Tuesday, January 09, 2018

Latest from The Bookseller

Book industry leaders are divided in terms of their outlook for 2018, with some optimistic about growth and others more cautious about the delicate state of high street retailing and the impact of continued political instability.
Fire and Fury
Waterstones sold out of Michael Wolff's controversial exposé of Donald Trump's presidency Fire and Fury (Little, Brown) over the weekend following the media storm that prompted its early release.
Man Booker Prize
Irish publishers are now eligible to submit novels for the Man Booker Prize for Fiction from this year onwards.
Philippe Sands
Prominent human rights lawyer Philippe Sands QC is to be the new president of English PEN, taking over from Maureen Freely.
The government will establish 35 country-wide “English hubs” to boost children’s literacy as part of a £5.7m investment.
Frances Pinter
Frances Pinter is relinquishing her position as executive director of policy analysis and research group Knowledge Unlatched Research this spring.

Trump Towers
Free speech groups have praised Little, Brown’s decision to release Michael Wolff’s tell-all book on Donald Trump’s presidency despite the UK’s strict libel laws and legal threats from the president.
Dog Diaries
Young Arrow has acquired a new children’s book, Dog Diaries, a spin-off from James Patterson’s bestselling middle grade Middle School series.
Society of Chief Librarians
The Society of Chief Librarians is recruiting its first chief executive as it makes the transition from private company to registered charity.
Waterstones has extended its long-term partnership with manufacturer Unipart Logistics for an additional five years.
Book Aid International
Book Aid International sent over 930,000 books to thousands of communities across 20 countries in 2017, it said in its end of year summary.

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