Saturday, September 02, 2017

Latest News from The Bookseller

Canongate experienced another “solid” year in 2016 which saw its turnover rise marginally to £8.5m, including an “encouraging” 6% increase in backlist sales which "bodes well" for the long-term health of the business, its chief executive Jamie Byng said.
Growing up for boys
Usborne Publishing has revealed it will pulp the remaining stock of Growing Up for Boys following criticism over the 2013 title’s claim that girls have breasts “to look grown-up and attractive”.
The print run for the Booksellers Association and Nielsen Book’s 2017 Christmas Books catalogue is up 13% with over a quarter of a million copies printed overall.
Trapeze, Gingerbread and The Pool are launching a new writing competition to find an aspiring writer who will celebrate single parent families.
Beth Lewis
Unbound editor Beth Lewis is up against Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Colson Whitehead for the Goldsboro Books Glass Bell Award 2017 celebrating contemporary fiction published the previous year. 
Jessie Greengrass
John Murray is publishing Jessie Greengrass’s first novel, Sight, in February 2018.

Lord of the Flies
A new adaptation of Lord of the Flies has drawn widespread criticism on social media for reimagining William Golding’s 1954 novel with a major twist - looking at what would happen if all those shipwrecked on the island were girls.
Phillipa Sitters
Philippa Sitters, previously assistant editor at David Godwin Associates Ltd, has been promoted to junior agent at the agency, where she will now build her own list.
DHH Literary Agency
DHH Literary Agency is holding its second round of pitching sessions for unrepresented writers in November.
Jhalak Prize 2017
Authors Sunny Singh and Catherine Johnson are returning to the judging panel for the second Jhalak Prize for Book of the Year By a Writer of Colour, joined by fellow writers Noo Saro-Wiwa, Tanya Byrne and Vera Chok.
The Folio Society is to celebrate 70 years of history with an exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. 
Constable has acquired two standalone titles from award-winning crime writer Craig Russell, the first of which, Where the Devil Hides, is set in a castle-top asylum for the criminally insane in 1930s Czechoslovakia.

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