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Transworld sees double, takes fiction chart top spots

The Bookseller – 2012-02-07

Transworld titles earn pride of place in both the Mass-market and Original Fiction charts this...

Ebook sales are being driven by downmarket genre fiction

Guardian – 2012-02-06

Publishers face secrecy over sales and an absence of industry-wide data to help them plot strategyKindle-owning bibliophiles are furtive beasts. Their shelves still boast classics and Booker winners....

WH Smith to promote YA fiction

The Bookseller – 2012-01-27

W H Smith is to promote cross- over young adult (YA) titles more directly to adults via a new...

Fiction, Nonfiction Mix it Up: International Bestsellers January 2012

Publishers Weekly – 2012-01-20

Germany’s top fiction title at the end of December, The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out His Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson climbed up from #5, supplanting previous chart-topper...

Appleton to head fiction at Hodder Childrens Books

The Bookseller – 2012-01-19

Jon Appleton has been appointed to the newly-created post of editorial director for fiction at...

Sutherland to chair Fiction Uncovered panel

The Bookseller – 2012-01-18

John Sutherland, a former judge and chair of the Man Booker prize, is to chair the judging panel...

Saqi Books launches non-fiction imprint

The Bookseller – 2012-01-12

Independent publisher Saqi Books is to launch a new non-fiction imprint, with plans to publish...

Gibson Square poised to increase fiction output

The Bookseller – 2012-01-09

Gibson Square Books will be increasingly "dipping its toe" into fiction, following on...

Head of Zeus makes fiction buy

The Bookseller – 2011-12-12

Literary agent Fiona Spencer Thomas has sold a thriller by Alex Churton to Anthony Cheetham's...

Head of Zeus makes first fiction buy

The Bookseller – 2011-12-12

Literary agent Fiona Spencer Thomas has sold a thriller by Alex Churton to Anthony Cheetham's...

C&R to launch commercial fiction imprint

The Bookseller – 2011-12-07

Constable & Robinson is to launch Canvas, a new commercial fiction list headed by...

Interactive ebooks take on fiction novels

GigaOM – 2011-12-07

New transmedia publishing company Chafie Creative Group is trying to breathe life into fiction novels with a new iPad app called Immersedition, which will showcase the written word and storytelling...

Hay House Fiction Debut Marks 25 Years

Publishers Weekly – 2011-11-04

In a major departure for Hay House, the self-help and spirituality publisher is jumping into the fiction market. Its debut mystery novel, The First Rule of Ten by psychologist Gay Hendricks and...

Hutchinson builds fiction list with new buys

The Bookseller – 2011-11-04

Written By: Charlotte Williams Publication Date: Fri, 04/11/2011 - 11:09 Random House Cornerstone imprint Hutchinson is lining up books for its 2012/13 fiction lists, with publishing director...

Mabecron moves into children's fiction

The Bookseller – 2011-11-04

Written By: Caroline Horn Publication Date: Mon, 07/11/2011 - 08:30 Independent bookseller Ron Johns is moving into children’s fiction publishing, following a number of successes as a publisher of...

Mabrecon moves into childen's fiction

The Bookseller – 2011-11-04

Written By: Caroline Horn Publication Date: Fri, 04/11/2011 - 15:21 Independent bookseller Ron Johns is moving into children’s fiction publishing, following a number of successes as a publisher of...

Avon buys Titanic fiction novel

The Bookseller – 2011-11-01

Written By: Graeme Neill Publication Date: Tue, 01/11/2011 - 15:42 Avon has become the latest publisher to acquire a book tying into the 100th anniversary of the Titanic disaster. Editorial...

S&S bags Lynda Bellingham in two-book fiction deal

The Bookseller – 2011-10-28

Written By: Graeme Neill Publication Date: Fri, 28/10/2011 - 10:53 Actress and “Loose Women” co-presenter Lynda Bellingham has signed a two-book deal with Simon & Schuster to write commercial...

