Saturday, December 02, 2017

Latest from The Bookseller

Festive Window
Booksellers are feeling bullish as the four-week countdown begins to Christmas, despite a drop in volume and a "trend void".
Thirty years after it was founded, Jessica Kingsley Publishers (JKP) has been bought by Hachette UK for an undisclosed sum.
Richard Johnson
Richard Johnson, Bonnier Publishing's group chief executive, has slammed the industry's "obsession with targets and quotas"  as "nonsense" when it comes to addressing lack of diversity in the book world. 
Adrian Searle
Adrian Searle has set up a new publishing company, The Bookseller understands, as his former press Freight Books is officially wound up.
Emma Cline
The ex-boyfriend of author Emma Cline has filed a lawsuit against her in the US alleging that she plagiarised parts of her debut novel The Girls (Chatto & Windus) from him.
Karin Slaughter
HarperCollins has inked a "major" world English and foreign language publishing agreement with thriller writer Karin Slaughter.

The Destroyers
Christopher Bollen has won the 25th annual Literary Review Bad Sex in Fiction Award for The Destroyers (Harper).
Melanie Golding
HQ has pre-empted a debut novel inspired by a ghostly folktale for a "significant six-figure sum" in what agent Madeleine Milburn called the "fastest response I've ever seen" to a manuscript.
Penguin Random House
Penguin Random House’s chief financial officer (CFO) in the US, Milena Alberti, is leaving the company at the end of this year.
Kim Moore
Kim Moore has won the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize for her poetry collection The Art of Falling (Seren Books).
Canongate is to publish the first novel in a new historical crime series by Ambrose Parry, set in the medical world of Edinburgh in the 1840s.
Matthew Littleford
Littleford to become Reading Agency chair
Matthew Littleford is to become the chair of The Reading Agency following Liz Cleaver's 10-year stint.

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