Issue 94 | August 2020
Scottish Publishing Industry News
Hello

It may be wet and windy outside but hopefully you won't mind so much with all the great books and online book events around. You can watch live or catch up with a lot of great events at the Edinburgh International Book Festival and other festivals from the comfort of home. We've a list of festivals and also the usual round of people and book news.

Enjoy the last of summer and fingers crossed for some late sunshine.

Best wishes

Joan

Joan Lyle, Publishing Scotland

The first two covers above are the winner of and shortlisted for the International Booker Prize. The last two are longlisted for the Booker Prize. The middle title is Hinge by EMPA winner Alycia Pirmohamed.
Book people news
ALYCIA PIRMOHAMED
The winner of the Edwin Morgan Poetry Award 2020 is Alycia Pirmohamed, who has recently completed her PhD at the University of Edinburgh, and is co-founder of the Scottish BAME Writers Network. Her second pamphlet, Hinge (ignition press) is due out next month, and is this season’s Poetry Book Society pamphlet Choice. With a prize of £20,000, the biennial Edwin Morgan Poetry Award is one of the largest in the UK.

SANDSTONE PRESS

SEVERN HOUSE and HQ
Severn House (a Canongate Books company) and HQ (a HarperCollins imprint) are both shortlisted for the new Publisher's Dagger which will be awarded annually to the Best Crime and Mystery Publisher of the Year.

NIGEL ROBY
The Bookseller's owner Nigel Roby has bowed out from owning and running the trade magazine which he acquired in 2010. It is only the third time The Bookseller has been sold since it was first launched in 1858. The new owner is the private company that publishes The Stage and the two publications will share premises but be run independently. The Bookseller's Philip Jones and Emma Lowe are to join the executive management team of the Stage Media Co. See The Bookseller 7 August 2020.

SUZANNE COLLIER
Known to many in the UK industry, the founder of Bookcareers.com has been shortlisted for the GBS Services to Independent Publishers Awards at the IPG Independent Publishing Awards 2020. Suzanne provides careers guidance, coaching and redundancy support, and has long been an enthusiastic supporter and champion of the industry as a place to work.
Edinburgh International Book Festival 2020
As the Edinburgh International Book Festival can't put on their usual 900+ event Festival in the lovely tented village in Charlotte Square Gardens, they've curated a special online edition.

From 15-31 August, enjoy events for adults and children for free. Through the magic of technology, they'll be crossing continents and time zones to beam events from more than 30 countries straight into your home. What's more, you'll be able chat with fellow Festival goers via digital chatrooms and take part in Q&A sessions, and you'll even be able to meet the author and get your books signed (selected events). All events are free and available to watch on the book festival's website.

There is also a special event for publishers:on Friday 28 August: The Chance to Change - The Future of Publishing.

ONLINE BOOKSHOP: support the festival by buying books
You can buy event-related books from the festival's online bookshop which features a wide range of Scottish publishers' books. It also highlights Edinburgh's other bookshops.

The main image above right is from the book festival's press gallery and is of behind the scenes at the book festival studio (copyright Robin Mair. Edinburgh International Book Festival). The inset is of my view of the same event (Bernardine Evaristo and Nicola Sturgeon) watched at home.
Summer reading
Summer books for 0 to 2s
Scottish Book Trust has teamed up with Publishing Scotland and Scotland's publishers to bring you five EXCLUSIVE LISTS of the best new Scottish picture, children's and teen books around!

See the Scottish Book Trust website for: All the Summer Books lists or by age range 0 to 2; 3 to 5; 6 to 8; 9 to 11; and 12+.
Sandstone Press partners with anti-slavery charity Unseen
Cover of Stolen Lives and Unseen logo
Sandstone Press has announced a partnership with anti-slavery charity Unseen as they prepare to publish Stolen Lives: Human Trafficking and Slavery in Britain Today by Louise Hulland.
£2 for every copy of Hulland’s hard-hitting book pre-ordered from Sandstone’s online shop will be donated to Unseen.

Louise Hulland said that when she signed to Sandstone Press to write Stolen Lives, it was because the team understood how imperative it is to bring the issue of human trafficking and slavery to the world. When she found out they intended to donate £2 of every pre-order via their site to Unseen, she was even more delighted. Unseen do incredible work fighting slavery and this partnership perfectly exemplifies how working together can bring change.
Book prizes, awards and listings
AN POST IRISH BOOK AWARDS: SUBMIT BY 31 AUGUST 2020
These awards are for works by Irish authors ie the author must be Irish by birth, citizenship or long-term residence. Publishers are invited to submit eligible works by 31 August 2020. For full details, see the Irish Book Awards website.

INTERNATIONAL BOOKER PRIZE 2020
The Discomfort of Evening by Marieke Lucas Rijneveld (Dutch-Netherlands), translated by Michele Hutchison (Faber & Faber) is the winner of this year's International Booker Prize. The Adventures of China Iron by Gabriela Cabezón Cámara, translated by Iona Macintyre and Fiona Mackintosh, and published by Edinburgh-based Charco Press, was one of the shortlisted books, and the writers and translators had an event at the Edinburgh International Book Festival (watch the recording).

