Wednesday, January 23, 2019

The Bookseller

Tony Ross
Tony Ross has yet again topped The Bookseller’s chart of the bestselling children’s illustrators, with his books earning almost twice the total of his closest rival, Axel Scheffler, in 2018.
Penguin Random House Children’s is restructuring its rights team in a move that will see Camilla Borthwick, Joanna Lawrie and Catherine Harrison leave the company.
Renia Spiegel
The diary of a Polish teenager, Renia Spiegel, who was shot dead on the streets by Nazi soldiers weeks after her 18th birthday, has been pre-empted by Ebury’s Clare Bullock after 70 years of lying unread in a drawer.
Indie Bookshop Alliance
The Independent Bookshop Alliance is being relaunched, with Simon Key urging booksellers to come together to decide the future aims of the organisation. 
Bradford libraries are facing up to £2m in cuts, 65% of the budget, over the next two years, as the local council outlines plans to turn existing libraries into “community hubs”. 
Rachel Graves
Macmillan Children’s Books has hired Rachel Graves, currently head of export for the Hachette Children’s Group, as international sales director.

Ajay Chowdhury
Ajay Chowdhury has won Harvill Secker and Bloody Scotland's inaugural competition with Arvon to find a new crime writer from a BAME background for his detective-turned-waiter murder mystery.
Orion Spring
Orion Spring has acquired world rights to four self-help titles by "This Morning" TV therapists Nik and Eva Speakman. 
Gothic Image
The UK’s “first alternative” bookshop, Gothic Image, is shutting its doors this month after 40 years.
Brittney Morris
Hachette Children’s Group has bought the UK rights to Slay by US debut author Brittney Morris, who was inspired to write after watching the Marvel blockbuster "Black Panther".
Society of Authors
Graphic novels, poetry and art history make up some of the Society of Authors’ Translation Prizes shortlists for 2019, with 31 translations from seven languages up for awards.

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