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Macmillan Offices Remain Closed

Following the Thursday morning steam pipe explosion one block south of its New York headquarters, Macmillan’s offices were closed yesterday and will remain shut today.

RITA Award Winners Announced

The Romance Writers of America announced the winners of the 2018 RITA Awards last night at a ceremony at its 38th Annual Conference in Denver, Colorado.

Man Booker International Prize Judges Announced

Submissions for the 2019 prize are also now open.

S&S to Distribute Skyhorse

Simon & Schuster has entered into a distribution agreement with Skyhorse Publishing, effective January 1, 2019.

De Gruyter Acquires Düsseldorf University Press

The deal is retroactively effective January 1, 2018.

Inscribe Digital to Distribute Five New Presses

The IPG division has signed new distribution deals with five publishers: BOOM! Studios, ePublishing Works, Cricket Media, Hartwood Publishing, and Secant Publishing.

Hachette Books Acquires Memoir by Chris Christie

Executive editor Paul Whitlatch, who acquired North American rights in a deal with Mel Berger of William Morris Endeavor, will edit the book, which will be available in hardcover, e-book, and audio editions in January 2019.

B&N Amends and Extends Credit Facility

Barnes & Noble has entered into an amendment to extend its existing $750 million credit facility through July 2023.

PEN Changes Bingham Prize to Award Short Story Collections Only

The $25,000 PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize, which previously recognized debut novels in addition to debut fiction collections, will be converted to a prize only for short fiction in 2019.

Penguin to Publish Kamala Harris's Memoir

Penguin Press will publish Senator Kamala Harris’s 'The Truths We Hold: An American Journey' on January 8, 2019.

Red Wheel/Weiser and Mutual UFO Network Launch Imprint

MUFON Books will publish its first two titles, on UFO abduction and the CIA, in fall 2019.

Casemate to Distribute Gremese Editore

Casemate Group will distribute Italian publisher Gremese Editore's print and digital books outside Italy.

RH To Publish Book of Affirmations by Lin-Manuel Miranda

'Gmorning, Gnight!: Little Pep Talks for Me & You' will be illustrated by Jonny Sun, and will be published in all formats on October 23.

Corcoran Acquired By Transatlantic

The Transatlantic Agency has acquired Jill Corcoran Literary Agency, with Corcoran joining Transatlantic as partner and senior agent.

Author Group Raises Funds to Reunify Families at Border

A group of more than 30 debut authors has launched Authors for Families, a fundraising initiative to fund organizations helping with border family reunification.

Hart, Rendon Win Pinckley Prizes

Ellen Hart and Marcie Rendon are the recipients of the 2018 Pinckley Prizes for Crime Fiction.

Zondervan’s Hudson to Retire

Bob Hudson, editor-in-chief at Zondervan for over 34 years, is retiring in September.

ACTA Sells 40 Titles to St. Mary’s

Catholic publishers ACTA Publications and Saint Mary’s Press struck a deal on 40 of ACTA’s backlist titles as the publisher moves toward a broader audience.

Brown Bows Out at Knopf YR

Jenny Brown will step down as v-p and publisher of Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers.

Changes at the Quarto Board

Andy Cumming takes over as non-executive chairman of the Quarto Group, while Laurence Orbach steps down from his position as executive chairman. COO Ken Fund joins the board.

Eerdmans to Relocate

After closing its bookstore and emptying its warehouse, the corporate headquarters of Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company will relocate within Grand Rapids, Mich. on August 1.

'The Art of Fielding' Cleared of Plagiarism Charges

A court dismissed a copyright claim over Chad Harbach’s novel.

Humanoids Releases New List of Life Drawn Titles

Humanoids, the French-owned, L.A.-based graphic novel publisher, is releasing a new round of graphic memoir and biography from its newly launched Life Drawn imprint, in advance of the San Diego Comic-Con International, which opens next week.

BMI, 'Believer' Announce Fellowships

The Beverly Rogers, Carol C. Harter Black Mountain Institute and The Believer Magazine have announced their 2018-2019 residential fellows and writers-in-residence, which include Lesley Nneka Arimah and Claire Vaye Watkins.

Next Galbraith Novel Announced

Mulholland Books will publish 'Lethal White' by Robert Galbraith—a pseudonym for J.K. Rowling—on September 18.

IFOA Rebrands

The newly-christened Toronto International Festival of Authors will run from October 18-28 this year.

Ruda Named Wiley's Chief Strategy Officer

John Wiley & Sons has appointed Taneli Ruda its new executive v-p and CSO, effective immediately.


