Terry Pratchett dies.
Much-loved fantasy author Terry Pratchett died on March 12th at age 66. One of the most poignant responses to this comes from his own official Twitter account @terryandrob, which said in a trio of tweets:
“AT LAST, SIR TERRY, WE MUST WALK TOGETHER”
“Terry took Death’s arm and followed him through the doors and on to the black desert under the endless night.”
If you have a spare hour, here’s a great recording of a live appearance to watch.
The Bookseller Industry Awards Shortlist announced! [x]
The Bookseller has unveiled this year’s Bookseller Industry Awards (BIA) shortlist. 2015 sees a history-making all-female Manager of the Year category, which has never been won by a woman, with Marie Moser of the Edinburgh Bookshop nominated. The Edinburgh Bookshop and Storytellers, Inc (Lancashire) will also compete against each other in three categories: Children’s Bookseller of the Year, Independent Bookshop of the Year and Manager of the Year.
Edinburgh University Press is also up for Independent Academic, Educational and Professional Publisher of the Year, with Canongate’s Letters Live up for Marketing Strategy of the Year
The ceremony, at which 21 awards will be handed out, takes place on 11th May at the Hilton, Park Lane in London. You can view the full shortlist here.
Alex Salmond’s publisher choice called into question. [x]
Alex Salmond’s new autobiography The Dream Shall Never Die: 100 Days That Changed Scotland (released 19th March) details his take on the battle to gain Scottish independence, yet his choice of publisher (William Collins, an arm of HarperCollins) has raised some questions, particularly from MD of independent Scottish publisher Birlinn, Hugh Andrew.
Andrew said: “What a sad comment on Nationalism that at the first sign of a large cheque our ex first minister bolts for London. One might have thought he would have stood firm with the embattled publishing industry in his own country. Instead he goes straight to Rupert Murdoch. I am gobsmacked – it is just an old pals’ act.”
He says, and many online have agreed, that to have published this book via a Scottish publisher would not only have made sense given his campaign, but that it could have changed any publisher’s life to have gotten it. What do you think about Salmond’s choice to publish via a non-Scottish publisher? Does it matter? Let us know in the comments!
Free on Wednesday this week? An online virtual conference Around the World in 8 Hours is being hosted on March 18th from 9am-5pm, and you’re invited! Full details can be found here, but if you’re free, definitely try catch it.