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Granta Names Third Class of Best Young Novelists

Authors to get the nod include Emma Cline, Lauren Groff, Yaa Gyasi, Garth Risk Hallber, Ben Lerner, Dinaw Mengestu, Ottessa Moshfegh, and Claire Vaye Watkins.

2017 JIBF Zev Birger Fellows Announced

The Jerusalem International Book Fair has announced the 35 editors, scouts, and literary agents who are recipients of the 2017 Zev Birger Fellowship.

Center Street to Publish Gretchen Carlson's Book

'Be Fierce,' a book on the subject of sexual harassment and empowerment, will be published on September 26.

Joan Bertin Steps Down at NCAC

The longtime executive director of the National Coalition Against Censorship will step down from her role in June.

Grove Atlantic to Publish Latest by Mark Bowden

'Hue 1968: A Turning Point of the American War in Vietnam' will be published on June 6 by Atlantic Monthly Press, and film rights have already been acquired.

‘Beverly’ Wins 2017 L.A. Times Graphic Novel Prize

'Beverly', Nick Drnaso’s merciless satire about the bleak social world of the suburbs, was awarded the 2017 L.A. Times Book Prize for graphic novels.

Glidden’s ‘Rolling Blackouts’ Wins 2017 Lynd Ward Graphic Novel Prize

Sarah Glidden’s 'Rolling Blackouts: Dispatches from Turkey, Syria and Iraq', a comics memoir and account of ravels throughout the Middle East, has been awarded the 2017 Lynd Ward Prize for Graphic Novel of the Year by Penn State University Libraries.

Touchstone to Publish Four New Philippa Gregory Titles

Gregory has signed a new four-book global publishing agreement with her longstanding U.S. publisher, including a new fiction series and a work of nonfiction.

David C Cook Hires New CPO

Jon Burgess is joining David C Cook as chief publishing officer on June 5, replacing Verne Kenney, who will return to his consulting business in Western Michigan.

PEN America Pushes for Speech At Berkeley

The free speech nonprofit has issued a statement condemning the decision by the University of California at Berkeley to cancel an appearance by conservative commentator Ann Coulter.

Kevin Hart Meet and Greet, Q&A Planned for BookCon

Actor and comedian Kevin Hart will attend BookCon in New York City on June 4 for a meet and greet with fans as well as a Q&A discussion about his new memoir, according to ReedPOP.

Penguin Press to Publish ‘Hillaryland’

The Penguin Press will publish the account of Lissa Muscatine, Hillary Clinton's former chief speechwriter of 25 years.

BookExpo Announces 2017 Hot Graphic Novel Panelists

BookExpo, the annual book industry trade show, has announced the books and authors that will be showcased on the Hot Graphic Novels of Fall 2017 panel at this year’s show.

Cassi Smith Named 2017 RBC Taylor Emerging Writer

Smith was chosen by 2017 RBC Taylor Prize–winner Ross King, who will mentor Smith in addition to her C$10,000 prize.

Margaret Ferguson Joins Holiday House

Ferguson will be the publisher of her own eponymous imprint, and will report to Mary Cash.

Lee Huang Joins HBG In New Role

Huang, who has consulted at Hachette Book Group during the integration of Perseus, has been named to the newly-created v-p of program and product management position.

Blue Rider Acquires Olbermann 'Anti-Trump' Book

The publisher will release 'Trump Is F*cking Crazy' by Keith Olbermann in October 2017.

2017 Books For a Better Life Award Winners Announced

The National Multiple Sclerosis Society has announced the winners of its 21st annual book awards, which recognize self-improvement authors.

Laura Hruska Writing Retreat Fellowship Established

Wellstone Center in the Redwoods and Soho Press have announced a new two-week writing fellowship.

Patricia Spears Jones Wins Jackson Prize

Spears Jones has been named the eleventh winner of the $50,000 prize, awarded annually by Poets & Writers.

Gatekeeper Offers Special Rate to Former Tate Authors

From now until May 31, Gatekeeper Press will offer a discount of 50% off all its services to any author formerly affiliated with Tate Publishing.

S&S Picks Up New Colbert Title

'Stephen Colbert's Midnight Confessions' will be published on September 5.

Time Inks Distribution Deal with GMC

Time Inc. Books and Guild of Master Craftsman Distribution have entered into an export distribution deal in the U.K.

Grand Central Acquires Rachel Bloom's Debut

GCP has acquired world rights to an as-yet untitled book by the comedian, actress, writer, and singer, who stars in the CW's 'Crazy Ex-Girlfriend.'

Eddie Izzard Combines Book Tour With Stand-Up

The comedian's new memoir, 'Believe Me,' will be released on June 13 by Blue Rider Press, and Izzard will combine his comedy routine with book readings.

