Publishing Round-up: 28th June

Philip Pullman Auction Raises Thousandsunnamed3

for Grenfell Tower Appeal

A young victim of the Grenfell Tower fire is almost certain to be commemorated in the name of a character in Philip Pullman’s The Book of Dust trilogy as part of a fundraising effort.

Former teacher James Clements had initially bid £1,500 to have a character in the second book named after Nur Huda, a victim of the disaster. Since then, bidding has surpassed £25,000, with contributors rallying around James’ bid to commerate Nur Huda.

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Emma Watson has ‘hidden’ 100 copies handmaids 192x181

of The Handmaid’s Tale in Paris

Watson announced on twitter that copies of the Margaret Atwood classic had been hidden throughout Paris, as part of a partnership with The Book Fairies. Watson tweeted: ‘I’m hiding copies of The Handmaid’s Tale in Paris! Je cache des copies de La Servante Ecarlate dans tout Paris! #OSSParis @the_bookfairies.’

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Northern indies given ACE boost while BookTrust receives £23m windfall

Northern Indies to Benefit from Arts Council England

funding Boost

Several independent publishers in the North of England will benefit from a boost in funding from Arts Council England over the next four years after the organisation announced a “significant increase” to investment outside London, reports The Bookseller.

The number of literature organisations to be funded over the next four years by ACE has increased from 46 to 49 and funding for the sector has shot up 11.7% to £7.6m. In addition seven libraries will receive funding for the first time, sharing £1.56m until at least 2019. Northern independent publishers including Comma Press, Peepal Tree and And Other Stories have seen an increase in funding.

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Alex Nunn’s The Candidate Wins alex nunn 192x181

Bread and Roses Award for Radical Publishing

The judges called it a “cogent, optimistic, well-written and thoroughly researched” book, The Candidate, published by Or Books was awarded the £500 prize at this year’s London Radical Bookfair.

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