Short news items from the world of book publishing:


ALA Condemns FCC Vote to End Net Neutrality

American Library Association president Jim Neal called the Federal Communications Commission's 3-2 vote along party lines to kill net neutrality "a blow to equitable access to online information and services."

PRH Releases Social Impact Highlights Summary

The report details the ways in which Penguin Random House "operates responsibly," CEO Markus Dohle said, including its work championing freedom of expression and creativity, promoting diversity, and reducing its carbon footprint.

Man Booker Prize Plans 50th Anniversary Celebrations for 2018

The Man Booker will run a year-long series of anniversary celebrations along with a campaign to introduce new audiences to its winning, shortlisted, and longlisted authors.

Judges Named for the 2018 Eisner Awards

Comic-Con International: San Diego has announced the six judges that will select the nominations to appear on ballots for the 2018 Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards.

Ben Passmore’s ‘Your Black Friend’ Expanded, Republished in Hardcover

Ben Passmore’s 2017 Ignatz Award-winning comics zine, 'Your Black Friend', will be expanded into a 112-page hardcover volume that will be re-released in February 2018.

Blackwell’s Partners with Kortext For Digital Learning

British academic bookseller Blackwell’s has reached an agreement with e-textbook provider Kortext to acquire Blackwell’s e-Learning platform and takeover the management of the bookseller’s digital learning business.

HarperAudio to Publish Original Audiobook Musical

'Spin,' created by and featuring a number of Broadway veterans and based on the Grimm's fairy tale Rumpelstiltskin, will release on January 9, 2018.

Hughes JoinsMidpoint

Annette Hughes, most recently national accounts group manager at Scholastic, has joined Midpoint Trade Books as director of national accounts, effective today.

The ScribdChat Podcast Debuts with Author Tim Ferriss

Scribd, a digital subscription reading service, is launching the ScribdChat Podcast, a bi-weekly author interview show hosted by Scribd CEO Trip Adler that will debut Dec. 12 with self-help author Tim Ferriss.

Electric Literature Adds Nicole Cliffe to Board of Directors

Cliffe, who cofounded The Toast, joins EL as part of a slew of new hires focused on bringing a new feminist perspective to the publication.

Workman Shifts Around Publicity Staff

Rebecca Carlisle takes the reins from Selina Meere, who is is leaving the company after nine years on January 5.

VitalSource Acquires Intrepid Learning

VitalSource, the Ingram Content Group’s educational software provider, has acquired Intrepid Learning, a Seattle corporate learning technology developer.

Fred Rogers Company Hires Rachel Hecht as Scout

Rachel Hecht Children's Scouting is the company's first retained scout; the agency will source and advise on children's book properties for potential TV development.

Ecco to Publish Jonathan Lethem's Next Novel

'The Feral Detective' is slated to be released in fall 2018 following a deal closed by Ecco publisher Daniel Halpern and Eric Simonoff at William Morris Endeavor.

Book of the Year Award Nominees Announced

The nominees for this year's Book of the Month annual award—which comes, for the first time, with a $10,000 purse—are predominately women, emerging authors, and people of color.

S&S to Distribute Galvanized Media

Simon & Schuster has entered into a sales and distribution agreement with Galvanized Media, the lifestyle brand founded by media entrepreneur David Zinczenko, effective January 1, 2018.

Steve Laube Agency Acquires Leslie H. Stobbe Literary Agency

The sale adds more than 75 authors to the Laube Agency, and gives Stobbe the opportunity to move on to a career in ghostwriting and writing coaching.

HarperCollins Acquires World Rights to Four New Karin Slaughter Titles

The publisher has acquired world English and foreign language rights to four new books by author Karin Slaughter.

HarperOne Publisher to Step Down

Mark Tauber, senior v-p and publisher of HarperOne, will leave HarperCollins by the end of this year to pursue other interests.

PRH CFO to Leave the Publisher

Penguin Random House chief financial officer Milena Alberti will leave the company at the end of the year.

Camino Guides Find New Home

Former Findhorn Press director Thierry Bogliolo has formed a new company, Kaminn Media, that will publish the Camino Guides travel books and maps.

Quarto to Distribute Clever Publishing to U.S. Market

Clever Publishing—a Russian children's publisher—has entered a North American distribution partnership with Quarto Distribution Services. The first titles will release in fall 2018.

PEN Center USA Announces 2018 Emerging Voices Fellows

PEN Center USA has named Jubi Arriola-Headley, Ron L. Dowell, Natalie Mislang Mann, Angela M. Sanchez, and Francisco Uribe as its 2018 emerging voices fellows.

Goodreads Revamps Giveaways Program

Goodreads, Amazon’s social reading and book marketing platform, has revamped its Giveaways program, adding a premium tier and it will now include Kindle Digital Publishing authors.

