Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Latest from The Bookseller

Polehampton C of E Infant School
Warnings have been given of the impact of school funding shortages on literacy levels, after an infants school in prime minister Theresa May’s ward of Wokingham appealed to publishers to help provide books for a summer reading club.
Joe Wicks
Joe Wicks has claimed three spots on a ranking of Amazon’s top 10 bestselling print books, in a list dominated by non-fiction and lifestyle titles.
This year's National Poetry Day will see the launch of the UK's biggest poetry festival dedicated to new work, in conjunction with the BBC.
Yusra Mardini
Pan Macmillan imprint Bluebird is to publish the autobiography of 19-year-old Yusra Mardini, the Olympic Syrian refugee who swam for three hours to push a sinking boat that was carrying 20 people to safety.
Taylor & Francis Group
The Taylor & Francis Group saw sales rise 11.3% year-on-year to £238.9m in the six months to 30th June 2017, although underlying growth was put at just 1.2%, suggesting the publisher saw a boost from foreign exchange and the weakened pound.
The Highland Bookshop
The first new bookshop in 40 years has opened in Fort William, Scotland.

Emma House
Emma House has been promoted to deputy chief executive of the Publishers Association as the trade body continues its reshuffle following the departure of its director of policy and communications Susie Winter.
Libby Page
A debut which made a splash at the London Book Fair this year may be set to make it onto the big screen after the 26-year-old author sold film rights to the title.
Syria Speaks
Publisher Saqi Books has added its voice to calls for Thomson Airways to apologise after a British woman was detained after reading one of its books on a flight.
George R R Martin
George R R Martin has revealed he is “months away” from finishing the next Game of Thrones novel but said it could be published next year alongside another series.
Nia Beynon
HarperCollins imprint HQ has appointed Nia Beynon to the newly-created role head of digital publishing. 

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