Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Latest from The Bookseller

Bologna Children's Book Fair
Publishers are in the market for "funny" Middle Grade fiction and books with "pitchable" hooks and diverse voices, according to agents ahead of this year's Bologna Children's Book Fair.
Emmanuel Macron
The four-day Livre Paris book fair had a controversial start this year, as President Emmanuel Macron boycotted the Russian guest-of-honour stand in support of the UK and Prime Minister Theresa May’s clash with President Vladimir Putin.
Vanessa Lafaye
The late novelist Vanessa Lafaye asked three of her author friends to help complete her book after her death, it has emerged.
Un-su Kim
4th Estate has won a five-way auction for a literary crime thriller The Plotters by South Korean writer Un-su Kim.
Northamptonshire County Council
The government is to investigate Northamptonshire Council’s plans to close 21 libraries following strong protest from campaigners and libraries body CILIP.
Bloomsbury Publishing has said it achieved "excellent sales" in January and February this year and revealed its annual profits are performing "well ahead" of expectations.

Death in Spring
Penguin is launching a European Series in April to celebrate “forgotten classics”, with introductions by acclaimed contemporary authors such as Colm Toibin, Elizabeth Strout and Deborah Levy.
Wellcome Book Prize
Penguin Random House has published half the titles on the female-dominated Wellcome Book Prize shortlist, with the book finalists all linked by their complex relationship with mortality.
Axel Scheffler and Julia Donaldson
The next picture book from Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler will be The Smeds and The Smoos, to be published by Scholastic imprint Alison Green Books next year.
Taylor Adams
William Morrow has bought North American rights to Taylor Adams’ thriller No Exit in a mid-six figure deal struck ahead of London Book Fair.
And the Ocean was our Sky by Patrick Ness
Walker Books is to publish a new novel from Patrick Ness in September 2018, entitled And The Ocean Was Our Sky.
Sir Matt Busy
Biographies of Sir Matt Busby and Bob Paisley are among the books longlisted for the Football Writers’ Association Book of the Year award.

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