BOOKER PRIZE LONGLIST 2020
The Shadow King by Maaza Mengiste (Canongate Books) and Shuggie Bain by Douglas Stuart (Picador) are among the thirteen books longlisted for the Booker Prize 2020. Both also appeared at this year's Edinburgh International Book Festival and you can watch recordings of the events: Maaza Mengiste with Jess Brough and Douglas Stuart with Damian Barr.

NOT THE BOOKER SHORTLIST 2020
Hamnet by Edinburgh-based Maggie O'Farrell (Tinder Press) is one of the six books on the Not the Booker shortlist (whittled down from 211). It is also shortlisted for the Women's Prize for Fiction 2020.

THE WAINWRIGHT PRIZE SHORTLIST 2020
The Frayed Atlantic Edge by David Gange (William Collins) and Native: Life in a Vanishing Landscape by Patrick Laurie (Birlinn) are among the books in the running for this nature writing prize. The winner will be announced on 8 September 2020.

BLOODY SCOTLAND SCOTTISH CRIME DEBUT OF THE YEAR SHORTLIST
The Crown Agent by Stephen O'Rourke (Sandstone Press) is one of four books on this year's shortlist. The winner will be announced on Friday 18 September 2020.

MCILVANNEY PRIZE LONGLIST 2020
Among the dozen books longlisted for this Scottish crime writing prize are: Whirligig by Andrew James Greig (Fledgling Press), The Art of Dying by Ambrose Parry (Canongate Press), The Island by Ben McPherson (HarperCollins) and The Red, Red Snow by Caro Ramsay (Severn House). The finalists will be announced on Tuesday 1 September and the winner on Friday 18 September 2020.

CWA CRIME FICTION IN TRANSLATION DAGGER SHORTLIST 2020
Like Flies From Afar by K. Ferrari, translated by Adrian Nathan West (Canongate Books) is on the shortlist of this category (formerly known as the international award) at the Daggers.

POLARI PRIZES SHORTLISTS 2020
Scottish writer Kirsty Logan's book Things We Say in the Dark (Harvill Secker) is one of the books on the Polari Book Prize shortlist. See the Polari Prize website for this shortlist and the First Book shortlist.

NOMMO AWARDS SHORTLIST 2020
A work published by Luna Press Publishing in Edinburgh has been shortlisted for a NOMMO Award for Speculative Fiction by Africans. It is: "Incompleteness Theories" in Incomplete Solutions by Wole Talabi (Best Novella). The winner is traditionally announced in October at the start of the Ake Festival in Nigeria.
Books August 2020
Book festivals and other literary events
While some book festivals have cancelled in response to the pandemic restrictions and future uncertainties, others will be hosting online festivals this year. While not quite as busy as in previous years August and September still have a great selection of book festival events.

CREATIVE CONVERSATIONS: WATCH UNTIL 20 SEPTEMBER
This three event celebration of the best in new Scottish writing, co-organised by Publishing Scotland and University of Glasgow's Creative Writing Programme took place earlier in August but you can watch recordings of these three special events until 20 September 2020.

BORDERS BOOK FESTIVAL ONLINE: 12 JULY TO 27 SEPTEMBER 2020
Starting on Sunday 12 July, a digital programme of forty author events will be available to watch for free online throughout July, August and September. With a lively blend of entertaining and thought-provoking sessions, the festival will bring well-known names from the world of literature, non-fiction, children’s books, stage and screen. For details, see the Borders Book Festival website.

EDINBURGH INTERNATIONAL BOOK FESTIVAL ONLINE: 15 TO 31 AUGUST 2020
The programme, made up of over 100 events for adults, families and children, will offer both live and pre-recorded conversations featuring leading writers, poets and participants from around the world. Events will be free to view, and available through the Book Festival’s own website.

ISLAY BOOK FESTIVAL: 27 TO 30 AUGUST 2020
Although disappointed that they won't be able to bring this year's fantastic line-up to Islay, the organisers will be running a digital festival through their website. It will feature contributions from most of the original lparticipants including book introductions and taster sessions, live online performances and author Q&As, workshops and storytelling. See the Islay Book Festival website.

SLAUGHTERFEST: 5 AND 6 SEPTEMBER
To mark publication of The Silent Wife, Karin Slaughter’s 20th book in 20 years, HarperFiction is to present SlaughterFest – a weekend of criminally good virtual events – in a programme curated and presented by the author. Karin Slaughter is calling for UK publishers to submit their authors for various panels. The deadline for submissions is 10 July 2020. See the HarperCollins website for details.

NAIRN BOOK & ARTS FESTIVAL: 12 AND 13 SEPTEMBER
This year’s online mini festival – ‘Tide In, Tide Out’ - replaces what would have been the 17th annual live festival. It will feature talks by writers, poetry readings, an open art exhibition, music and art workshops, portrait sketching via Zoom, virtual tours, and online workshops by critically acclaimed authors for local schools. See the full programme on the Nairn Book & Arts Festival website.

