Friday, May 12, 2017

Latest News from The Bookseller

J K Rowling
Lagardère Publishing today reported a "solid" first quarter, driven in part by a "vigorous" performance from Hachette UK where sales surged 8.1%, led by "significant restocking" of J K Rowling's titles (Little, Brown) and by the success of Bruno Vincent's spoof Famous Five series (Quercus).
A L Kennedy
Author A L Kennedy last night blasted British publishers for not publishing more literature in translation on account of risk and expense, while she said the UK risks becoming “an increasingly racist island” set “adrift in a shrinking culture” after it leaves the European Union.
Fiona McFarlane’s “unforgettable collection of stunning short stories” has been named as winner of the £30,000 International Dylan Thomas Prize.
Bertelsmann, which has a 53% stake in Penguin Random House, has reported 7% rise in group profit in its first quarter to almost €200m. 
The Clarissa Luard Award, a new £10,000 award for independent publishing, has been set up to recognise the contribution that small publishers make to literature and to celebrate the "adventurousness, innovative spirit and creativity" of independent literary publishing.
Alice Curry
Alice Curry, founder and publisher of Lantana Press, has been awarded the 2017 Kim Scott Walwyn Prize for being a "great role model for future generations starting out in publishing".

Back to the Boy by James Arthur
Singer songwriter James Arthur is publishing a memoir with Hodder and Stoughton on 5th October, called Back to the Boy.
Jimmy Wales
Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales has backed CILIP's campaign to challenge political parties and candidates to fight against "fake news" and run fact-based campaigns in the run up to the General Election.
HarperCollins’ global revenue was up $16m (£12.4m) year-on-year in the last quarter (4%), rising from $358m (£276.7m) to $374m (£288m).
The European Commission is considering a new law to deal with unfair trading practices after deciding further action is necessary to promote fairness and responsibility of online platforms.
Sir Allen Lane plaque
The founder of Penguin Books, Sir Allen Lane, has been commemorated with an "orange plaque" at Exeter St David’s railway station - the same station where he conceived the sixpenny paperback in 1934.
Bloomsury has signed a "major" work of non-fiction entitled The Growth Delusion by David Pilling.

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