Saturday, March 04, 2017

Lastest news from The Bookseller

Octavo's Food & Wine Bar
The number of independent bookshops in the UK has fallen for the 11th year in a row, according to the Booksellers Association’s annual membership figures, but the rate of closure has slowed.
London Book Fair
Manuscripts from Howard Jacobson, Salman Rushdie, Anthony Horowitz and Chimamanda Adichie are among those agents are taking to London Book Fair (LBF).
Blackwell’s has completed an “all risks buy-in” of its defined benefit pension scheme with the Pension Insurance Corporation (PIC). The company said the move would take it “one step closer” to its long-term goal of becoming an employee-owned partnership, similar to that operated by retailer John Lewis.
Miranda Hart
Actress and comedian Miranda Hart has won a publishing deal with Hachette for a children’s book about a girl who loses her smile.
Jonny Geller
Agent Jonny Geller asks whether publishers should remain neutral in the current political climate.
YA Book Prize 2017
Three début authors are up against children’s book heavyweights Malorie Blackman and Francesca Simon on the 10-strong YA Book Prize 2017 shortlist.

The Academy of British Cover Design, better known as ABCD, hosted its fourth annual awards last night (2nd March) in Hoxton, east London, with Vintage creative director Suzanne Dean and Simon & Schuster’s Jack Smyth taking home two awards apiece.
Netflix has appointed Maria B Campbell Associates UK Ltd in London and Maria B Campbell Associates Inc in New York to be its exclusive global literary scouts. 
Hay Festival
Hay Festival has today (3rd March) unveiled four "ambitious" new projects to mark its 30th festival in Hay-on-Wye, including an international call to crowd source a library of 30 “essential” books from the last 30 years.
Mesut Ozil
Hodder has scooped the memoir of Arsenal Football Club player Mesut Özil.
Melissa Cox
Editorial director Melissa Cox's first acquisition at Hodder & Stoughton is a fiction debut, The Wicked Cometh, by Laura Carlin.
Crime Scene
Crime Scene, the quarterly magazine devoted to crime TV, film and books, is to close, subscribers have been told.


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