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19 October 2017


The latest news about publishing and books in Scotland. The most recent news items are  highlighted in the list to the left. For older items, browse through the news pages or search using any one or all of the filters.

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  • 12 October 2017
    News, Awards and prizes

    Multi-award winning writers and household names James Kelman, Bernard MacLaverty and Denise Mina feature alongside emerging talents Ever Dundas and Kate Hunter in the 2017 Saltire Literary Awards shortlists unveiled on 12 October at Waterstones. Our members are well represented with titles from Canongate, Cranachan Publishing, Edinburgh University Press, Fledgling Press, Freight Books, Luath Press (3) and Sandstone Press (2). Edinburgh-based Birlinn have an impressive 4 books on the shortlists. The winners will be announced at a ceremony in Edinburgh on 30 November 2017.

  • 12 October 2017
    News, Awards and prizes

    The six publishers on the Saltire Publisher of the Year Award shortlist are: 404 Ink, BHP Comics, Birlinn, Canongate, Handspring Publishing and Vagabond Voices. The Saltire Emerging Publisher of the Year Award sees four publishers shortlisted: Heather McDaid (404 Ink), Kirstin Lamb (Barrington Stoke), Laura Jones (404 Ink) and Laura Waddell (HarperCollins). The winners will be announced at a ceremony in Edinburgh on 30 November 2017.

  • 9 October 2017
    News, Industry

    The first ever Libraries Week runs from 9 to 14 October 2017. It's a showcase of all the creative, innovative and diverse activities that UK libraries have to offer.

  • 6 October 2017
    News, Awards and prizes

    The winner of the Donald Meek Award 2017 is Taigh Sheonachain by Iain MacRae.

  • 5 October 2017
    News, Awards and prizes

    The Nobel Prize in Literature for 2017 was awarded to Kazuo Ishiguro "who, in novels of great emotional force, has uncovered the abyss beneath our illusory sense of connection with the world".

  • 4 October 2017
    News, Events

    Love books, love bookshops? Then be sure to drop by your local bookshop on Saturday 7 October to celebrate this year's Bookshop Day. Bookshops in Scotland will be among those hosting special events and stocking limited edition book bags designed by Orla Kiely and Axel Scheffler.

  • 19 September 2017
    News, Publishers

    Edinburgh University Press has reported a record year of sales for the period ending 31 July 2017. Pre-audited accounts show total revenues of £3.22 million - up 12% year on year.

  • 13 September 2017
    News, Publishers

    Canongate has bought Severn House Publishers. In a connected development Kate Gibb, until recently Canongate's Finance and Operations Director, has been promoted to C.O.O. of Canongate.

  • 6 September 2017
    News, Funding, International, Translation

    Round 1 of Publishing Scotland's Translation Fund 2017/18 has seen £13k allocated to overseas publishing houses to translate Scottish writers' work into Spanish, Italian, German, Swedish, Greek, Korean, Russian, Dutch and Croatian.

  • 4 September 2017
    News, Awards and prizes

    Six new Gaelic books have been shortlisted for this year's Donald Meek Award. The Gaelic Book of the Year will be presented with the Donald Meek Award, and additional literary prizes funded by Bòrd na Gàidhlig will also be awarded. The prize-winners will be announced at a special reception in the National Piping Centre in Glasgow on Thursday 5 October 2017.