Saturday, August 06, 2016

Latest News from The Bookseller

Comma Press
Four independent publishers have come together to form the Northern Fiction Alliance, a cohort assembled to showcase the output of northern indie presses to the international market in an attempt to “level the playing field” and promote regional diversity in publishing.
Zadie Smith
Zadie Smith reflected on themes of nostalgia, the "back to Africa dream", and social and economic divisions in society, as she discussed her forthcoming book Swing Time (Hamish Hamilton) at a preview event held by the publisher.
Helen Fielding
Helen Fielding is set to publish a new book in the Bridget Jones franchise in time for Christmas entitled Bridget Jones’s Baby: The Diaries.
Granta Books
Granta Books has acquired two books by Milan-based American author Lisa Halliday, in a "hotly contested" seven-way auction.
British Book Design and Production Awards
The 2016 British Book Design and Production Awards finalists have been revealed, with publisher Penguin leading the nominations with six titles on the shortlist, followed closely by Pan Macmillan (five), with strong showings from The Folio Society (four titles), Frances Lincoln and Little Tiger Press (three apiece).
Books may help you to live longer, according to a new study, linking reading with longevity in the elderly. 

Syria Speaks
Publisher Saqi Books has said it is saddened after a British Muslim NHS worker was detained after reading one of their titles on Syrian culture onboard a flight.
Patrick Ness
Entertainment company Lionsgate is to adapt Patrick Ness’ YA novel Chaos Walking: The Knife of Never Letting Go into a film starring Daisy Ridley, Variety has reported.
Judy Murray
Vintage imprint Chatto & Windus is publishing Judy Murray's memoir in summer 2017, offering a "fascinating insight into how champions are made".
Profile Books
Profile Books has acquired The Future, a new collection of short pieces on the science of the future by leading experts in the field.

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