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Pulitzer Prize winners announced

16 June 2021
In the US, the winners of the Pulitzer Prizes were announced at a virtual ceremony on 11 June, reports Publishers Weekly. Louise Erdrich won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction for...

Waterstones profit down 8.4% in 2020

15 June 2021
UK bookselling chain Waterstones’ after-tax profit fell 8.4% to £20.8 million (A$38m) in the year to 25 April 2020, reports the Bookseller. Revenue was down 4.3% on 2019 to £376...

Frankfurt plans for in-person event

11 June 2021
Frankfurt Book Fair organisers are planning on hosting an in-person fair this year from October 20–24, reports Publishers Weekly. Fair director Juergen Boos told Publishers Weekly the fair ‘will be...

Hazareesingh wins £40,000 Wolfson History Prize

10 June 2021
In the UK, Sudhir Hazareesingh has won the £40,000 (A$73,045) Wolfson History Prize for Black Spartacus: The epic life of Toussaint Louverture (Allen Lane), reports the Bookseller. Black Spartacus is...

Bloomsbury records ‘outstanding’ results in 2020

8 June 2021
In the UK, Bloomsbury recorded an ‘outstanding’ financial year, as shown in its 2020 preliminary results, with sales up 14% to £185.1 million (A$338.2m) and profit up 22% to £19.2 million...

UK backlist titles up during lockdowns

7 June 2021
In the UK, Nielsen BookScan data has found demand for backlist titles increased over lockdown, reports the Bookseller. A report from Enders Analysis covers the shift in demand from frontlist...

US audiobook sales grows 12%

4 June 2021
In the US, an Audio Publishers Association report found audiobook revenue grew 12% to US$1.3 billion (A$1.7 billion) last year, reports Publishing Perspectives. The result is the ninth year in...

French author Diop wins International Booker Prize

3 June 2021
French author David Diop has won the £50,000 (A$91,400) International Booker Prize for his novel At Night All Blood is Black (trans by Anna Moschovakis, Pushkin). The judges described At...

Makumbi, Lawrence win 2021 Jhalak prizes

27 May 2021
In the UK, the winners of the 2021 Jhalak prizes, which recognise ‘authors who feel that their work is often marginalised unless it fulfils a romantic fetishisation of their cultural...

Beijing Book Fair to run as hybrid event

18 May 2021
This year’s Beijing International Book Fair (BIBF), which runs from 25­–29 August, will be held as a hybrid fair, with physical presence limited to Chinese and China-based publishers. International publishers...

Leilani wins Dylan Thomas prize for ‘Luster’

17 May 2021
In the UK, American writer Raven Leilani has won the £20,000 (A$36,240) Dylan Thomas Prize for her debut novel Luster (Picador). Luster follows Edie, a young Black woman who begins...

UK’s CMA clears Bertelsmann’s S&S acquisition

13 May 2021
In the UK, the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has cleared Penguin Random House (PRH) owner Bertelsmann’s acquisition of Simon & Schuster (S&S) following an investigation, reports the Bookseller. Bertelsmann...

Gilligan wins Ondaatje Prize for ‘The Butchers’

12 May 2021
In the UK, Ruth Gilligan has won the £10,000 (A$18,000) Royal Society of Literature Ondaatje Prize for The Butchers (Atlantic), a literary thriller set in the Irish Borderlands during the 1996...

Oseman wins YA Book Prize for ‘Loveless’

7 May 2021
Alice Oseman has won the Bookseller’s 2021 YA Book Prize for Loveless (HarperCollins), a ‘joyful’ coming out story about a romance-obsessed teenager who realises she is aromantic and asexual. Loveless tells the...

Shortlist announced for £40k Wolfson History Prize

3 May 2021
In the UK, the shortlist for the £40,000 (A$76,200) Wolfson History Prize shortlist has been announced. The shortlisted titles are: Survivors: Children’s lives after the Holocaust (Rebecca Clifford, Yale University Press)...

UK publisher consumer sales up 7% in 2020

28 April 2021
In the UK, Publishers Association (PA) figures show UK book sales—particularly fiction and audiobooks—soared in 2020, with consumer sales up 7% on 2019 despite bookshop closures, reports the Guardian. The...

International Booker Prize shortlist announced

23 April 2021
The shortlist for the 2021 International Booker Prize for translated fiction has been announced. The six shortlisted titles are: At Night All Blood is Black (David Diop, trans from French by...