading
The book market is the most thriving business within children’s media, whilst TV production is struggling due to competition from the internet, according to speakers at a Westminster Media Forum conference yesterday.
Penguin Australia
A consumer affairs regulator is fining Penguin Australia A$30,000 for publishing a book by Belle Gibson, the wellness vlogger who reportedly lied about having brain cancer.
A network has been launched for people who are from black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds (BAME) and who work in the UK publishing industry, to come together and connect.
Warsan Shire
Manchester-based indie Flipped Eye Publishing is publishing Somali-British writer Warsan Shire's first full poetry collection, Extreme Girlhood.
Sharjah Children’s Reading Festival
A year on from the announcement of the creation of Sharjah’s Book City, Ahmed Al Ameri, director of Sharjah Book Fair and chairman of the Sharjah Book Authority, said the plans were “going well”. He indicated that it will launch this year, though he did not reveal a date.

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