The British Book Awards, or Nibbies, have revealed the regional shortlists for the 2018 Independent Bookshop of the Year, with 39 bookshops from eight regions competing to win their local area first, before vying for the overall prize.
The Republic of Consciousness Prize for Small Presses has announced its 2018 shortlist in Manchester on 19 February. Returning for the second year in 2018, the prize rewards independent publishers from the UK and Ireland that take the risk to publish brave and bold literary fiction.
David Baldacci, one of the world's bestselling thriller writers, also announced as special guest at the fair
A pioneering new study into ethnic representation in children’s literature, The Reflecting Realities initiative will evaluate the extent and quality of ethnic representation in children’s publishing and will be the first ever survey of its kind in the UK.
The Trauma Cleaner: One Woman's Extraordinary Life in Death, Decay & Disaster by Sarah Krasnostein has taken out the non-fiction category, as well as winning the overall 2018 Victorian Prize for Literature, chosen from the category winners.