Saturday, April 21, 2018

From The Bookseller

Gail Rebuck
The adult literacy campaign Quick Reads is wrapping up after 12 years due to lack of funding, The Bookseller can reveal.
Titles by Malala Yousafzai, Anne Frank and Reni Eddo-Lodge have been voted on to a list of the Top 20 "most influential books in history written by women".
Philip Pullman
Independent bookshops are being offered the chance to win a visit from Philip Pullman during Independent Bookshop Week in June, ahead of the paperback publication of La Belle Sauvage: The Book of Dust Volume One in the autumn.
Springer Nature
Three academic publishers – Springer Nature, Cambridge University Press and Thieme – have reached an agreement with ResearchGate to work together on the sharing of articles.
Jo Quinn
Bloomsbury has acquired a book about the ancient history of the West after an 11-way auction.
Celia J Anderson
HarperFiction has bought a debut about a 110-year-old "memory harvester" from Romantic Novelists Association awards organiser Celia J Anderson.

Nourish & Inspire
Octopus is hosting its first Nourish & Inspire Wellness Day in partnership with Waterstones Tottenham Court Road.
Yrsa Sigurðardóttir
Hodder & Stoughton has acquired three new novels by international bestseller Yrsa Sigurðardóttir in a six-figure deal.
Pamphlet publisher Stewed Rhubarb is set to reissue two poetry collections previously taken out of print following the collapse of Scottish press Freight Books late last year.
Amy Nickell
Headline has acquired Confessions of a Single Mum, a "frank, honest and hilarious millennial memoir" about the highs and lows of being a single mum, by journalist and TV presenter Amy Nickell.
Book production company Imago has launched a range of "bite size" courses.

Publishers Lunch

Today's Meal

Recently-fired deputy director of the FBI Andrew McCabe recently sold a book someone, represented by Todd Shuster at Aevitas Creative Management, reported by the NYT and confirmed by unsuccessful bidders.

Next Tuesday's release of Amy Chozick's
CHASING HILLARY: Ten Years, Two Presidential Campaigns, and One Intact Glass Ceiling has already drawn a pre-pub review in the Washington Post and coverage in the Daily Beast. Chozick reports Clinton as unsurprised when told she had lost the election to Trump: "I knew it. I knew this would happen to me," Chozick quotes her as saying. "They were never going to let me be president." Early in the campaign, Chozick told her husband on Clinton, "She really, really hates me." Chozick also reports that "The Deplorables" was a standard Clinton term for one of three "baskets" describing different types of Trump supporters. "The Deplorables always got a laugh, over living-room chats in the Hamptons, at dinner parties under the stars on Martha's Vineyard, over passed hors d'oeuvres in Beverly Hills, and during sunset cocktails in Silicon Valley."

PBS's The Great American Read announced their
list of America's 100 "most-loved" works of fiction, as selected through a survey of approximately 7,200 people via polling service YouGov. (A 13-person panel provided limited oversight for the final list.) We count 69 male authors and 31 female authors. The eight-episode series launches on May 22, with the top pick to be announced on October 23.

Dartmouth College
announced that publishing consortium The University Press of New England will shut down in December. Founded in 1970, the organization once included 10 university presses, but is now down to just Dartmouth and Brandeis University. Following the closure, both schools will take control of their own imprints. Brandeis plans to "maintain current books in press or under review and continue to support its growing portfolio of books covering diverse subjects and perspectives," while Dartmouth will assemble a study group to "envision a 21st-century press that will support Dartmouth faculty and the institution as a whole."

Dartmouth president Phil Hanlon said, "We are extremely grateful for the guidance our authors have received over the years from UPNE’s dedicated staff, including superb editorial support and personal service with high quality and attention to detail."

Adaptive Studios has purchased Zane Grey's complete literary estate, "inclusive of over 133 titles." Co-founder TJ Barrack says in the announcement: "With this acquisition, not only is Adaptive bringing new life to Grey's personal legacy, but also reviving his body of work—a true piece of American Western heritage. We cannot wait to introduce a new generation to Zane Grey by refreshing his stories for both the page and the screen."

Friday, April 20, 2018

Words with Douglas McLennan

International Prize for Arabic Fiction


International Prize for Arabic Fiction Winner Announcement | #ArabicFiction2018


The winner of the International Prize for Arabic Fiction 2018 will be announced at a ceremony at the Fairmont Bab Al Bahr in Abu Dhabi on Tuesday 24 April, from 7pm (GST). The ceremony will be followed by a press conference with the 2018 winner from 8.30pm (GST) at the same venue. The winner announcement is strictly embargoed until 8.30pm (GST)/ 5.30pm (GMT).


The 2018 shortlist, with author names in alphabetical order, is as follows:

Country of origin
Amir Tag Elsir
Flowers in Flames
Dar Al Saqi
Aziz Mohammed
The Critical Case of "K"
Saudi Arabia
Dar Tanweer, Lebanon
Ibrahim Nasrallah
The Second War of the Dog
Arab Scientific Publishers
Shahad Al Rawi
The Baghdad Clock 
Dar al-Hikma, London
Walid Shurafa
Heir of the Tombstones
Al Ahlia
Dima Wannous
The Frightened Ones
Dar al-Adab



To celebrate all six shortlisted authors and novels for the 2018 International Prize for Arabic Fiction, there will be a special series of events taking place in Abu Dhabi.
These are:

·         Sunday 22 April, Emirates Writers’ Union, Abu Dhabi National Theatre , 7.30pm
An event in partnership with the Emirates Writers’ Union and NYU Abu Dhabi Institute, will see writer and broadcaster Yassin Adnan chair an panel of five of the shortlisted authors

·         Monday 23 April, NYU Abu Dhabi Art Gallery, 6.30pm
Shortlisted author Walid Shurafa will speak about his novel Heir of the Tombstones. Shurafa has been invited to speak at the university by the co-curator of Permanent Temporariness, an exhibition at the NYU Abu Dhabi art gallery which focuses on the life of refugees, in particular, the Palestinians, which is the focus of his novel.
This event will be in Arabic.


