FutureBook, The Bookseller’s publishing conference, takes place this Friday (19th November) as the first in-person event the business has put on for more than a year, as well as the first hybrid conference with delegates able to attend at 155 Bishopsgate or view the presentations online.
Keynote speakers include the environmental campaigner Mark Maslin, authors and columnists Elizabeth Uviebinené and Roxane Gay, agent Nelle Andrew, and Markus Dohle, global chief executive of Penguin Random House.
Dohle will be interviewed by The Bookseller's editor Philip Jones, with a 20-minute edit to be shown in the morning ahead of the full interview at 4 p.m.; it will be the first time Dohle has spoken publicly since the US Department of Justice filed a lawsuit to block PRH's takeover of Simon & Schuster. In the interview Dohle also details his views on the subscription model for books following Spotify's purchase of US audiobook company Findaway and Storytel's deal for AudioBooks.com.
Panel discussions this year are focused around sustainability, digital publishing, and amplifying underrepresented voices. Speakers include author and Jhalak Prize co-founder Sunny Singh; Natasha Carthew, founder and artistic director of the The Working-Class Writers' Festival; Michael Bhaskar publisher, writer and co-founder of Canelo; Chiki Sarkar founder and publisher of India's Juggernaut Books; Curtis Brown agent Natalie Jerome; publisher and agent Crystal Mahey-Morgan; writer Toni Tone; and Jamie Byng, chief executive and publisher of Canongate Books.
Pre-recorded interviews to be shown at the event and online include Håkan Rudels, c.e.o. of Bonnier Books, and Tony Nash, c.e.o and co-founder of online bookseller Booktopia, with a special reflection on the impact of digital from Rakuten Kobo c.e.o. Michael Tamblyn ahead of a panel on the impact of e-books. A final creative keynote will be delivered by broadcaster June Sarpong ahead of the annual FutureBook Awards.
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