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WORDS Lisa Campbell

ICHARD CHARKIN WILL lead a new publishing enterprise, Bloomsbury China, that

aims to help the country “reach out and communicate with the rest of the world” and to beter the West’s understanding of China. Charkin believes “Chinese writing, scholar- ship and culture have been under- represented internationally”. Bloomsbury China will launch

in February 2018 and focus exclu- sively on books about China for Chinese readers, seeking both fiction and non-fiction in the English language. It will be supported by Bloomsbury’s global publishing services. Charkin, a former president of the Interna- tional Publishers Association, recently received the Special Book Award of China in recognition of his contribution to the promotion of the cultural exchange between

China and the rest of the world. In February, Charkin stepped

back to work two days a week as Bloomsbury’s executive direc- tor. He said: “The purpose of Bloomsbury China is to work with Chinese publishers and authors, and indeed Western authors, to

publish books in English with the intention of improving the West’s understanding of China and help- ing China reach out and communi- cate with the rest of the world.” The unit will launch in February 2018 with the publication of The Complete Dramatic Works of Tang Xianzu, regarded as the “Shake- speare of the East”, according to Bloomsbury. It is the first time his complete collected works have been translated into English and made available outside China. In August it emerged that the Chinese authorities had demanded that Cambridge Universit Press remove 300 articles from one of its flagship journals, China Quar- terly, which covered subjects such as the 1989 Tiananmen Square protests, Tibet, Xinjiang, Hong Kong and the Cultural Revolution. CUP came under fire for agreeing to the censorship but later reversed its decision.

Former bookseller signed by Sceptre

Former Waterstones bookseller Anne Griffin has landed a book with Sceptre after a four-way auction for All That I Have Been. Emma Herdman, editorial director, acquired UK and Common- wealth rights to the “heartbreaking love story”, and a further title, from Louise Buckley at The Zero Agency. The novel centres on 84-year-old Irish farmer Maurice Hannigan, who has “trusted few but loved deeply”. Herdman said: “I read the submission overnight and haven’t stopped thinking or talking about it since. Anne is a wonderfully tal-

The Good Immigrant to continue Dialogue in US

Sharmaine Lovegrove’s Litle, Brown imprint Dialogue Books will publish a US-focused edition of The Good Immigrant aſter acquiring world rights to The Good Immigrant USA from Julia Kingsford, of Kingsford Campbell, in a joint deal with Litle, Brown US editor Jean Garnet.

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edit The Good Immigrant USA, which will be released in the UK and US in May 2019. It will comprise 20 essays and articles by writers and high-profile people of colour, exploring race and identit in the US’ politically and racially fraught climate. Confirmed contributors

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ented author and I can’t wait to launch her career.” The Bookseller Daily under- stands that the novel was submitted to the agent on a Friday, accepted on the following Monday, and had offers from multiple publishers within days. Griffin has worked as a bookseller at

Waterstones branches in Dublin and Lon- don, and won the 2017 John McGahern Award for Literature. Her short stories have been shortlisted for the Hennessy New Irish Writing Award and the Sunday Business Post Short Story Competition, among other prizes.

include rapper Himanshu Suri, a.k.a. Heems, and writer Jenny Zhang. Lovegrove heralded the anthol- ogy as “a timely and exceptional exploration that will highlight the deep-rooted and lasting effects of people being marginalised and othered”.

Kingsford, alongside Shukla, launched a crowd- funding campaign for literary quarterly The Good Journa iterary

Journal last month and laid the foundations for a new l lit

Book for Good: Blink bags Barlow memoir

Blink Publishing has acquired the memoir of Take That star and solo artist Gary Barlow in a pre- emptive bid. Natalie Jerome acquired world rights to A Better Me from Eugenie Furniss at Furniss Lawton. Jerome said: “Gary’s story is truly remarkable and his honesty in this memoir is going to surprise many peo- ple.” A Better Me will be pub- lished in 2018.

Lenny Henry’s childhood memoir goes to Faber

Actor and comedian Lenny Henry has signed with Faber to publish his memoir, entitled Who Am I Again? The publisher signed world, all-language rights from Peter Bennett-Jones at PBJ Man- agement. In a “heartfelt and hilarious” portrait of his early years, Henry will explore themes of migration, race, home and family. Faber c.e.o. Stephen Page said: “We’re always on the look- out for writers with a singular view and a distinctive voice.... This is so clearly the case with Lenny Henry.”

Travelers pitches up at Jonathan Cape

Jonathan Cape publishing direc- tor Michal Shavit has pre- empted UK and Commonwealth rights to Regina Porter’s début The Travelers from Claire Rob- erts at Trident Media Group, on behalf of Ellen Levine and Alexa Stark. The novel follows two American families, one white and one black, from the 1950s through to Barack Obama’s first year as president. Jonathan Cape will publish in spring 2019.

Faber goes for The Town

y agency to champion marginalised voices. She commented: “The Good Immigrant has grown so much from the original idea Nikesh had: it has become so powerful and important in the UK. With this US-focused edition it has the potential to contribute in the same way in the US, both in the vital debate around race and immigration and in showcasing established and emerging writers of colour.”

Faber has bought world rights to The Town by Shaun Prescott, “a stunning modern reincarna- tion of the existentialist novel”. Lee Brackstone bought world, all-language rights from Sam Cooney at Melbourne-based indie press Brow Books. The novel reveals the impossibility of carving our own identities in a zone that is both “unyielding and teetering on the edge of oblivion”, Faber said.


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