Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Latest news from The Bookseller

James Daunt
Waterstones is on course to make a small profit this year but it is “all to play for” over the next few weeks, the chain’s m.d James Daunt has said.
Gardners Books
Gardners’ turnover and profit was down last year in a ‘competitive and challenging” market, but international sales at the company performed strongly.
Ann-Janine Murtagh
Ann-Janine Murtagh, executive publisher of HarperCollins Children’s Books, is expecting her “biggest ever Christmas” thanks to a partnership with Sainsbury’s, which has resulted in Judith Kerr’s picture book feline Mog starring in the supermarket’s festive TV advert.
Michael Tamblyn, president of Rakuten Kobo, is to present a manifesto for reading at the FutureBook Conference.
Jonathan Hair
Franklin Watts has paid tribute to its former art director Jonathan Hair, who has died.
Murder for Christmas
Key festive titles from publishers are now on bookshop shelves, including a number of new titles from big-name authors.

BAFTA and MOBO Award-winning hip-hop artist, writer/poet and historian Akala speaks to Philip Jones ahead of his keynote address at this year’s FutureBook Conference.
Hurricane Book Club
Pan Macmillan and Orkney Library & Archive have joined forces to launch a new joint reading initiative, The Hurricane Book Club.
Luke Bitmead
Unpublished author Lyn Farrell has been named as the winner of the Luke Bitmead Writer’s Bursary 2015 in an award ceremony in central London.
Particular Books
Particular Books (Penguin Press) has acquired Dear Data by Giorgia Lupi and Stefanie Posavec, two leaders in the data field who have put a “new spin on infographics” through their visual pen-pal relationship.
Walker Books has acquired The Teenage Guide to Friends, a book aimed at helping teenagers navigate friendships and peer group issues, by Nicola Morgan.
Pearson Dow Jones
Pearson and Dow Jones have agreed to sell their stakes in Russian newspaper Vedomosti, before legislation restricting foreign ownership in Russia comes into force in the New Year.

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