Tuesday, February 06, 2018

Latest from The Bookseller

WH Smih
WH Smith has unveiled a new books strategy for its High Street arm, designed to futureproof sales at the 611-strong chain “for the next decade”.
The print market in 2017 has been described as “meh”—solid but unspectacular—and the digital market seemed to follow a similar trajectory last year.
CBS Corporation
CBS, the parent company of Simon & Schuster, is currently exploring a merger with media company Viacom.
Fire and Fury
Author and journalist Michael Wolff is coming to the UK this month to promote Fire and Fury (Little, Brown), the bestselling exposé that caused a presidential melt-down earlier this year, seeing its US publisher Henry Holt & Co threatened with legal action.
EBRD Literature Prize
The €20,000 EBRD Literature Prize, launched by the British Council and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, has revealed its inaugural shortlist, including titles from Turkey, Croatia, Russia, Albania and Lebanon.
Sally Gardner
Zephyr, the new children's imprint at Head of Zeus, has bought a young fiction series by Carnegie Medal winning author Sally Gardner.

The Tiger Who Came to Tea 50th anniversary edition
HarperCollins Children’s Books will mark this year’s 50th anniversary of Judith Kerr’s classic picture book The Tiger Who Came to Tea with new publishing and a series of events.
Chitra Soundar
Books by authors and illustrators including Chitra Soundar, Benji Davies, Joseph Coelho, Robin Stevens and Kiran Millwood Hargrave are amongst those in EmpathyLab’s new ‘Empathy Guide’ for children.
Gemma Collins
Headline has acquired a "tongue-in-cheek guide to life" from reality TV star Gemma Collins.
Pan Macmillan is publishing Ten to Zen, a book providing 10-minute "mind workouts" to tackle stress from NHS psychotherapist Owen O’Kane.
Read for Good
Read for Good is hoping groups of schools will raise money to purchase books for children in hospitals, as well as for their own libraries, by joining together to run sponsored reads.
Patrick Stewart
Sir Patrick Stewart is to headline the Huddersfield Literature Festival this year, which is taking place from the 8th to the 18th March.

Paul Beatty
Publishers have signed a letter urging the Man Booker Prize organisers to reverse their decision to allow US authors to enter, citing concerns it is creating a "homogenised literary future".
Kit de Waal
Authors Adele Parks, Barney Norris and Kit de Waal will help to judge The British Book Awards 2018.
WH Smith
WH Smith Travel is to open a new 900 sq ft bookshop at London Bridge station in April.
The 13th Winter Institute, held by the American Booksellers Association in Memphis, Tennessee, was vibrant and upbeat as ever, despite an underlying current of anxiety regarding the sustainability of independent booksellers.
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine
A week ahead of its paperback release, Gail Honeyman’s Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine leapt into the Weekly E-Book Ranking number one, trumping Fire and Fury and seeing off the (Michael) Wolff from the door.
Borders Book Festival
Ex-soldier and novelist Jan Morris CBE has been recognised for her outsanding contribution to travel writing by The Edward Stanford Travel Writing Awards, while Kapka Kassabova was honoured with the Stanford Dolman Travel Book of the Year for Border (Granta).

Rachel Kenny
HarperCollins imprint HQ has promoted Rachel Kenny, Louise McGrory and Sophie Calder to strengthen their senior management team.
Anne Wood
The UK is in danger of losing its children’s television industry, Anne Wood, founder of Ragdoll Productions, has told The Bookseller.
Lucy Worsley
Hodder & Stoughton has commissioned Lucy Worsley to write a "major" new biography of Queen Victoria to celebrate the 200th anniversary of her birth.
Sally Rooney
Sally Rooney, the 2017 Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year, has been longlisted for this year's £30,000 Dylan Thomas Prize.
Faber & Faber
Faber has signed ex-soldier and journalist Jan Morris’ first ever book of diaries, In My Mind’s Eye, for hardback publication in September 2018.
Weidenfeld & Nicolson is publishing film critic Mark Kermode’s "hilarious, self-deprecating and blissfully nostalgic" memoir of his life in music, entitled How Does it Feel? 

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