Marcus Harris Foundation Launches Poetry Fellowship

The award, which comes with a $500 purse, is "designed to encourage young poets to pursue further writing and publishing efforts."

Ripley's and Nitro Enter Partnership

Ripley’s Believe It or Not! has signed a two-year touring, digital content, and publishing partnership with action sports entertainment brand Nitro Circus.

HFS to Distribute USCP

Hopkins Fulfillment Services will distribute the University of South Carolina Press beginning this fall.

Anechoum In At Europa Editions

Emanuela Anechoum has joined Europa Editions and its parent company, Edizioni EO, in the newly-created position of international rights manager.

Vanek Up At CJK Group

Todd Vanek has been named president of Bang Printing and Sentinel Printing, two companies in the CJK Group's portfolio.

S&S to Distribute Zuiker Press Graphic Novel Imprint

The "issue-based" graphic novel literary house, recently launched by Michelle and Anthony E. Zuiker to "herald the voices of young authors," will release its first titles this fall.

Sheikh Zayed Book Award to Host Celebration of Arabic Literature in Translation

The event will feature remarks by Juergen Boos, the CEO of Frankfurter Buchmesse, H. E. Majid Al-Suwaidi, the consul general of the United Arab Emirates in New York, and others.

PW Star Watch Submissions Needed By Friday, July 6

Submissions for the contest will close at end of day on July 6, with no exceptions.

Infringement Claims Over Emma Cline's 'The Girls' Dismissed

A federal judge has dismissed with prejudice claims over of copyright infringement that Chaz Reetz-Laiolo asserted against Cline and Random House.

Quercus U.S. Publisher Exits

Nathaniel Marunas is leaving Quercus after building the U.S. list as publisher.

Metro-North, PRH Partner On 'Grand Central Reads'

New York's MTA Metro-North Railroad has partnered with Penguin Random House to bring literature celebrating New York authors, New York City, and Grand Central Terminal directly to commuters and visitors via free book excerpts.

Showalter Wins Pritzker Award

Military historian and author Dennis Showalter is the 12th recipient of the Pritzker Military Museum and Library Literature Award for Lifetime Achievement in Military Writing.

HBG to Distribute Kyle Books

Hachette Book Group will handle North American distribution and U.S. sales services for Kyle Books beginning September 1, 2018.

DC, Walmart Plan to Release 100-Page Monthly Comics

This summer DC Entertainment will team with Walmart to release a series of monthly 100-page comics anthologies collecting original and past stories featuring its iconic superheroes that will be sold exclusively via 3,000 Walmart stores around the country.

Osberg, Kharbanda Up at F+W

Gregory Osberg has been named CEO of F+W Media, effectively immediately, and Kenneth Kharbanda has been appointed CFO.

Louise Sherwin-Stark Named CEO of Hachette Australia and New Zealand

Louise Sherwin-Stark, currently joint managing director of Hachette Australia and New Zealand, has been named CEO, effective immediately.

New Executive Director at Independent Booksellers Consortium

Elizabeth Bogner has been hired as the new executive director of the Independent Booksellers Consortium, an invitation-only group of 27 of some of the most influential independent bookstores in the United States.

Mehta Wins 2018 Perkins Award

Sonny Mehta, chairman and editor-in-chief of the Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, is the recipient of this year's Maxwell E. Perkins Award for Distinguished Achievement in the Field of Fiction.

Luxoft Acquires Smashing Ideas Agency From PRH

The global IT service provider Luxoft has acquired Smashing Ideas, a Seattle-based design and product development agency, from Penguin Random House.

First Second Wins Three Times at Inaugural Excellence in Graphic Lit Awards

Scott Westerfield and Alex Puvilland’s 'Spill Zone,' a haunting sci-fi thriller, was named book of the year at the inaugural Excellence in Graphic Literature Awards at the Denver Comic Con, one of three winning books published by First Second Books.

Ingram to Distribute Penn Press

Ingram Academic Services has inked an agreement with the University of Pennsylvania Press.

Tom Peyer, Stuart Moore to Launch New Comic Book Magazine Format

Four veteran creators from comics and humor publishing are teaming up to launch Ahoy Comics, a new comics venture that will publish in a hybrid print format: a comic book magazine featuring prose articles and even poetry in addition to comics.

PubWest Announces Book Design Award Winners

The winners will be recognized at the 2019 PubWest Conference in Santa Fe, N.M., next February.

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