Saturday, April 29, 2017

Latest news from The Bookseller

Publishers are responding to the surge in audiobook downloads by investing more in the sector, hiring new staff, upping the number of titles they publish and exploring audio-first opportunities.
Lis Tribe
Incoming Publishers Association president Lis Tribe, m.d. of Hodder Education, set out her priorities in the role for the coming year at the body's annual general meeting, held in central London yesterday.
US writer Bret Anthony Johnston has won this year's £30,000 Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award.
The Borough Press
The Borough Press will open submissions for un-agented literary novels on Monday (1st May), offering one stand-out author a book deal worth £10,000.
HQ is to publish BOSH! The Cookbook by Sheffield school friends Henry Firth and Ian Theasby in a "major" six-figure deal following a "hotly-contested" eight-publisher auction.
Independent bookshops have been praised by authors as “oases of intellectual and physical comfort” as the Independent Bookshop Week Book Award nominees have been released.

“Masterful characterisation” and “subtle visual subplots” have won Isobel Evans, a third-year illustration student at the University of Hertfordshire, the Hachette Children’s Group Carmelite Picture Book Prize 2017.
Amazon has reported its eighth profitable quarter, with profit up 40%, to $724m (£560.8m) in the first three months of the year.
Citizen Clem
John Bew has been awarded the 2017 Elizabeth Longford Prize for Historical Fiction for his book Citizen Clem: A Biography of Attlee (riverrun/Quercus).
The BBC is to provide "unparalleled coverage" across television, radio and online of this year's Hay Festival, which will feature star names such as US senator Bernie Sanders, actor and writer Stephen Fry and show producer and writer Steven Moffat.
The student shortlistees for the fifth Batsford Prize have been announced today, with 28 undergraduates and postgraduates at UK institutions contesting awards for Applied/Fine Art, Fashion, Illustration and, new for this year, Children’s Illustration.
Green Carnation Prize
Stella Duffy, Garth Greenwell and Kei Miller are among the names to have been shortlisted for the Green Carnation Prize for LGBTQ writing.

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