London Book Fair 2013

Special link: London Book Fair 2013

Friday, January 11, 2013

Charles Taylor Prize for Literary Nonfiction finalists (Canada)

The finalists for the Charles Taylor Prize for Literary Nonfiction (Canada):

Leonardo and the Last Supper by Ross King
Sword of the Spirit, Shield of Faith: Religion in American War and Diplomacy by Andrew Preston
Journey with No Maps: A Life of P.K. Page by Sandra Djwa
Warlords: Borden, Mackenzie King, and Canada's World Wars by Tim Cook
The Pursuit of Perfection: A Life of Celia Franca by Carol Bishop-Gwyn

Thursday, January 10, 2013

2012 Man Asian Literary Prize shortlist

The 2012 Man Asian Literary Prize shortlist has been announced:

Between Clay and Dust by Musharraf Ali Farooqi, Pakistan
The Briefcase by Hiromi Kawakami, Japan
Silent House by Orhan Pamuk, Turkey
The Garden of Evening Mists by Tan Twan Eng, Malaysia
Narcopolis by Jeet Thayil, India

The winner, who receives $30,000, will be announced on March 14 at a dinner in Hong Kong. The translator of the winning book will receive $5,000

International Prize for Arabic Fiction 2013 shortlist

The shortlist for the 2013 International Prize for Arabic Fiction has been announced:

Ave Maria by Sinan Antoon (Al-Jamal), Iraq
I, She and Other Women by Jana Elhassan (Arab Scientific Publishers), Lebanon
The Beaver by Mohammed Hassan Alwan (Dar al-Saqi), Saudi Arabia
Our Master by Ibrahim Issa (Bloomsbury Qatar Foundation), Egypt
The Bamboo Stick by Saud Alsanousi (Arab Scientific Publishers), Kuwait
His Excellency the Minister by Hussein Al-Wad (Dar al-Janub), Tunis

Each of the finalists receive $10,000. The winner, who receives another $50,000 and a guaranteed English translation, will be announced on April 23 on the eve of the Abu Dhabi International Book Fair

Saturday, January 5, 2013

Thomas Pynchon to publish new book

Thomas Pynchon will publish a new book, titled "The Bleeding Edge," his long-time publisher, Penguin Press, said. No publication date has been set

Richard and Judy Book Club Spring 2013

Richard and Judy are kicking off 2013 with a new list of ten titles

AudioGo combines with Blackstone Audio

The AudioGO Group of companies has announced that it had completed the acquisition of Blackstone Audio

Laurie Penny on her favourite authors

Journalist and author Laurie Penny follows up books Meat Market and Penny Red, with Discordia: Six Nights in Crisis Greece, a personal and political account of unrest in a country and culture trying to map out its future. The book is out digitally and showcases Laurie's fiery, articulate polemic with additional material from Molly Crabapple and Paul Mason

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Costa Book Awards categories winners

Costa Book Awards categories winners:

Novel: Bring Up the Bodies by Hilary Mantel
First novel: The Innocents by Francesca Segal
Biography: Dotter of Her Father's Eyes by Mary Talbot, illustrated by Bryan Talbot
Poetry: The Overhaul by Kathleen Jamie
Children's: Maggot Moon by Sally Gardner

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

London Book And Poetry Events: 2-8 January, 2013

Book, poetry and spoken word events in London 2-8 January, 2013

Everest book celebrates climbing, publishing firsts

Two skilled climbers and talented writers, two distinctly different expeditions and one very big mountain comprise the key ingredients of the innovative "coffee tablet" book, Everest: High Expectations

Barbara Kay: Rise of the independent publishers

Barbara Kay: As traditional book publishing houses fail, lean and mean small shops are finding success through loyal readers

British publisher Pearson to buy stake in Nook

British education and media publisher Pearson PLC has agreed to acquire a 5-per-cent stake in Barnes & Noble Inc.'s Nook Media unit for $89.5-million (U.S.), sending shares of the bookstore operator up as much as 9.7

Quentin Blake knighted (UK)

Quentin Blake, the illustrator whose wiry, sprightly figures have brought to life the prose of writers from Roald Dahl to Michael Rosen, leads an eclectic roll call of figures from the arts in the New Year Honours

E.L. James is the public’s favourite as Fifty Shades of Grey wins the Specsavers Book of the Year vote

The popular fiction title written by E L James has been named the Specsavers National Book of the Year for 2012. She was the overall winner of the public vote which comprised winners of all ten categories from the Specsavers National Book Awards. Fifty Shades of Grey won over 75% of the public vote, which is no surprise given the book's domination of both the charts and headlines since its release