Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Latest News from The Bookseller

The firing pistol for the annual rights frenzy ahead of the Frankfurt Book Fair (FBF) has sounded, with publishers battling it out to find the next The Girl on the Train as the psychological thriller phenomenon shows little sign of slowing down.
Bookshop Day
Bookshops have reported higher footfall and sales for the UK’s first Bookshop Day on Saturday, which involved events with high profile authors, illustrators in residence and customers reading in bookshop windows.
Fiction and picture books are likely to take the lion’s share of sales over the Christmas period, although this year’s YA and teen offering is not as strong, according to a number of children’s booksellers.
Trapeze has acquired "heartbreaking yet life-affirming" debut We Own the Sky by Luke Allnutt in a five-way auction.
The book's author, currently in remission, begun the book about cancer after being diagnosed with bowel cancer in 2013, when doctors thought it was 30% likely he would die within the next five years.  
Sam Eades, senior commissioning editor at Trapeze, acquired UK and Commonwealth rights to the debut, which was discovered on the slush pile by Juliet Mushens at UTA, for five figures.
SJP for Hogarth
Vintage has confirmed it is launching a new line of books spearheaded by Sarah Jessica Parker in the UK in 2018 and revealed a logo for the new imprint.
Lancashire County Council
The government is to investigate plans by Lancashire County Council to close 21 libraries in a move which has been slammed as "disgraceful" by campaigners.

David Szalay has won the £5,000 Gordon Burn Prize 2016 for All That Man Is, a collection of nine linked short stories published by Vintage imprint Jonathan Cape.
Szalay was announced as the winner of the prize at a special event at Durham Book Festival, a Durham County Council festival produced by New Writing North, on Friday evening (7th October).
Sam Eades and Emma Smith
Orion is making two promotions within the Trapeze editorial team: Sam Eades, previously senior commisisoning editor, has been promoted to editorial director and Emma Smith, previously editor, has been promoted to commissioning editor.
Creative Industries Federation
Current education policies threaten the UK's standing as a global creative power, a problem which will be exacerbated by Brexit, the Creative Industries Federation has claimed.
Weidenfeld & Nicolson has acquired debut novel An Unremarkable Body by Elisa Lodato, ahead of Frankfurt Book Fair.
The Good Son by Paul McVeigh
Belfast author Paul McVeigh has been awarded the Polari First Book Prize 2016 for his novel The Good Son (Salt).
Lydia Bright
Orion Spring is publishing the first book from "The Only Way Is Essex" star Lydia Bright in June next year, following a "hotly contested" auction with three other publishers.

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