Thursday, July 28, 2016

Latest news from The Bookseller

Penguin Random House UK
Penguin Random House UK has launched a nationwide campaign to find, mentor and publish new writers from communities under-represented on the UK’s bookshelves.
Rob Wilson
New libraries minister Rob Wilson has said his existing role as minister for civil society "overlaps" with his new libraries brief, both in the aim of encouraging volunteering and community action and in developing new governance models including mutuals, trusts and co-operatives.
The Girl on the Train
Paula Hawkins’ The Girl on the Train (Black Swan) has chugged its way back into the Official UK Top 50 number one spot, as it surpasses the half a million copies sold mark in mass market paperback.
Scholastic is printing 4.5m copies of playscript Harry Potter and the Cursed Child for the North American market, in the midst of record-breaking pre-sales ahead of its global release on 31st July.
Amazon Prime Now
Amazon has brought its Prime Now service to Scotland, offering a fast delivery service in Glasgow on thousands of items, including Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.  
Katherine Rundell
Bloomsbury Children’s Books has acquired two Christmas stories for younger readers by Katherine Rundell.
Simon Ross
Simon Ross, formerly Cambridge University Press's deputy managing director for academic publishing as well as CUP global business development director, has been appointed as the new c.e.o. of Manchester University Press.
Fig Tree
Fig Tree has pre-empted a new cookbook called My Venetian Kitchen by Russell Norman, author of Polpo (Bloomsbury).
Siobhan Dowd
Independent publisher Barrington Stoke is adapting short story "The Pavee and the Buffer Girl" by the late writer Siobhan Dowd into a graphic novel.
Slow Horses by Mick Herron
John Murray has designed new jackets for crime author Mick Herron’s trilogy of Jackson Lamb thrillers to "appeal to readers of all types".
Corsair, an imprint of Little, Brown, has acquired an anonymously authored self-publishing success story called Diary of an Oxygen Thief.

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