2015 Folio Prize shortlist revealed

The Folio Prize – open to English-language fiction of any genre, form or country of origin – has announced the shortlist for its second year. The eight nominees for the sophomore award are: 10:04 by Ben Lerner; All My Puny Sorrows by Miriam Toews; Dept. of Speculation by Jenny Offill; Dust by Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor; Family Life by Akhil Sharma; How to Be Both by Ali Smith; Nora Webster by Colm Tóibín; and Outline by Rachel Cusk. Those eight were whittled down from a longlist of 80.

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Questions raised – and rebutted – about new Harper Lee novel

As you’ve no doubt heard about, got tired of, called 2 Kill 2 Mockingbirds along with the rest of the internet then got tired of calling 2 Kill 2 Mockingbirds, Harper Lee is set to release a second novel this summer, 55 years after the publication of To Kill a Mockingbird.  On July 14 (happy Bastille Day!) HarperCollins (and William Heinemann in the UK) will publish Go Set a Watchman – an unpublished work Lee set aside 60 years ago to focus on Mockingbird, which will focus on the earlier book’s semi-autobiographical child protagonist Scout as an adult.

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Killer Reads reveals titles acquired from open submission

Last summer we reported that HarperCollins was to relaunch its Killer Reads online community as a digital-first crime and thriller list, and that its initial wave of releases would be discovered via a week of open submissions. Now, with its first publication date of February 19th little over a fortnight away, the imprint has revealed the first three titles it has bought from those submissions, along with three additional titles submitted via literary agents.

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2015 Kim Scott Walwyn Prize opens for nominations

This year’s Kim Scott Walwyn Prize, celebrating the achievements of women in UK publishing, is now open for nominations and entries. Those looking to nominate a co-worker or other acquaintance should complete a nomination form online by 5pm on Friday 30 January, to allow said nominee time herself to complete an entry form by 5pm on Friday 20 February, alongside anyone immodest enough to skip the nomination stage and go straight to the entry form. The shortlist for this year’s prize will then be revealed in April, before the winner is announced at a ceremony on Wednesday 20 May.

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BookMachine to be media partner on single day course for authors

BookMachine will act as a media partner on a single-day course for authors to take place at Kingston University on Saturday 28 March. Is Everyone Now A Publisher? will provide an overview of ‘the publishing and writing landscape’, advice on preparing manuscripts for publication and opportunities for networking. Tickets are £115 apiece if bought before 30 January, £130 afterwards, with tickets for Kingston University staff and students available at the reduced rate of £90 throughout.

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David Harsent wins 2014 T. S. Eliot Prize for Poetry

This year’s T. S. Eliot Prize for poetry has been awarded to David Harsent for his collection Fire Songs. Published by Faber, it is Harsent’s eleventh collection to date, his fifth to be nominated for the T. S. Eliot Prize and his first to win. The poet claims a prize of £20,000 – an increase of £5,000 from the usual £15,000 in honour of the 50th anniversary of Eliot’s death (bet Sinéad Morrissey wishes she’d held off on publishing for just a few more months).

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