London Book Fair 2013

Special link: London Book Fair 2013

Thursday, November 29, 2012

London book and poetry events: 28 November-4 December

Book, poetry and spoken word events in London 28 November - 4 December, 2012

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

The Tony Lothian Prize 2012 winner

The winner of the £2,000 Tony Lothian Prize is Jane Willis for Marguerite, Byron and the Literary Factory

The HW Fisher Best First Biography Prize 2012 winner

The winner of this year's £5,000 HW Fisher Best First Biography Prize is Thomas Penn for Winter King, published by Penguin

2013 DSC Prize for South Asian Literature finalists

Finalists have been announced for the 2013 DSC Prize for South Asian Literature, which honors "an international author (or shared with their translator) who has written the best novel thematically linked to the South Asian region." The winner will be named January 25 at the DSC Jaipur Literature Festival:

The Wandering Falcon by Jamil Ahmad
The Good Muslim by Tahmima Anam
River of Smoke by Amitav Ghosh
Our Lady of Alice Bhatti by Mohammed Hanif
The Walls of Delhi by Uday Prakash, translated by Jason Grunebaum
Narcopolis by Jeet Thayil

Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards 2012 winners

The winners of the Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards 2012 have been announced

2012 Canadian Children's Literature Awards winner

The 2012 Canadian Children's Literature Awards winner is Tribly Kent for Stones for My Father (Tundra Books)

2012 Royal Society Winton Prize for Science Books winner

James Gleick's The Information is the winner of the 2012 Royal Society Winton Prize for Science Books. Published by Fourth Estate, it tells the story of information and how humanity uses, transmits and stores it

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Dickens: A Writers’ Contemporary (UK)

Dickens: A Writers’ Contemporary (UK)Dickens: A Writers' Contemporary - 4 December 2012 - Liverpool, UK

Celebrate the season of Dickens and the last month of his bicentenary year at this event presented by the Writers' Guild of Great Britain in association with The Reader Organisation, which will consider exactly how influential his work is to contemporary writers. A guest panel of leading and emerging writers ranging from novelists to screenwriters working in theatre, film, television and radio will be discussing the relevance of Dickens to their own work, as well as thinking about why his writing remains so relevant and appealing to today's readers. Chaired by The Reader Organisation's Criminal Justice Projects Manager Amanda Brown, the panel includes award-winning author and patron of The Reader Organisation Frank Cottrell Boyce, playwright David Edgar, scriptwriters Gwyneth Hughes and Ayeesha Menon and local novelist Deborah Morgan

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Tolkien estate files copyright infringement suit against Warner Bros

Mere weeks before the release of the first film in the long-anticipated big-screen adaptation of The Hobbit, the estate of author J.R.R. Tolkien has sued the film's producers, claiming they are overstepping their rights when it comes to merchandising the property and The Lord of the Rings

Robert Macfarlane to chair the 2013 Man Booker Prize for Fiction

Robert Macfarlane is named as chair of the judges for the 2013 Man Booker Prize for Fiction

Cambridge University Press notches 10th successive year of growth

Cambridge University Press has achieved a 10th successive year of growth, despite challenging market conditions. The Press's total sales for the year were £245 million, which is an increase of 3.8 per cent on last year, with an operating surplus of £3.4 million

Chinese publishing sector gets financial boost

China's Bank of Communications will pump 50 billion yuan ($8 billion) into the country's publishing industry, according to a cooperative agreement signed on Tuesday

Book publisher earnings roundup: Hachette, Random House

Hachette and Random House's parent companies Lagardère and Bertelsmann reported earnings Tuesday

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

London book and poetry events: 21-27 November

Book, poetry and spoken word events in London 21-27 November, 2012

Costa Book Awards 2012 shortlists

Costa has announced the shortlists for the 2012 Costa Book Awards. The Costa Book Awards recognise the most enjoyable books in five categories - First Novel, Novel, Biography, Poetry and Children's Book - published in the last year by writers based in the UK and Ireland. This year's Costa Book Awards attracted 550 entries

2012 New Mexico & Arizona Book Awards winners

The winners of the 2012 New Mexico & Arizona Book Awards have been announced

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Saturday, November 17, 2012

The Specsavers National Book Awards (UK)

Dubbed the 'Oscars of the publishing industry,' The Specsavers National Book Awards showcases the best of British writing & publishing, whilst celebrating books with wide popular appeal, critical acclaim and commercial success. For the second year, the Awards event will be a star-studded party hosted at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel, London. This year's ceremony will be held on the evening of 4th December 2012. It will be an invite-only event for shortlisted authors and publishers

Michael Cart talks about the 2012 Nobel Prize for Literature

In his latest podcast, Michael Cart talks about the winner of the 2012 Nobel Prize for Literature, Chinese author Mo Yan. He also discusses the 2012 National Book Award nominees and takes a look at what's happening with Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling

