Wednesday, September 07, 2016

Morning Briefing from The Bookseller

The Publishers Association
The Publishers Association has called on the government to keep European Union trade barriers to an “absolute minimum” and to encourage investment in the UK via stronger copyright rules during its Brexit negotiations.
Julia Donaldson
Children's author Julia Donaldson has protested against a Scottish council’s decision to axe school libraries.
Nikola Scott
Headline Publishing Group has acquired the debut of Nikola Scott, former editorial director at Little Brown, in a two-book deal.
Ali Smith
Ali Smith entertained Penguin Random House staff at a special lunch-time preview event of her upcoming novel, Autumn (Hamish Hamilton), which weaves the “contemporaneous” political narrative of Brexit with the “timeless” changing of the seasons.
Hilo by Judd Winick
Penguin Random House Children’s is launching a new range of colour fiction books after acquiring titles by Judd Winick, Victoria Jamieson and Terri Lebnenson.
Michael Gove
Former justice secretary Michael Gove is set to return to the Times newspaper as a book reviewer and columnist.

Tales on Moon Lane
Tamara Macfarlane of Tales on Moon Lane has launched a website selling children’s books from independent authors and publishers.
Val McDermid
Scottish crime writer Val McDermid is to chair the Wellcome Book Prize's 2017 judging panel, which features leading figures from across the worlds of literature, academia, science and the media.
Nathan Hull
Nathan Hull has joined Dutch e-book platform Elly’s Choice as chief commercial and content officer.
Pan Macmillan's wellness and lifestyle imprint Bluebird has acquired the memoir of British mental health and LGBT campaigner and vlogger, Jonny Benjamin, describing how he was pulled back from the brink of suicide by a perfect stranger.
Simon Lelic is moving from Mantle (Pan Macmillan) to Viking (Penguin Random House) for the publication of his new novel, a husband-wife psychological thriller, The House.
Scottish Teenage Book Prize shortlist
Titles published by Barrington Stoke, Hot Key Books and Birlinn are on the shortlist for the first Scottish Teenage Book Prize, organised by Scottish Book Trust.

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