Saturday, December 16, 2017

Off the Shelf

15 Audiobooks Perfect For You and Everyone on Your List
Books make great gifts and audiobooks make great stocking stuffers. But you’ll also need some ear-candy to keep you sane during the inevitable holiday shopping frenzy. We can help with that! From Pulitzer Prize–winning fiction to triumphant returns to the literary scene, these audiobooks are just right for everyone on your holiday list—yourself included.


Words - Douglas McLennan

Why Write Fiction In The Age Of Endless Story?
     from Paris Review
Kurt Vonnegut’s Basic Story Arcs
     from Aeon

Bologna Children's Book Fair

Bologna Digital Media

Leading brands and start-ups gather here each year, with special events and training sessions happening in this place too - this is the unique mix you will find at the Bologna Digital Media Area for 2018 - a vibrant hub where the publishing community meets to present its new products and share experiences. Augmented Reality has begun to cement a new relationship with picture book publishers and new streams and interest in audiobook libraries have opened up business opportunities and revenues. This year, Google Play’s Shazia Makhdumi will be joining us on the digital area and giving one of the key talks and her insights in how to build a successful business for kids and family content on the platform.
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BolognaRagazzi Digital Award
Submit your app today! The 2018 application process for the BolognaRagazzi Digital Award is now open. Simply follow the link below and instruction and be part of one of the largest selections of digital excellence in the kid’s content industry. Alongside the three main categories (Fiction, Non-Fiction and AR) the 2018 prize will include a special category of kid’s media and cinema apps. This selection is run in conjunction with Cineteca di Bologna.
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The Jury
For 2018, the BolognaRagazzi Digital Award has a whole new jury who will be working with the jury chair Warren Buckleitner from the Children’s Technology Review (USA): Sylvia van Ommen, a Dutch illustrator and app maker, joins Lucy Gill (UK), a tech and UI media experience consultant, along with Bruno Ruffilli (Italia) from La Stampa, who writes on all formats of consumer technology for the national newspaper.
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Dust or Magic Masterclass
Ticket and advance programming for our 2018 masterclass, which take place on Sunday 25th of march next year, are now open online. AR and audiobooks form the basis of this intense deep dive into the world of children’s content and new media today. This popular and annual gathering also includes a ticketed dinner event that takes place just after the end of the class and is a great way to start your fair.
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Global Kids Connect Conference
The 3rd Global Kids Connect Conference was held in NY on 4th December by Publishers Weekly and the Bologna Children’s Book Fair. For those of you who couldn’t join us, here’s an in-depth review from our co-organizers at Publishers Weekley of all that went on in this key event in the children’s publishing calendar for 2017.
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The Roundup with PW

Walmart, Hay House Back Away From Smiley: The mass merchant has cut ties and the publisher has distanced itself from Tavis Smiley following allegations of sexual misconduct.

New Zora Neale Hurston Discovered: HarperCollins will release the previously unpublished 'Barracoon,' about the last survivor of the Atlantic slave trade, in 2018.

Amazon and Luxembourg vs. the EU: Luxembourg is challenging a European Union order to recover about 250 million euros in back taxes from the e-tailer.

Amy Siskind's Anti-Trump Book Deal: Bloomsbury will publish the political activist's 'The List: A Week-by-Week Reckoning of Trump's First Year' in April.

Marie Dutton Brown Changed the Book Biz: The iconic editor and book agent, now 77, reflects on 50 years in the publishing industry.

Latest from The Bookseller

Arts Council England has pledged to engage with more bookshops, support more writers with funding and lobby the government to provide tax relief to independent publishers following a report finding that “the general trend for literary fiction is a negative one”.

Penguin Random House UK has signed an "Agreement for Lease" for a new London office, One Embassy Gardens. 

Ali Smith

Ali Smith’s seasonal novel Winter (Hamish Hamilton), Sally Rooney’s "perfectly observed" début Conversations with Friends (Faber) and the eagerly anticipated first instalment of Philip Pullman’s Book of Dust trilogy, La Belle Sauvage (Penguin/David Fickling Books), were among the critics’ favourite titles of 2017.

Children of Blood and Bone

Editors and agents are predicting a continued focus on empowering female-led narratives and diverse voices in children’s and YA books in 2018.

Tom Weldon

Penguin Random House UK chief executive Tom Weldon has highlighted the "breadth and range" of its publishing, after the group saw its market share of the Christmas bestsellers reach new heights.

Tracey Mathias

Scholastic UK has bought a Brexit-inspired YA political thriller and love story.


Darker by EL James

EL James’ Darker tied up the Weekly E-Book Ranking number one straight out of the gate, displacing Penguin Random House stablemate Lee Child’s The Midnight Line in its first week on sale.

SC Worrell

HQ will publish a "powerful love story" set during the Second World War, inspired by the author’s discovery of a chocolate box full of love letters between his mother and her fiancé.

Springer Nature

Sir Philip Campbell, who has been the editor-in-chief of scientific journal Nature for the past 22 years, is moving to a new role as editor-in-chief of Springer Nature.

Publishers Lunch

Today's Meal

Penguin Random House UK announced a lease agreement for additional new offices at One Embassy Gardens, between London's Vauxhall and Battersea, "a short walk" from the existing RH UK office at 20 Vauxhall Bridge Road. The new space has 83,400 square feet across five floors, and includes event space on the ground floor.

The company had announced in summer 2016 that it would vacate Transworld's offices in Ealing and Penguin's offices in the Strand to consolidate their employees. The new space will be ready at the end of 2019, and the two buildings with " home to a mix of Penguin Random House departments." (In the US, PRH is
consolidating the downtown Penguin employees into expanded space in their building at 1745 Broadway in early 2019.)

In other PRH news, ceo Markus Dohle uses his annual year-end letter to focus on the company's social impact: "As a global community of book lovers, we are passionate about making a positive difference in the world. And I believe we do: with our publishing and through our corporate citizenship." He shares a
Social Impact Highlights Summary that features some of their 2020 Commitments, and tells employees, "Thank you for embracing our collective responsibility to defend free speech, lift up marginalized voices, protect our earth, and help those in need."

In other briefs, the Guardian runs their
annual feature in which top UK editors confess to books they published that fell short in the marketplace ("our book that deserved to do better") and books they wish they had published. In the latter category, Sally Rooney's debut novel Conversations with Friends is named by three editors.

Separately, following the suspension by PBS of television host and author Tavis Smiley, publisher Hay House, which distributes the Smiley Books imprint, has
put forthcoming projects "on hold" pending an internal review. PBS responded to Smiley's challenge of their review by saying, "The totality of the investigation, which included Mr. Smiley, revealed a pattern of multiple relationships with subordinates over many years."

Earlier this fall New Leaf Literary & Media hired Veronica Grijalva as foreign rights associate (she was at Jane Starr Literary Scouts) and Jeremy Stern as story editor. Additionally, Mia Roman was promoted to foreign rights associate.

Apollo Publishers has
announced their launch list of seven spring 2018 titles, to be distributed by Ingram Publisher Services. The company was founded by former Skyhorse coo Alex Merrill (publisher and director of sales) and former Skyhorse editor Julia Abramoff (publisher and director of editorial.

Finally, Happy
Bill of Rights Day.