Friday, November 16, 2012

2013 BC National Award for Canadian Non-Fiction longlist

The jury for the BC National Award for Canadian Non-Fiction, one of Canada's largest literary non-fiction prizes, has released its longlist of finalists for 2013. One hundred and forty-three books were nominated for the $40,000 prize by 45 publishers from across the country. From that entry, the prize jury has selected the following longlist of ten books

A Geography of Blood: Unearthing Memory from a Prairie Landscape Candace Savage
A Season in Hell: My 130 Days in the Sahara with Al Qaeda Robert Fowler
A Thousand Farewells: A Reporter's Journey from Refugee Camp to the Arab Spring Nahlah Ayed
here we are among the living: a memoir in emails Samantha Bernstein
Pinboy: A Memoir George Bowering
Solar Dance: Genius, Forgery, and the Crisis of Truth in the Modern Age Modris Eksteins
Straphanger: Saving Our Cities and Ourselves from the Automobile Taras Grescoe
Sword of the Spirit, Shield of Faith: Religion in American War and Diplomacy Andrew Preston
The Last Viking: The Life of Roald Amundsen Stephen R. Bown
Walls: Travels Along the Barricades Marcello Di Cintio

The Canada Council for the Arts announces the 2012 Governor General’s Literary Award winners

The Canada Council for the Arts announced the 2012 Governor General's Literary Award winners on November 13, 2012

Thursday, November 15, 2012

2012 National Outdoor Book Awards winners

The winners of the 2012 National Outdoor Book Awards, sponsored by the National Outdoor Book Awards Foundation, Idaho State University and the Association of Outdoor Recreation and Education:

Outdoor Literature winners:
Almost Somewhere: Twenty-Eight Days on the John Muir Trail by Suzanne Roberts (University of Nebraska Press)
The Ledge: An Adventure Story of Friendship and Survival on Mount Rainier by Jim Davidson and Kevin Vaughan (Ballantine)

Outdoor Literature honorable mention: Before They're Gone: A Family's Year-Long Quest to Explore America's Most Endangered National Parks by Michael Lanza (Beacon Press)

Natural History Literature winner: The Forest Unseen: A Year's Watch in Nature by David George Haskell (Viking)

History/Biography winners:
Buried in the Sky: The Extraordinary Story of the Sherpa Climbers on K2's Deadliest Day by Peter Zuckerman and Amanda Padoan (Norton)
Anything Worth Doing: A True Story of Friendship and Tragedy on the Last of the West's Great Rivers by Jo Deurbrouck (Sundog Book Publishing)

Design and Artistic Merit winner: Beneath the Cold Seas: The Underwater Wilderness of the Pacific Northwest by David Hall (University of Washington Press)

Children's winner: For the Birds: The Life of Roger Tory Peterson by Peggy Thomas, illustrated by Laura Jacques (Calkins Creek).

Nature and the Environment winner: The Melting Edge: Alaska at the Frontier of Climate Change by Michael Collier (Alaska Geographic Association)

Nature and the Environment honorable mentions:

Spring Wildflowers of the Northeast: A Natural History by Carol Gracie (Princeton University Press)
Polar Bears: A Complete Guide to Their Biology and Behavior by Andrew E. Derocher. photographs by Wayne Lynch (John Hopkins University Press)

Instructional/How-to winners:

AMC Guide to Outdoor Digital Photography: Creating Great Nature and Adventure Photos by Jerry Monkman (Appalachian Mountain Club)
Backpacker Magazine's Complete Guide to Outdoor Gear Maintenance and Repair: Step by Step Techniques to Maximize Performance and Save Money by Kristin Hostetter (Falcon Guides)

Outdoor Adventure Guidebooks winner: Grand Canyoneering: Exploring the Rugged Gorges and Secret Slots of the Grand Canyon by Todd Martin (Todd's Desert Hiking Guide)

Nature Guidebooks winner: A Field Guide to the Southeast Coast & Gulf of Mexico by Noble S. Proctor and Patrick J. Lynch (Yale University Press)

Twitter Fiction Festival

Twitter Blog: "Twitter is a place to tell stories. Often those stories are about news, or politics, or perhaps sports or music, but it turns out Twitter is a great place for telling fictional stories, too. As one professor from Michigan State University says, "Tweeting can be thought of as a new literary practice." We want to celebrate that. At the end of November, we'll host a five-day Twitter Fiction Festival - a virtual storytelling celebration held entirely on Twitter. The Twitter Fiction Festival (#twitterfiction) will feature creative experiments in storytelling from authors around the world"

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Pan Zador interview

Hard-headed and cynical writer of literary fiction, Frances Kay, interviews that elusive goddess of theatre, Pan Zador

Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association 2013 Book Awards shortlist

The shortlist for the Pacific Northwest Independent Booksellers Association's 2013 Book Awards, all written by Pacific Northwest authors, is:

Blasphemy by Sherman Alexie (Grove Press)
The Art of Urban Sketching by Gabriel Campanario (Quarry Books)
The Orchardist by Amanda Coplin (Harper)
Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher by Timothy Egan (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving by Jonathan Evison (Algonquin)
Plume by Kathleen Flenniken (University of Washington Press)
The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey (Reagan Arthur Books)
On the Spectrum of Possible Deaths by Lucia Perillo (Copper Canyon Press)
Where'd You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple (Little, Brown)
Glaciers by Alexis M. Smith (Tin House Books)
Wild by Cheryl Strayed (Knopf)
Alif the Unseen by G. Willow Wilson (Grove Press)

University of Wales Dylan Thomas Prize 2012 winner

Maggie Shipstead has won the £30,000 University of Wales Dylan Thomas Prize. The 28 year old Californian author won the prize for her debut novel Seating Arrangements

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

2012 Hilary Weston Writers' Trust Prize for Nonfiction winner (Canada)

Candace Savage - A Geography of Blood: Unearthing Memory from a Prairie Landscape, has won the 2012 Hilary Weston Writers' Trust Prize for Nonfiction

News about Candace Savage Best Books of the Year: 2012 Editors' Picks Best Books of the Year: 2012 Editors' Picks:

1. The Round House by Louise Erdrich
2. The Yellow Birds: A Novel by Kevin Powers
3. Gone Girl: A Novel by Gillian Flynn
4. The End of Your Life Book Club by Will Schwalbe
5. Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk: A Novel by Ben Fountain
6. Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity by Katherine Boo
7. A Hologram for the King by Dave Eggers
8. The Middlesteins: A Novel by Jami Attenberg
9. Mortality by Christopher Hitchens
10. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

International Impac Dublin Literary Award longlist

A 154-book longlist has been announced for the €100,000 International Impac Dublin Literary Award, which is organized by Dublin City Public Libraries to honor a single work of fiction published in English. The books, nominated by libraries in 120 cities, 44 countries and in 19 languages, include 43 American, 22 British and 12 Canadian novels, as well as 42 books translated into English. The shortlist for the Impac award will be released April 9, 2013, with the winner named June 6

Piracy forces Zimbabwean publisher to reconsider strategy

An overwhelming book piracy culture in Zimbabwe is forcing publisher Edmund Masundire to reconsider releasing new titles under a series of well-received children's books. As the AFP reports, publishers and writers in the African nation are struggling as cash-strapped consumers turn to photocopied publications and textbooks sold at half the price by street vendors - London Book Fair

2012 Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-Fiction winner

National Geographic Society Explorer-in-Residence Wade Davis was named winner of the £20,000 Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-Fiction for his book Into the Silence: The Great War, Mallory and the Conquest of Everest, published by The Bodley Head

Monday, November 12, 2012

Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize winner

Tamas Dobozy won the $25,000 Rogers Writers' Trust of Canada Fiction Prize, which "recognizes Canadian writers of exceptional talent for the year's best novel or short-story collection," for his Siege 13

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Calibre 0.9.6 free e-book manager and reader

Calibre is an open source e-book library management application that enables you to manage your e-book collection, convert e-books between different formats, synchronize with popular e-book reader devices, and read your e-books with the include viewer. You can sort you books by author, title, date and other details, download meta information and book covers, add personal tags and comments, and view your image in a cover flow display

Houghton acquires Webster's New World Dictionary, CliffsNotes, and big name cookbooks from Wiley

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt said that it had acquired the culinary portfolio of John Wiley & Sons, as well as its reference books, including the classic Webster’'s New World Dictionary and CliffsNotes. The cost of the transaction was not disclosed. Wiley's cooking portfolio includes the all-American Betty Crocker cookbook series and Mark Bittman's "How to Cook Everything" franchise, which produces apps for other high-profile cookbook authors like Rose Levy Beranbaum, Marcus Samuelsson and Ellie Krieger

Second World War: The Secret Listeners by Sinclair McKay: review

Brian McArthur enjoys an account of the people who listened to German Morse code in the war, The Secret Listeners by Sinclair McKay

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Better World Books has over 300,000 e-book titles

Better World Books has over 300,000 e-book titles available now for purchase and download on its website

Jérôme Ferrari wins France's Prix Goncourt

A novel that's been described as a poetic Corsican epic has won France's top literary prize, the Prix Goncourt. French writer and teacher Jérôme Ferrari was named winner of the venerable literary honour on Wednesday for his book Le Sermon sur la Chute de Rome (The Sermon on the Fall of Rome)

