It’s been a while since our last Publishing Round-Up and we’re happy to get it going again! Every Monday we’ll post summaries about the previous week’s top publishing and book news as well as updates on SYP happenings. Make sure to subscribe to our posts via the toolbar at the side. You’ll get an email every time we post, but we promise you won’t be swamped!
Here at SYP Scotland we’ve invited a panel of experts for an evening of book design celebration. We’ll be hearing from Art Directors Rafi Romaya and Jim Hutcheson about their creative input at the very start of a book’s journey, and from Booksellers Marie Moser and Calum McGhie about different approaches to take when the final product lands in the shop.
Wednesday 28th October, 6pm, Blackwells South Bridge, Edinburgh
Books Are My Bag 2015
This year’s Books Are My Bag celebrations kicked off on Thursday 8th October and continued on through the weekend. The campaign, run jointly by the Booksellers Association and Publisher Association, will be active through to Christmas to spread a ‘simple but universal message about the joy of books and bookshops.’
Numerous bookshops around Scotland took part in celebrating BAMB with special displays, deals and parties.
We currently have a BAMB competition up and running over on our Twitter account. RT the top pinned tweet for the chance to win some fantastic books!
Thursday 8th October marked ‘Super Thursday’, the day in which the most books are published in one day ahead of the Christmas season. The Bookseller asked Amazon, Waterstones, W H Smith, Sainsbury’s, Blackwell’s, Foyles, Wordery, Dulwich Books and Hungerford Bookshop to name their favourite title published on Super Thursday. Bill Bryson’s The Road to Little Dribbling (Doubleday) is expected to be the bestselling Christmas non-fiction Super Thursday title.
Read more about retailers’ title expectations on The Bookseller.
Reading Groups for Everyone have launched ‘Home Grown Talent: Six fantastic Scottish authors you should know about’ which will ‘zoom in on Scotland and the wealth of brilliant writers on the scene there.’ Titles include Fishnet by Kirstin Innes (Freight Books), The Treacle Well by Moira Forsyth (Sandstone Press) and The Last Treasure Hunt by Jane Alexander (Saraband).
If you’re in a reading group your group can apply to be involved in celebrating Scottish Homegrown Talent here.
October 8th was not only Super Thursday but it was also National Poetry Day. The Scottish Poetry Library shared this photo of an Elizabeth Burns’ poem on the scaffolding at the New Waverley development in Edinburgh.
The Book Week Scotland 2015 programme was launched on October 6th. Big names will be holding events for the week November 23-29 including Outlander author Diana Gabaldon, Girl on the Train author Paula Hawkins, Neil Oliver, Kate Mosse, Ian Rankin, Val McDermid, AL Kennedy, Michel Faber, Christopher Brookmyre and many more.
Looking Glass Books are on the move
Top Edinburgh indie bookshop Looking Glass Books announced last week that it will be moving to bigger and better premises!
‘A larger premises will allow us to be able to stock a wider selection of books, offer more in the cafe and have the space to develop other exciting opportunities.’
LGB currently lives in the Quartermile area of central Edinburgh and will be open until October 31st when it starts the big move to the currently undisclosed new location.
Edinburgh based publisher Floris Books are looking for a current publishing student to work with them as an intern for one day per week during the academic semester. The successful candidate will be chosen in November with the placement beginning in January or February. This is an excellent opportunity for any publishing student looking to gain insight into the industry.
Apply by Friday 23 October at 2pm. More info can be found on their website.