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Gunaratne wins 2019 Dylan Thomas Prize

17 May 2019
In the UK, British-Sri Lankan writer Guy Gunaratne has won the 2019 International Dylan Thomas Prize for his debut novel In Our Mad and Furious City (Tinder). In Our Mad...

Edemariam awarded 2019 Ondaatje Prize

15 May 2019
In the UK, Guardian journalist Aida Edemariam has won the Royal Society of Literature’s Ondaatje Prize for her memoir The Wife's Tale: A Personal History (Fourth Estate), which tells the...

Armitage named UK poet laureate

13 May 2019
English poet Simon Armitage has been named the UK's poet laureate, after Imtiaz Dharker turned down the position earlier this month. The Guardian reports that Armitage 'had no hesitation whatsoever about...

Dharker turns down British poet laureateship

7 May 2019
In the UK, poet Imtiaz Dharker has turned down the British poet laureateship, reports the Guardian. ‘I had to weigh the privacy I need to write poems against the demands...

Khaled Lutfi awarded 2019 Prix Voltaire

3 May 2019
The International Publishers Association (IPA) has awarded imprisoned publisher Khaled Lutfi the 2019 Prix Voltaire, which supports defenders of freedom to publish. Lutfi is the founder of Cairo-based Tanmia Bookshop...

Eaves wins 2019 Wellcome Prize for ‘Murmur’

2 May 2019
In the UK, Will Eaves’s novel Murmur (CB Editions) has won the £30,000 (A$55,820) Wellcome Book Prize, awarded to the best new work of fiction or nonfiction centred on medicine...

PRH US introduces reader loyalty program

23 April 2019
In the US, Penguin Random House has introduced a loyalty program for customers to earn points that can be redeemed for free books, reports Publishers Weekly. Readers can create a...

Hachette UK opens new distribution centre

11 April 2019
Hachette UK CEO David Shelley has opened the company's new Hely Hutchinson distribution centre in Oxfordshire. The 23,000 sqm building, which Shelley described as ‘the best distribution centre in Europe,...

Man Booker International Prize 2019 shortlist announced

10 April 2019
The shortlist for the 2019 Man Booker International Prize has been announced. The shortlisted titles are: Celestial Bodies (Jokha Alharthi, trans by Marilyn Booth, Sandstone Press) The Years (Annie Ernaux, trans by...

2019 Dylan Thomas Prize shortlist announced

3 April 2019
The shortlist for the 2019 International Dylan Thomas Prize has been announced. The shortlisted titles are: Friday Black (Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah, riverrun) Folk (Zoe Gilbert, Bloomsbury) In Our Mad and...

Leaver, Smith announce new publishing business

2 April 2019
In the UK, former Quarto Group CEO Marcus Leaver and former Bonnier Zaffre CEO Mark Smith have launched a new trade publishing business, Welbeck Publishing Group. Based in London, with...