Book Review: Shakespeare's Local by Pete Brown

There's a good chance that you've been to the George Inn, on Borough High Street. It's one of those pubs that people tend to visit even if they don't realise that it's London's last remaining galleried coaching inn, it's got so much of that indefinable thing - character. So if you've ever sat in the bar nearest the street on a cold and wet night and complained for the umpteenth time about why you have to go outside to get a sodding beer, this book is for you

Friday, November 9, 2012

Wellcome Trust Book Prize 2012 winner

Thomas Wright has been announced as the winner of the £25,000 Wellcome Trust Book Prize for 'Circulation', his biography of William Harvey

Roald Dahl Funny Prize 2012 winners

The winners of the 2012 Roald Dahl Funny Prize are My Big Shouting Day by Rebecca Patterson (six-and-under category) and Dark Lord: Teenage Years by Jamie Thomson (seven-to-fourteen category)

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Guardian First Book award 2012 shortlist (UK)

The shortlist for the Guardian First Book award 2012 has been announced

The Penny Readings 2012 (UK)

Taking place on 9 December in the magnificent surroundings of the Small Concert Room, St. George's Hall, the all-singing, all-dancing festive bash returns for a ninth year, welcoming Liverpool born actor Cathy Tyson, award-winning local author Frank Cottrell Boyce and the author of Captain Corelli's Mandolin Louis De Bernieres as this year's special star readers. The Penny Readings have become a staple of the festive season in Liverpool, with a spectacular show of reading, music and entertainment, all for the price of a penny. This follows in the footsteps of Charles Dickens - a man who knew a lot about festivity - who toured across the North West giving public readings for the same price back in the 1840s, filling the venues he visited

Registration for the 2013 Stan Lee Excelsior Award is now open (UK)

The Stan Lee Excelsior Award is the only nationwide book award for graphic novels and manga - where kids aged 11-16 choose the winner by rating each book as they read it

Widen your literary horizons (UK)

Now covering more writers than ever before, the latest edition of Who else writes like...?, a guide designed to help lovers of fiction discover new authors, has been published by LISU at Loughborough University. Under a new editor, Ian Baillie, the seventh edition of this established reference book and reading promotion tool points readers in the direction of writers they might like to try

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

CILIP Carnegie & Kate Greenaway longlists

The Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals has released longlists for the 2013 Carnegie Medal (author of a book for children and young people) and the Kate Greenaway Medal (illustrator of a book for children and young people). The shortlist will be announced March 19 and winners named June 19 in London:

The CILIP Carnegie Medal longlist in full:

