Publishing Round-Up: 13th May 2015.

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Whittingdale new Secretary of State for Culture [X]
The Prime Minister has confirmed that John Whittingdale will be the new secretary of state for Culture, Media and Sport. The brief he’s been given is said to include the arts and libraries, which will be of particular interest to the publishing industry. He previously presided over reports into libraries and copyright, while elected chairman of the House of Commons Culture, Media and Sport committee.

wake cover_illustrationThe Bookseller Industry Awards Winners.
The Bookseller Industry Awards took place earlier this week, with publishers, booksellers and libraries being celebrated across a wide range of categories.  The winners are:

  • Book of the Year: The Wake, Paul Kingsnorth (Unbound)
  • BA Award for  Outstanding Contribution to the Book Trade: Sam Husain
  • Publisher of the Year: Pan Macmillan
  • Children’s Book Publisher of the Year: HarperCollins Children’s Books
  • Independent  Publisher of the Year: Profile Books
  • Independent Academic, Educational & Professional Publisher of the Year: Liverpool University Press
  • Academic, Education & Professional Publisher of the Year: Hodder Education
  • Editor of the  Year: Francesca Main, Picador
  • Imprint of the Year: Weidenfeld & Nicolson
  • Literary Agent of the Year: Gordon Wise, Curtis Brown
  • Rights Professional of the Year: Rachel Mills, PFD
  • Marketing Strategy of the Year: Letters Live, Canongate
  • Publicity Campaign of the  Year: Ruth Waldram (Jonathan Cape) for H is for Hawk by Helen MacDonald
  • Book Retailer of the Year: Waterstones
  • Children’s Bookseller of the Year: The Book Nook
  • Independent Bookshop of the Year: Booka Bookshop
  • Young Retailer of the Year: Joe Tagg, Blackwells
  • Manager of the Year: Jen Shenton, Waterstones
  • Library of the Year – Orkney Library & Archive
  • The Bookseller Special Award: Foyles

You can read the Winner’s Supplement of The Bookseller here.

hey booTo Kill A Mockingbird commemoration book. [X]
As the release of Harper Lee’s Go Set A Watchman draws nearer, there’s more to look forward to for the avid fan: Arrow will be releasing Scout, Atticus & Boo by Mary Murphy, which “[explores] the great novel’s history and how it has left its indelible mark” in the UK  and Commonwealth. Contributions come from Lee’s sister Alice Finch Lee, the girl who played Scout in the film, and many more who also feature in the documentary Hey, Boo: Harper Lee and To Kill A Mockingbird, which was also created by Murphy, and was the focus of our April event screening.

PA Statistics Yearbook 2014 released. [X]
Physical book sales continued to decline in value (-5%, to £2.7bn), while digital book sales rose (+11% to £563m). Overall, the total combined revenue dropped 2% to £3.3bn. You can read a full breakdown of what they found over on The Bookseller.

usNew Richard & Judy Book Club announce titles. [X]
It was recently confirmed that Richard and Judy would be continuing with three book clubs per year until at least 2019, and the first batch has been announced for Summer 2015. They are:
No Safe House – Linwood Barclay / Summertime – Vanessa Lafaye
Us – David Nicholls / Nick Hornby – Funny Girl
The Truth About The Harry Quebert Affair – Joel Dicker / A Song for Issy Bradley – Carys Bray
A Man Called Ove – Fredrik Backman / I Let You Go – Clare Mackintosh.

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