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Skylight's Nolan Wins Gray Scholarship

Kelsey Nolan, of Skylight Books in Los Angeles, has won this year's Binc Foundation's Carla Gray Memorial Scholarship for Emerging Bookseller-Activists.

Riemer Boutote Launches Red Raven Studio

Former HarperOne associate publisher Claudia Riemer Boutote has launched a marketing, editorial, and author management consultancy.

Radziewicz to Leave De Capo

John Radziewicz, longtime v-p and publisher of Da Capo Press, will retire on November 30. A succession plan is forthcoming.

Michelle Obama's Memoir Is Oprah's Latest Book Club Pick

The former First Lady will also join the entrepreneur and TV personality for a primetime special, 'Oprah Winfrey Presents: Becoming Michelle Obama,' on Winfrey's TV network, to discuss Obama's new memoir, 'Becoming.'

DC to Publish ‘Watchmen,’ Other Classics Under Black Label Imprint

DC announced plans to move classic graphic novel collections such as 'Watchmen' to DC Black Label, a newly launched imprint dedicated to attracting celebrated creators to produce standalone stories based on DC’s iconic characters.

Amazon's Best Books of 2018

The retailer has announced its selections for the Best Books of 2018, naming Tara Westover’s 'Educated: A Memoir' the Best Book of the Year.

Consortium Signs Eight New Publishers for Distribution

Beehive Books, Braun Publishing, Floating World Comics, Green Card Voices, Inhabit Media, Lookout Books, Nightboat Books, and Tiny Owl Publishing begin distribution with Consortium on January 1, 2019.

Saqi to Publish Newly-Discovered Mahfouz Collection

U.K.-based publisher Saqi Books has acquired world English rights for a newly-discovered collection of short stories by the late Egyptian Nobel laureate Naguib Mahfouz.

Palmetto Directors Exit Publisher, Launch Vedere Press

The creative directors of Palmetto Publishing Group, Jennifer Toomey and Lance Buckley, have left the company to start a new venture, Vedere Press.

Amazon Launches Book Review Podcast

Amazon has launched the Amazon Book Review Podcast, with each episode hosted by Amazon Books editors and featuring "a spirited roundtable discussion on a book topic...followed by an interview with a remarkable author.

Myriad Announces Three Original Graphic Novels

Following last month’s launch of Myriad, Vault Comics’ new young readers graphic novel imprint, the publisher announced three new original graphic novels that will be released by the imprint in spring 2019.

DK to Move NYC Offices

The publisher will take up residence at 1450 Broadway in Manhattan by December 20.

BIGNY to Host 'Designer's Roundtable' This Week

The Book Industry Guild of New York's November event, to be held this Thursday, will be focused on the winners of the 2018 New York Book Show and their books.

Abrams Partners with Cernunnos on Distribution

Beginning in mid-November, Abrams will distribute art books publisher Cernunnos' backlist as well as two new titles for North American sales and trade.

Kogan Page Releases Audiobooks

The independent publisher has launched Kogan Page Audio and a debut list of five audiobooks.

Obituary: Agent Harriet Wasserman

Harriet Wasserman, a longtime literary agent whose clients once included writers such as Saul Bellow and Alice McDermott, died September 24, after a long illness. She was 81.

Sourcebooks Offers Rapid Replenishment Program to Indies

Sourcebooks is implementing a rapid replenishment program for the 2018 holiday season that includes two day shipping for independent retailers in the U.S.

Carlo Carabba Joins HarperCollins Italia

HarperCollins Italia hired Carlo Carabba as executive editor, Italian fiction, effective November 19.

HFS to Distribute Northeastern Press

Starting in December, Hopkins Fulfillment Services (HFS) will provide distribution services for Northeastern University Press.

Cundill History Prize Finalists Announced

Three American finalists have been selected for McGill University’s Cundill History Prize this year, including Caroline Fraser, Sam White, and Maya Jasanoff.

'Town Is by the Sea' Wins TD Canadian Children's Lit Award

The novel by Joanne Schwartz and illustrated by Sydney Smith was announced as the winner of the TD Canadian Children's Literature Award, valued at $50,000 this year.

It’s Alive Crowdfunded Reprint Imprint Will Leave IDW Pact

Founded by publisher Drew Ford as a Kickstarter-funded reprint imprint at IDW Publishing, It’s Alive!, which specializes in reprints of classic graphic novels, will leave IDW to become an independent publishing operation.

BISG Announces Blockchain Tech Panel

The Book Industry Study Group (BISG) is hosting a panel, Publishing Applications of Blockchain Technology, to explore how publishers can use the technological innovation to grow their businesses.