BLOODY SCOTLAND: 17 TO 20 SEPTEMBER 2020
Going online has given festivals opportunities to try something a bit different and Bloody Scotland has really embraced this. The festival has a truly epic scale from its biggest ever panel featuring no less than 27 authors to a session that will bring five continents online together. There will be more spotlights for debut and emerging writers than ever before too. See the programme on the Bloody Scotland website.

WIGTOWN BOOK FESTIVAL ONLINE: 25 SEPTEMBER TO 4 OCTOBER 2020
Maintaining its pre-announced dates, the 2020 festival will have two main themes: Resilience and Connection. The Resilience theme will explore the explosion of creativity that has emerged in response to the current crisis. Connection will celebrate Wigtown and its region’s international links in a number of events. This will include link-ups with other Book Towns around the world. See the Wigtown Book Festival website.

SCOTTISH INTERNATIONAL STORYTELLING FESTIVAL (SISF): 17 TO 31 OCTOBER
SISF plans to keep its audience ‘In the Flow’ with an eclectic mix of online events and small-scale face-to-face performances, celebrating Scotland ‘a nation shaped by water’, taking them on voyages at home and away. The Festival will not do this in packed theatres, but through live and pre-recorded broadcast events, and through small-scale safely distanced person-to-person events, including ones in outdoor locations. All plans are subject to Scottish Government guidance in the autumn period. See the SISF website for more information.
Book festivals logos summer autumn2020
Applause
BooksfromScotland Applause Issue August 2020
In Edinburgh, August is a time where the city becomes a stage, and we invite the whole world to be our audience. Though this year's festivals have been cancelled, with some events migrating online, BooksfromScotland is still here to delight you with book recommendations that encompass the best things about our international festivals. We have drama, music, storytelling and spectacle on offer this month, so take your seats - it's time for curtain up! See The Applause Issue on BooksfromScotland.com.
Frankfurt Book Fair 2020 logo
Frankfurt Book Fair 2020

Many trade conferences and trade book fairs have been cancelled or postponed. However, the world's largest book trade fair will be going ahead in Frankfurt on its scheduled dates of 14 to 18 October. Due to the corona pandemic it will be an on-site programme combined with a forward-looking digital offer. Publishing Scotland will not have a physical stand this year but like many other publishers throughout the world, Scottish publishers will have a digital presence. For more about the Frankfurt Book Fair, see its website.
Jobs and other opportunities

Bookspeed. The expanding Edinburgh-based book wholesaler has vacancies for a Sales & Marketing Director and a Content Manager. The closing date for both positions is 11 September 2020.

Mo Siewcharran Fund. Publishers wishing to take on a BAME trainee/intern are invited to apply for this fund which pays 80% of salary.The next deadline is 1 September 2020.

Creative Edinburgh Awards. Open for nominations until 9 September 2020.

SGSAH Collaborative Doctoral Awards. Potential partners are invited to submit proposals by 5 October 2020.

Literature House PhD Opportunity. See the Edinburgh City of Literature website.The closing date for applications is 5pm on 1 November 2020.


Publishing training courses and conferences

You can still get a place on Publishing Scotland's online Writing Digital Content course (2 and 3 September) if you are quick. Book and pay on Ticket Tailor..

BookMachine's online CAMPUS courses conveniently take place over several lunchtimes. The next ones in September are Facebook 2020: Changes, updates and trends you need to know and Audience-Centric Book Marketing: Reaching and Engaging the Right Consumers.

BIC - the book industry's supply chain organisation - is running its summer and early autumn courses online. They include Ebook Creation (8 September) and Production for Non-production People (10 September).

The Bookseller's Children's Conference Online 28 September to 1 October 2020. Booking is now open for over twenty virtual talks and panels across four days.
Farewell
MAIRI ROBINSON
We were sorry to learn of the death of lexicographer, editor and adult education worker Mairi Robinson who died on 17 June 2020 at the age of 75. Both The Herald (6 August 2020) and The Scotsman (16 July 2020) carried obituaries. The Scots Language Centre website also carries a short notice.
In case you missed it ...
BEFORE YOU GET A JOB IN PUBLISHING, WORK IN A BOOKSHOP
Perhaps easier recommended than done these days but excellent advice nonetheless from Sharmaine Lovegrove in The Guardian's 21 Brilliant Ideas to Remake the World series (15 August 2020).

THE WINNING ICKABOG ILLUSTRATIONS
The competition for 7 to 12 year-olds to illustrate JK Rowling's new book attracted over 18,000 entries. The 34 winners (see The Ickabog website) will feature in the book to be published in November 2020.

AND FINALLY ...
Another politician and books. This time the @bookshelfcredibility tagline 'What you say is not as important as the bookcase behind you' has never been more pertinent. The display of face-out books behind Boris Johnson on a recent school visit included: The Subtle Knife, Fahrenheit 451, Betrayed, The Resistance, Exodus, The Toll and The Twits. Pictures (including the one below) were widely shared and the story reported everywhere from The Guardian (Sally Weale 26 August 2020) to The Daily Mail (which lists the books in detail - Jack Wright 26 August 2020).
Boris Johnson with a display of books at a school library