Sunday, January 21, 2018

Latest from The Bookseller

James Daunt
Waterstones’ managing director James Daunt has said he is confident the bookselling chain will find a buyer, after posting its latest set of financial results showing the business has grown its pre-tax profit by 80%.
Nicola Sturgeon
Scottish authors, booksellers and publishers have reacted with jubilation following news that Creative Scotland and other arts bodies are to receive more funding from the Scottish Government in 2018.
Fire and Fury
Fire and Fury may have missed out on the print number one last week, but after a shortage of hardback copies in bookshops over the weekend, readers hungry to learn all about Donald Trump’s McDonald’s habit turned to the digital shelves.
Scottish booksellers have trumpeted a strong year of trade in 2017, despite economic uncertainty and competition from online retailers.
Jonathan Kellerman
Thriller writer Jonathan Kellerman is moving to Century and Arrow from Headline.
David Solomon
Books by Jim Smith, Christine Hamill, David Solomons, Kes and Claire Gray and Jim Field have been revealed as the winners of the 2018 Laugh Out Loud Awards.

Kit Yates
Quercus has pre-empted a debut book about maths for a six-figure sum, which tells "true stories of life-changing events where mathematics has played a critical role".
Francis Bickmore
Canongate has appointed Francis Bickmore and Jenny Fry to its board with immediate effect.
Claudia Connal
Octopus has appointed Claudia Connal as publishing director to head up a new strand of narrative non-fiction within the business.
The Guardian
Elena Ferrante is to write a weekly newspaper column for the Guardian’s new look Weekend magazine.
Francesca Russell
Francesca Russell, currently Penguin Random House's publicity director for Century and Arrow and deputy publicity director for Cornerstone, is joining Bonnier Zaffre as publicity director.
British writer Peter Mayle, the author of several books about his move to Provence in France, has died aged 78.

The Roundup with PW

Peter Mayle Dies at 78: The author of sex-ed books for children and the bestselling travel memoir 'A Year in Provence' died yesterday at a hospital in Southern France.

Amazon is Raising the Price of Prime: Memberships will soon be more expensive in the U.S., as the company is increasing the monthly fee from $10.99 to $12.99.

Waterstones' Annual Profits Jump 80% : The bookseller has reported pre-tax profits of £18m as buyers loom, with its sale expected to value the business at £200m.

Milo Claims S&S Is Smearing Him: A judge denied a request by Yiannopoulos to get a first-hand look at his manuscript, which had been edited by an S&S editor.

Another Witherspoon Literary Adaptation: Kristen Wiig will star in a Witherspoon-produced series inspired by Curtis Sittenfeld's upcoming short story collection.

Publishers Lunch

Today's Meal

Anke Steinecke has been promoted to chief legal officer of Penguin Random House worldwide, and will continue as executive vice president, general counsel, Penguin Random House US reporting to ceo Markus Dohle in both capacities.

Anna Dobben has joined the National Book Foundation as awards and relationships manager. She was previously publicist at Knopf.

John Sellers will join Houghton Mifflin Harcourt on January 29 as publicity director for children's books. He has been children's reviews editor at Publishers Weekly since 2009.

Sarah Brohman has joined LifeTree Media as editorial director. Previously she worked at Random House Canada and ran a freelance editing, content development, and publishing consultation business.

At Canongate, communication director Jenny Fry and publishing director Francis Bickmore have both joined the board.

Peter Mayle, 78, author of
A Year in Provence, died on Thursday at a hospital near his home in Southern France. Mayle's other books include a series of crime novels, A Good Year, and his most recent book, The Diamond Caper, released in 2015.


by Amy Goldstein won the 800-CEO-READ Business Book of the Year award.

The Edgar Awards
announced their 2018 nominees. Best Novel nominees include The Dime by Kathleen Kent (Little, Brown/Mulholland Books), Prussian Blue by Philip Kerr (G.P. Putnam's Sons), Bluebird, Bluebird by Attica Locke (Little, Brown/Mulholland Books), A Rising Man by Abir Mukherjee (Pegasus Books), The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley by Hannah Tinti (The Dial Press). The winners will be announced at an awards ceremony on April 26.


Word Bookstore in Brooklyn will not move forward with plans for its new kids location. In an email to customers they cited, "permit and construction delays lasting well over a year," adding,"we are unbelievably disappointed." Owners plan to renovate the original location to focus "more strongly on kids and families" with added room for kids displays and changes to upstairs and downstairs spaces.

This week on Literary Hub

 Mary O’Connell on the largesse of her old teacher, Denis Johnson • A love letter to Borges: Read Susan Sontag’s homage to a master Who gets to write about gentrification? Naima Coster writes from the center, not the margins • John Jeremiah Sullivan on craft: There's no such thing as wasted writing • The conversation I’ve been dreading: Ijeoma Oluo talks with her mom about race • 10 iconic Brooklyn books that every New Yorker should read • Finding yourself through food: On Alice B. Toklas and her radical cookbook After the memoir: Molly Caro May is a different person now from the one on the page • Rebecca Solnit on life in the dark timeline and the 20 million missing people that could save America • The literature of bad sex: Hermione Hoby considers the contemporary canon • It was the worst of times: John Freeman on the reality TV president and our year in irreality · Aminatta Forna wonders what happens if you have an inauguration and nobody comes • Alison Hart on how to write a #MeToo story • “There are all sorts of caves, including ice caves, sea caves, volcanic caves, and glacier caves.” From Keats “Cave of Quietude” to the Tuckaleechee Caverns of Townsend, Tennessee, Susan Harlan goes deep • On Philip K. Dick and Black Mirror: Does speculative fiction really work on TV?

