Wednesday, November 09, 2016

Latest news from The Bookseller

Carole Blake
The Blake Friedmann Agency has launched the Carole Blake Open Doors Project in memory of the “beloved” agent, who died suddenly in October. 
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
J K Rowling and Beatrix Potter are among the six authors shortlisted for the Waterstones Book of the Year 2016, chosen by Waterstones booksellers.
David Ward
Bloomsbury's group UK sales director David Ward is to leave the company, having worked there for its entire 30 years.
Revenues at HarperCollins have fallen by $20m (£16.10m) to $389m (£313m) for the first fiscal quarter of 2017, although this decline was partially offset by "the continued expansion of HarperCollins' global footprint", the publisher's parent company News Corp has reported.
Jenny Geras
Jenny Geras, currently publishing director of Arrow at Cornerstone, has been appointed to build a new commercial fiction team at Bookouture.
Cathy Newman
William Collins has acquired the "free-wheeling history of the women who made modern Britain" by Channel 4 News anchor Cathy Newman after a "hotly contested" auction.

Penguin Random House UK
One hundred new jobs are to be created in Frating in Essex next year as Penguin Random House consolidates its distribution. 
Bonnier Zaffre
Bonnier Zaffre has acquired all publishing and broadcasting rights to The Mayfly, an “electrifying" debut by James Hazel.
The Italian government has launched an initiative giving young adults a €500 "cultural bonus" on their 18th birthday to spend on "books, concert tickets, theatre tickets, cinema tickets, museum visits, and trips to national parks".
Jon Sopel
BBC Books has acquired new title about modern America in the wake of the US election, by BBC North America editor Jon Sopel.
Kit Caless
Author Kit Caless has launched a book prize in conjunction with pub chain J D Wetherspoon, inspired by his recently released Spoon's Carpets: An Appreciation (Square Peg).
Aliens Love Underpants
S&S Children’s is partnering with the NSPCC for the 10th anniversary edition of the picture book Aliens Love Underpants.

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