Sunday, October 25, 2015

Latest News from The Bookseller

Ben Dunn
Century publishing director Ben Dunn has become the latest Bonnier recruit, appointed as m.d. of Blink Publishing, the flagship imprint of its new Kings Road Publishing division.
Kate Harvey
Picador editorial director Kate Harvey is moving to Harvill Secker in the role of deputy publishing director.
Kate Atkinson, Michel Faber and Irvine Welsh feature on the shortlists for the 2015 Saltire Literary Awards, with two new awards introduced this year: The Fiction Book of the Year and Non-Fiction Book of the Year. The new prizes were created for the Awards in place of last year's Literary Book of the Year, due to the plethora of titles eligible for submission.
HarperCollins UK chief executive Charlie Redmayne is to give the closing keynote address at the FutureBook Conference this year.
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
The new Harry Potter play, "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child", to open in the West End next year, will "start where the seventh book left off, and is the eighth story in the series”, J K Rowling has said.
Carl-Johan Forssén Ehrlin
The children’s book world should not be scared of self-publishing, according to Carl-Johan Forssén Ehrlin, the Swedish author behind the bestselling picture book The Rabbit Who Wants to Fall Asleep, which shot to number one in the book chart before the author signed any deals with traditional publishers.

The Phoenix 200th issue
Comic The Phoenix is collaborating with big-name children’s authors Philip Pullman and Chris Riddell for its 200th edition.
Stephen McGann
Actor Stephen McGann has written a nostalgic diary and social history narrative of what life was like for his character Doctor Turner from the smash-hit BBC series "Call The Midwife".
Ben Fergusson
First time author Ben Fergusson [pictured] has scooped the Historical Writers’ Association 2015 Debut Crown Award for new historical fiction with The Spring of Kasper Meier (Little, Brown), while historical fiction veteran Michael Morpurgo received the Outstanding Contribution to Fiction Award.
Fergusson was awarded the £2,000 prize by broadcaster Mark Lawson at the opening night of the Harrogate History Festival (22nd October) at the Old Swan Hotel, Harrogate.
Rogan's Books
A new independent children’s bookshop, Rogan's Books, is set to open in Bedford after the community pledged to support its launch with £1,000 of bookshop vouchers.
Profile Books
Profile Books has launched three new "fully responsive" consumer-facing websites which will enable readers to purchase both print and e-books directly from Profile.
Scottish independent bookshop The Mainstreet Trading Company has revealed how it has spent the grant money it received from author James Patterson: it has bought and renovated a van, transforming it into a mobile bookshop.

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