Friday, February 15, 2019

The Bookseller

Jojo Moyes

Jojo Moyes’ Still Me (Penguin) has soared into the UK Official Top 50 number one spot, scoring the highest number one single-week volume since Joe Wicks’ Veggie Lean in 15 (Bluebird) in the first week of 2019. 


American trade publishing saw a 4.6% rise in revenue for 2018 but a decline in educational sales left the market relatively flat, new figures show.

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February 12, 2019
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Bologna Children's Book Fair
Exhibition management company AMK Book Services has put emergency procedures in place to ensure publishers can ship all their equipment back to the UK from the Bologna Children’s Book Fair in the event of a no deal Brexit.
Simon Trewin
WME partner and literary agent Simon Trewin has left the London office after six years with the company to open his own agency. 
John Hamilton
Penguin Random House's longtime art director John Hamilton has died aged 55, the publisher has confirmed, with chief executive Tom Weldon paying tribute to his "incredible spirit" which "helped define" PRH.
Gail Rebuck
Baroness Gail Rebuck, the chair of Penguin Random House UK, is urging publishers as well as booksellers to submit evidence to the Treasury Committee’s business rates inquiry. 
The Bookseller is calling on trade to complete a survey into how class is a barrier to entry into writing and publishing.
John Haynes
John Haynes, the founder director of car manual publisher the Haynes Group has died, aged 80, after a short illness. 

Springer Nature
Springer Nature has said the current Plan S requirement for publishers to commit to 'flip' hybrid journals to Open Access is "unnecessary, and...unacceptable for us and for many other publishers."
Publishers' Publicity Circle
Campaigns for titles by Sally Rooney, The Secret Barrister and Michelle Obama were among the winners at the Publisher’s Publicity Circle Annual Awards.
Klaus Flugge Prize
Lincoln First Editions, launched by Frances Lincoln Children’s Books in 2017 to publish debut picture books, has three titles on this year’s Klaus Flugge Prize longlist.
Andrew Kidd
Creative writing charity Arvon has appointed Andrew Kidd as its new chief executive and artistic director.
Borough Press
Borough Press has acquired US author Steven Rowley’s The Editor about a struggling author who sells his novel to Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis.
Rebecca Watson
Faber has won a six-publisher auction for Financial Times journalist Rebecca Watson’s debut novel little scratch.

Luis Cabrera

Lonely Planet has appointed Luis Cabrera as president and c.e.o. and revealed a new strategy which will “reinvigorate” its digital properties and launch ventures such as festivals, tours and a membership programme.

The Collins Press

Gill Books has bought Irish indie publisher the Collins Press for an undisclosed sum after its owners announced their retirement following 30 years in the book trade.

Kathy Lette

Comedy writers Katy Brand, Jenny Eclair and Kathy Lette are joining authors Marian Keyes and Allison Pearson to judge the inaugural Comedy Women in Print Prize.

Society of Authors

More than 750 people have signed a Society of Authors (SoA) letter demanding the Internet Archive stops its Open Library project lending scanned books online in the UK.


Seven Dials has acquired the “big-hearted and empowering” first book by "I'm A Celebrity" campmate Emily Atack.

Tomi Ungerer

French illustrator Tomi Ungerer, who published more than 140 books, has died at the age of 87.

Paul Murdin

Hodder & Stoughton has secured a new book by astronomer Professor Paul Murdin, The Secret Lives of Planets.

HQ will publish “a warm, witty, honest, and accessible” account of writer and comedian Katy Brand’s life-long obsession with "Dirty Dancing", I Carried a Watermelon, billed as part-memoir, part homage to the 1987 film.

Indonesia Market Focus

A programme of events focusing on Indonesian publishing will be held at the London Book Fair this year, including insights into children’s books and current market trends.
S Fischer
German publisher S Fischer has promoted Alexander Roesler to editorial director of non-fiction, to replace Nina Sillem who left in September to establish her own literary agency.

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