HC appoints Katrina Troy to head fiction

The Bookseller – 2011-10-27

Written By: Graeme Neill Publication Date: Thu, 27/10/2011 - 08:15 HarperCollins has appointed Katrina Troy, currently head of commercial affairs for Vintage and Mainstream Publishing, as its...

40 non-fiction books suggested for Canada Reads

CBC – 2011-10-18

Readers of CBC Books have chosen 40 non-fiction works they'd like to see compete in next February's edition of Canada Reads, CBC's annual book debate.

CBC's Canada Reads turns to non-fiction

CBC – 2011-09-27

Canada Reads, CBC's annual book debate, will shine a spotlight on non-fiction for the first time in 2012.

HarperPress to focus on non-fiction

The Bookseller – 2011-07-28

Written By: Graeme Neill Publication Date: Thu, 28/07/2011 - 14:22 HarperPress will no longer publish fiction by the end of June 2012 with the publisher choosing to concentrate on non-fiction in...

Suzanne Collins, Hunger Games trilogy author, is innovative because her dark, bloodthirsty books upend our notions of what young adult fiction should be.

Slate – 2011-07-26

How her dark, bloodthirsty books upended our notions of what young adult fiction should be—and converted waves of skeptical adults in the process.[more ...]

Gollancz deal to put Encyclopedia of Science Fiction online

The Bookseller – 2011-07-06

Written By: Charlotte Williams Publication Date: Wed, 06/07/2011 - 09:19 The third edition of the Encyclopedia of Science Fiction is to be released online later this year by ESF Ltd, a new company...

Dawn retains top spot but fiction sales slump on 2010

The Bookseller – 2011-07-05

Written By: Philip Stone Publication Date: Tue, 05/07/2011 - 16:04 Dawn French’s début novel, A Tiny Bit Marvellous (Penguin), retains its position at the summit of The Official UK Top 50...

At home with Philip Roth: The author confesses he never reads fiction.

Slate – 2011-06-26

The author confesses he never reads fiction.[more ...]

Writing young-adult fiction: Better than going to the prom.

Slate – 2011-06-23

Young-adult books are being sold to an audience that can't vote, yet they're being written by people commonly referred to on the Internet as "the olds." We should know. We're two of them. Both of us...

Crime fiction for summer

Salon.com – 2011-06-20

With the advent of summer, this reader's thoughts have turned to a life of crime -- well, of crime fiction, at least. It isn't always easy, though, to find a novel to scratch that estival itch. Yes,...

Fiction Rules E-Books

Publishers Weekly – 2011-06-20

Fiction is the leading sales driver of e-books, and just how dominant that segment has been is clearly seen in a new market study just released by Bowker. According to "2010–2011 U.S. Book Consumer...

Sell Your Commercial Fiction To This Agency

Media Bistro – 2011-06-14

This publishing vet wants writers to submit compelling queries with a unique voice. Pitching An Agent: The Croce Agency New Career Opportunities Daily: The best jobs in media.

Random House dominates Fiction Uncovered list

The Bookseller – 2011-05-19

Written By: Katie Allen Publication Date: Thu, 19/05/2011 - 12:59 Three Random House Group titles have been picked for the first Fiction Uncovered promotion, which also includes two from indie...

BBC defends genre fiction coverage

The Bookseller – 2011-04-20

Written By: Graeme Neill Publication Date: Wed, 20/04/2011 - 09:45 The BBC is broadcasting an item on “The Culture Show” about science fiction next month, in the wake of a row about the...

Chick lit reimagined as respectable fiction

Salon.com – 2011-04-19

"Chick lit" is one of the most depressing terms I can think of in the publishing industry. Then again, I don't know that much book-selling jargon, so there are probably worse ones ("Magical...

Independent Foreign Fiction Prize: This year's shortlist spans a world of great writing

The Independent – 2011-04-15

It took some hard pounding and tough talking, but we got there in the end. The six novels featured on this page make up the shortlist for the 2011 Independent Foreign Fiction Prize. They will compete...

