Publishing Round-Up: 9th May 2016.

Screen Shot 2016-05-08 at 21.34.07Bookdonors new Bloody Scotland sponsor

‘Social enterprise Bookdonors will be the headline sponsor of Scottish crime writing festival Bloody Scotland this year.

Bookdonors trades in used books with 100% of sales used to “fulfil a social mission”. Bloody Scotland will benefit from a sponsorship package of cash and business support, enhanced by the The New Arts Sponsorship Grant scheme operated by Arts & Business Scotland.

In addition each attendee at Bloody Scotland will receive a free book from Bookdonors at the festival this September.

Last year Bloody Scotland, which is held annually in Stirling each September, opened its doors for free to the unemployed, in a bid to “reduce barriers to participating in the arts”. The festival is a charity, an accredited Living Wage Employer and offers a fee to all participants taking part in the programme.’

Read more about the sponsorship here.



‘Galbraith’ claims third straight number one

‘Robert Galbraith’s Career of Evil (Sphere) has defeated the Star Wars Expert Guide (Dorling Kindersley) to take the Official UK Top 50 number one spot.

This is J K Rowling’s third Galbraith paperback to go to number one, after The Cuckoo’s Calling and The Silkwormboth also hit the top spot in the same format. Career of Evil, in which private detective Cormoran Strike is sent a woman’s severed leg, sold 18,591 copies for £75,847, according to Nielsen BookScan’s Total Consumer Market.’

Read more stats here.


Launch of BAME in Publishing network

‘A network has been launched for people who are from black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) backgrounds and who work in the UK publishing industry, to come together and connect.

Sarah Shaffi, online editor and producer at The Bookseller, and Wei Ming Kam, sales and marketing assistant at Oberon Books, have set up BAME in Publishing “in response to the endless diversity debates and panels that have come and gone in the last few years”.

A post on the group’s website said: “In an ideal world, we wouldn’t need this group, but we all know there’s a lack of ethnic diversity in the UK publishing industry. When people from BAME backgrounds do make it into the industry, they can often feel isolated because they’re one of the few BAME people around. So we want a group where BAME publishing folk can meet each other.”’

Read more about the network here.

Stephen Fry: ‘Libraries save lives’

‘Actor and writer Stephen Fry has decried the deteriorating state of the public library service, saying that libraries need to be protected as they “save lives”.

Appearing in a documentary film charting the decline of British public libraries, “The Safe House: A Decline of Ideas”, set to premiere at Notting Hill’s Gate Picturehouse on 23rd May, Fry said: “We need to understand libraries as places of education and nourishment for everyone – there is a terrible sense that libraries are just an add-on to a council building, but they save lives.”

“A library is one of the few places, in a town or even a large village, where you can go in and immerse yourself in that world,” Fry continued. “To actually have access to a real collection of books, of literature and reference works from across the ages is really important.”’

Read more about what Fry had to say here.


McInerney, McCrea, Rochester shortlisted for Desmond Elliott Prize

‘Lisa McInerney’s tale of murder and misfits in post-crash Ireland The Glorious Heresies (John Murray), already shortlisted for this year’s Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction, is also on the shortlist for this year’s Desmond Elliott Prize.

Galway-based McInerney is joined on the shortlist by Dublin-born Gavin McCrea who is shortlisted for Mrs Engels(Scribe), about Lizzie, the wife of the German philosopher Friedrich Engels. Also in the running is Julia Rochester whose The House at the Edge of the World – part mystery, part psychological drama – is published by Penguin.

The £10,000 prize rewards debut fiction.’

Read more about the awards here.

Yuri Herrera wins Best translated book award

‘Signs Preceding the End of the World wins $10,000 honour, shared between the author and the translator Lisa Dillman.

Mexican author Yuri Herrera and his translator Lisa Dillman have won the Best translated book award for Signs Preceding the End of the World, which tells the story of a young woman crossing the Mexico border into the US.

The novel charts how Makina sets out in search of her brother, striking a bargain to deliver a package for a local gang leader in return for safe passage across the Rio Grande. Maya Jaggi’s Guardian review hailed it as a “marvellously rich, slim novel” that works “on many levels”.

Herrera is the first Spanish-language author to win the $10,000 (£7,000) award for fiction, which is split equally between writer and translator, seeing off a shortlist including literary stars such as the bestselling Italian author Elena Ferrante and the Brazilian short story writer Clarice Lispector.’

Read more about the prize here.



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