Finalists for ACP's Excellence in Publishing Awards Announced

The Association of Catholic Publishers (ACP) unveiled 63 finalists for the awards, including Pope Francis's first children's book from Loyola Press.

HCCP Execs Shift As Publishing Program Expands

Three senior staff members at HarperCollins Christian Publishing (HCCP) are being promoted as part of a new effort to expand the company's publishing focus.

Concordia to Expand its Christian Fiction Line

Concordia Publishing House (CPH), the publishing arm of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod, is responding to customers’ demand for more fiction titles.

ComicBlitz Raises $100K via WeFunder, Releases Android App

ComicBlitz, a startup digital comics subscription service, has crowdfunded nearly $100,000 in equity investment using WeFunder, and has released an Android OS version of its app.

Naomi Klein's 'Anti-Trump' Book Goes to Haymarket

Haymarket Books has acquired U.S. rights to 'No Is Not Enough,' to be published on June 13 in a 100,000-copy first printing.

Blake Friedmann Places Two In Carole Blake Open Doors Project

The agency has offered two places on their inaugural Carole Blake Open Doors Project, along with a three-month paid internship to a third applicant.


Isla Fisher Joins BookExpo's Children's Book and Author Breakfast

Actress and comedian Isla Fisher has been named a speaker at the BookExpo Children’s Book & Author Breakfast to discuss her new middle-grade book, 'Marge in Charge.'

First Second Launches Reading Without Walls Program

Macmillan's graphic novel publishing arm is introducing a month-long, nation-wide program to promote diversity in reading.

Skyhorse Partners With American Mensa

Skyhorse will be the official puzzle and game book publisher for American Mensa for the next four years.

Christian Book Award Finalists Announced

Randy Alcorn, Tim Tebow, and Adam Hamilton are among the nearly 60 finalists up for 2017 Christian Book Awards, which will be presented by the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association (ECPA) on May 2.

AAR Launches Diversity Internship Initiative

The Association of Authors Representatives has partnered with the City College of New York's Publishing Certificate Program to award grants to students interested in publishing.

Jenny Xie Named 2017 Walt Whitman Award Recipient

Xie’s manuscript, 'Eye Level,' was selected by U.S. Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera, and will be published by Graywolf Press in 2018.

Bookmasters Signs Three for Distribution

Publishers Bitmap Books, KiCam Projects, and Dalton Windsor have signed new sales and distribution agreements with Bookmasters.

IDW Hires Michael Martens to Direct Book Trade Sales

Michael Martens, formerly v-p of book trade sales at Dark Horse Comics, has been named director of trade sales at graphic novel house IDW Publishing, joining the house as it switches to Penguin Random House Publisher Services for book trade distribution.

James Tait Black Prize Shortlist Announced

A blend of books telling stories that cross cultural divides forms the shortlist of Britain’s oldest book awards, announced today.

Lukas Prize Project Award Winners Announced

Columbia Journalism School and the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard have announced the winners of the annual awards, which honor American nonfiction writing.

Anisfield-Wolf Award Winners Announced

The Cleveland Foundation has named Isabel Allende, Karan Mahajan, Margot Lee Shetterly, and more the winners of its prize dedicated to awarding literature that confronts racism and examines diversity.

2017 Whiting Award Winners Announced

The winners, who will each receive a $50,000 purse, include fiction writers Kaitlyn Greenidge and Tony Tulathimutte and poet Simone White.

PRHPS to Distribute Berrett-Koehler

Penguin Random House Publisher Services has announced a multi-year sales and distribution agreement with Berrett-Koehler Publishers.

Romance Writers Celebrate 2017 Award Finalists

The trade association for romance fiction authors, announced the finalists for the 2017 RITA Awards on March 21.

Kay Mitchell Named Assistant Publisher at Sourcebooks

Mitchell, who started at Sourcebooks in 2005, has been named to the new position, in which she will focus on growth, new initiatives, and strategic marketing.

National MS Society Names New Books for a Better Life Hall of Famers

As part of its literary awards program, the Society has named authors Gretchen Rubin and Mary Higgins Clark and publish Esther Margolis to its Hall of Fame.

IPBA Announces Benjamin Franklin Award Finalists

The 29th annual installment of the awards, which will recognize excellence in books published during calendar year 2016, will be held on April 7 in Portland, Ore.

IVP Launches New Website, Customer Service System

InterVarsity Press has ravamped and launched new customer and subscription management systems that work for trade sales, direct-to-consumer sales, and more.

'NYT' Books Desk Introduces Literary Advice Column

"Match Book," written by Nicole Lamy, will start in April, and aims to "connect readers with book suggestions based on their questions, their tastes, their literary needs and desires."

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