Angry Robot buys two fantasy fiction

The Bookseller – 2011-04-07

Written By: Graeme Neill Publication Date: Thu, 07/04/2011 - 09:01 Angry Robot has made two fantasy fiction acquisitions, one a swashbuckling adventure and the other set in Elizabethan England....

Coronet to publish Tess Daly fiction

The Bookseller – 2011-04-05

Written By: Charlotte Williams Publication Date: Tue, 05/04/2011 - 16:11 Coronet will publish "Strictly Come Dancing" presenter Tess Daly's first sashay into fiction, having acquired The Camera...

Hothouse Fiction expands team

The Bookseller – 2011-03-17

Written By: Caroline Horn Publication Date: Thu, 17/03/2011 - 15:51 Creative agency Hothouse Fiction is expanding its team to increase output and extend its international sales, especially into the...

Hardback fiction added to UK's shopping basket

The Bookseller – 2011-03-15

Written By: Graeme Neill Publication Date: Tue, 15/03/2011 - 14:47 Adult hardback fiction books have been added to the basket of goods that the government uses to calculate the cost of living in...

Independent Foreign Fiction Prize: Latin America is back with a boom

The Independent – 2011-03-11

During our hard-fought but well-mannered judging sessions for the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize, we spend too much time inspecting individual trees ever to spot the shape of the emerging wood. So...

The art of writing: Hanif Kureishi reveals how to succeed in the worlds of fiction and film

The Independent – 2011-03-04

Ihad wanted to be a writer – to devote myself to words and storytelling – from the age of 14. I can remember the moment it occurred to me, one day at school, and how differently I felt about the...

Jamie top, while Faulks boosts fiction

The Bookseller – 2011-02-22

Written By: Philip Stone Publication Date: Tue, 22/02/2011 - 16:01 Sales of Jamie Oliver’s Jamie’s 30-minute Meals (Michael Joseph) fell 22% week-on-week, but its 39,118 sale in the seven days to...

Jamie scores double non-fiction number ones

The Bookseller – 2011-02-15

Written By: Philip Stone Publication Date: Tue, 15/02/2011 - 15:59 TV chef Jamie Oliver has achieved the rare feat of topping both the hardback and paperback non-fiction bestseller lists, helping ...

iBookstore joins Fiction Uncovered promotion

The Bookseller – 2011-02-14

Publication Date: Mon, 14/02/2011 - 08:31 Apple's iBookstore is the latest retailer to sign up to Fiction Uncovered as the new promotion for midlist authors attracts 80 submissions. The online giant...

Tiger tale wins $40K non-fiction book award

CBC – 2011-02-01

Vancouver's John Vaillant has won British Columbia's National Award for Canadian Non-Fiction for his book The Tiger: A True Story of Vengeance and Survival.

Best European Fiction 2011, Edited by Aleksandar Hemon

The Independent – 2011-01-21

Does European literature exist? Of course it does, and this collection of 41 stories proves it. The Berlin Wall is down and revolutionary vanguards of skilful translators and enlightened publishers...

Waterstone's reveals its 11 debut fiction picks for 2011

The Bookseller – 2011-01-20

Three titles from Penguin and three from...

Random offers e-book bundles for Faulks' look at fiction

The Bookseller – 2011-01-19

BBC Books and Vintage Classics have teamed up...

Circalit Seeks Crime Fiction

Publishers Weekly – 2011-01-18

A year-old social networking and digital distribution platform that aims to bring writers and agents together has created a contest to find "the next big crime fiction blockbuster." Circalit,...

Honoring Mitch Albom, a Journalist Who Dabbled in Fiction

New York Times – 2010-07-26

The Associated Press Sports Editors awarded Mitch Albom the Red Smith Award, despite a fabrication in his column in 2005.

Author Mueenuddin wins Story Prize for short fiction

Reuters – 2010-03-04

Reuters - Writer Daniyal Mueenuddin has won the Story Prize for short fiction for "In Other Rooms, Other Wonders," a compendium of eight interconnected short stories set in the 1980s amid feudal...

