Week 42/20 – week ending 16 October

Between the Covers airs on BBC2 The first episode of Between the Covers, Cactus TV’s new book programme, aired on BBC2 on Friday evening (9 October). In the popular style of Cactus’ previous productions, among them the influential Richard and Judy Book Club, Between the Covers was hosted by broadcaster Sara Cox (right), and featured…

Week 41/20 – week ending 9 October

Carcanet ‘delighted’ as Louise Glück wins Nobel Prize for Literature   Poet Louise Glück has been announced as the recipient of the Nobel Prize for Literature 2020. Born in 1943 in New York, she now lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where alongside her writing she is a professor of English at Yale University. She debuted in…

Week 40/20 – week ending 2 October

Booker moves prizegiving to avoid Obama clash The 2020 Booker Prize winner announcement will now take place from the Roundhouse on Thursday 19 November, rather than on the previously announced date of 17 November. This decision has been taken to avoid a clash with the publication of Barack Obama’s memoirs, A Promised Land (Viking). Gaby…

Week 39/20 – week ending 25 September

Britannica Books launches in October New reference imprint Britannica Books is launching on 1 October 2020 with the Britannica All New Children’s Encyclopaedia, edited by Christopher Lloyd. It is the first encyclopaedia printed with Encyclopaedia Britannica in a generation, and is followed by 5-Minute Really True Stories for Bedtime, released in illustrated hardback and audiobook…

Week 38/20 – week ending 18 September

Americans dominate Booker shortlist The shortlist for the 2020 Booker was revealed at lunchtime today, with five American or American-based authors on the six-strong list, which also features four debuts. The full shortlist is: – Diane Cook (USA) with The New Wilderness (Oneworld Publications) – Tsitsi Dangarembga (Zimbabwe) with This Mournable Body (Faber & Faber)…

Week 37/20 – week ending 11 September

ITV News to publish coronavirus reportage ITV News is to publish on 1 October Reporting Coronavirus: Personal Reflections on a Global Crisis (£18.99 hb and ebook). The book will include 59 essays by 56 ITV News journalists. The reports in the book will come from hotspots including Wuhan in China, care homes and intensive care…

Week 36/20 – week ending 4 September

Lockdown book buying: how many, and where? With many people working from home since March, and with most bookshops closed until the beginning of June, have book trade staff been buying more books than usual – and if so, where from? The respondents to our book buying and reading survey (all of whom had been…

Week 35/20 – week ending 28 August

DK launches travel podcast for Covid era             DK Eyewitness launches today (27 August) “Where To Go”, designed to be a travel podcast for the Covid era. The hosts are James Atkinson and Lucy Richards, joined by experts on the places they discuss. Georgina Dee, publishing director at DK Eyewitness,…

Week 34/20 – week ending 21 August

Lockdown: three quarters prefer working from home With publishers beginning to reopen their offices, and many more planning a return to work in September, what do staff feel about returning to the office, and how have they been coping with working from home? Over 100 people took our online survey, of whom 95% would normally…

Week 33/20 – week ending 14 August

Women writers freed in ‘Reclaim her Name’ collection             The collection, to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Women’s Prize For Fiction, sees 25 novels re-released in e-book format for free, ‘championing female writers throughout the ages who faced sexism and prejudice, previously publishing their work under male pseudonyms.’ The…