Following the announcement of the winning novel on the evening of Tuesday 24 April, the winner will take part in their first public event as the winner of the Prize, alongside the five shortlisted authors, on the opening day of the Abu Dhabi International Book Fair.

·         Wednesday 25th April, Abu Dhabi International Book Fair, 7-9.30pm, Sea of Culture Foundation Stand
Winning and shortlisted authors will take part in a salon event hosted under the patronage of Sheikha Sheikha bint Mohammed bin Khalid Al Nahyan.

Further information about the fair can be found on the book fair’s website. 

The International Prize for Arabic Fiction is recognised as the leading literary prize in the Arab world. It is awarded for prose fiction in Arabic and each of the six shortlisted finalists receives $10,000, with a further $50,000 going to the winner.

 Last year’s winner of the Prize was A Small Death by Mohammed Hasan Alwan.

Fulfilling its ambition to increase the international reach of Arabic fiction, the Prize provides funding for English translation for its winners. This year has seen the publication of 2014 winner Ahmed Saadawi’s Frankenstein in Baghdad by Oneworld in the UK and Penguin Books in the US. Its translation rights have been sold for a further 12 languages including Cantonese and Mandarin.
The International Prize for Arabic Fiction is run with the support, as its mentor, of the Booker Prize Foundation in London and sponsored by the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi).

Facebook: Publishing Friend and Foe

While the world’s publishers met at London Book Fair last week, Facebook’s CEO Mark Zuckerberg was testifying to the Senate, facing questions about its business model and how personal data has been shared with third parties.
As the hashtag #DeleteFacebook works its way around the internet, the notion that Facebook’s popularity may have peaked doesn’t now seem as implausible as it would have only a few months ago. But what would the impact be on publishers if the social media platform began to substantially lose audiences and what impact would pulling advertising from Facebook have on publishers? And for those businesses who have become reliant on Facebook, is leaving the platform even possible?
With this in mind, I'm pleased to announce the first panel discussion on the Marketing and Publicity conference agenda - Facebook: Publishing Friend and Foe.
Two start-up publishing businesses who have cleverly used Facebook to develop audiences and one traditional book publisher will be sharing their experiences of how Facebook has helped to develop audiences in the past, and how they expect it to help in the future. 
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Joining us for the Facebook: Friend and Foe panel are:
Shib Hussain
Co-founder / CEO at unrd
Unrd has pioneered a new a format of fiction that sits at the intersection of books, movies and gaming. Unrd's first story, ‘Last Seen Online’ has been downloaded over 100k times, reached number one in over 91 countries on the Google app store and won a few awards along the way. Unrd was also the winner of the 'Futurebook Booktech Company of the Year 2017' and has recently received venture funding.
Trâm-Anh Doan
Head of Digital Marketing – Social Media, Bloomsbury
Trâm-Anh Doan oversees the global social media strategy across all divisions. Her work includes the video ’20 of the most memorable Harry Potter moments’, produced for the 20th anniversary of Harry Potter, which has over 10 million views on Facebook alone and was recently selected as a case study for mobile marketing in their Creative Hub.
Nick Marsh
Head of Product and Design, Wonderbly
Nick is head of Product and Design at Wonderbly where he works with writers, artists, producers and designers to create beautiful personalised books that empower children to believe that they're capable of anything.

Read the full article Facebook: Publishing Friend and Foe written by Guest Programme Director Sophie Rochester online here.

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From The Bookseller

David Walliams
HarperCollins Children’s Books will publish David Walliams’ third and final title in ‘The World’s Worst Children’ series in May, with illustrations by Tony Ross.
school child
Pupils in primary and secondary schools are falling behind their peers because of an increasing “word gap” in their vocabulary, according to new research from Oxford University Press (OUP).
Amazon has denied allegations it penalises staff for toilet breaks or absence due to illness, after an author who worked undercover as an Amazon warehouse picker claimed UK workers "peed in bottles" for fear of taking breaks.
Lee Child, David Lagercrantz, and Fiona Barton are among the names on this year's CrimeFest Awards shortlists, which include a mix of established and new names in crime fiction.
Penny Scott-Bayfield
Penny Scott-Bayfield, current finance director of Conde Nast, will be joining the Bloomsbury board as group finance director.
London Marathon
Orion's Tom Noble and Alice Commins are among book trade figures running in Sunday’s Virgin London Marathon to raise money for charity.

David Almond
Children’s author David Almond has donated his archive to Seven Stories, The National Centre for Children’s Books.
Sally Williamson
Sally Williamson, a senior commissioning editor at HarperCollins, is leaving the company after 12 years to go freelance.
Authors' Club Best First Novel Award
Titles from independent publishers make up four of the six-strong Authors’ Club Best First Novel shortlist.
Terry Pratchett
A book accompanying the "Terry Pratchett: HisWorld" exhibition at Salisbury Museum has raised £20,000 for Bath-based dementia charity RICE (The Research Institute for the Care of Older People).
Amy Beashel
Oneworld’s Rock the Boat imprint has bought a YA novel about consent and rape culture by debut author Amy Beashel.
Orenda Books
A new crime fiction newsletter featuring e-book deals is launching, aiming to "meet the needs of the ever growing fiction market".