Paul Murray Wins Inaugural Nero Prize for The Bee Sting, and Your Latest Festival News

Paul Murray Wins Inaugural Nero Prize for The Bee Sting, and Your Latest Festival News


The 2024 Auckland Writers Festival Waituhi o Tāmaki Programme has been released and includes more than 220 writers and some 200 events. The event will be held from 14 to 19 May and includes Ann Patchett, Viet Thanh Nguyen, Paul Lynch, Bonnie Garmus, Emily Perkins, Trent Dalton, Becky Manawatu, Catherine Chidgey, Leïla Slimani, Lauren Groff, Abraham Verghese, Celeste Ng, Richard Flanagan, Toshikazu Kawaguchi, Anna Funder, Shashi Tharoor, Carmel Sepuloni, Katy Hessel, Shubigi Rao, Hana-Rawhiti Maipi-Clarke.


The 2024 Los Angeles Times Festival of Books programme includes Jennifer Croft, John Green, Abraham Vergese, Aimee Lus, Walter Mosley, Maggie Nelson, Amber Tamblyn, RuPaul, Jane Smiley, Jay Shetty, and George Stephanopoulos. The festival will be held from 21 to 22 April at the University of Southern California.



Elif Shafak, Anne Enright, David Nicholls, Judi Dench, Gary Lineker and Theresa May are among those lined up to speak at this year’s Hay festival. Novelists including 2023 Booker winner Paul Lynch, Ayọ̀bámi Adébáyọ̀, Amor Towles, Jacqueline Wilson, Marian Keyes and Jhumpa Lahiri are also scheduled to appear.






Latin American fiction ‘booms’ on 2024 International Booker Prize longlist. Works from the continent make up a quarter of this year’s nominees, which include novels from Argentina, Venezuela, Brazil and Peru. The titles in the running for this year’s prize include: The Silver Bone, Andrey Kurkovralyuk; Simpatía, Rodrigo Blanco Calderón, trans by Noel Hernández González & Daniel Hahn; Mater 2–10, Hwang Sok-yong, trans by Sora Kim-Russell & Youngjae Josephine Bae; The House on Via Gemito, Domenico Starnone, trans by Oonagh Stransky. A shortlist of six books will be announced on 9 April 2024, with the winning title to be announced at a ceremony on 21 May 2024. The International Booker Prize is awarded to a book translated into English. Worth £50,000, the prize money is shared equally between the winning writer and translator, and each shortlisted writer and translator also receives £2500.


In the UK, the Guardian reports that the 2024 shortlists for the Carnegie Medal for Illustration (previously known as the Kate Greenaway Medal for Illustration) and the Carnegie Medal for Writing have been announced. The Carnegie Medal for Writing is awarded to a book written in English for children and young people that sparks an outstanding reading experience. The Carnegie Medal for Illustration celebrates an outstanding reading experience through illustration. The shortlists were announced at the London Book Fair on 13 March. The winners’ ceremony will be held on 20 June and each will each receive £5000.


A new Nielsen BookData-GfK study of the global book market has found that publishing revenue and book prices grew in many countries in 2023, reports Publishing Perspectives. The Global Book Market 2023 report covers 16 markets: Australia, Belgium (Flanders and Wallonia), Brazil, Colombia, France, India, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Portugal, Spain, South Africa, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom. Twelve of the markets recorded revenue growth in 2023, including eight in Europe. The markets that saw the largest gains were Mexico (up 11.4%), India (up 7.1%), Belgium/Flanders (up 9.4%) and Portugal (up 7%). Australia (down 2.1%) and New Zealand (down 5.4%) were joined by Belgium/Wallonia (-1.2%) and Switzerland (-1.3%) as markets where revenue fell. Travel guides and health books saw double-digit growth rates in almost half the markets analysed, while Prince Harry’s Spare was the bestselling nonfiction book in five of the markets.


More books were banned in 2023 in US schools and libraries than any other year for which records have been kept, the American Library Association (ALA) reported on Thursday. Many of the books were targeted because they related to issues of LGBTQ+ communities or race, though the list was broad, including commonly taught novels such as Lord of the Flies and To Kill a Mockingbird. The group documented 4,240 unique book titles targeted for censorship in 2023, which was more than the previous two years combined. Emily Drabinski, the ALA president, called book bans “an attack on our freedom to read”.


See Dua Lipa in conversation with Trust writer Hernán Díaz.

Paul Murray’s The Bee Sting wins inaugural Nero book of the year prize, consisting of £30,000. Irish author’s ‘suspenseful and linguistically astonishing’ fourth novel praised for its ‘great wit and humanity’ by judge Bernardine Evaristo.


OPEN CALL: Publishing fellowship at the Toronto International Festival of Authors (September 19–29, 2024).


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