Edinburgh Book Festival
The celebrated festival has launched its 2017 programme ‘Brave New Worlds’
In an ambitious move, the Book Festival has responded to the 70th Anniversary of the Festival City by expanding onto George Street and staging showcase events in the Kings Theatre and St Mary’s Cathedral in the West End. Two new venues at the west end of George Street, the Bosco Theatre and The Greenhouse, offer new opportunities to look at the relationship the Festival has with the city. Events being held in these new venues include LitLong Reading the City, writing workshops, and live writing inspired by the Festival City from the Book Festival’s Poets in Residence as well as drop-in activities for all ages. This extension of Charlotte Square Gardens also includes a box office, pop-up bookshop and patio seating area.
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Grossman takes Man Booker International Prize
Grossman’s A Horse Walks into a Bar translated by Jessica Cohen has won the Man Booker International Prize. Chair of the Judges, Nick Barley said ‘David Grossman has attempted an ambitious high-wire act of a novel, and he’s pulled it off spectacularly’
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Shukla Emphasizes Diversity is not a ‘Trend’ at
Editor Nikesh Shukla highlighted that diversity should never be seen as a trend at this year’s Marketing and Publicity conference. Shukla highlighted that ‘My skin colour is NOT a way of making money,’ calling on publishers to ‘treat us [BAME authors] as human, not a marketing trend.’
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Lauren Child named
Lauren Child has been named as the new Children’s Laureate. Child is a multi-award winning and bestselling writer/artist. She is the creator of characters including Clarice Bean, Ruby Redfort and Charlie and Lola
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Hodder and Stoughton Marketing Team
win Team of the Year at the BMS Awards
Hodder & Stoughton have won the Marketing team of the year award through the Book Marketing Society. The judged praised ‘a consistently high standard of marketing campaigns from Hodder & Stoughton over the past 12 months – a particular achievement given such a strong year overall for book marketers.’