Thu, 23/10/2008 - 14:39
The National Year of Reading this week launched a guide to setting up volunteer reading schemes. Help With Reading can be downloaded from the NYR website (www.yearofreading.org.uk/volunteering) and offers practical advice and case studies...
Thu, 23/10/2008 - 14:34
The first professional event on the ethics and practice of policing library users has been held at the headquarters of CILIP (the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals).
The event came in the wake of CILIP's survey into police surveillance and libraries earlier this year found that 75% of responding library...
Mon, 20/10/2008 - 11:16
The distinguished literary agent Pat Kavanagh has died. Kavanagh, who was one of the agents to leave Peters, Fraser and Dunlop (PFD) for United Agents last year, represented a high-profile list of authors including Joanna Trollope, Robert Harris, John Irving and Andrew Motion.
She also represented Julian Barnes, to whom she was married...
Fri, 17/10/2008 - 07:12
Mike Jones at Simon & Schuster has bought California Schemin’, the extraordinary true story of two rappers from Dundee who created a fake identity and convinced the London record industry that they were Californians.
The book, by Gavin Bain, one of the faker duo, was bought from Patrick Walsh at Conville and Walsh in an...
Thu, 16/10/2008 - 13:47
Capitalising on the success of a YouTube.com clip featuring two men reunited with their pet lion, Transworld has moved fast to publish an e-book original this week of A Lion Called Christian by John Rendall and Ace Bourke. The e-book has been produced by the Random House Group Digital team and will be available at Waterstone’s. A...
Thu, 16/10/2008 - 07:38
Bestselling thriller writer Matthew Reilly has moved to Orion in a “major” deal handled by Eugenie Furniss at William Morris.
Orion fiction publishing director Jon Wood has acquired two books from the Australian writer, whose previous novels, including this year’s hit The Six Sacred Stones, have been published by Pan...
Wed, 15/10/2008 - 07:45
Former deputy editor of The Bookseller Joel Rickett has bought his first two titles following his move to Viking (Penguin) as editorial director earlier this year.
The books, described by Rickett as “topical narrative non-fiction”, are among the first in an expected wave of business titles as publishers flock to bring out...
Mon, 13/10/2008 - 07:22
Labour MP Lyn Brown, chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Libraries, has called for a National Library Development Agency to replace the Museums, Libraries and Archive Council's library role.
Speaking at the Public Libraries Association Conference in Liverpool, Brown announced a review by the All-Party Group into library...
Thu, 09/10/2008 - 12:48
Culture Secretary Andy Burnham has announced the widely anticipated government review of libraries, promising a modernisation review to make libraries attractive places for the whole community. New culture minister Barbara Follett will lead the review over the next six months and then publish a report for consultation.
Speaking at the...
Thu, 09/10/2008 - 10:34
Kate Harvey, currently senior editor at Picador, has been promoted to editorial director at the imprint, effective immediately. Pending the arrival of Picador publisher Paul Baggaley on 17th November, Harvey will report to Pan Macmillan m.d., Anthony Forbes Watson.
Harvey has been at Picador for three years having previously spent a...