People's Book Prize plans X Factor style TV show

People's Book Prize plans X Factor style TV show

<p>The People&#39;s Book Prize is in negotiations for an &quot;X Factor&quot; style TV series to be broadcast next year. The awards, which are judged by public vote, are currently calling for entries for the &quot;winter collection&quot; of titles, published between 1st December 2010 and 28th February 2011 in the categories of fiction, non-fiction and children&#39;s. The deadline for entries is 9th November.</p><p>Founder Tatiana Wilson said that discussions were in &quot;final stages&quot; for a series of 13 one-hour TV shows, to run from 30th April 2011 in the run-up to the winners&#39; announcement on 23rd July, with &quot;high level&quot; discussions with a sponsor underway. Wilson said that the sponsor was &quot;powerful&quot; and &quot;very interested in books&quot; but would not reveal the name. She added that she hoped an announcement could be made by early December.</p><p>The show, currently titled &quot;Britain&#39;s Next Bestsellers&quot; will showcase the titles entered into the book prize&#39;s quarterly collections plus the first-time authors listed for the Beryl Bainbridge Award.&nbsp; Wilson described it as an &quot;X factor format&quot; with finalists being voted out of each round until a winner in each category, plus the Beryl Bainbridge winner, is crowned in July. Each author will be interviewed about their book, which is also discussed by a presenter plus celebrity guests.</p><p>&quot;We have to glamorise writing, authors and books and stories themselves,&quot; she explained. &quot;There&#39;s a lot that one can do on TV, that&#39;s why we want to go national.&quot; She added that the concept of the prize is to &quot;find the talent&quot; from both big and small publishers.</p><p>Each quarter the nine new titles which get the most votes&nbsp; (three per category) will go forward as finalists for the annual People&#39;s Book Prize Awards. The summer collection, of titles published from 1st June-31st August; autumn, from 1st September-30th November (with voting now taking place); and the winter collection (1st December 2010-28th February 2011). The spring collection will run from 1st March 2011 till 31st May 2011.</p><p><a href="../news/124051-walliams-among-winners-for-inaugura l-peoples-book-prize.html" target="_blank" title="http://www.thebookseller.com/news/124051-walliams-among-winners-for-inau... l-peoples-book-prize.html">Children&#39;s author and comedian David Walliams was among the winners at the inaugural prize, held in July this year.</a><br /><br /></p>