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17 August 2018

Members' News

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 literature.


Member news 

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 Year awards. 

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 category.

Novels on the Edinburgh International Book Festival First Book list (vote here) include: Black Snow Falling by LJ MacWhirter (Scotland Street Press); The Tyranny of Lost Things by Rhiannon Cosslett (Sandstone Press); Sal by Mick Kitson (Canongate Books); Resistance  by Julián Fuks, translated from Portuguese by Daniel Hahn (Charco Press);  and Miss Blaine's Prefect and the Golden Samovar by Olga Wojtas (Saraband).

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 accolade.

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 Ireland.

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 longlist

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 2018.

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.