Thursday, 10 October 2013

Writing - Here is the news!

On the day that is special in the UK book publishing industry for being the busiest day for publishing books to hit the Christmas market here is the news.

Alice Munro wins Nobel Prize for Literature

Alice Munro

Canadian author Alice Munro has won the 2013 Nobel Prize for Literature.
Making the announcement, Peter Englund, permanent secretary of the Swedish Academy, called her a "master of the contemporary short story".
The 82-year-old, whose books include Dear Life and Dance of the Happy Shades, is only the 13th woman to win the prize since its inception in 1901
Munro, who began writing in her teenage years, published her first story, The Dimensions of a Shadow, in 1950.


Misprint swaps Bridget Jones and David Jason book text 

Bridget Jones and Sir David Jason

A printing mix up led to early copies of the latest Bridget Jones book having a chunk of Sir David Jason's memoirs in the middle.
About 40 pages of Sir David's My Life were printed in Helen Fielding's Bridget Jones: Mad About the Boy, both of which came out on the same day.

"The printers have had a Bridget moment," said publishers Vintage.

(I could do with this sort of publicity!)


Dylan Thomas Prize: Seven debut writers on shortlist

A record number of writers have been shortlisted for this year's Dylan Thomas Prize because of the strength of the entries, say judges.
Seven debut works - three novels, two poetry books and two short story collections - are vying for the £30,000 award, which started in 2006.
The Swansea-based prize normally features a shortlist of five or six.
The award is given to an author of a novel, play, poetry or travel book in the English language who is under 30.
The winner will be announced in November.

(Bugger I don't qualify!)

God Bless