Saudi Author Abdo Khal Wins $50,000 Prize for Arabic Fiction

Bloomberg – 2010-03-02

March 2 (Bloomberg) -- Saudi author Abdo Khal won the International Prize for Arabic Fiction for “She Throws Sparks as Big as Castles,” a satirical novel about a poor young man who goes to work...

Egypt author wins Arab fiction prize for Beelzebub

Reuters – 2009-03-16

Reuters - Egyptian writer and scholar Youssef Ziedan won the International Prize for Arabic Fiction on Monday with "Azazeel" (Beelzebub), his best-selling novel which angered the Egyptian Coptic...

Egyptian book about Christians nabs International Prize for Arabic Fiction

CBC – 2009-03-16

Controversial Egyptian author Youssef Ziedan has captured the second-ever International Prize for Arabic Fiction. Beelzebub, which means the Devil and stems from an old Hebrew word that translates...

Egyptian Author Wins Arabic Fiction Prize

Khaleej Times – 2009-03-16

ABU DHABI - A renowned Egyptian author whose novel depicts doctrinal conflicts among 5th century Christians in the Middle East won the second-ever International Prize for Arabic Fiction, organisers...

Tobias Wolff wins Story Prize for short fiction

Reuters – 2009-03-04

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Author Tobias Wolff won the annual Story Prize for short fiction on Wednesday for "Our Story Begins," a compendium of some two dozen short stories including 10 never-before...

Philip Jose Farmer, science-fiction writer, dies at 91

CNN – 2009-02-26

Author Philip Jose Farmer died in his sleep Wednesday, according to a message on his Web site.

Philip José Farmer, Science Fiction Writer, Dies at 91

New York Times – 2009-02-26

Mr. Farmer challenged conventional pieties of the genre in caustic fables set on bizarre worlds.

Best translated book awards for fiction and poetry announced

Jam! Showbiz – 2009-02-20

NEW YORK - A Hungarian novel about a writer who lives with his mother and an eclectic, experimental collection of Japanese verse have been named winners of the Best Translated Book Awards for...

Fiction Writer Hortense Calisher Dies At 97

Arts Journal – 2009-01-15

"Hortense Calisher, the novelist and short-story writer whose unpredictable turns of phrase, intellectually challenging fictional situations and complex plots captivated and puzzled readers for a...

Fiction Reading Increases for Adults

New York Times – 2009-01-14

The National Endowment for the Arts says in a report that it believes a quarter-century of precipitous decline in fiction reading has reversed.

Arts, Briefly: False Memoir May Find New Life as Fiction

New York Times – 2009-01-08

An independent publisher said it was negotiating to release Herman Rosenblat’s discredited memoir, “Angel at the Fence,” as fiction.

Julius Fast, 89, writer of both fact and fiction, is dead

International Herald Tribune – 2008-12-23

Fast won the first Edgar Award given by the Mystery Writers of America and went on to publish popular books on body language, the Beatles and human relationships.

John Updike wins special Bad Sex in fiction prize

AP – 2008-11-25

AP - It's not quite the Nobel Prize, but John Updike has a new literary accolade: laureate of bad sex.

Rare victory for non-fiction book in John Llewellyn Rhys prize

Guardian Unlimited – 2008-11-24

Henry Hitchings's The Secret Life of Words is the first non-fiction book in six years to win the award

Montefiore turns from history to fiction

Reuters via Yahoo! News – 2008-11-04

British author Simon Sebag Montefiore is well known for biographies and historical works but the critically acclaimed writer has now turned to fiction with a new book set in 20th century Russia.

Hyperion to Publish Two Non-Fiction Books by Bestselling Author, Dean Koontz

PR Newswire via Yahoo! Finance – 2008-10-20

Hyperion announces plans to publish two nonfiction books by mega-bestselling author, Dean Koontz. The first book, A Big Little Life: A Memoir of a Joyful Dog, is scheduled for Summer 2009...

Peter Vansittart, Prolific Writer of Historical Fiction, Is Dead at 88

New York Times – 2008-10-15

Mr. Vansittart breathed new life into the historical novel by mingling myth with modernity, and by injecting 20th-century preoccupations into historical settings.