Goldilocks on CCTV by John Agard (Frances Lincoln Children's Books)
The True Tale of the Monster Billy Dean by David Almond (Puffin Books)
Soldier Dog by Sam Angus (Macmillan Children's Books)
The No. 1 Car Spotter and the Firebird by Atinuke (Walker Books)
The Traitors by Tom Becker (Scholastic)
The Terrible Thing That Happened to Barnaby Brocket by John Boyne (Doubleday Children's Books)
Jasmine Skies by Sita Brahmachari (Macmillan Children's Books)
Spy For The Queen of Scots by Theresa Breslin (Doubleday Children's Books)
Naked by Kevin Brooks (Puffin Books)
Kill All Enemies by Melvin Burgess (Puffin Books)
Dead Time by Anne Cassidy (Bloomsbury)
VIII by H.M. Castor (Templar Publishing)
Dying To Know You by Aidan Chambers (Bodley Head)
The Broken Road by B.R. Collins (Bloomsbury)
The Unforgotten Coat by Frank Cottrell Boyce (Walker Books)
15 Days Without a Head by Dave Cousins (Oxford University Press)
After the Snow by S.D. Crockett (Macmillan Children's Books)
The Weight of Water by Sarah Crossan (Bloomsbury)
Scramasax by Kevin Crossley-Holland (Quercus Publishing)
Mortal Chaos by Matt Dickinson (Oxford University Press)
Sektion 20 by Paul Dowswell (Bloomsbury)
A Greyhound of a Girl by Roddy Doyle (Marion Lloyd Books)
Saving Daisy by Phil Earle (Puffin Books)
Buzzing! by Anneliese Emmans Dean (Brambleby Books)
The Things We Did For Love by Natasha Farrant (Faber and Faber)
Trouble in Toadpool by Anne Fine (Doubleday Children's Books)
Call Down Thunder by Daniel Finn (Macmillan Children's Books)
Far Rockaway by Charlie Fletcher (Hodder Children's Books)
The Double Shadow by Sally Gardner (Indigo)
Maggot Moon by Sally Gardner (Hot Key Books)
After by Morris Gleitzman (Puffin Books)
To Be A Cat by Matt Haig (Bodley Head)
A Face Like Glass by Frances Hardinge (Macmillan Children's Books)
Unrest by Michelle Harrison (Simon & Schuster Children's Books)
Seraphina by Rachel Hartman (Doubleday Children's Books)
The Seeing by Diana Hendry (Bodley Head)
Daylight Saving by Edward Hogan (Walker Books)
Hero on a Bicycle by Shirley Hughes (Walker Books)
The Abominables by Eva Ibbotson (Marion Lloyd Books)
The Girl in the Mask by Marie-Louise Jensen (Oxford University Press)
The Prince Who Walked With Lions by Elizabeth Laird (Macmillan Children's Books)
In Darkness by Nick Lake (Bloomsbury)
The Brides of Rollrock Island by Margo Lanagan (David Fickling Books)
Skulduggery Pleasant: Death Bringer by Derek Landy (HarperCollins Children's Books)
Itch by Simon Mayo    (Corgi Children's Books)
At Yellow Lake by Jane McLoughlin (Frances Lincoln Children's Books)
The Apothecary by Maile Meloy (Andersen Press)
The Treasure House by Linda Newbery (Orion Children's Books)
All Fall Down by Sally Nicholls (Marion Lloyd Books)
This Dark Endeavour by Kenneth Oppel (Random House David Fickling Books)
Hitler's Angel by William Osborne (Chicken House)
Wonder by R.J. Palacio (Bodley Head)
Gods and Warriors by Michelle Paver (Puffin Books)
Burn Mark by Laura Powell (Bloomsbury)
Black Arts: The Books of Pandemonium by Andrew Prentice and Jonathan Weil (David Fickling Books)
Mister Creecher by Chris Priestley (Bloomsbury)
This is Not Forgiveness by Celia Rees (Bloomsbury)
Goblins by Philip Reeve (Marion Lloyd Books)
Black Heart Blue by Louisa Reid (Puffin Books)
Pendragon Legacy: Sword of Light by Katherine Roberts (Templar Publishing)
Midwinterblood by Marcus Sedgwick (Indigo)
A Boy and a Bear in a Boat by Dave Shelton (David Fickling Books)
The Sleeping Army by Francesca Simon (Profile Books)
The Flask by Nicky Singer (HarperCollins Children's Books)
The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater (Scholastic)
A Skull in Shadows Lane by Robert Swindells (Corgi Children's Books)
A Waste of Good Paper by Sean Taylor (Frances Lincoln Children's Books)
Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein (Electric Monkey)

The CILIP Kate Greenaway Longlist in full:

