Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Latest news from The Bookseller

An unprecedented wave of new-media players are descending on the London Book Fair, triggering a “dramatic explosion” in book-to-film/TV and audio deals.
The publishing division of Oxford University’s Bodleian Library is to release a title featuring illustrations, letters and other material from J R R Tolkien’s archives that have never before been seen by the public, to coincide with a major exhibition on The Lord of the Rings author in 2018.
Benedict Cumberbatch
The film rights to Matt Haig's new novel How to Stop Time have been pre-empted, with BAFTA-nominated actor Benedict Cumberbatch attached to play the lead and executive produce.
Carole Blake
There was standing room only at a packed memorial service to celebrate the life of “magnificent” agent Carole Blake in St John’s Smith Square, London.
Seven Dials
Orion Non-fiction will be relaunched as Seven Dials in September, with a remit to increase its global profile.
Love Song by Sophia Bennett
Author Sophia Bennett has won the Romantic Novelists’ Association’s highest accolade, the Goldsboro Books Romantic Novel of the Year, for her YA title Love Song (Chicken House).
Minette Walters
Bestselling crime novelist Minette Walters has written her first novel in a decade, returning with an unexpected move into historical fiction.
Blink Publishing, part of Bonnier Publishing, has acquired the rights to Netflix original series, Peter Morgan’s "The Crown" from Leftbank Pictures, Sony Pictures and Netflix. 
Kim Scott Walwyn Prize
Five book trade professionals who are “forces of nature” with “passion and determination to affect change” have been shortlisted for this year’s Kim Scott Walwyn Prize, which recognises the achievements of promising women in the industry.
Francesca Stavrakopoulou
Pan Macmillan has won Francesca Stavrakopoulou’s “fiercely intelligent” God: An Anatomy after an eight-way auction.
45 Years
The film "45 Years" starring Charlotte Rampling has been awarded the Best Book to Film adaptation at the inaugural CAMEO Awards.
Pan Mac is to publish new non-fiction and two novels from former MI5 officer Tom Marcus, after acquiring world rights from Luigi Bonomi at LBA Books.

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