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Bonnier Books UK has acquired independent Scottish publisher, Black & White Publishing. Black & White Publishing will run as a standalone imprint of Bonnier Books UK and the team will remain based from Black & White's offices in Edinburgh.
We are immensely sad to learn that friend and former colleague Mike Miller (Blackie, Geddes & Grosset, former Chair of BookSource and Publishing Scotland) has passed away.
The National Library of Scotland (NLS) has appointed Amina Shah as its new Chief Executive and National Librarian. She will take up her post on 4 October.
The Board of Trustees of Literature Alliance Scotland (LAS) has announced the appointment of Jenny Niven as its new Chair.
Many congratulations to all the Rising Stars with special mentions for Nyla Ahmad (Scottish Book Trust), Jo Dingley (Canongate Books) and Sasha de Buyl (Cúirt). Nyla is pictured on the left and Jo on the right.
BookSource, the Publishing Scotland distribution subsidiary, has announced the signing of children's books publisher Maverick Arts Publishing. The move completes a trifecta of significant new business for the Glasgow based business, and sees it build on its UK market share in the children's books arena.
The Royal Society of Literature has elected 44 new Fellows and Honorary Fellows, and awarded the Benson Medal, for 2021. Many congratulations to all and particularly to Jenny Brown of Jenny Brown Associates who becomes an Honorary Fellow.
MMS, the children's publishing sales agency, has appointed Glasgow-based BookSource as its distribution partner.
My Name Is Why by Lemn Sissay (Canongate) is the winner of the Non-fiction Indie Book Award 2021. Books by Ingrid Persaud, Jasbinder Balin, and Julia Donaldson and Sara Ogilvie, won the other awards all of which are voted for by independent booksellers.
Taking place from Saturday 19 June to Saturday 26 June, the week celebrates independent bookshops in the UK and Ireland with events, celebrations, reading groups, storytelling, author signings, literary lunches and face painting!