Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Latest from The Bookseller

Joseph Knox
W H Smith Travel has chosen a new dozen of "diverse and original" titles for its Spring Fresh Talent promotion, including a thriller by Waterstones' crime buyer Joseph Knox (real name Joseph Knobbs).
English PEN
English PEN has said Milo Yiannopoulos' right to freedom of expression must be respected, amid the furore surrounding the far-right editor's lucrative book deal with Simon & Schuster US.
Penguin Random House
PRH has signed a conditional agreement to sell Penguin Singapore and Penguin Malaysia to Times Publishing, an Asia-Pacific media group owned by parent company Fraser and Neave.
Hip-hop artist Akala is penning a picture book about "Hip the hippo" and his best friend "Hop" for Oxford University Press (OUP) Children’s.
Results filed at Companies House show that turnover at the Cengage Learning EMEA business for the year to end March 2016 rose 1.7% to £49m, up from £48.2m the previous year. However profit dropped from £4.2m to £3.8m.
UK retailers saw a strong finish to Christmas, with like-for-like sales up 1.0% in December from the same month a year earlier, the British Retail Consortium has reported.

Brexit: What the Hell Happens Now?
A book warning about the dangers of Brexit is to be sent to every elected national politician in the UK following the success of an impromptu fundraising campaign set up by a reader.
Shappi Khorsandi
Shappi Khorsandi has expanded on the reasons for her decision to withdraw Nina is Not OK (Ebury) from the Jhalak Prize longlist, saying she wants her writing to be "inclusive" to all her readers.
Sales through French bookshops declined by 0.5% in December from a year earlier.
Christopher Bone
Christopher Bone, formerly senior communications manager at FMcM Associates, has been appointed to the new role of publicity director for Hay Festival. 
Trayvon Martin
Jacaranda Books is to publish a memoir by the parents of teenager Trayvon Martin who was fatally shot in Florida by a neighbourhood watch volunteer in 2012.
The Handsworth Times
A debut novel from British Asian writer Sharon Duggal will be championed by City Reads 2017 in the Brighton and Hove area.

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