British Book Industry Awards shortlist announced
A number of Scottish publishers and bookshops have been shortlisted in the Bookseller’s inaugural British Book Industry Awards.
- Bright Red Publishing is nominated for Independent Academic, Educational and Professional Publisher of the Year
- The HarperCollins imprints William Collins (Imprint of the Year) and Collins Learning (Academic, Educational and Professional Publisher of the Year) both have a Scottish connection through staff based at the Bishopbriggs site near Glasgow.
- Canongate have two books shortlisted.
- Atkinson-Pryce Bookshop (Independent Bookshop of the Year)
- The Edinburgh Bookshop (Children’s Bookseller of the Year)
- Shetland Library (Library of the Year)
Read more about the shortlists here.
J. K. Rowling shares new story on American Wizarding school
‘J.K. Rowling has written a new story called “1920s Wizarding America” which features new information on the American wizarding school, “Ilvermorny.” The piece can be found at the Pottermore website.
This piece represents the fourth and final installment of Rowling’s History of Magic in North America series. Throughout the course of this past week, the stories from this series revealed new information on “skin walkers,” “the Salem Witch Trials,” and “the Magical Congress of the United States of America.”’
Read more about the new story here.
Man Booker International 2016 longlist includes banned and pseudonymous authors
‘Novels by the pseudonymous Italian author Elena Ferrante, Nobel prize-winner Orhan Pamuk and a political novel banned in mainland China have all been longlisted for the 2016 Man Booker International prize, celebrating the finest in global fiction translated to English.
The 13-book longlist was whittled down from 155 and consists of authors from 12 countries, in nine different languages. Two Nobel prize-winners – Pamuk and Japan’s Kenzaburō Ōe – sit alongside two debut authors: Congolese author Fiston Mwanza Mujila for Tram 83 and Finnish author Aki Ollikainen for White Hunger.’
Read more about the longlist here.
Debut writers dominate Baileys fiction prize longlist
‘Debut writers dominate the longlist for this year’s Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction. Eleven first-time novelists appear on the 20-strong list, alongside four previously shortlisted authors.
Among the seven nationalities on the list is Petina Gappah, the first Zimbabwean author to be longlisted in the prize’s 21-year history. The shortlist will be revealed on 11 April, with the winner named on 8 June at London’s Royal Festival Hall.
Kate Atkinson’s Costa novel prize-winning A God in Ruins and Booker-shortlisted A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara also make the cut.
“Over half the longlist is composed of first novelists. What excites me is the mixture of well-known and less well-known writers,” said author Elif Shafak, one of this year’s judges. It shows the flexibility and the strength of the prize. It is a very encouraging sign for new writers of all ages.”
Eleven is the highest number of first novels to have been longlisted for the prize and has only happened once before, in 2000.
Read more about the longlist here.
Indies strong on YA Book Prize shortlist
‘Independent publishers Bloomsbury Children’s and David Fickling Books are leading the shortlist for this year’s Bookseller’s YA Book Prize, run in association with book printer Clays.
The shortlist for the prize, which is for YA authors based in the UK and Ireland, includes Bloomsbury’s Concentr8 by William Sutcliffe, a satire of contemporary urban life, and One by Sarah Crossan, a storyabout conjoined twins written in blank verse.
The two books published by David Fickling Books on the shortlist are Jenny Downham’s Unbecoming, a novel about three generations of women in one family, and Lisa Williamson’s The Art of Being Normal, which is about transgender teenagers.’
Read more about the shortlist here.
The Mass-Market Edition of To Kill a Mockingbird Is Dead
‘Harper Lee’s estate will no longer allow publication of the inexpensive paperback edition that was popular with schools.
We may never know what Lee’s will stipulates, but the estate’s first action in the wake of Lee’s death is both bold and somewhat baffling: The New Republic has obtained an email from Hachette Book Group, sent on Friday, March 4 to booksellers across the country, revealing that Lee’s estate will no longer allow publication of the mass-market paperback edition of To Kill a Mockingbird.
According to the email, which a number of booksellers in multiple states have confirmed that they received a variation of, no other publisher will be able to produce the edition either, meaning there will no longer be a mass-market version of To Kill a Mockingbird available in the United States.’
Read more about the motion here.