Thursday, January 05, 2017
The Costa Book Award category winners were announced Tuesday. Sebastian Barry won for fiction for Seven Days Without End, Francis Spufford took the debut fiction award for his novel Golden Hill, and Alice Oswald won in poetry for Falling Awake. The overall Costa winner will be announced on January 31.
Following the sad news of actor Carrie Fisher's death, consumers have been turning to her books with renewed interest. Her November release The Princess Diarist, published by Fisher's longtime editor David Rosenthal at Blue Rider Press, has gone back for two reprints of 80,000 copies as of Wednesday, bringing the title to 188,000 copies in print. Fisher's four backlist titles at Simon & Schuster have gone back for cumulative reprints of over 50,000 copies, a significant boost to her total lifetime sales for the house of approximately 500,000 copies.