Saturday, June 25, 2016

Latest News from The Bookseller

Amid a mix of shock, dismay and jubilation at the "Leave" camp's victory in the EU referendum, senior industry figures have vowed to hold off on taking any steps in response until the implications of the result become clear, and to take a positive approach to the challenges ahead. But there have also been warnings of an "enormous amount of work" in the future.
Jenny Todd
Canongate Books returned to profit in 2015, after a poor performance led to losses a year earlier. The result comes after a restructuring of the business which saw Jenny Todd right promoted to publisher, the launch of separate live events business Letters Live and a breakout year for author Matt Haig.
Sarah Crossan and Chris Riddell
Rebecca McNally, publishing director of children’s books at Bloomsbury, said she was “over the moon” after two of her authors, Chris Riddell and Sarah Crossan, picked up the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal and Carnegie Medal earlier this week.
Bloomsbury has acquired a new book by Peter Frankopan, the author of The Silk Roads (Bloomsbury).
Jonathan Cape has signed an award-winning debut American poet to its list, Ocean Vuong, tipped to be "an important new voice" after making "huge waves" in the US.
Roma Backhouse has been appointed as the new director of Free Word, an international organisation dedicated to literature, literacy and free expression, to succeed current director Rose Fenton in September.

Jonathan Coe
Jonathan Coe has been awarded prestigious French honour Officier in the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (The Order of Arts and Letters) from the French Ambassador, who named him "France’s favourite British writer".
Kate Atkinson
The line up for the tenth annual Wimbledon BookFest has been announced, boasting headliners poet laureate Carol Ann Duffy, deputy prime minister Nick Clegg, cookery writer Ella Woodward and multi-award winning novelist Kate Atkinson in her only UK event this year.


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