Despite bad news from publishers, on staff cuts, lower sales and freezes on submissions, with just 24 shopping days left until Christmas things are hotting up on the high street according to Canongate. Here's some of their upcoming books:
The Mighty Book of Boosh – it’s already a huge success but with two weeks of London Underground advertising and a massive Facebook ad campaign both kicking off on Monday, plus appearances on Richard & Judy and T4 still to come, get ready to see it everywhere.
Chocolate and Cuckoo Clocks – a brilliant anthology of the work of much-loved and much-missed humourist Alan Coren.
Power to the vowels! Our univocalic poetry feat Eunoia is flying off the shelves and is ‘set to be a cult hit this Christmas’ (The Times). It’s official: vowelcaholism is all the rage this year.
The Complete Peanuts - Charlie Brown and Snoopy’s adventures are perennially popular and our next two volumes of Peanuts cartoon strips are going down a storm. Ideal for the young and also the young at heart, the Spectator puts it perfectly: ‘Unlike almost everything you read as a child, they are actually better than you remember them.’
And then, of course, there’s the man everyone’s talking about at the moment. With no less than three books by Barack Obama on their list.
Change We Can Believe In, a collection of Obama’s key campaign speeches, will be published on 11th December. It includes his amazing victory speech, which you can watch on YouTube, should you need a reminder, as well as a foreword by the man himself.
With a national newspaper serial deal in place and guaranteed reviews across the press, Change We Can Believe In is all set to join Dreams and Audacity in the bestseller charts.Usborne has a whole range of Christmas related children's books on offer. See here for their latest titles.
OUP Oxford University Press (USA) has a huge sale online. Titles such as the Oxford Dictionary of Modern Quotations are available at 20-45% reductions.
Other Selected Author Events: Thursday 11th December, 20:00 at Borders, The Hayes, Cardiff. Entrance by invitation only. Patrick Jones poetry, Darkness is where the Stars are. Details from Cinnamon Press.
Selected Book Festivals & Fairs: The Sofia International Book Fair.
3 - 7 Dec 2008, National Palace of Culture 10am - 7pm.
Contemporary Bulgarian writers at the Sofia International Book Fair have included Dontcho Tzonchev, Professor Boyan Biolchev and Georgi Konstantiniov. The UK, France, Germany, Greece, Macedonia, China and Iran are all represented, and the Russian Federation is Guest of Honour in 2008.
Selected Other Literary Related Events:
Nobel Lecture in Literature at the Swedish Academy, Källargränd 4, 5:30 p.m. Tickets are required.
'Nobel Week' will begin shortly in Stockholm, and the new Laureates will attend a host of events, including press conferences, concerts and parties, all leading up to the Nobel Prize Award Ceremonies and Banquets in Stockholm and Oslo on 10 December, the anniversary of Alfred Nobel’s death.
But Nobel Week isn't all about partying. In order to receive their Nobel Prize, Laureates are required to deliver a lecture within six months of the award ceremony. For the great majority of Laureates, this means addressing an audience during Nobel Week, and this year twelve lectures will take place in four days, between 7-10 December.
Nobelprize.org will be broadcasting the lectures live every day online, but don’t worry if you miss the live broadcasts, videos on-demand will be available at a later date. The scope of the awarded discoveries the Laureates will be telling us about is as broad as ever, ranging from Economist Paul Krugman discussing "Increasing Returns", to Chemist Roger Y. Tsien talking about "Constructing and Exploiting the Fluorescent Protein Paintbox".
Browse the 2008 programme of events to get this year's dates in your diary.
Welsh Fargo/On The Edge - 8pm, December 10 2008
supported by the Arts Council of Wales, 'No Offence', a comedy of terrors by Terry Victor in an uncensored rehearsed reading of a new play about theatre censorship. No Offence is a play about the freedoms of artistic expression. It is a serious comedy, planted and grown in the author’s passionate and professional involvement - as actor, writer and dictionary compiler - with the language of our time. It’s an outspoken battle for the truth. It’s offensive, it’s a comedy, and it’s at Media Point, Chapter, Market Road, Canton, Cardiff CF5 1QE. Tickets £3 on the door.