Thursday, November 17, 2016

Latest news from The Bookseller

Philippe Sands
Philippe Sands' East West Street (W&N), a personal account of the history of genocide and crimes against humanity, has won the £30,000 Baillie Gifford Prize for Non-Fiction 2016 - a prize the author is donating to charity.
Crystal Mahey Morgan
Crystal Mahey-Morgan, the founder of OWN IT!, has called on the industry to stop focusing on entry-level schemes to improve diversity, but instead to look at the board rooms “where the real decisions are actually made”.
David Walliams
David Walliams has clocked up his best-ever weekly volume with The Midnight Gang (HarperCollins Children's) for a second week running.
Philip Hoffman
Philip Hoffman, former chief corporate finance and strategic development officer at Pearson PLC, has been named chairman of Penguin Random House, succeeding John Makinson.
Tim Hely Hutchinson
Hachette UK c.e.o. Tim Hely Hutchinson has called for the defence of publishing's "liberal" principles in a speech at the Building Inclusivity in Publishing Conference yesterday (15th November), as the world lurches politically towards the right.
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
Author J K Rowling revealed the Fantastic Beasts franchise was a happy "accident" at the first film’s premiere in London yesterday (15th November) after she "couldn't let" the Harry Potter world "go".

The Return by Hisham Matar
Libyan writer Hisham Matar has won the Slightly Foxed Best First Biography Prize, awarded at the Biographers' Club prize dinner yesterday evening (15th November) at the Savile Club in London.
Louise Cullen
Digital publisher Canelo has hired Corvus editor Louise Cullen as its editorial director.
Amazon is launching a nationwide writing competition in search of a modern day version of popular poem "Twas Night Before Christmas". 
Oxford Dictionaries
"Post-truth" has been declared 2016's international word of the year by Oxford Dictionaries.
HarperCollins’ traineeship scheme for BAME (black, Asian and minority ethnic) graduates has welcomed two successful candidates, Assallah Tahir and Bengono Bessala, and is confirmed to run again in 2017 after producing a strong pipeline for new entry-level staff.
Transworld has acquired a story of love and loss entitled This is How I Lose You by Kate McNaughton.

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