Mon, 16/03/2009 - 07:18
University of Oxford professor and Jane Austen expert Professor Kathryn Sutherland has accused author Claire Harman of using her ideas without adequately crediting them in her new book about the author, according to the Telegraph.
Jane's Fame: How Austen Conquered the World, is due from Canongate in April; Canongate...
Fri, 13/03/2009 - 05:08
US prose poet and University of California lecturer Gary Young has been named the recipient of the Shelley Memorial award by the Poetry Society of America, according to the Guardian.
The $3,500 (£2,500) award is given annually to a living American poet “selected with reference of genius and need”. Previous...
Thu, 12/03/2009 - 16:10
Attached to the front of this week's Bookseller was a DVD containing the three winning entries to the second Book Video Awards, held in conjunction with Play.com, Random House, the National Film and Television School (NFTS) and The Bookseller itself. The videos can also be found...
Thu, 12/03/2009 - 10:07
Richard Holloway, chairman of the Scottish Arts Council, author, broadcaster and former Bishop of Edinburgh, is to act as Guest Director for this year's Edinburgh International Book Festival (EIBF).
Holloway will act as guest director on a pro tem basis, following consultation with the Scottish government, while Catherine Lockerbie,...
Thu, 12/03/2009 - 08:03
Book sales in France rose 5% year-on-year in nominal terms in January and 7% in February, according to market research consultants GfK. The data showed the economic crisis continued to have little impact on the market in France, it said.
Last month, GfK said that book sales increased by 4% in December, bringing the total in 2008 to...
Thu, 12/03/2009 - 06:34
The US National Geographic books division has cut nine positions, including its publisher. Publisher Kevin Mulroy, photography books director Leah Bendavid-Val, and travel publishing director Symmie Newhouse were released last week, according to reports. Barbara Brownell Grogan now serves as editor-in-chief for adult books.
Thu, 12/03/2009 - 05:18
Skillset, the Sector Skills Council for the creative and media industries, has asked for feedback on its draft strategy Skills Strategy for Publishing. The project aims to ensure that employers in publishing can recruit people with the right skills for the job, and to strengthen the competitiveness of UK publishing in a global market. Feedback...
Thu, 12/03/2009 - 05:00
Jhumpa Lahiri has beaten fellow shortlisted authors Salman Rushdie, Philip Hensher and David Lodge to the Best Book Award at the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize 2009, in the Europe and South Asia region.
Lahiri’s short story collection Unaccustomed Earth (Bloomsbury) scored the £1,000 prize while Guardian...
Thu, 12/03/2009 - 04:15
Author Clive Cussler has been ordered to pay $13.9m (£10.1m) in legal fees after launching an unsuccessful lawsuit against film production company Crusader Entertainment.
According to Contact Music, Cussler sued the production company over his lack of script approval for its 2005 adaptation of his novel Sahara, starring...
Thu, 05/03/2009 - 15:42
Granta has acquired two new books to add to its natural history list.
Sara Holloway, editorial director, bought world rights for A Butterfly Year by Patrick Barkham from Karolina Sutton, agent at Curtis Brown. The book, which was bought at auction, is a journey around Britain's wild places in search of all 58 species of...