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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...

Macmillan, Scholastic report gender pay gaps

1 April 2019
Macmillan and Scholastic are the latest UK publishers to report gender pay gaps as part of government regulations that require companies with 250 or more employees to report the difference...

Antrobus wins 2019 Ted Hughes Award

28 March 2019
In the UK, British Jamaican poet Raymond Antrobus has won the 2019 Ted Hughes Award for his debut collection The Perseverance (Penned In The Margins), reports the Guardian. The Perseverance explores family...

European Parliament passes copyright reform bill

28 March 2019
The European Parliament has passed the EU’s copyright reform bill 348 votes to 274, reports the Bookseller. The Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market aims to update digital...

Sales, earnings up at PRH in 2018

27 March 2019
Penguin Random House (PRH) parent company Bertelsmann has reported a slight rise in sales and earnings at the publisher in 2018, with revenue up 1.9% to €3.4 billion ($A5.37bn) and...

Waterstones staff campaign for ‘real living wage’

26 March 2019
In the UK, staff at bookselling chain Waterstones are campaigning to be paid the ‘real living wage’, reports the Bookseller. Piccadilly Waterstones bookseller April Newton set up the online petition...