The Big Snuggle-Up by Nicola Bayley (illustrator) and Brian Patten (Andersen Press)
North: The Greatest Animal Journey on Earth by Patrick Benson (illustrator) and Nick Dowson (Walker Books)
How Do You Feel? by Anthony Browne (Walker Books)
The Artist Who Painted a Blue Horse by Eric Carle (Puffin Books)
Have You Ever Ever Ever? by Emma Chichester Clark (illustrator) and Colin McNaughton (Walker Books)
The Pied Piper of Hamelin by Emma Chichester Clark (illustrator) and Michael Morpurgo (Walker Books)
Lunchtime by Rebecca Cobb (Macmillan Children's Books)
The Goggle-Eyed Goats by Christopher Corr (illustrator) and Stephen Davies (Andersen Press)
Croc and Bird by Alexis Deacon (Hutchinson)
Soonchild by Alexis Deacon (illustrator) and Russell Hoban (Walker Books)
The Pirates Next Door by Jonny Duddle (Templar Publishing)
Arthur's Dream Boat by Polly Dunbar (Walker Books)
Rabbityness by Jo Empson (Child's Play International)
Friends by Michael Foreman (Andersen Press)
Wild Child by Lorna Freytag (illustrator) and Jeanne Willis (Walker Books)
Azzi in Between by Sarah Garland (Frances Lincoln Children's Books)
Robin Hood by Anne Yvonne Gilbert (illustrator) and Nicky Raven (Templar Publishing)
A Bus Called Heaven by Bob Graham (Walker Books)
Again! by Emily Gravett (Macmillan Children's Books)
Matilda's Cat by Emily Gravett (Macmillan Children's Books)
Toys in Space by Mini Grey (Jonathan Cape)
Oh No, George! by Chris Haughton (Walker Books)
A First Book of Nature by Mark Hearld (illustrator) and Nicola Davies (Walker Books)
The Great Snortle Hunt by Kate Hindley (illustrator) and Claire Freedman (Simon & Schuster)
Goldilocks and Just the One Bear by Leigh Hodgkinson (Nosy Crow)
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Jonathan & Martha by Petr Horáček (Phaidon)
The Hueys in The New Jumper by Oliver Jeffers (HarperCollins Children's Books)
Stuck by Oliver Jeffers (HarperCollins Children's Books)
This Moose Belongs to Me by Oliver Jeffers (HarperCollins Children's Books)
The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore by W.E. Joyce (co-illustrator and writer) and Joe Bluhm (illustrator) (Simon & Schuster Children's Books)
Goldilocks on CCTV by Satoshi Kitamura (illustrator) and John Agard (Frances Lincoln Children's Books)
I Want my Hat Back by Jon Klassen (Walker Books)
An Illustrated Treasury of Scottish Folk and Fairy Tales by Kate Leiper (illustrator) and Theresa Breslin (Floris Books)
Demolition by Brian Lovelock (illustrator) and Sally Sutton (Walker Books)
The Skeleton Pirate by David Lucas (Walker Books)
The Frank Show by David Mackintosh (HarperCollins Children's Books)
The Cat and the Fiddle: A Treasury of Nursery Rhymes by Jackie Morris (Frances Lincoln Children's Books)
Pirates ‘n' Pistols by Chris Mould (Hodder Children's Books)
The Worst Princess by Sara Ogilvie (illustrator) and Anna Kemp (Simon & Schuster Children's Books)
King Jack and the Dragon by Helen Oxenbury (illustrator) and Peter Bently (Puffin Books)
My Big Shouting Day by Rebecca Patterson (Jonathan Cape)
Black Dog by Levi Pinfold (Templar Publishing)
Where is Fred? by Ali Pye (illustrator) and Edward Hardy (Egmont Books)
The Twelve Days of Christmas by Jane Ray (Orchard Books)
The Yoga Ogre by Simon Rickerty (illustrator) and Peter Bently (Simon & Schuster Children's Books)
One Cool Cat by David Roberts (illustrator) and Susannah Corbett (Egmont Children's Books)
Who Am I? by Tony Ross (illustrator) and Gervase Phinn (Andersen Press)
Fly, Chick, Fly! by Tony Ross (illustrator) and Jeanne Willis (Andersen Press)
Just Ducks! by Salvatore Rubbino (illustrator) and Nicola Davies (Walker Books)
Just Imagine by Nick Sharratt (illustrator) and Pippa Goodhart (Doubleday Children's Books)
A Boy and a Bear in a Boat by Dave Shelton (David Fickling Books)
ABC London by Kate Slater (illustrator) and James Dunn (Frances Lincoln Children's Books)
Claude at the Circus by Alex T. Smith (Hodder Children's Books)
Ella by Alex T. Smith (Scholastic)
Red Car, Red Bus by Susan Steggall (Frances Lincoln Children's Books)
How to Hide a Lion by Helen Stephens (Alison Green Books)
Jack and the Baked Beanstalk by Colin Stimpson (Templar Publishing)
Naughty Kitty by Adam Stower (Templar Publishing)
The Town Mouse and The Country Mouse by Helen Ward (Templar Publishing)
Leave Me Alone by Lee Wildish (illustrator) and Kes Gray (Hodder Children's Books)
The Duckling Gets a Cookie!? by Mo Willems (Walker Books)
Eric! by Christopher Wormell (Jonathan Cape)
Dog Loves Drawing by Louise Yates (Jonathan Cape)
Hans and Matilda by Yokococo (Templar Publishing)

Publishers Association calls for detailed research in e-lending review (UK)

In its response to the Sieghart Review of e-lending, The PA welcomes the Review as bringing renewed focus to the on-going discussions between publishers and librarians. It notes that publishers recognise the immense value of libraries and The PA's member companies are keen to identify a range of sustainable solutions to support e-lending. The PA calls for further evidence on the demand for e-lending and its impact on the sustainability of the marketplace, for publishers, authors and booksellers. The PA notes the likely development of a mixed economy of e-lending services, with purely commercial services operating alongside public library services. The widespread experimentation with a range of models attests to the keenness of publishers to work with libraries and others in the supply chain to arrive at a sustainable model

31st International Istanbul Book Fair

Organized by TÜYAP Fair and Exhibition Organization, Inc. in association with the Publishers Association of Turkey, the 31st International Istanbul Book Fair will be held between November 17 and 25, 2012, at the TÜYAP Fair and Convention Center, Büyükçekmece

PA Bulletin 5 November 2012

PA Bulletin 5 November 2012, from The Publishers Association, UK, is now available online #publisher #publishing

Independent Booksellers' Book Prize 2012 winner

Members of the public have voted Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal? by Jeanette Winterson (Vintage) as the winner of the Independent Booksellers' Book Prize 2012. The children's winner meanwhile was One Dog and His Boy (Marion Lloyd Books) by the late Eva Ibbotson

2012 World Fantasy Award Winners & Nominees

The World Fantasy Awards winners have been announced:

