Publishing Round-Up: 16th May 2016.

SBT Scottish Children’s Book Awards restructure

‘Scottish Book Trust announced on 12 May 2016 that the Scottish Children’s Book Awards have undergone an exciting restructure, unveiling brand new reading initiatives which have been created with the purpose of inspiring even more children across Scotland to get into reading.

On 3 March 2016 the Scottish Government announced an exciting new reading initiative for P4-7, to be delivered by Scottish Book Trust in partnership with the Government. The First Minister’s Reading Challenge will be launched in August, and will encourage pupils in P4-7 classes across Scotland to read for pleasure.

To allow schools to embrace the first year of this new project fully, The Scottish Children’s Book Awards will be replaced by two new prizes:

  • The Bookbug Picture Book Prize and
  • The Scottish Teenage Book Prize.

Scottish Book Trust will no longer run a book award for 8-11 fiction as this age group is covered by The First Minister’s Reading Challenge.’

Read more about the restructure here.



Sandstone’s Norwegian detective bound for TV

‘Sandstone author Jorn Lier Horst has partnered with Norway’s Cinenord and Danish production company Good Company Films to bring the protagonist of his novels, chief inspector William Wisting, to TV.

A series based on the five novels by the Norwegian author (pictured) which Sandstone Press has published – Dregs, Closed for Winter, The Hunting Dogs, The Caveman and Ordeal – will begin recording in autumn 2017. The budget is estimated to be around 100m kronor (£8m).

The finished series will be in Norwegian with English subtitles, and will be sold internationally.

The Wisting series has been sold to 25 countries, and has sold over a million copies in Norway alone, according to the publisher.’

Read more about the production here.


HarperCollins signs three-book deal with MacBride

‘HarperCollins has signed a new three-book deal with Stuart MacBride.

Deputy publishing director Sarah Hodgson acquired world rights to three new titles from Philip Patterson at Marjacq Scripts.

The new deal comprises two titles in MacBride’s long-running Logan MacRae series, and one standalone novel.

Since publication of his début, Cold Granite (Harper) in 2005, the first in the Logan MacRae series, sales of MacBride’s novels have increased book on book, and he has now reached the number one spot in the Sunday Timeshardback bestseller chart with six consecutive titles, the published said. MacBride’s work has also been translated into 20 languages.’

Read more about the deal here.

Publishers partner with CrimeFest for mass book giveaway

‘Crime fiction convention CrimeFest has teamed up with publishers, including Headline, Head of Zeus and Orion, as well as authors and libraries, to give away 1,000 crime novels for free ahead of the crime fiction festival.

The organisers of the festival will donate books in Bristol, which has hosted the convention for eight years, on Saturday 14th May. Thirteen publishers have donated books from over 20 authors to this crime fiction giveaway being hosted at six libraries in Bristol – Bristol Central Library, Bedminster, Clifton, Junction 3, Wick Road and Southmead Library.

Bristol locals will be gifted advanced reader copies from authors including Megan Abbott and Stefan Ahnhem months before they hit the shops, as well as titles from début novelists Michelle Birkby and BBC screenwriter Simon Booker. In addition, Allison & Busby is providing several classic titles from celebrated crime fiction writer Alexander Wilson.

Customers will also be awarded a 25% discount to weekend passes at CrimeFest.’

Read more about CrimeFest here.


Bookshop to give Harry Potter ‘eighth story’ profits to schools

‘The Big Green Bookshop is to donate all profits from the sales of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (Little, Brown) to local schools to enable them to buy books for their libraries.

Co-owner Simon Key told The Bookseller that the initiative is inkeeping with the “whole point of Harry Potter” which has inspired a new generation of readers.

“It’s really important to give kids the chance to read a selection of books and for people to support our local schools”, Key said. “It’s also a chance for us to say ‘thank you’ to the schools who have supported us. We constantly put on events with schools and we have very good relationships with them.”

The move ties in with the bookshop’s school rewards scheme which sees 10% of book sales go to nominated schools.’

Read more about the deal here.

Final 62 James Patterson grant recipients revealed

‘Independent bookshops from St Ives to Ireland are among the 62 to receive the final round of grants from author James Patterson.

The bestselling writer first announced he would give bookshops grants in June 2014 and has now handed out more than £500,000 to 272 indies for new projects, renovations and storytelling corners to help boost reading.

Patterson wanted to donate the money because he is “committed to bringing attention to the important contributions of independent bookshops” and “especially concerned with inspiring children to become lifelong readers”.

Patterson asked indies to submit applications for the grants explaining what they would do with the money. Successful bookshops have received donations of between £250 to £5,000.’

Read more about the donations here.

Max Porter wins £30,000 Dylan Thomas Prize

Grief is the Thing with Feathers by Max Porter has won the 10th International Dylan Thomas Prize, in partnership with Swansea University.

Grief is the Thing with Feathers, published by Faber & Faber, is the debut book – part novella, part polyphonic fable, part essay on grief – by Porter, a senior editor at Granta and Portobello Books. The £30,000 prize was presented to Porter at a gala ceremony in Swansea University’s Great Hall on its new Bay Campus on Saturday (14th May).

Read more about the prize here.

Screen Shot 2016-05-15 at 23.03.28The Loney wins Book of the Year at British Book Industry Awards

Andrew Michael Hurley’s The Loney (John Murray) has won The British Book Industry Awards accolade of Book of the Year, beating off strong competition from 32 shortlisted titles including Fiction winner A Little Life, Children’s Book winner My Brother is a Superhero, and Non-Fiction winner Norwegian Wood.

Campaigner Shami Chakrabarti, a judge for the award, hailed Michael Hurley’s haunting, gothic début “a great British publishing story of a determined imprint promoting a great new writing talent”.

Read more about the prize here.

PA Yearbook heralds a return to growth

UK publishers celebrated a 1% rise in the invoiced value of their annual sales in 2015, to a total of £4.4bn, with a strong home market compensating for some tough areas in export.

The lift, recorded in the Publishers Association’s PA Statistics Yearbook 2015, comes in welcome contrast to 2014’s flat sales, and the drop (of 2%) suffered in the year before that. The £4.4bn total represents both physical and digital book sales, plus income from journals.

Figures for the home market were up a healthy 3% (combined physical and digital book sales), to £1.9bn; compensating for a 3% fall in exports (£1.4bn), with declines in North America (nearly 18%), Australasia (12.6%) and Europe (nearly 5%).

Physical book sales saw a marginal year on year rise overall (+0.4%), with an export decline of just over 3% offset by the strong UK market (+3.4%).

Read more from the yearbook here.



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