Friday, January 19, 2018

Bologna Book Fair News

Illustrators Exhibition 2018: meet the winners
From 8th to 10th January, the selection for the Illustrators Exhibition took place in Bologna. Thanks to the work of the 2018 jurors Anastasia Arkhipova, Peggy Espinosa, William Grill, Allyn Johnston and Bernd Mölck-Tassel, 15.265 illustrations were examined in order to select the 80 artists that will take part in the 2018 Illustrators Exhibition and be published in the annual-cover illustration drawn by Ludwig Volbeda – winner of the Grand Prix Biennial of Illustration Bratislava 2017. The illustrators who reached the final selection were chosen from 3053 artists coming from 72 countries.
Discover the 80 selected illustrators for this year.
BCBF and Pitti Bimbo, the partnership goes on
BCBF renews its partnership with Pitti Immagine Bimbo at the 86th edition that will be held from January 18th to 20th at the Fortezza da Basso, Florence. This time, the collaboration will turn its attention to the world of the show with The Extraordinary Library 2: Cinema and Entertainment, an exhibition of 100 illustrated books for children dedicated to entertainment in all its forms. Pitti Immagine Bimbo is also launching NiceLicensing, a new space dedicated to the most interesting licenses in the children’s area, in collaboration with the Bologna Licensing Trade Fair and the Bologna Children’s Book Fair.

Find out more here.
A Research Project on Non-Fiction Picture Books
The Centre for Research in Children’s Literature (CRLI) of the University of Bologna is working with Bologna Children’s Book Fair to carry out an important research project on next-generation non-fiction picture books. The research project will end in 2020 with an illustrated and critical publication; it will include a ground-breaking exhibition dedicated to the best non-fiction titles published worldwide.

Find out more here.

After Massive New Printing, 'Fire and Fury' Sells 191K Copies

With the extraordinary interest for Michael Wolff's tell-all about the Trump White House catching Holt by surprise, the publisher was able to ship enough copies to accounts to meet at least some of the demand for the book last week. more »

The Roundup with PW

Amazon Names Its HQ Prospects: The e-tailer has released a list of 20 regions in the United States and Canada that it is considering as a possible site for its second home.

'Fire and Fury' Goes to TV: Michael Wolff’s Trump White house exposé is being eyed for an adaptation into a television series, 'Variety' has confirmed.

Tencent Invests Heavily in Wattpad: The Canadian story-sharing platform has closed a funding round of $51 million led by the Chinese internet giant Tencent.

Lupita Nyong’o to Publish a Kids' Book: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers will publish the Oscar-winning actress's debut children’s book, 'Sulwe,' next January

Elena Ferrante, 'Guardian' Columnist: The author of the bestselling Neapolitan novels will be the U.K. outlet's new weekend columnist.

Off the Shelf

January 17, 2018
Meagan Harris
6 Fiction Favorites Now Out in Paperback

I love a good paperback for many reasons. They make for a good vacation read whether it’s in the sun or snow. Paperbacks are considerably lighter than their hardcover counterparts and they’re great for book clubs. And by the time a paperback is published, I’ve been hearing about it long enough to make my mouth water. I’ve rounded up a few of my favorite titles making their paperback debuts this January.


Words with Douglas McLennan


Latest from The Bookseller

Anna Bond
Pan Macmillan's creative director Geoff Duffield is leaving the publisher to found an author-brand agency, with Anna Bond taking on a "new and broader" role as sales and brand director.
Lizzy Kremer
The vice president of the Association of Authors Agents, Lizzy Kremer, has said it is important for the trade to draw up industry guidelines on behaviour following the Harvey Weinstein sexual harassment scandal.
Libraries body CILIP has called for a public inquiry to investigate whether the government knowingly issued contracts for the delivery of public services to a failing company following the collapse of Carillion.
Nanette Gibb
Nanette Gibb and Carolyn Bresh have been appointed to Quarto’s senior management team.
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone
Valuable books, including a £40,000 first edition of J K Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, have been stolen from a bookshop in Norfolk, according to news reports.
Mind-body-spirit publisher Aeon Books is relaunching this spring with a new imprint, Sphinx, which will publish literary fiction and memoir.

Rachel Reeves
I B Tauris has inked a second book deal from Labour MP Rachel Reeves, about the 100-year history of female MPs, to be published on International Women’s Day.
The Baghdad Clock
The International Prize for Arabic Fiction (IPAF) has revealed its longlist of 16 novels in contention for the 2018 prize, including a novel soon to be published by independent UK publisher Oneworld.
Octopus imprint Mitchell Beazley has acquired the first cookbook from HelloFresh, one of the world’s largest recipe delivery services. 
Hans Christian Andersen Award
The International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY) has shortlisted 10 authors and illustrators from countries such as France, Iran and Austria for this year’s Hans Christian Andersen Award.
Hodder & Stoughton is publishing a history of maps, Theatre of the World, which won the Norwegian Book Prize Foundation's 2017 Brage Prize for non-fiction.
Ehsan Abdollahi
Ehsan Abdollahi, the illustrator who hit the headlines after being refused a visa to visit the Edinburgh International Book Festival, is teaming up with Jackie Morris on a picture book.