Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Latest from The Bookseller

Hachette UK’s challenge to all major publishers to present their gender pay gaps in a more “transparent” way has been met with silence from the trade's other key players.
Weidenfeld & Nicolson
Jenny Lord, publishing director for Weidenfeld & Nicolson non-fiction, has been promoted to publisher for the imprint while non-fiction publisher Alan Samson's role is expanding to become W&N chairman.
Man Booker Prize
The 2019 Man Booker Prize for Fiction judges have been announced, with book trade heavyweights Peter Florence and Liz Calder on the panel.
Kate Morton
Australian author Kate Morton has won a $500,000 lawsuit against her former literary agent Selwa Anthony.
Pirate site Sci-Hub has been blocked in Russia after a group of publishers applied to the courts to get service providers to stop serving the site.
Hodder & Stoughton
Hodder & Stoughton has acquired the rights to The Clapback: How to Call out Harmful Black Stereotypes by Elijah Lawal.

Bryony Gordon
Journalist and mental health campaigner Bryony Gordon will share her ten crucial life lessons for teenage girls in a book due to be published by Hachette Children’s Group in May.
David Walliams
David Walliams has called for better access to reading and for libraries to be safeguarded, revealing he would introduce new laws on children’s literacy if he were prime minister. 
Mark Billingham
Sphere has acquired three new novels from Mark Billingham for Little, Brown, the first of which will be a new Tom Thorne novel and the crime writer's 20th novel to date, publishing in 2020.
Usborne has bought a LGBTQ+ YA love story by US author Meredith Russo.
Viking is publishing a new novel next year by John le Carré, Agent Running in the Field.
A document has been unearthed revealing the existence of a secret “book club” among the CIA operatives who campaigned against the USSR during the Cold War.

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