Thursday, March 02, 2017

Latewst News from The Bookseller

Barack and Michelle
Penguin Random House has scooped the world rights to publish former US president Barack Obama's book, along with a title from his wife Michelle, in a deal reported to have topped $65m (£52.5m).
Bob Jackson
Gardners’ commercial director Bob Jackson is retiring from the wholesaler after 26 years.
Waterstones m.d. James Daunt has told The Bookseller he has received “endless” emails from members of the public urging the chain to open unbranded shops in their towns and cities, after the existence of such stores was recently highlighted in the press.
Nigel Farage
Nigel Farage is struggling to find a publisher for his memoir, according to the Evening Standard. However a publishing source has told The Bookseller that a deal may still be being finalised, while the politician's own spokesman has claimed "he can't be struggling to find a publisher" because the book has not been written.
The role of public libraries is "crucial to sustaining and building engagement in literature", the Royal Society of Literature has concluded from a survey conducted with Ipsos MORI.
Fearne Cotton
Fearne Cotton will write her first children’s book for Andersen Press which encourages toddlers to copy the characters' yoga poses.

Claire McFall
Claire McFall has won the first Scottish Teenage Book Prize.
YA Book Prize 2017
Author Melvin Burgess, Guardian journalist Julia Eccleshare and BuzzFeed's Chelsey Pippin are among the judges for the YA Book Prize 2017, run by The Bookseller.
Sir David Jason
Century has acquired a second book from Sir David Jason called My Lives, to publish in October 2017 in time for the Christmas market.
Twitter personality Hrtbps, who has almost 50k followers, is crowdfunding a photo book about Britain with Unbound.
Mari Hannah
Crime writer Mari Hannah is moving from Pan Macmillan to Orion Fiction. 
Independent publisher Saraband, which was shortlisted for this year’s IPG Trade Publisher of the Year Award, is relocating to Manchester next month.

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