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Washington wins 2020 Dylan Thomas Prize

15 May 2020
In the UK, US author Bryan Washington has won the 2020 International Dylan Thomas Prize for his debut short story collection, Lot (Atlantic). Swansea University professor and judging panel chair...

UK reading more books in lockdown: Nielsen

15 May 2020
In the UK, Nielsen Book research has found 41% of UK adults are reading more since lockdown started, but only 25% are buying more books, and 18% are buying fewer...

Simon & Schuster CEO Carolyn Reidy dies

13 May 2020
In the US, Simon & Schuster (S&S) president and CEO Carolyn Reidy has died suddenly after experiencing a heart attack. Reidy was 71. Simon & Schuster Australia told Books+Publishing the...

McGraw Hill and Cengage call off merger

5 May 2020
McGraw Hill and Cengage have ‘mutually agreed to terminate their proposed merger’, according to a statement from McGraw Hill. According to the Bookseller, Cengage said the decision was brought about...

Edgar Allan Poe Awards 2020 winners announced

5 May 2020
In the US, the Mystery Writers of America has announced the winners of the 2020 Edgar Allan Poe Awards, which honour ‘the best in mystery fiction, nonfiction and television’ published...

Bertrams future ‘at risk’

4 May 2020
In the UK, the Sunday Times reports that Bertrams will appoint an administrator, with the Bookseller writing that the book wholesaler’s future is ‘at risk’ following the sale of its...

Shortlist announced for £40k Wolfson History Prize

30 April 2020
In the UK, the shortlist for the £40,000 (A$76,200) Wolfson History Prize shortlist has been announced. The shortlisted titles are: The Boundless Sea: A Human History of the Oceans (David Abulafia,...

Bologna releases schedule for virtual book fair

27 April 2020
Organisers of the Bologna Children’s Book Fair (BCBF) have released the schedule for the virtual book fair, which will take place across BCBF's digital channels from 4–7 May. Among the...

Women’s Prize for Fiction shortlist announced

22 April 2020
The 2020 shortlist for the £30,000 (A$58,600) Women's Prize for Fiction has been announced. The shortlisted novels are: Girl, Woman, Other (Bernardine Evaristo, Hamish Hamilton) The Mirror & The Light...

Shortlist for £10,000 Ondaatje Prize announced

21 April 2020
The 2020 shortlist for the £10,000 (A$19,520) Royal Society of Literature Ondaatje Prize has been announced. The annual award recognises books ‘of the highest literary merit—fiction, nonfiction or poetry—which best...

PW launches #BooksAreEssential campaign

20 April 2020
US trade publication Publishers Weekly (PW) has launched a new social media campaign to promote the importance of books. The #BooksAreEssential hashtag was created in response to the shutdown of...

PRH Spain introduces online direct sales platform

15 April 2020
In Spain, Penguin Random House (PRH) has launched Mugustaleer, a direct sales ecommerce platform for print books, after several weeks of country-wide lockdown measures that have included bookshop closures. Ten...