Tuesday, August 02, 2016

Latest News from The Bookseller

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
Sales of the Harry Potter and the Cursed Child playscript (Little, Brown) have been “incredible” according to Waterstones, while Foyles deemed it “the fastest-selling book we’ve ever sold” after fans flocked to midnight openings around the country.
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child launch
Central London was once again full of wizards, Harrys, Hagrids and Hermiones as Waterstones Piccadilly and Foyles on Charing Cross Road held extravagant parties to celebrate Little, Brown’s publication of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child – surely already the fastest selling play script of all time.
Andrew Holgate
Sunday Times literary editor Andrew Holgate has reignited the debate about the recent eligibility rule changes for the Man Booker Prize, saying that making US authors eligible for the Man Booker - which unlike some critics of the move he had been "excited" about when it was first mooted -  has turned out to be "disastrous" for the health of the prize.
The Turkish government has closed 29 publishing houses in the country, according to the Turkish Publishers Association.
The Independent Publishers Guild is partnering with Thought Industries, a cloud-based online learning platform, to deliver online courses and professional skill development opportunities to its membership.
JK Rowling
J K Rowling has been named one of 2016's "Outstanding Women of Scotland", alongside singer-songwriter Annie Lennox and broadcaster Lesley Anne Riddoch.

Samantha Shannon
Bloomsbury is to publish novella The Pale Dreamer, the "exhilarating" prequel to the Bone Season series by Samantha Shannon, as a December e-book.
Arts Council England
Arts Council England is to invest £88,000 in a collaborative project between Norwich, England’s first UNESCO City of Literature, and aspirant City of Literature Kolkata to connect writers, translators and readers through a series of "high profile" events and publications.
Legend Times
Legend Times has moved into larger offices on Fleet Street in Central London.
Yellow Jersey Press
Yellow Jersey has acquired Velosaurus: A Linguistic Tour de France by ITV Tour de France commentator and cycling writer Ned Boulting.

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