Overall visitor numbers were up at the 2019 Frankfurter Buchmesse, where rights trade was brisk and events addressed timely topics including Brexit, feminism, racism, and climate crisis.
Booker Prize 2019 Goes to Two: Margaret Atwood and Bernardine Evaristo
Termed a ‘shock announcement’ by the Booker Foundation, a 1993 rule against splitting the Booker is defied by this year’s jury, led by Peter Florence.
Atwood and Rushdie on the UK’s 2019 Booker Prize Shortlist
A set of six novels the Booker’s Gaby Wood calls ‘political, orchestral, fearless, felt’ is announced in London, the 2019 Booker Prize shortlist.
Frankfurter Buchmesse 2019 BookFest Gala: Atwood, Follett, Lunde, Shafak, Whitehead
Capping this year’s BookFest events at Frankfurt will be an evening with Margaret Atwood, Maja Lunde, Elif Shafak, Colson Whitehead, and Ken Follett.
Booker Prize 2019 Longlist: Novels in English From Nine Countries
The 2019 Booker Prize longlist comprises the work of a particularly international collection of authors, including two former laureates.
Books, Games, Film: Choose the Next Path for Storytelling
The massive audiences and lucrative development of the streaming platforms can mean some tough choices for publishers trying to map out screen success.
Industry Notes: Bologna Round Table in New York; New ‘Handmaid’ Images in Milan
The Bologna Children’s Book Fair’s 50th year illustration exhibition has a session in New York this week, and Milan illustrators Anna and Elena Balbusso produce new ‘Handmaid’s Tale’ artwork ahead of Margaret Atwood’s sequel.
In Norwich, the National Centre for Writing Formally Opens at Dragon Hall This Week
Dedicated to ‘exploring the artistic and social power of creative writing,’ Norwich’s National Centre for Writing, is having its formal launch week in its redeveloped new home that includes the 15th-century Dragon Hall.
Hay Festival 2018 Sets a Record, Selling 18,000 More Tickets Than in 2017
As Atwoodian handmaids moved in robes and bonnets around the property, Wales’ 31st flagship Hay Festival drew some 700 speakers and sold more than a quarter of a million tickets to its 800 events in literature and contemporary issues.
Hay Festival Opens Early Bird Access to Public for 2018 Events in Wales
Margaret Atwood, Philip Pullman, Bridget Christie and those surprise ‘Letters Live’ performers are among personalities set for the Hay Festival 31st season special events in Wales, with early bird tickets going on sale to the public today (January 16).