Wednesday, January 03, 2018

Latest from The Bookseller

James Daunt
The week before Christmas saw the biggest value takings for books since 2007, but bad weather and a surge in online orders hit brick and mortar booksellers.
Children’s author Michael Morpurgo has been knighted in this year’s New Year's Honours List, while author and historian Lady Antonia Fraser and writer and broadcaster Melvyn Bragg have joined the Order of the Companions of Honour.
Toby Eady
Literary agent Toby Eady, described as "a passionate champion of his authors", has died at the age of 76.
Barack Obama
Former US president Barack Obama has named British author Naomi Alderman’s The Power as one of his favourite books of 2017.
Sue Grafton
Pan Macmillan has paid tribute to the late American crime writer Sue Grafton as "a giant in her field" and "an amazing author" who "cared about her readers first and last". 
David Bowie
David Bowie's son, director and screenwriter Duncan Jones, has launched a book club in tribute to his late father.

Andrea Leadsom
Leader of the Commons Andrea Leadsom has promised to campaign for the "sustainable future" of libraries after visiting one threatened with closure in Northamptonshire.
Don Winslow
"New York King of Crime" Don Winslow has been revealed as the first headliner and "special guest" of The Theakston Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival in Harrogate.
Clare Alexander
Clare Alexander of Alexander Aitken Associates has pulled off a hat-trick of "major" deals with Doubleday in America, including deals for authors Pat Barker and Mark Haddon.
Accessible children's publisher Barrington Stoke is publishing a tale inspired by the true story of a "fashion pioneer" at the court of Marie Antoinette, Rose Bertin.

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