Since the last edition of PA's PR, the PA and the Booksellers Association has announced the inaugural Parliamentary Book Awards, the BBC has held an event on the Books That Made Britain ahead of the Love to Read weekend and the International Excellence Awards has introduced the first ever Rights Professional of the Year award. Meanwhile Academic Book Week is calling on publishers, academics and booksellers to host events as part of the week-long celebration, the PA has attended Frankfurt Book Fair and the first American writer has won the Man Booker prize.
INDUSTRY & PA NEWS
Parliamentary Book Awards
The Booksellers Association and the PA are holding a parliamentary reception in the House of Commons to highlight the contribution made by the book and publishing industries to the economy and society. The evening will culminate in the presentation of the inaugural Parliamentary Book Awards, three new awards celebrating the best work of fiction written by a parliamentarian, the best work of non-fiction written by a parliamentarian and the best work about politics by a non-parliamentarian. Parliamentarians will vote on a shortlist drawn up by booksellers.
BBC Love to Read campaign
The BBC Love to Read campaign held an event on The Books That Made Britain at Cheltenham, in which Jim Naughtie quizzed Val McDermid, Jim Crace and Sarah Churchwell about the books that they feel have an important part to play in their relationship to Britain. The BBC also launched their programming in the run-up to the #LovetoRead big weekend. As partners of #LovetoRead, we’ll be supplying our network of Reading Ambassadors with tips on how to get involved and information about the campaign. Sign up to receive next week’s newsletter at readingambassadors.co.uk
International Excellence Awards
The London Book Fair (LBF), in association with the PA, has launched the hunt for the best people in international rights as the eminent LBF International Excellence Awards 2017 introduces its first ever Rights Professional of the Year award. Now in their fourth year, the awards celebrate publishing success in 16 categories, representing the best publishing ambassadors, cutting edge publishing and ground breaking initiatives. Awards are given to companies and individuals across the world and sectors, with categories including Bookstore of the Year, Literary Agent and Brand Licensing.
Academic Book Week events
Academic Book Week, which runs from 23-28 January 2017, is calling on academics, booksellers, publishers, and libraries to host events as part of the week-long celebration. From debates, workshops and seminars to exhibitions, competitions, writing sprints and more, the events will bring together people from all sides of the debate to celebrate the academic book and consider its future. Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to hold an event by 7 November. Events will be listed and promoted on the #AcBookWeek website, and promoted in the run up to and during the week itself.
Frankfurt Book Fair Roundup
PA Chief Executive Stephen Lotinga talked about the challenges and opportunities for the publishing industry post-Brexit at the Frankfurt Book Fair last week, highlighting opportunities for publishers in creating a new digitally focused economy. Brexit was also under discussion at a PA and ALPSP debate, where academic publishers said the vote to leave could lead to a collapse in research funding and a drain of talent from the EU. Meanwhile Director of Publisher Relations Emma House spoke about the PA's textbook guidelines, and our upcoming campaign to promote the use of textbooks in schools.
Man Booker prize winner
Paul Beatty has become the first American writer to win the Man Booker prize, for his satire on US racial politics. The Sellout was published by independent publisher Oneworld, giving the publisher its second consecutive win of the award. Amanda Foreman, chair of the judges, described The Sellout as a "novel for our times". She said: "Paul Beatty slays sacred cows with abandon and takes aim at racial and political taboos with wit, verve and a snarl." The Sellout beat five other shortlisted novels, including the bookies' favourite Do Not Say We Have Nothing by Madeleine Thein and Graeme Macrae Burnet's His Bloody Project.
DATES FOR YOUR DIARY
An Introduction to Mono-Book Production, 10-11 November 2016, Bungay
BIC Bash 2016 (BIC members only),15 November 2016, London
Building Inclusivity in Publishing, 15 November 2016, London
Polish Rights Forum - register your interest, 17 November 2016, London, British Council
BIC Breakfast - Business Instant Messenger, 22 November 2016, London
Digital Project Management course, 22 November 2016, London
Book Aid Literacy Quiz with Neil Pearson, 23 November 2016, London
An Introduction to Production, 23 November 2016, London
The Bookseller Futurebook Conference, 2 December 2016, London
PA/BESA Conference - Shifting Landscapes, 25 November 2016, London