Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Latest news from The Bookseller

Mitzi Angel
Faber has appointed Mitzi Angel - currently at Farrar, Straus & Giroux in New York - to the new role of publisher for all its adult publishing.
Angel, who will move back to the UK to take up the position, will join the Faber Board and will report to Stephen Page, who up until now has combined the chief executive and publisher role himself.
Alice Oseman
Young YA authors struggle to be taken seriously, although being published as a teenager does attract media attention, a panel of authors said at the Young Adult Literature Convention (YALC).
During an event entitled ‘YA: The Next Generation’, four authors under the age of 25 – Alice Oseman [pictured], Lucy Saxon, Helena Coggan and Taran Matharu – said people sometimes don’t take them seriously as authors.
Dead Good Reader Awards
Established authors Ann Cleeves and Peter James and newcomer Paula Hawkins were among the winners of the inaugural Dead Good Reader Awards.
The awards, given out on Friday 17th July at the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival in Harrogate, were voted on by readers and members of Penguin Random House’s crime community Dead Good Books.
The awards were presented by Mark Lawson and authors Lee Child and Val McDermid, the latter of whom also won a prize.
Two Roads
Two Roads has acquired an originally self-published memoir by the general manager of Opera Holland Park.
Michael Volpe’s Noisy at the Wrong Times was chosen by The Bookseller’s Caroline Sanderson as an Independent Author pick in April, and was named by the Sunday Times as one of its “100 biographies to love”.
Kate Hewson, senior editor at John Murray Press imprint Two Roads, bought world rights to Noisy at the Wrong Times direct from Volpe.
Bristol City Council could keep six of seven libraries which were facing closure open, following public protests.
A consultation on the future of the city’s library service closed at the beginning of July, with more than 4,600 responses being received.
The council wanted to save £1.1m from its library budget for 2016/17, and had proposed shutting libraries in Clifton, Redland, Sea Mills, Marksbury Road in Bedminster, Westbury, Wick Road in Brislington and Eastville.
Publishers are hoping that narrative non-fiction books about plants and gardens will break into the mainstream market this autumn.
Literature can help teens understand the reality of sex, although many parents are still reluctant to let their children read books with sexual content, a panel of authors said at YALC (the Young Adult Literature Convention) on Sunday (19th July).
Nearly two years after a draft bill for the regulation of book prices in Poland was presented to parliament, no vote has taken place and a question mark hangs over whether there will be a vote before the general election in October.
While the draft has been repeatedly discussed in several committees, political opinion is divided.
Flying Eye Books
The era of “cute” picture books is over, according to Flying Eye Books co-founder Sam Arthur, whose mission to produce highly illustrated hardback books paid off last month when Will Grill’s Shackleton’s Journey won the CILIP Kate Greenaway medal.
Arthur and Flying Eye co-founder Alex Spiro began creating children’s books at NoBrow, the publishing company they set up in 2008, and their intention was always to produce highly crafted titles to last a lifetime.
Young Poet Laureate for London
London writer development agency Spread the Word is looking for the next Young Poet Laureate for London.
The age range of the Young Poet Laureate programme has been extended this year, with poets aged 21 to 30 now eligible. Applicants have to be living in a London borough.
The new laureate will succeed Aisling Fahey, from Walthamstow, who is currently undertaking a residency in the Olympic Stadium in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park as it prepares to host the Rugby World Cup.
Scribner has acquired a novel by French novelist and playwright Karine Tuil called The Age of Reinvention.
Editorial director Rowan Cope acquired British Commonwealth rights from Heidi Warneke at Editions Grasset & Fasquelle for Scribner UK. The novel will be published by Peter Borland at Atria Books in the United States. The English translation is by Sam Taylor, translator of HHhH and The Truth about the Harry Quebert Affair.
Lara Williams
Freight Books has bought an “edgy” debut story collection from Manchester-based author Lara Williams.
Publisher Adrian Searle bought rights to Treats from Becky Thomas at Johnson and Alcock.

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