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T S Eliot Prize shortlist announced

15 October 2021
In the UK, the shortlist for this year’s T S Eliot Prize for Poetry, worth £25,000 (A$46,100) has been announced. The 10 shortlisted poetry collections are: Eat Or We Both...

Bloomsbury withdraws Haigh cookbook

12 October 2021
In the UK, Bloomsbury has withdrawn a cookbook by Michelin-starred chef and former MasterChef contestant Elizabeth Haigh from circulation, reports the Bookseller. Makan: Recipes from the heart of Singapore was...

Italian book sales rise 29%

11 October 2021
In Italy, book sales have risen by 29% in the first nine months of the year, compared to the same period in 2020, reports Publishing Perspectives. According to data from...

Gurnah awarded the 2021 Nobel Prize for Literature

8 October 2021
Zanzibar-born British novelist Abdulrazak Gurnah has been awarded the 2021 Nobel Prize for Literature, reports Publishers Weekly. Gurnah was named winner at a ceremony at the Swedish Academy in Stockholm...

Giller Prize 2021 shortlist announced

7 October 2021
In Canada, the shortlist for the C$100,000 (A$109,250) 2021 Giller Prize for the best Canadian fiction published in English has been announced. The shortlisted novels are: What Strange Paradise (Omar...

Goldsmiths Prize 2021 shortlist announced

7 October 2021
In the UK, the shortlist for the 2021 Goldsmiths Prize, worth £10,000 (A$18,700), has been announced. The shortlisted novels are: Checkout 19 (Claire-Louise Bennett, Jonathan Cape) Assembly (Natasha Brown, Hamish Hamilton) A...

National Book Awards 2021 shortlists announced

6 October 2021
In the US, the finalists for the 2021 National Book Awards have been announced. The shortlisted titles are: Fiction Cloud Cuckoo Land (Anthony Doerr, Fourth Estate) Matrix (Lauren Groff, William...

Canadian book sales up 11%

4 October 2021
In its annual look at Canadian publishing, Publishers Weekly reports that print sales for the first six months of this year were up 11.2% over the same period in 2020,...

France proposes minimum rates for book deliveries

1 October 2021
In France, lawmakers are considering a draft law that would stop Amazon from offering virtually free delivery for book purchases, reports Politico. The draft law, which has the backing of...

Frankfurt expecting up to 800 international delegates

30 September 2021
The Bookseller reports that Frankfurt Book Fair organisers are expecting between 700 and 800 international delegates to attend this year’s event, which runs from 20–24 October. The number is down...

US$75k Cundill History Prize shortlist announced

28 September 2021
The shortlist for the 2021 Cundill History Prize, which rewards ‘the best history writing in English’, has been announced. The shortlisted books are: The Loss of Hindustan: The invention of...

Rival French publishing company ups stake in Lagardère

17 September 2021
In France, media company Vivendi has upped its stake in Hachette Livre parent company Lagardère to over 45% ownership, reports the Financial Times. Vivendi, which owns French publisher Editis, has...

Booker Prize 2021 shortlist announced

15 September 2021
The shortlist for the 2021 Booker Prize has been announced. The six books shortlisted for the £50,000 (A$94,300) prize are: A Passage North (Anuk Arudpragasam, Granta) The Promise (Damon Galgut, Chatto & Windus)...

Canongate revenue up 16% in 2020

13 September 2021
In the UK, Canongate Books recorded a turnover of £13.9 million (A$26.1m) in 2020, up 16% on its 2019 result, reports the Bookseller. The company’s pre-tax profit totalled £2.6 million...

Chinese book market up 11%

7 September 2021
Books sales in the Chinese retail book market in the first half of 2021 are up 11.45% compared to the same time last year, according to Open Book Data. Sales...

US book industry faces supply chain challenges

6 September 2021
In the US, various factors are putting increasing pressure on the book industry’s supply chain, reports Publishers Weekly. The challenges include shortages of truck drivers and trailers, congestion at the...

Rushdie to publish next book on Substack

3 September 2021
Salman Rushdie plans to serialise his next book on the online platform Substack, the Bookseller reports. Rushdie’s new book The Seventh Wave—a 35,000-word novella about a ‘film director and an...

New September dates for Beijing Book Fair

2 September 2021
The Beijing International Book Fair (BIBF) will go ahead on 14­–18 September after it was postponed from August dates due to Covid-19 measures. While in-person attendance is limited to Chinese...

PRH half-yearly profits up 55%

1 September 2021
Penguin Random House (PRH) parent company Bertelsmann has reported the publisher posted a profit rise of 55.1% and a 10.9% growth in sales for the first half of 2021. Total...