8 December 2017
This year the Bookseller has recognised contributions by our President, Philip Pullman, and our Chief Executive, Nicola Solomon.
Pullman has campaigned tirelessly for authors’ rights this year, as usual, leading the charge for better school library provisions, protection of public libraries, freedom of expression and fairer approaches to deep discounts on book sales. The Bookseller said:
“Pullman has also not slowed down as the crusading president of the Society of Authors, calling for an end to deep discounting (even on his own book), backing a CILIP push to save school libraries and even participating in the SoA’s Yoga Challenge which aimed to make authors pay greater heed to their health.”
Solomon has also been a prolific campaigner this year, working in Europe and the UK to help protect authors during a time of great uncertainty in the industry. The Bookseller said:
“Whether it is calling on publishers to adhere to rules ensuring special sales do not damage authors’ earnings, warning writers not to sign morality clauses or continuing to campaign for the rights of workers after Brexit, this IP lawyer’s tireless and fearless campaigning continues to set the agenda and spark debate during a challenging time for the industry.”
Subscribers can read the full 2017 list – featuring SoA members JK Rowling, Kate Mosse and Kazuo Ishiguro – on the Bookseller 100 site.