Thursday, April 06, 2017

Latest news from The Bookseller

Mike Symons
Former Penguin Random House group sales director Mike Symons has been appointed chief executive of Bath-based children’s publisher Parragon Books.
Comic book publishers have slammed the recent comments made by a Marvel executive who blamed the inclusion of more diverse and female characters for its declining sales as “ill-judged” and “a load of rubbish”.
Toby Jones
Toby Jones, formerly group marketing and publicity director at Simon & Schuster UK, is joining Headline's commercial fiction team next month as editorial director. 
BolognaFiere, the organisers of Bologna Children’s Book Fair, is set to launch a new copyright trade and licensing show in New York City in spring 2018.
Avon's editorial director Helen Huthwaite has been promoted to publishing director as the imprint expands and launches a new logo.
Paddington Bear
HarperCollins Children’s Books (HCCB) has inked a six-year deal with French firm Vivendi for world publishing rights (including audiobook and e-book) to the Paddington brand.

Fantastic Beasts
Ian Nathan’s Inside the Magic: The Making of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (HarperCollins) has soared into the UK Official Top 50 number one spot, displacing Mary Berry Everyday (BBC) atop both the overall and Hardback Non-Fiction charts.
Wolf Erlbruch
German illustrator and author Wolf Erlbruch has been announced as the winner of the £445,000 Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award after being described as a "caring and careful visonary".
Carole Blake
Ada Igwebu and Connor Faulkner have been offered places by Blake Friedmann on its inaugural Carole Blake Open Doors Project, a programme encouraging candidates from diverse backgrounds to enter the publishing industry.
Tony Hall, director-general of the BBC, has announced a new collective creative partnership, Culture UK, as part of the urgent call for the arts and creative industries to pull together.
Kogan Page
Independent business and management publisher Kogan Page has won a contract with the CIPD, the professional body for HR and people development, to take responsibility for all of its academic and professional book publishing.


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