Northern Illinois To Launch Fiction Imprint

Publishers Wekly – 2008-09-26

Northern Illinois University Press is launching Switchgrass Books, a fiction imprint dedicated to Midwestern voices.

BBC ponders splitting Jane Tranter's controller of fiction role

Guardian – 2008-09-04

The BBC is likely to divide up the controller of fiction role following news that Jane Tranter is considering a job running BBC Worldwide's production business in the US. By Tara Conlan

L. Rust Hills, Fiction Editor at Esquire, Dies at 83

New York Times – 2008-08-14

Mr. Hills was a staunch advocate of contemporary American literature who, as Esquire’s curmudgeonly fiction editor, published original works by scores of the country’s finest writers.

Janwillem van de Wetering, Crime Fiction Writer, Dies at 77

New York Times – 2008-07-16

Mr. van de Wetering was a former police officer who set detective series in the Netherlands.

Fiction Chronicle

New York Times – 2008-07-13

New novels reviewed: “Gregorius,” by Bengt Ohlsson; “Homespun,” by Nilita Vachani; “Skeletons at the Feast,” by Chris Bohjalian; and “The End of Manners,” by Francesca Marciano.

Fiction review: 'Lost in Uttar Pradesh'

San Francisco Chronicle – 2008-07-12

Lost in Uttar Pradesh By Evan S. Connell Counterpoint; 360 pages; $27 Americans probably best know Evan Connell for writing the novel "Mrs. Bridge," set in his native Kansas City, a book made into...

Thomas M. Disch: Poet and writer of death-haunted science fiction who won plaudits for 'Camp Concentration'

Independent – 2008-07-09

The death of the American writer Thomas M. Disch, by his own hand, on the Fourth of July, was the last act of a drama that had been unfolding in public for several years.

Children's Fiction Drives German Gains

Publishers Wekly – 2008-07-07

Sales of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows pushed children's fiction sales up 14% in Germany in 2007, the major factor in a 3.4% increase in the year.

Fiction review: Read your 'Broccoli'

San Francisco Chronicle – 2008-06-28

Broccoli and Other Tales of Food and Love By Lara Vapnyar Pantheon; 148 pages; $20 How many Americans are writing in Russian and publishing first-rate short stories in Russia? Lara Vapnyar moved from...

Fiction review: Noah Hawley's 'The Punch'

San Francisco Chronicle – 2008-06-28

The Punch By Noah Hawley Chronicle Books; 308 pages; $23.95 The phrase "quality assurance," that most glossy of corporate glosses, was bound to end up the target of a novel's barbs. What satirist...

Northcutt New Borders Fiction Buyer

Publishers Wekly – 2008-06-23

Borders has tapped its YA buyer, Jennifer Northcutt, to oversee fiction at the chain. Northcutt begins immediately as the fiction buyer for all Borders and Waldenbooks stores.

Critic's Notebook: What is fact, what is fiction?

Los Angeles Times – 2012-02-19

'The Lifespan of a Fact' lays out a thought-provoking debate of the issue between authors John D'Agata and Jim Fingal.The key passage in John D'Agata and Jim Fingal's "The Lifespan of a Fact" (W.W....

Part Fact Part Fiction Is What Life Is

Slate – 2012-03-03

Jeanette Winterson’s sentences become lodged in the brain for years, like song lyrics. “I’m telling you stories. Trust me.” “Why is the measure of love loss?” Decades after first reading...

‘The Lifespan of a Fact’ blends fiction with nonfiction to explore nature of truth

Poynter. – 2012-03-05

“The Lifespan of a Fact” has been reviewed in a variety of reputable publications and is generating a lot of attention and discussion. The Atlantic wrote last week that the book...

Banned novel makes Indie Foreign Fiction Prize longlist

The Bookseller – 2012-03-08

A novel banned by the Chinese government has made the longlist for the Independent Foreign...

