Author Lulu Taylor and journalist Jonathan Harvey were among the guests at Pan Macmillan’s annual Women’s Fiction Party which took place on Thursday 26th January. The celebration was held in The Ladies Smoking Room at the historic St Pancras Hotel – the first place in Europe in which ladies could publicly smoke. (credit Alicia Clark)
Historian Simon Sebag Montefiore was in conversation with Peter Florence at the Hay Festival Cartagena de Indias 2017 which took place in Colombia on 26th-29th January and attracted over 55,000 total attendees.
On Saturday 28th January designer Ken Fulk (centre) celebrated the launch of his debut interior design book, Mr. Ken Fulk's Magical World (Abrams) with a cocktail party at the Beaumont Hotel in central London. Guests included Paula Fitzherbett and Boris Messmer.
Staff of Hachette’s Pat-a-Cake list—(from left) designers Laura Hambleton and Sarah Peden, publisher Heather Crossley, editor Isobel Booth and editorial assistant Beth Ellis—attended the launch of The Bookseller’s Spring 2017 Buyer’s Guides at Waterstones Piccadilly. © Mark Guest @ The Bookseller.
Octopus publisher Alison Starling, c.e.o. Alison Goff and group operations director Fran Johnson also attended; their title The Midlife Kitchen features on the cover of the Adult Buyer’s Guide. © Mark Guest @ The Bookseller.
Sebastian Barry (centre) became the first novelist to win Costa Book of the Year twice when his title Days Without End (Faber & Faber) scooped the top accolade on Tuesday 31st January. The ceremony took place at Quaglino’s in central London. Barry is pictured here alongside the other shortlisted authors (from left) Thomas Spufford, Keggie Carew, Alice Oswald and Brian Conaghan.
Jessica Kingsley celebrated the 30th year of her eponymous publisher at an event at Stationers’ Hall in London on Tuesday 31st January. Kingsley was joined by (left) bestselling author Luke Jackson and Shigeki Oyama, a publisher at Spectrum Publishing Company in Japan.
Ben Bailey Smith, Gill Furniss MP and Chris Riddell all spoke at the re-launch of the Libraries All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) at the House of Lords on Tuesday 31st January. Riddell used the opportunity to call for a probe into school library provision in the UK.
The booksellers at the Sheffield Orchard Square store joined over 175 branches of Waterstones in celebrating Harry Potter book night on Thursday 2nd February.
Julian Sayarer's Interstate: Hitchhiking Through the State of a Nation (Arcadia) was named Travel Book of the Year at the Edward Stanford Travel Writing Awards. The ceremony took place in London's Olympia on Thursday 2nd February. Sayarer pledged to donate half of his £5,000 winnings to the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).
Also in attendance was Michael Palin (centre), who was presented with the Outstanding Contribution Award for Travel Writing from Vivien Godfrey and Levison Wood.
Bonnier Zaffre, the UK fiction division of Bonnier Publishing, hosted its first publishing preview on Thursday 2nd February at The RSA in London. Bonnier's Mark Smith (left) welcomed guests, including author Lynda LaPlante, to the event which showcased its upcoming titles.
Adam Freundenheim and Olivia Sudjic celebrated Pushkin Press' 20th Anniversary at the London Library on Thursday 2nd February.
Publishing director Georgina Dee (centre) accepted the Top Guidebook Series Award on behalf of DK at the Wanderlust Travel Reader’s Awards 2017. The ceremony took place at the Destinations Travel Show on Thursday 2nd February. Dee is pictured alongside Wanderlust’s editor (left) Phoebe Smith and editor-in-chief Lyn Hughes.