Friday, November 27, 2015

Latest News from The Bookseller

Arts Council England
Publishers and Arts Council England have reacted with "astonishment" and “delight” that the body’s funding is to be protected in the government’s Spending Review.
Penguin Random
A proposed restructure at Penguin Random House Australia and New Zealand is set to make 15 people redundant, while three further people are also leaving the company: digital director Sally Bateman, HR director Ian Posthumus and, at the end of the year, deputy c.e.o. Andrew Davis.
Books For Free
Healthy Planet, which ran a 30-strong chain of outlets called Books For Free, has closed following a Charity Commission investigation into alleged fraudulent practices.
Andrew McMillan has become the first poet to win the £10,000 Guardian First Book Award with his “elegantly poised and intimate” collection of poems, Physical (Jonathan Cape).
Oneworld is to publish a book on ‘Jihadi John’ by British journalist Robert Verkaik, the only journalist to have met and interviewed Muhammed Emwazi.
Anne Enright has won the Irish novel of the year award at the Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards 2015, during a ceremony which also saw prizes given to J P Donleavy, Louise O’Neill, Eoin Colfer and Niall Breslin.

Neill Denny
Neill Denny, former editor-in-chief of The Bookseller, is joining BookBrunch, where he will work alongside editor Nicholas Clee.
Fleur Pellerin
French culture minister Fleur Pellerin told the cabinet that she will adopt fresh measures next year to promote books and reading.
The latest poll on reading preferences in Japan has found that digital books have flopped spectacularly, with 94% of readers still preferring paper books.
Rabia Chaudry is writing an insider account of the case of Adnan Syed, a case she brought to the attention of "Serial", the weekly podcast that captivated millions.
Book Trade Charity
The Book Trade Charity thanked donors for their support at its annual party after they raised £184,000 in 2015.
Lancaster University
Lancaster University has appointed Benoit Peeters, a renowned French graphic novelist and critic, as visiting professor in Graphic Fiction and Comic Art in what has been dubbed the "first appointment of its kind in the UK".

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