Fri, 07/06/2013 - 09:12
The €100,000 International Dublin IMPAC award has gone to Kevin Barry for his "vivid" and “atmospheric” novel City of Bohane (Jonathan Cape).
The winning title is Barry’s debut, although he has previously published short story collections.
Presenting the prize at Dublin’s Mansion...
Fri, 07/06/2013 - 09:05
This year’s Bookseller Association Conference will take place on 22nd-23rd September and invite delegates to envisage what a “bookshop of the future” might look like, as well as what customers might want from it.
BA chief executive Tim Godfray has urged publishers to attend the event, describing it as a “...
Fri, 07/06/2013 - 09:04
HarperCollins imprint Avon is experimenting with geolocation in its e-books, the first time it has been used in HarperCollins fiction.
The publisher held a digital day for its authors in February, illustrating different opportunities for writers to add digital elements to their work. The new edition of Jacqui Rose's Trapped...
Thu, 06/06/2013 - 18:01
HarperCollins is challenging developers to create new digital products that reimagine the book, via a four-month-long challenge called BookSmash.
The contest is being run in conjunction with software competition platform ChallengePost.
HC said it was looking...
Thu, 06/06/2013 - 17:11
David Graham, m.d. of the Aurum Publishing Group, is to leave the company, with Marcus Leaver, c.e.o. of parent company Quarto, taking over his role from 17th June.
Leaver will run the Aurum Publishing Group for the "foreseeable future" and be based part-time in the White Lion Street office. A new m.d. for the Aurum...
Thu, 06/06/2013 - 15:05
Nick Hern Books is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year with an anthology of contributions from playwrights, actors and directors about their first play experiences.
My First Play is published on 4th July as a £9.99 paperback and features contributions from Howard Benton, Caryl Churchill and David Edgar among...
Thu, 06/06/2013 - 14:47
The phrase “talking book” has slowly fallen out of favour as a name for what we now call the audiobook. Its usage began to decline at around the time Stevie Wonder released his 1972 album of the same name. But the terms “talking book” and “audiobook” may require a rethink after the arrival of a book that...
Thu, 06/06/2013 - 14:40
Malorie Blackman might be the eighth Waterstones Children’s Laureate but she is the first to be name checked in a number one single. In “Written In The Stars” rapper Tinie Tempah suggests that he is “a writer from the ghetto like Malorie Blackman”, and for the south London-born author, her upbringing will have a...
Thu, 06/06/2013 - 14:36
Aldous Huxley, one of my heroes, once asked: “Has it ever struck you that a lot of our finest romantic literature is the result of bad doctoring?” He also said that he would never drive a motor car in France, because the temptation to run over a priest would be too great. But that is for another day . . .
The desire or...
Thu, 06/06/2013 - 12:42
Celebrities including actor Rupert Everett [pictured] will read to children in London’s Trafalgar Square next month as part of an event to inspire children to read.
Rupert Everett will read an Oscar Wilde fairytale, the cast of Billy Elliot The Musical will perform Electricity, readings will be given from Mark Haddon’s...