February 06, 2021

Monique Roffey wins Costa Book of the Year for The Mermaid of Black Conch

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...

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Book sales post another big weekly gain

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

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Amanda Gorman’s three books will get one million first prints due to overwhelming demand

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

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Authors Guild asks DoJ to stop PRH purchase of S&S

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...

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