Goldstein Named IDW Publisher; Ryall, Hedgecock Also Rise

Greg Goldstein, COO and president of IDW publishing since 2008, has been promoted to publisher of the San Diego comics house effective immediately. Goldstein will retain his duties as president and COO.

Ingram Backs Binc on Giving Tuesday

Ingram Publisher Services has made a donation of more than $10K to the Book Industry Charitable Foundation for Giving Tuesday.

Viking to Publish New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu

'In the Shadow of Statues: A White Southerner Confronts History' will be released in March 2018.

Book Manufacturers' Institute Changes Leadership

Jim Fetherston and Matt Baehr have been named to the two senior most positions at the institute.

Cundill History Prize Goes to Daniel Beer

McGill University's Cundill History Prize is awarding British historian Daniel Beer with $75,000 for his study of Siberian penal colonies in his book 'The House of the Dead' (Allen Lane).

NEA Announces $1.2 Million in Writing, Translation Fellowships

The National Endowment for the Arts will award 36 prose writers and 22 translators fellowships of either $12,500 of $25,000 to support their work in 2018.

Fryling, Steffey Up at Barnes & Noble

Stephanie Fryling has been promoted to v-p of children's books merchandising, and Krifka Steffey has been promoted to director of newsstand merchandising.

Liturgical Press to Launch Academic Imprint

Liturgical Press is merging its Pueblo Books and Michael Glazier Books imprint into the new Liturgical Press Academic imprint, effective in January 2018.

Charlie Brotherstone to Launch Agency

The former literary agent at Ed Victor will launch his own full-service literary agency, Brotherstone Creative Management.

Doubleday to Publish Jeffrey Toobin Investigation of Trump Scandals

The as-yet-untitled book will focus on the probe by Special Counsel Robert Mueller as well as the various inquiries by Congressional committees. No publication date has been set.

Holiday House to Move HQ to Downtown Manhattan

The publisher has signed a 10-year lease to house its new headquarters on the third floor of 50 Broad Street in lower Manhattan.

B&N Survey Finds Thanksgiving Eve is Year's Busiest Reading Day

Barnes & Noble has released the results of a recently commissioned independent survey exploring reading habits around the holiday season.

Steve Kessel to Lead Amazon Physical Retail Initiative

Amazon has named the senior v-p the head of all bricks-and-mortar operations, including Amazon Books and Whole Foods, among others.

Penn State Press Launches New Imprint

Ahead of two major academic meetings in November, Pennsylvania State University Press teamed up with academic publisher Eisenbrauns on a new Eisenbrauns imprint.

Viking to Publish Uber Whistleblower Susan Fowler's Book

Senior editor Lindsey Schwoeri acquired North American rights from Liz Parker and Eliza Rothstein at InkWell.

Ralf Markmeier Named Managing Director, Publisher at HarperCollins Germany

Markmeier, who joins HC from Verlagsgruppe Random House, will take over on January 15, 2018.

Book Fairies Select 'Ascension of Larks'

The Book Fairies, a U.K.-based group that hides books in cities around the world with actress Emma Watson as a spokesperson, selected Rachel Linden's 'Ascension of Larks' (Thomas Nelson, June) for its newest West Coast campaign.

Eden Robinson Awarded Writers' Trust Fellowship

The Writers' Trust of Canada has named Robinson the third recipient of the fellowship, which comes with a C$50,000 purse. The program, intended as a three-part prize, will continue annually.

Éric Vuillard Wins Prix Goncourt, Other Press to Publish in English

The independent publisher will publish 'The Order of the Day,' a history of the Anschluss, in November of 2018.

Amy Goldstein Wins Business Book of the Year Award 2017

Goldstein's 'Janesville: An American Story,' which is published by S&S, was selected for the £30,000 prize, which is co-sponsored by the 'Financial Times' and McKinsey & Company.

Karen Kingsbury Helps Launch New Creative Writing Program

In a partnership with the bestselling author of the Baxer series, Liberty University unveiled the Karen Kingsbury Center for Creative Writing and a new program offering students a minor in creative writing.

Webber Autobiography Goes to HarperCollins

HarperCollins will publish Andrew Lloyd Webber's 'Unmasked' on March 6, 2018.

PRH to Begin Distribution of Its Grupo Editorial Titles Next Year

The program, which will see the publisher distribute its Spanish-language trade books division's books in the U.S., begins next February 1.

Reading Is Fundamental Announces 2017 Grant Recipients

Organizations that will receive matching grants are the Kiwanis Club of Marco Island, Fla. and the United Way of Tucson and southern Arizona. Two new programs are due to be announced next year.

BookCon 2018 Lineup Announced

ReedPOP unveiled the names of authors and actors such as Taye Diggs, Angie Thomas, and more who will headline BookCon 2018 in New York City from June 2-3.

Abrams to Distribute Cameron and Company Imprints

Abrams will handle North American sales and trade distribution for their Cameron Books and Cameron Kids imprints beginning in spring 2018.

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