Thursday, June 02, 2016

Latewst News from The Bookseller

Retailers are plotting a range of spellbinding evenings across the UK ahead of the release of JK Rowling’s "eighth Harry Potter book”, the play script for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (Little, Brown).
The Poetry Book Society (PBS) is winding down after more than 50 years supporting and encouraging the art of poetry and the sale of poetry books, with all staff made redundant.
Sky Sports pundit Guillem Balague, former women’s UFC champion Ronda Rousey and former president of Formula One’s governing body Max Mosley were among the winners at the Cross Sports Book Awards.
Adam Croft
Self-published author Adam Croft has been snapped up for a publishing deal by Amazon imprint Thomas & Mercer after releasing what he says is the biggest-selling book by a self-published author in 2016.
Labour politician Peter Hain’s AD & WAL (Biteback Publishing) has been optioned for a feature film by Fifty One Productions.
Debut novels by four independent presses have made it onto the Betty Trask Prize shortlist, including two by Bloomsbury.
DK has re-launched its children’s reading scheme with a new programme built for children aged three-11, which will see 10 new titles released this year.
Ian Rankin, Val McDermid, Martina Cole and Mark Billingham are among the stellar names lined up for the fifth Bloody Scotland festival in Stirling.
Ashley Antoinette
Piatkus has struck a deal for a novel and its sequel with New York Times bestselling author Ashley Antoinette.
Robin Stevens
Children's author Robin Stevens has announced that she is to stop visiting schools “for the forseeable future”, citing exhaustion and an overloaded work schedule.
Chicken House has acquired a debut novel, The Elephant Thief, by Jane Kerr following a three-way auction.
Marie Curie and WH Smith have partnered to launch their second Big Readcycle to help support people living with a terminal illness.

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