Faber and Profile Books are to publish two new Alan Bennett "Talking Heads" monologues, to be published together under the title Two Besides.
Ann Cleeves has written a short story based on indie store Forum Books in Northumberland, which even features manager Helen Stanton as a character.
Industry figures have spoken of their sadness at Bertrams' fall into administration on Friday (19th June), as well as anger over unpaid bills and unreturned stock.
Jun 21 2020 A federal judge on Saturday rejected the Department of Justice's motion for a temporary restraining order blocking publication of former national security adviser John Bolton's memoir The Room Where It Happened, paving the way for the book's publication next week. But in his decision, judge Royce Lamberth suggested that Bolton still faces stiff penalties—including the loss of his royalties and potential criminal prosecution—for his "unilateral" decision to push ahead with publication without a formal release from government reviewers. Source: Publishers Weekly More News Stories
J K Rowling's agency The Blair Partnership has lost four of its author clients over the controversy surrounding the Harry Potter author's views on transgender law reform.
Jun 22 2020 Carlos Ruiz Zafón, whose mystery novel The Shadow of the Wind became one of the best-selling Spanish books of all time, died on Friday at his home in Santa Monica, Calif. He was 55. His death was announced by his Spanish publishing house, Planeta. His literary agent, Antonia Kerrigan, said the cause was colon cancer, which he had been battling for two years. Source: New York Times More News Stories
Literary agent Felicity Bryan has died, aged 74. She died on Sunday (June 21st) at her home in Kidlington "as she had wished", according to a statement from her family.
Bookshops are currently overwhelmed with advice, support and well-meaning individuals offering ideas and 'tips' on what to do. A few months ago, booksellers might have been considering author events, boosting literacy and how to be greener. Now, the 'strategic space' within which their businesses operate has shrunk to the narrow window of: how do we re-open and keep open? This is 'you have one job' territory.
HarperCollins UK has brought back all the staff it placed on furlough at the start of lockdown and will pay all their salaries itself rather than claiming it back from the government, the company has announced.
Michael Joseph has acquired The Downfall and a second novel, Eden Lost, by debut author Laure Van Rensburg in a six-figure deal after a six-way auction.