Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Latest News from The Bookseller

Official Pokémon publisher Scholastic has been enjoying a surge of interest in licensing, while UK booksellers and libraries are seizing the opportunity to convert wandering gamers into new customers as the Pokémon Go craze takes hold of Britain.
Hodder & Stoughton has confirmed Boris Johnson's biography "will not be published for the foreseeable future". 
Shakespeare: The Riddle of Genius had been slated for publication in October, coinciding with the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death, but, according to the Daily Mail, Johnson "conceded he doesn’t have the time" to write it.
Johnson, who spearheaded the campaign in favour of Brexit, was made foreign secretary last week by new prime minister Theresa May.
Penguin Random House's former in-house television and film development and production group, Random House Studio, has been bought by FremantleMedia North America (FMNA), a worldwide production and distribution company also owned by Bertelsmann.
Peregrine Nicholas Eliot
Founder of the Port Eliot Festival, Peregrine Nicholas Eliot, 10th Earl of St Germans, has died aged 75.
One Cold Night by Katia Lief
Self-published novel One Cold Night by Katia Lief is the bestselling crime novel of the past five years on Kobo's UK platform, while Sherlock Holmes is the favourite character from classic crime novels, the e-reading company has revealed.
A tweet from theatre data analyst Victoria O'Brien showing how she met and married former Waterstones bookseller Jonathan O'Brien has gone viral with over 24,000 favourites.
A book by the UK's new foreign secretary Boris Johnson has topped the list of books MPs will be reading this summer.
HQ is to publish a "timely, truly global book" celebrating diversity by TV presenter June Sarpong in May 2017.
Nick Clegg’s memoir with The Bodley Head has been pushed back to include a "full Brexit analysis".
Robin Stevens
Children's author Robin Stevens is to write a sequel to The London Eye Mystery by the late Siobhan Dowd for Penguin Random House Children’s.
Sarah McIntyre
Stratford-upon-Avon Literary Festival has appointed the Sarah McIntyre, the illustrator behind the #PicturesMeanBusiness campaign, as guest director for its children’s festival in 2017.

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