Publishing Scotland Members' news Summer 2018
ASLA: Network Member of the Month
Each month we feature one of our network members. The Association of Scottish Literary
Agents (ASLA) is the representative body of literary
agents based in Scotland. ASLA was formed in 2009 in
order for Scottish literary agents to share resources and ideas,
and to liaise with other organisations in the publishing industry.
Between them, they represent a wide variety of authors and
illustrators, mostly from Scotland - in both adult and children's
Whittles Publishing have a title Dive Scapa Flow by Rod Macdonald has
been nominated for a Mountbatten Literary Award.
Sweet Fruit, Sour Land by Rebecca Ley
(Sandstone Press) is on the Guardian's Not the Booker shortlist.
Charco Press founders Samuel McDowell and
Carolina Orloff are nominated for The Hospital Club h100 award
celebrating the UK's most innovative and creative talent. Vote for them by 26 August 2018.
Poverty Safari by Darren McGarvey
(Luath Press) is the winner of the George Orwell Book Prize 2018.
Karen Lloyd's The Blackbird
Diaries (Saraband) has won the
Bookends Prize for Arts and Literature at the 2018 Lakeland Book of the
Books from seventeen countries and ten languages make up
the latest round of PEN Translates award winners. They
include two novels to be published by Edinburgh-based
Charco Press: Peruvian title The Distance between Us by
Renato Cisneros, translated from Spanish by Fionn Petch, and
Brazilian title Resistance by Julián Fuks,
translated from Portuguese by Daniel Hahn.
Jenny Brown of Jenny Brown Associates has been
awarded an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Letters from the
University of St Andrews.
Canongate-owned Severn House has a title
- The Suffering of Strangers by Caro
Ramsay - on the McIlvanney Prize 2018 longlist.
Two members have books on the British Fantasy Society, British Fantasy Awards 2018 shortlists. They
are: Gender Identity and Sexuality in Science Fiction
and Fantasy, ed FT Barbini (Luna Press)
in the Non-fiction Category and Tomorrow by Jack Lothian and Garry Mac
(BHP Comics) in the Best Comic/Graphic Novel
404 Ink were announced as recipients of
a Young Edge grant, for Scotland's most promising
young entrepreneurs. 404 Ink is the first publisher to receive the
Darke by Rick Gekoski
(Canongate Books) has been shortlisted for The McKitterick Prize.
Solar Bones by Mike McCormack is the
winner of the 2018 International Dublin Literary Award.
Canongate Books publishes the UK version of this
novel which was first published by Tramp Press, an independent in
Congratulations to Witherby as the Livingston-based
publisher breaks through the £10 million turnover mark with its
300th publication in the last 10 years. Read their press release and Karen Peattie's article in
the Herald of 1 June 2018.
Canongate's title Reasons to Stay Alive by Matt Haig is
among the books chosen by the Reading Agency and Society of Chief
Librarians to celebrate its 'Reading Well for Mental Health' campaign.
Canongate also has a title -
The Dun Cow Rib by John Lister-Kaye - on the 2018 Wainwright Golden Beer Book Prize
The Seabird's Cry by Adam Nicolson
(published by HarperCollins imprint William
Collins) is also on that Wainwright longlist.
Little Door's title One Button Benny by Alan Windram,
illustrated by Chloe Holwill-Hunter, is shortlisted for the Shrewsbury Bookfest Picture Book Award
Edinburgh University Press secured a
great deal to publish the previously unpublished private papers of
American human rights icon Frederick Douglass. The Insider article of 24 May 2018 by Colin
Donald has all the details.