It’s been a big week! Let’s hop to it!
The British Book Industry Awards were this week – and I’m not exaggerating when I say that Twitter exploded like it was the Oscars. (Ok, maybe I’m exaggerating a little. I was very excited, is my point!)
- Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Book Trade: James Patterson
- Independent Bookshop of the Year: Winstone’s Books in Sherborne
- Imprint of the Year: Picador
- Publisher of the Year: Transworld
- Book of the Year: The Loney by Andrew Michael Hurley. Ok this is going to the front of my to-read list RIGHT NOW.
HarperCollins has announced a new deal with independent bookstores in America – before opening, and in the store’s first three months, they will be eligible for an additional discount from the publisher. I hope this can be extended, or more publishers can jump on this bandwagon – independent bookstores are so important. This is just the first step in the right direction!
Author Max Porter has won 2016’s Dylan Thomas prize for his debut book Grief is the Thing with Feathers. This is a debut novel about two young boys, who receive a mysterious visitor after their mother’s death. This sounds so magical – I’d definitely love to read this.
2016’s Nebula Awards were also announced. Wins included:
- Best novel: Uprooted by Naomi Novik
- Best novella: Binti by Nnedi Okorafor
- Best short story: Hungry Daughters of Starving Mothers by Alyssa Wong
Finally, the Publishers Association announced that the 2015 stats for the UK publishing industry were very good! Also, for the first time since the invention of the ebook, physical book sales have increased, whilst ebook sales have decreased! As a very reluctant ebook reader, this has made me very happy indeed.
Told you lots has happened! Have a great week x