A lot has been happening in the literary world this week, so here’s a Top 10 Hot Spot list of all the latest news & views.
Most overlooked books of 2012 – a literary mixtape
Jamie Oliver and JK Rowling battle it out for Christmas top spot
Overwhelming response to Foyle’s revamp plans
The Casual Vacancy as BBC show
Self-publishing case studies
Angela Carter named best writer of a century
What writers can learn from Literary Death Match
Mo Yan delivers Nobel Prize Speech (with some controversial notes on censorship)
NaNoWriMo churned out 3 billion words this year
Book-scanning robot coming to a library near you?
Book Christmas Trees
The Bookseller announced today that a book list, compiled by publishers this Autumn, will be presented to booksellers around the UK to select their ‘Top 10’:
Delegates attending the Booksellers Association’s annual conference at Warwick University over 16th-17th September will be asked to select a list of 10 titles, which will form a package of ‘Bookshop Originals’ that indies will then hand-sell onto their customers.
This initiative is designed to promote sales in bookshops and local retailers and to determine the role booksellers play in readers’ choices at Christmastime.
The brains behind the proposal is Patrick Neale, president and owner of Jaffé and Neale bookshop. He said: “Bookshops play a crucial role in the discovery of books, running literary festivals and events, and they are instrumental in launching many new authors. There is no doubt that it is a challenging time for bookshops so it couldn’t be a better time to meet together and discuss the future of the industry.”
So when you’re dallying around WHSmith or your local bookshop this December, keep an eye out for the Booksellers Favourites — an opportunity to pick up quality presents!