Friday, March 02, 2018

Latest from The Bookseller

World Book Day
World Book Day organisers have said all events for the Biggest Book Show on Earth tour will go ahead despite the snow, although some authors have had to cancel their school appearances.
Fire and Fury
Michael Wolff has admitted neither he nor publisher Macmillan "knew what they had” when he delivered the manuscript of Fire and Fury, which exposed the inner workings of Donald Trump's chaotic White House and led to a worldwide media storm.
Parragon is closing down in the UK because of competition and a lack of retail space, owner DC Thomson has told The Bookseller.
Vanessa Lafaye
The "inspiring" and "sublime" historical novelist Vanessa Lafaye has died aged 54.
Women's Prize for Fiction
The Women’s Prize for Fiction has revealed that three partners - Baileys, Deloitte and NatWest - will be supporting the 2018 award.
Alexandra Pringle
Bloomsbury's editor-in-chief Alexandra Pringle is to hand the day-to-day running of the publisher's adult trade publishing division to managing director Emma Hopkin, after 19 years at the helm.

Emma Hannigan
Emma Hannigan's latest novel, Letters To My Daughters, has reached number one in Ireland's book charts, following a campaign by fellow Irish writers to propel her to the top spot after she disclosed "all avenues have been exhausted" in her battle with cancer.
Cressida Cowell
Cressida Cowell’s The Wizards of Once (Hodder Children’s Books) will today be revealed as the winner of the best story prize at the Blue Peter Book Awards, whilst Susan Martineau and illustrator Vicky Barker will pick up the best book with facts award for Real-Life Mysteries (B Small Publishing).
Harper Lee
The will of Harper Lee has been unsealed, showing that the bulk of her assets, including her literary properties, were transferred to a trust controlled by her lawyer and personal representative Tonya Carter.
Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction
The late writer Helen Dunmore, US novelist Jennifer Egan and 29-year-old writer Natasha Pulley are all vying for the £25,000 Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction, with entries up 40% from last year.
David Olusoga
David Olusoga, Maggie O’ Farrell and Nikesh Shukla are some of the authors on the line-up for the Bath Festival 2018, curated by artistic directors Alex Clark, David Jones and James Waters for its 70th anniversary year.
Sharon Blackie
September Publishing has signed mythologist and psychologist Sharon Blackie’s fictional collection of literary reworkings of myth and fairy tales.

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