Hodder Studio has signed a book on food, life and love from musician and podcaster Jessie Ware.
Sphere is republishing A Life in Nature –a portrait of Sir Peter Scott it originally published under the title Happy the Man in 1967–after securing rights from the late conservationist and artist's estate.
The shortlist has been announced for this year's Stanford Dolman Travel Book of the Year prize.
Jan 26 2021 Monique Roffey has won the £30,000 Costa book of the year award for her sixth novel, The Mermaid of Black Conch, which opens as a fisherman on a Caribbean island sees a “barnacled, seaweed-clotted” mermaid raise her head from the sea. Suzannah Lipscomb, the historian and broadcaster who chaired the judges, said the novel was “utterly original – unlike anything we’ve ever read – and feels like a classic in the making from a writer at the height of her powers”. Based on a legend from the Taino, an indigenous people of the Caribbean, the novel is...
National Book Tokens is launching on Bookshop.org, and its tokens will be accepted as payment or part-payment for books.
Jan 28 2021 Book sales are still up following a hot start to 2021. Last week, unit sales of print books jumped 18% over the week ended January 25, 2020, at outlets that report to NPD BookScan. In the prior week, unit sales rose nearly 23% over 2020, resulting in a 22% increase in print sales through January 23 over the comparable period a year ago. Every major category had double digit increases last week, led by the young adult segments, where fiction rose 46.9% and nonfiction increased 48.5%. Source: Publishers Weekly More News Stories
Heather Morris, the bestselling author of The Tattooist of Auschwitz, is publishing a new novel, Three Sisters, with Bonnier Books UK imprint Zaffre this October.
Jan 29 2021 To meet the demand for Amanda Gorman's unreleased books, her publisher announced it will print one million copies of each of her three titles. Gorman 22, turned heads and stole hearts when she delivered a powerful inauguration poem at the US Capitol on January 20, challenging Americans to unify and "leave behind a country better than the one we were left." Source: CNN More News Stories
Sophie Clarke has been promoted to the role of scout at Daniela Schlingmann Literary Scouting.
Jan 29 2021 The Authors Guild, along with five other writers’ groups and the nonprofit Open Markets Institute, has sent a letter to the Department of Justice asking the government to block Penguin Random House’s pending acquisition of Simon & Schuster. In asking for the DoJ to step in, the organizations framed the proposed acquisition as part of the ongoing consolidation within the entire publishing industry—including in the bookselling field, which is now dominated by Amazon—that the letter writers say has gone too far. “The time has also come to recognize that simply blocking takeovers is no longer sufficient,” the...