MacDowell Colony Names its Library in Honor of James Baldwin

It is the first time a national arts organization will dedicate a building in the author's name.

AAP Opens 2019 PROSE Awards Entries

Professional and scholarly publishers are encouraged to submit their top 2018 books, journals, and e-products by November 9.

Andrew Carnegie Medal Shortlist Announced

The American Library Association has announced the six books shortlisted for the Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction.

B&N Names Financial and Legal Advisors

Barnes and Noble's Special Committee of the Board of Directors, which has been "assigned to evaluate strategic alternatives for the company," has selected Evercore as its financial advisor and Baker Botts L.L.P. as its legal advisor.

'Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell' To Become a Board Game

Osprey Games will publish 'Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell: A Board Game of English Magic,' a game set in the world of Susanna Clarke’s novel, in June 2019.

#NEABigRead Library Expands with Six New Additions

Two poetry collections, one memoir, one creative nonfiction book, and two novels will join the NEA Big Read.

Vault Comics To Launch Young Reader Graphic Novel Imprint

Vault Comics, an independent fantasy and science fiction comics publisher founded in 2016, announced plans to launch Myriad, a middle grade and young adult graphic novel imprint set to debut in 2019.

Humble Bundle, ACLU Offer Get Out the Vote Charity Bundle

Humble Bundle, the pay what you want online promotional site, is teaming with the ACLU to offer The Humble Charity Book Bundle: Get the Vote Out 100% supporting the ACLU, a collection of comics and prose digital content focused on political activism.

Cameron + Company Partners with MoAD On New Books

The publisher will release a series of art books with the Museum of the African Diaspora.

Erwin Koning Aboard at HC Holland

Erwin Koning will join HarperCollins Holland as publisher and editorial manager on December 1.

Belden Up at Scribner

Kathy Belden has been promoted to v-p and executive editor at Scribner.

San Francisco Bookstores Get City Grants

The city of San Francisco has given $103,000 in grants to 11 bookstores to support store "revitalizations," sustain jobs and for community development.

BuzzFeed Launches a Book Club

The BuzzFeed Book Club, launching in November, has selected 'Family Trust' by Kathy Wang as its first title.

Fantasy, Sci-Fi Top Audiobook Listening in Canada

A new study from BookNet Canada finds that 41% of audiobook listeners in Canada have listened to science fiction and fantasy books, followed by mysteries (38%), thrillers (32%), romance (29%), and memoirs (28%).

University Press Week 2018 Plans to #TurnItUP

Emphasizing the critical role of university presses in providing a voice for authors, ideas, and communities, the Association of University Presses has chosen “#TurnItUP” as the theme for this year’s University Press Week, to be held Nov. 12–17.

Bright Agency Launches Film and TV Division

The international literary and illustration agency is launching an in-house film and TV division, led by new appointment Courtney Arumugam as senior creative executive.


Thurber Prize Shortlist Announced

Thurber House has announced the three finalists for the 2018 Thurber Prize for American Humor.

Great American Read Reveals Current Top Ten Picks

The PBS special will air its grand finale episode and reveal its voters' choice for its number one book on October 23, 2018, at 8:00 p.m. EST.

Jeff Li Named COO at Serial Box

The former head of ventures at NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment Networks will be charged with leading the company's operations, expanding the platform, and driving growth.

'New Humanist' Digitizes Archive, Including 'Watts's Literary Guide'

The 133-year archive is available on the Exact Editions platform.

Marrakesh Treaty Becomes Law

The "Marrakesh Treaty to Facilitate Access to Published Works for Persons who are Blind, Visually Impaired, or Otherwise Print Disabled" has been ratified as a law.

Yale UP Author Wins Nobel in Economics

William D. Nordhaus has been named the winner of the 2018 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Science.

LB to Publish Guillaume Musso

Little, Brown and Company will publish 'The Reunion,' by France’s #1 bestselling author, Guillaume Musso, on July 7, 2019

Wiley to Acquire Learning House

John Wiley & Sons, Inc. has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Learning House, the education services provider, from Weld North Holdings.

B&T Takes On New Clients

Baker & Taylor has added a number of new client publishers to its Publishers Services group's client list for fulfillment services in North America, in addition to internationally through Global Publishers Services.

Nadia Murad Wins 2018 Nobel Peace Prize

Tim Duggan Books will publish the paperback of Murad's memoir 'The Last Girl: My Story of Captivity, and My Fight Against the Islamic State,' with a foreword by Amal Clooney, on October 16.

CJK Group Acquires Dickinson, Kingsport Assets

The assets of each company will flow under CJK Group's Sheridan company, and the entities will be renamed Sheridan Publishing Grand Rapids and Sheridan Specialty Binding, respectively.

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