Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Latest News from The Bookseller

The children’s book market is continuing to outperform other sectors, with sales of children’s titles up 4.3% so far this year, against the wider print market that is slowing down.
Harry Potter celebrations
Bookshops around the country are unveiling a host of magical events — including Quidditch Pong, Harry Potter Bingo and Horcrux hunts—to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the publication of J K Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (Bloomsbury).
Tom Kremer
Tom Kremer, founder of Notting Hill Editions and the Essay Prize, has died aged 87. 
CILIP has announced that Margaret Casely-Hayford, the chair of charity ActionAid UK, is to lead a review into the diversity of its Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Medals prompted after a backlash over the 2017 Carnegie Medal longlist.
A Twitter storm erupted last week over the lack of people of colour speaking at the Chalke Valley History Festival, with historian Rebecca Rideal pulling out just four days before it is due to begin today (26th June), in protest over the issue.
However, the festival director, historian James Holland, has defended the line up, telling The Bookseller he will not be “bullied” into changing the editorial content of the event over a “storm in a teacup”.
Harvill Secker
Harvill Secker has pre-empted Star of the North by D B John, an international thriller moving between the US and North Korea.

Piers Morgan
Big Green Bookshop co-owner Simon Key came face to face with presenter Piers Morgan on ITV this morning (26th June) - months after the pair had a heated Twitter feud over the merits of J K Rowling’s Harry Potter series.
Gina Luck
Gina Luck is joining Bonnier Zaffre in the newly-appointed role of brand director, working with authors Lynda La Plante and Wilbur Smith.
Hannah Jewell
Hodder & Stoughton has commissioned BuzzFeed writer Hannah Jewell to author 100 Nasty Women of History, a book profiling women united by the fact they were all "too scandalous, too difficult, and too unladylike for their time".
Sam West
Actor Samuel West is reading the entirety of late Colin Dexter’s Inspector Morse series, as well as the short story collection Morse's Greatest Mystery and Other Stories, for a new audio series from Pan Macmillan. 
Ben Myers
Independent non-fiction publisher Elliott & Thompson has signed Under the Rock, a "bold and original" exploration of landscape, nature and literature by Benjamin Myers.
The Borough Press
The Borough Press has acquired two novels with an "international focus": The Nine-Chambered Heart by Indian author Janice Pariat and Stephen Florida by Publishers Weekly fiction reviews editor Gabe Habash.

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