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Among the six books shortlisted for the 2020 Booker Prize are The Shadow King by Maaza Mengiste (Canongate Books) and Shuggie Bain by Douglas Stuart (Picador). Congratulations to both. The winner will be announced in November.
Edinburgh University Press has reported sales of £3.68 million for the period ending 31 July 2020 - a 2% increase on last year. The Press is also announcing that its CEO Timothy Wright intends to retire in July 2021 after 40 years in the publishing industry including 24 years at EUP.
Creative Scotland has launched the guidance for the Culture Organisations and Venues Recovery Fund which opens for applications on 17 September 2020.
At the Moscow Book Fair on 3 September 2020, the International Publishers Association adopted a call to action for governments to support and invest in the book sector.
On 1 September 2020 the Scottish Government published its Programme for Government setting out the actions it will take in the coming year and beyond. It includes the legislative programme for the 2020-2021 parliamentary year.
World Kid Lit Month (September) is the annual celebration of children’s literature from around the world.
We were sorry to learn of the death of John Manson - poet, translator, critic, and literary historian.
The Gaelic Books Council (Comhairle nan Leabhraichean) has announced the shortlists for the Gaelic Literature Awards 2020. The prizes will be awarded on Thursday 17 September 2020 in an online event to be broadcast on YouTube, Facebook and Twitter.
Sandstone Press based in Inverness is shortlisted for the Paperback Bookshop Trade Publisher of the Year - one of the IPG's Independent Publishing Awards.
We were sorry to learn of the death of lexicographer, editor and adult education worker Mairi Robinson who died on 17 June 2020 at the age of 75.