Jun 02 2020 In support of the global protests that are currently being held against police brutality and racism, National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature Jason Reynolds and fellow children’s authors and activists Kwame Alexander and Jacqueline Woodson are leading the #Kidlit Rally for Black Lives, a virtual gathering of more than 25 authors, artists, and publishers. Hosted by The Brown Bookshelf, it will take place live on Thursday, June 4, beginning at 7 p.m. ET, on the blog’s Facebook page. Following a rally addressing young people in grades K–12, participants will hold another event at 7:45 p.m. geared toward...
With some bookshops set to reopen in a couple of weeks, it’s a good time to think about some of the lockdown actions that have kept shops afloat - and why they work on buyers.
Bloomsbury chief executive Nigel Newton has said the beginning of the pandemic had a severely negative impact on Bloomsbury's sales, but that overall the company had "transformed surprisingly well".
International Literary Properties has acquired 12 literary estates from Peters, Fraser + Dunlop, including those of Evelyn Waugh and Georges Simenon, in an eight-figure deal.
Sally Rooney's Normal People (Faber) has bounced back to the UK Official Top 50 number one spot for a second week across lockdown.
It’s pretty obvious that the book industry, along with nearly all other businesses, will be hammered by the plague. The damage is somewhat mitigated by online ordering and delivery of printed books from you-know-who and by digital delivery of e-books and audiobooks. But that cannot compensate for traditional booksellers having to close their doors and media focussing almost exclusively on the many aspects of the crisis to the detriment of coverage of books.
Crimefest has announced 2020's award nominees, including Alex Michaelides and Holly Watt who are up for this year's inaugural Specsavers Debut Crime Novel Award.
Debuts by authors Abi Daré, Okechukwu Nzelu and Derek Owusu have been shortlisted for the £10,000 2020 Desmond Elliott Prize.
Alex Beecroft, formerly HarperCollins UK’s director of corporate development, has been appointed m.d. of Collins Learning.
Jojo Moyes has written a story featuring the heroine of her bestselling novel Me Before You, Lou Clark, and exploring how the character may be coping in lockdown.