Our round-up of Midas announcements from the week:
London Book Fair opens registrations and reveals Main Stage highlights
Today (Wednesday) The London Book Fair is revealing the highlights of its Main Stage line-up for 2024, announced as visitor and press registration opens. The line-up features international and UK speakers of the calibre of Jonathan Karp of Simon & Schuster, Karine Gonçalves Pansa, Maria A. Pallante, Lawrence Njagi, Dan Conway, Nicola Usborne, and authors including Natasha Carthew, Nels Abbey, Piers Torday, Selina Mills, and more to be revealed in due course.
Publication day for 2 Union Square Titles
Another bit of news for MW: Thursday the 23rd (tomorrow) is publication day for 2 Union Square Titles: Enchanted Hill by Emily Bain Murphy – an intoxicating second-chance romance set in the glamour-filled world of 1930s Prohibition-era Hollywood – and The Wine List by Grant Reynolds – a refreshing exploration of the relationship between culture, politics, history, and wine by an award-winning sommelier.
Purchase link for Enchanted Hill
Purchase link for The Wine List
Patricia Cornwell visits UK to celebrate Unnatural Death
This week, we have been delighted to welcome the legendary Patrcia Cornwell to London to celebrate the UK publication of her 27th novel featuring Kay Scarpetta, Unnatural Death (Little, Brown). The week began with a cover story in The Guardian G2, and has included interviews on Scala Radio Book Club with Penny Smith, BBC Radio 4 This Cultural Life, BBC Radio 5 Live with Gordon Smart, BBC World Service Outlook and BBC Breakfast, with plenty more still to come. Patricia also sat down with award-winning author Chris Whitaker for an exclusive event at Waterstones Piccadilly to discuss Scarpetta’s latest case. What a week!
IBC Longlist Announcement
The longlist for the inaugural Inclusive Books for Children (IBC) Awards 2024 was announced this week celebrating the best books demonstrating inclusivity from the past year across two categories: picture books for ages three to seven and children’s fiction for ages five to nine.
Following close reading of nearly 200 submissions, where alongside technical excellence, representation of racialised minority, disabled, neurodiverse, or LGBTQIA+ protagonists was required, nineteen titles were longlisted, with a strong presence from Own Voice authors and illustrators across both categories. The longlisting panel, composed of impartial experts, also considered how successfully diverse family structures, diverse casts of characters and challenges to gender stereotypes were depicted.
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