Life Achievement: Alan Garner and George R.R. Martin
Novel: Osama by Lavie Tidhar (PS Publishing)
Novella: "A Small Price to Pay for Birdsong" by K.J. Parker (Subterranean, Winter 2011)
Short Story: "The Paper Menagerie" by Ken Liu (F&SF, 3-4/11)
Anthology: The Weird edited by Ann and Jeff VanderMeer (Tor)
Collection: The Bible Repairman and Other Stories by Tim Powers (Tachyon and Subterranean Press)
Artist: John Coulthart
Special Award, Professional: Eric Lane, for publishing in translation, Dedalus books
Special Award, Non-professional: Raymond Russell and Rosalie Parker, for Tartarus Press

Four literary London maps

These four maps of literary London were drawn by Martin Rowson for the rather wonderful 1999 London issue of Granta magazine

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Librarian Gerri Judkins wins 2012 Storylines Betty Gilderdale Award

Hamilton children's literature specialist and Southwell School librarian Gerri Judkins is the winner of the 2012 Storylines Betty Gilderdale Award for a distinguished contribution to children's literature in New Zealand. Her activities to promote books for children over twenty years have included a key role in organising the 2011 World Final of the Kids Lit Quiz held in Hamilton and coaching local teams for the popular annual quiz

Monday, November 5, 2012

Palgrave Pivot launches

Publishing across the Humanities, the Social Sciences and Business, Palgrave Pivot introduces an innovative new format for scholarly research. Liberating scholarship from the straitjacket of traditional formats and business models, Palgrave Pivot offers authors the flexibility of publishing at lengths between the journal article and the conventional monograph. Palgrave Pivot emphasizes speed of delivery as well as innovation. Titles are published within 12 weeks of acceptance with a complete peer-review process. Palgrave Pivot publications are available as digital collections for libraries, including via Palgrave Connect, individual ebooks for personal use, and as digitally-produced print editions

2012 The London Storytelling Festival (UK)

2012 The London Storytelling Festival - 9-18 November, 2012 - London, UK

Sunday, November 4, 2012

RISE (Reading in Secure Environments) (UK)

RISE is funded by Arts Council England and will bring high-quality, challenging contemporary writers to readers in secure criminal justice and mental health care settings in partnership with an exciting range of literature festivals around the UK. RISE begins with the Durham Book Festival and Manchester Literature Festival in October 2012

2012 Folkestone Book Festival (UK)

The 2012 Folkestone Book Festival (UK) takes place November 2-10, 2012 in Folkestone, Kent, UK

Writeidea Reading Festival 2012 (UK)

The Writeidea Reading Festival 2012 is the fourth edition of East London's unique, free reading festival. Writeidea is going from strength to strength, continuing to attract excellent authors and ever growing audiences - this year we start in style with Jonathan Coe, one of the most loved contemporary British authors, and end with Wilko Johnson, the legendary Dr Feelgood guitarist. In between, we have great events covering fiction, history, politics, poetry, identity and much more. We also continue to offer an opportunity for authors with a local connection to the East End to share the stage with best-selling names such as Owen Jones and Patrick Gale. For the first time, we also bring a live theatre performance to Writeidea Festival: 'One Georgie Orwell'. An original production that premiered at Greenwich Theatre earlier this year, combines Orwell's own words with original music, performed by a group of talented actors and musicians

FiveBooks Interviews: Jessica Pressman on Electronic Literature

The literature and reading scholar tells us about the profound effect that the rise of electronic literature has had on authors, the publishing industry and the nature of the book. Jessica Pressman is a Professor at Yale University

Friday, November 2, 2012

2013 eBook Award finalists

Winners of the 2013 eBook Award will be announced at EPICon-2013 in Vancouver, Washington, in March 2013

2012 William Hill Sports Book of the Year shortlist (UK)

Finalists for the 2012 William Hill Sports Book of the Year have been named. The winner, which will be announced November 26 in London at Waterstones Piccadilly bookstore, receives a £24,000 (US$38,710) cash prize, as well as a £2,000 William Hill bet, a specially-commissioned hand-bound copy of their book and a day at the races. This year's shortlisted titles are:

That Near-Death Thing: Inside the TT--the World's Most Dangerous Race by Rick Broadbent
Running with the Kenyans: Discovering The Secrets of the Fastest People on Earth by Adharanand Finn
The Secret Race: Inside the Hidden World of the Tour de France--Doping, Cover-ups, and Winning at All Costs by Tyler Hamilton and Daniel Coyle
Be Careful What You Wish For by Simon Jordan
Fibber in the Heat by Miles Jupp
A Life Without Limits: A World Champion's Journey by Chrissie Wellington, with Michael Aylwin
Shot and a Ghost: A Year in the Brutal World of Professional Squash by James Willstrop with Rod Gilmour

Financial Times and Goldman Sachs Business Book of the Year Award (UK)

