Friday, February 16, 2018

Latest from The Bookseller

Connect Books
Connect Books has been sold to private equity firm Aurelius for just £6m – nearly half of the originally-agreed sale price.
Katherine Rundell
Established names such as Patrick Ness, Katherine Rundell and Jim Kay are longlisted for the 2018 CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway medals alongside debut authors Angie Thomas, Julia Sarda and Sam Winston.
The All Party Parliamentary Group on Publishing has called for evidence from the trade as it seeks to maintain a “world-leading” publishing sector in the UK.
Brazil Flag
Brazil's book market saw real growth of 3.1% last year, according to Brazilian book trade publication PublishNews. 
Christina Dalcher
HQ has bought a "powerful feminist dystopia" by linguistics academic Christina Dalcher, billed as "The Handmaid’s Tale meets The Power", in a six-figure deal.
The first group of emerging playwrights to benefit from Audible's $5m fund will include two British writers: Gary McNair, from Glasgow, and James Fritz, from London. 

We Begin Our Ascent
Borough Press has scooped a debut novel by British author Joe Mungo Reed, described as "dazzling" by his professor George Saunders.
Michael O'Mara Books
Michael O’Mara Books is expanding its publishing programme by launching a new audiobook list for key titles. 
Angela Levin
John Blake Publishing, part of Bonnier Publishing UK, is releasing a "definitive" biography of Prince Harry by journalist and author Angela Levin.
Caledonia Novel Award
Scottish novelist Elizabeth Macneal has won this year’s Caledonia Novel Award for her "masterful" historical fiction debut, The Doll Factory, set in Victorian London.
Karnac Books
One of London’s oldest independent bookshops, Karnac, has moved to a new location on Finchley Road.
The Vagina Monologues
Virago and the Gender Balance Network staged a sold-out performance of Eve Ensler’s The Vagina Monologues at Hachette UK's offices in London on Valentine's Day to raise hundreds of pounds for charity.

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