Tue, 12/08/2008 - 14:01
Random House US has said that it has no regrets about pulling out of publication of Sherry Jones' Islam-inspired romantic novel, The Jewel of Medina, despite the growing controversy about the decision. The news, which broke in the US last week, has led to widespread criticism, and drawn comparisons with The Satanic Verses...
Mon, 11/08/2008 - 12:22
New York-based writer Ceridwen Dovey has picked up two South African literary awards in the same weekend. Dovey, who grew up in South Africa and Australia, won the 2008 Sunday Times Fiction Prize and the 2007 University of Johannesburg Prize for Creative Writing for her debut novel Blood Kin (Penguin South Africa).
Mon, 11/08/2008 - 07:30
France's literary output will be down in every sense this year, with fewer titles published and grim subject matter prevailing, reports the Guardian.
Avid readers across France are gearing up for "la rentrée littéraire", the deluge of new novels that hits the country every August in anticipation of France'...
Mon, 11/08/2008 - 06:10
The Penguin Book of Canadian Short Stories, edited by Jane Urquhart, has become the flashpoint for one of the sharpest literary debates Canada has ever seen, reports the Toronto Star. In her introduction, Urquhart confesses to a lack of familiarity with Canadian short stories, having paid more attention in recent years to "the short story...
Fri, 08/08/2008 - 05:19
Publisher Random House has pulled a novel about the Prophet Mohammed's child bride, fearing it could "incite acts of violence", reports Reuters.
The Jewel of Medina, a debut novel by journalist Sherry Jones was due to be published on 12th August by Random House, and an eight-city publicity tour had been scheduled,...
Fri, 08/08/2008 - 05:10
Clive James and Germaine Greer are both in the running for the inaugural Australian Prime Minister's Literary Awards, which will be judged by prime minister Kevin Rudd himself, reports the Guardian.
The awards will be Australia's richest literary prizes, with tax-free cheques of A$100,000 (£47,000) awarded to both fiction...
Tue, 29/07/2008 - 08:22
In a recent piece on The Bookseller, Graeme Neill reported that UK supermarket chain Tesco aims to double book sales to £200m within three years. Tesco has a 6% share of the UK book market by value and 10% by volume, which puts it close to over...
Mon, 28/07/2008 - 07:43
Penguin China is to sponsor an Apprentice-style literary prize to find the country's next generation of young writers. The prize, dubbed "The Next – A Search for the New Face of Chinese Literature", was set up by Changjiang Art & Literature Publishing House, fiction journal Top Novel, online literary community Qidan.com...
Fri, 25/07/2008 - 13:00
The future of Weltbild, one of Germany's leading forces in the book industry, has been thrown in the air after the Catholic Church, which set up the company 60 years ago to publish religious books and magazines, said it planned to review the ownership structure. Though no one will speak openly, the review was put in place after some bishops...
Fri, 25/07/2008 - 07:53
Lagardere's publishing business Hachette saw first half sales rise by 1.3% to €908m, according to results put out by the French group. On a like-for-like basis sales rose faster, up 4.5%, versus 2.4% growth in the first quarter of 2008.
According to the company, its publishing units, which include Hodder & Stoughton,...