Nosy Crow has signed up journalist and cookery writer Ella Risbridger to write her first children’s books, which will include two middle-grade novels and a poetry anthology. The first novel is entitled The Secret Detectives and will be released in February 2021, with the sequel to follow the next spring. Risbridger is also writing a children’s poetry collection, which will be published in September 2021 and illustrated by Anna Shepta. The full announcement can be found on The Bookseller here.
Zaffre will be publishing Caroline Day’s debut novel Hope Nicely’s Lessons For Life, which will be available in hardback in spring 2021. The novel has been described as “a heart-warming coming-of-age novel about loneliness, friendship, acceptance and, above all, hope”. The full announcement can be found on The Bookseller here.
Fourth Estate is set to publish Katherine Heiny’s new novel and story collection, with UK and Commonwealth rights acquired by Felicity Rubinstein. Set in Michigan, the novel follows Jane, a young school teacher, as she navigates the unexpected turns of life. The novel will be published in hardback in summer 2021 and the story collection will follow in 2023. More information can be found on the Bookseller website here.
A huge congratulations to Chanel Miller, whose memoir Know My Name has been awarded the 2020 National Book Critics Circle prize in the Autobiography category. The awards have been running in America since 1974 and are the only national literary awards chosen by critics themselves. The judges describe Know My Name as “offering us a rare understanding of what it means to have one’s life utterly changed by an act of violence”, adding that “well before she became a crime victim, Miller had dedicated herself to the art of storytelling; the power of her narrative structure and the lush and personable voice she achieves on the page are the result.” The full announcement and list of winners can be found here.
Congratulations to Rory Power for her novel Wilder Girls being shortlisted for the 2020 Kitschies Golden Tentacle Award. The Golden Tentacle is awarded annually to the debut novel that fits the criteria of progressive, intelligent and entertaining. The book must also be the author’s first published work of novel-length fiction in any genre, with the winner receiving a £500 prize and a hand-crafted trophy. Full details of the shortlist can be found on The Bookseller here.
The winners will be announced on Monday 6th April 2020.
Granta has signed non-fiction debut Written in the Sand by British poet and essayist Jack Parlett, with UK and Commonwealth rights acquired by Jane Finigan. According to the synopsis, the book will focus on the lives of the poets, writers, artists and activists who found freedom on the infamous strip of land of New York’s Fire Island. Written in the Sand will be published in 2022. The full announcement can be found in The Bookseller here.
The longlist for the 2020 Australian Book Industry Awards has been announced and we’re excited to see both Carrie Tiffany and Gary Disher on the list! Carrie Tiffany has been nominated for Exploded View and Gary Disher has been nominated for Peace – a big congratulations to them both! A panel of experts will select the shortlists, which will be announced on 9 April, and the winners will be announced at the ABIA awards night at the Sydney International Convention Centre on 29 April. The longlist announcements can be found here.
Karen Foxlee’s beautiful children’s book LENNY’S BOOK OF EVERYTHING has been longlisted for the 2020 CILIP Carnegie Medal! The CILIP Carnegie Medal is the UK’s oldest children’s book award, established in 1936 and awarded annually by youth librarians. The shortlist will be announced on Thursday 19th March with the winner declared on Wednesday 17th June at the British Library. The full longlist can be read here. LENNY’S BOOK OF EVERYTHING is published in the UK with Pushkin.
Congratulations to Yelena Moskovich for her novel VIRTUOSO being long-listed for the 2020 Dylan Thomas Prize at Swansea University. Worth £30,000, it is one of the UK’s most prestigious literary prizes as well as the world’s largest literary prize for young writers. Awarded for the best published literary work in the English language, written by an author aged 39 or under, the Prize celebrates the international world of fiction in all its forms including poetry, novel, short stories and dramas. The shortlist will be announced on 7 April, followed by a British Library Event, London on 13 May and Winner’s Ceremony held in Swansea on International Dylan Thomas Day, 14 May. The full long-list can be viewed here.
Congratulations to Chanel Miller for her debut book, KNOW MY NAME, being nominated for a 2019 National Book Critics Circle Award in the category of Autobiography. The National Book Critics Circle honours outstanding writing and fosters a national conversation about reading, criticism, and literature. The winners will be announced at a celebration in March, held in New York. The full list of nominees can be viewed over on the National Book Critics Circle online: https://www.bookcritics.org/2020/01/11/announcing-the-finalists-for-the-2019-nbcc-awards/