Edith Pearlman wins National Book Critics Circle fiction prize

Los Angeles Times – 2012-03-09

The under-the-radar author won for her collection "Binocular Vision: New and Selected Stories."Reporting from New York -- The National Book Critics Circle gave its 2011 fiction prize to Edith...

Edith Pearlman takes the NBCC fiction prize

The Christian Science Monitor – 2012-03-10

Other National Book Critics Circle honorees include writer John Lewis Gaddis for 'George F. Kennan: An American Life' and Maya Jasanoff for 'Liberty's Exiles.'

Debut novel sets new tone in Swedish crime fiction

Yahoo! News – 2012-03-15

Readers of Stieg Larsson and Henning Mankell have long associated Swedish crime fiction with serene landscapes, tired police inspectors and serial killers.

"Stasiland" author turned to fiction for latest book

Yahoo! News – 2012-03-16

NEW YORK (Reuters) - As a former human rights lawyer and the author of non-fiction bestseller "Stasiland" about life in communist East Germany, Australian author Anna Funder knows a thing or two...

Stranger Than Fiction: Oprah Was Bad for Book Sales

The Atlantic – 2012-03-20

By encouraging readers to tackle longer, more sophisticated novels, the queen of daytime TV may have hurt overall fiction sales.

Studios gorge on young-adult fiction amid success of 'Hunger Games'

Los Angeles Times – 2012-03-27

The literary genre is white-hot in Hollywood, with filmmakers bidding on unpublished books and paying as much as $1 million for the rights to relatively modest sellers.The back-to-back blockbuster...

Lebanese author wins prize for Arabic fiction

Yahoo! News – 2012-03-27

Organizers say a Lebanese author has won the International Prize for Arabic Fiction for his novel depicting life of a Christian egg seller after war, in exile and during imprisonment.

The Inevitable '50 Shades of Grey' Parody; A Defense of Fan Fiction

The Atlantic Wire – 2012-04-03

Today in books and publishing:50 Shades of Grey gets a parody spin-off, fan fiction gets a defense, and Jodi Picoult says the darndest things. Andrew Shaffer, prominent mocker of 50...

Should Children's Fiction Be Educational?

Media Bistro – 2012-04-15

In our interview, the author behind the Gossip Girl franchise said, "I absolutely hate kids' books that have lessons telling kids how to behave." Do you agree? Read the interview and share your...

No Pulitzer Prize given for fiction

CBC – 2012-04-17

A biography of Malcolm X by Manning Marable has won the Pulitzer Prize for history, but for the first time in 35 years, no fiction award has been granted.

Pulitzer Prize for history, but not for fiction

The Christian Science Monitor – 2012-04-17

The late Manning Marable won the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for history, honored for a Malcolm X book. But no Pulitzer Prize was awarded for fiction.

Media Decoder Blog: Pulitzer Fiction Snub Has Book Publishers Fuming

The New York Times – 2012-04-17

An unconventional collection of novels failed to generate a consensus among the Pulitzer board members.

Book lovers react bitterly to no fiction Pulitzer

Yahoo! News – 2012-04-18

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Disappointed book lovers and the publishing world lashed out on Tuesday at the refusal to declare a Pulitzer fiction winner, saying it would hurt sales and gave the impression...

Will decision not to award a fiction Pulitzer this year distort book coverage?

Poynter. – 2012-04-19

Will decision not to award a fiction Pulitzer this year distort book coverage? Most readers hearing the news will not assume it was a deadlock. They’ll just figure it was a bum year for fiction....

The Literary Sequel Problem; Science Fiction From Afar

The Atlantic Wire – 2012-04-27

Today in publishing and literature: The difficulties of selling a literary sequel, science fiction is alike all over, and Whitney Houston's mother is looking for a book deal. Five years ago,...

Curious Fox signs first fiction titles

The Bookseller – 2012-05-04

Raintree has acquired the first titles for its fledgling fiction list, Curious Fox, from Fiction...

Phoenix Yard to expand fiction

The Bookseller – 2012-05-14

Phoenix Yard Books, which launched in 2011, is to expand its fiction publishing in 2013 with...

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