Steve Coll has won the Financial Times and Goldman Sachs Business Book of the Year Award for Private Empire: ExxonMobil and American Power, which the judges called "a hard-hitting investigation of the notoriously secretive ExxonMobil Corporation, beginning with the Exxon Valdez accident in 1989 and closing with the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010." The prize carries an award of £30,000 (about $48,600). The runners up, each of whom receives £10,000 ($16,200), are:

Why Nations Fail: The Origins of Power, Prosperity and Poverty by Daron Acemoglu and James Robinson (Crown Business)
The Hour Between Dog and Wolf: Risk-taking, Gut Feelings and the Biology of Boom and Bust by John Coates (Penguin Press)
Steve Jobs: The Exclusive Biography by Walter Isaacson (Simon & Schuster)
What Money Can't Buy: The Moral Limits of Markets by Michael J. Sandel (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)
Volcker: The Triumph of Persistence by William L. Silber (Bloomsbury Press)

The IPG Conference 2013 (UK)

The Independent Publishers Guild has announced the dates and venue for its 51st Annual Conference in early 2013. The Conference will run from 6-8 March at the Heythrop Park hotel and conference venue near Chipping Norton in Oxfordshire, UK

Thursday, November 1, 2012

FutureBook Innovation Awards shortlist

The shortlist for the FutureBook Innovation Awards has been announced:

Adult App

Random House (Cornerstone Digital) / PopLeaf - A Clockwork Orange for iPad

Profile Books / Sheiland / Inkle - Frankenstein app by Dave Morris

Faber and Faber / Touch Press - The Sonnets by William Shakespeare

Naomi Alderman / Six to Start - Zombies, Run!

HarperCollins - Wonders of the Universe

Best children's apps

Mindshapes - Magic Town

Khoya - Khoya

Barefoot Books / Touch Press - Barefoot World Atlas

Penguin - Ladybird: I'm Ready for Phonics

Nosy Crow - Rounds: Franklin Frog

StoryToys - Farm123

DK/Cogapp - Dr Frankenstein's Body Lab

Reference Book Apps

HarperCollins - Atlas by Collins

The History Press - Titanic: Her Journey

CUP - Romeo and Juliet: Explore Shakespeare and Macbeth: Explore Shakespeare

Royal Collection / Touch Press - Leonardo Da Vinci: Anatomy

Natural History Museum / Authored Apps - NHM Evolution

Heuristic Media - London: A City through time

Best technology innovation

Kobo App

Thomson Reuters ProView

Firsty Group


Harlequin – ebook subs system


Best integrated digital marketing campaign

Macmillan Children's Books - Tony Robinson's Weird world of Wonders

Macmillan Children's Books - Dear Zoo 30th anniversary

Macmillan Children's Books - Dreamless by Josephine Angelini

Penguin Books - Penguin English Library

Random House - A Possible Life, Sebastian Faulks

OUP - The Everybody Up Global Sing-along

The History Press - Titanic Campaign

Hachette Children's - Metawars

Best Website

Bloomsbury - Churchill Archive

Constable & Robinson - Honest John

OUP - Oxford Owl

HarperCollins - Collins Dictionary

Random House - World of Stories

Biteback Publshing - BiteBackPublishing & Politicos

Sourcebooks - CollegeCountdown

Best startup





The awards will be announced at the FutureBook conference on 3rd December

Waterstones Book of the Year shortlist

Finalists for the inaugural Waterstones Book of the Year award have been named. The winning title will be chosen by a Waterstones panel headed by James Daunt, the company's managing director, and will be announced at the Waterstones King's Road bookshop in Chelsea November 29. The shortlisted titles are:

HHhH by Laurent Binet
Patrick Leigh Fermor by Artemis Cooper
On the Map by Simon Garfield
The Old Ways by Robert Macfarlane
Bring Up the Bodies by Hilary Mantel
Polpo: A Venetian Cookbook (of Sorts) by Russell Norman

2012 Wellcome Trust Book Prize shortlist (UK)

The 2012 Wellcome Trust Book Prize shortlist has been announced:

Mohammed Hanif - 'Our Lady of Alice Bhatti' (Jonathan Cape)
Peter James - 'Perfect People' (Macmillan)
Rose Tremain - 'Merivel: A man of his time' (Chatto & Windus)

John Coates - 'The Hour Between Dog and Wolf' (Fourth Estate)
Nick Coleman - 'The Train in the Night' (Jonathan Cape)
Thomas Wright - 'Circulation' (Chatto & Windus)

Ambit 210 launched today

David Gaffney, Jehane Markham and Gina Wisker all read to launch Ambit 210 at the Owl Bookshop in Kentish Town, London, UK

Ali Smith launches her new book today

Ali Smith launches her new book, Artful, at Keats House, London, UK

London book and poetry events: 31 October-6 November

Book, poetry and spoken word events in London 31 October - 6 November, 2012