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Alyson Sinclair Launches Nectar Literary

The boutique publicity and communications firm will work with publishers, authors, nonprofit organizations, and major literary events and book festivals.

MacDowell Names 86 New Fellows

The MacDowell Colony has awarded fellowships to 86 artists from 18 states and nine countries, including numerous poets and writers.

Binc Foundation Adds Three Board Members

The Book Industry Charitable Foundation has announced the addition of three new members to its Board of Directors: Eileen Dengler, Sarah Bagby, and Calvin Crosby.

Histria Books Acquires Addison & Highsmith

Seeking to expand into fictional titles, Histria Books has acquired Addison & Highsmith Publishers.

Magination Press Cements New Sales Partnerships

Books from APA Publishing's children's book imprint will be sold by Fujii Associates in the Midwest and parts of the South; Chesapeake & Hudson in the Northeast; the Imprint Group in the West; and Southern Territory Associates in the South.

MacDowell Colony Board Elects New Directors, New Board Members

Darrell Harvey, Terrance McKnight, Paul Reyes, Amy Davidson Sorkin, Mabel O. Wilson and Peter Wirth

Zaffiris Joins Shakespeare & Co.

Former HarperCollins International CFO Robert Zaffiris has joined the bookseller as chief development officer.

PRH to Distribute Crooked Lane

Crooked Lane Books will move from Ingram Distribution Services to become a new client of Penguin Random House Publisher Services, effective September 1.

Akbar Wins Ploughshares First Book Award

Kaveh Akbar has won the twenty-eighth annual John C. Zacharis First Book Award for his poetry collection, 'Calling a Wolf a Wolf.'

HCCP Names New V-P, Publisher of Nelson Books

HarperCollins Christian Publishing has hired Timothy Paulson as v-p and publisher of the Thomas Nelson's Nelson Books imprint, effective Feb. 4.

Finalists Named for 15th Annual Story Prize

Jamel Brinkley, Deborah Eisenberg, and Lauren Groff have been named finalists for the $20,000 prize.

National Jewish Book Award Winners

The Jewish Book Council has announced the winners of the 68th 2018 National Jewish Book Awards.

DC, Vertigo Titles Now Available Via Comixology Unlimited

DC Comics and DC Vertigo titles will now be available through Comixology Unlimited, Amazon’s digital comics subscription service, and via such related Amazon subscription services as Kindle Unlimited and Prime Reading.

William Gibson Named SFWA Damon Knight Grand Master

The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America has named William Gibson the 35th Damon Knight Grand Master for his contributions to the literature of science fiction and fantasy.

B&N to Hold Book Club Monthly, Picks First Read of 2019

Marie Benedict's 'The Only Woman in the Room' is the first pick for this year's Barnes & Noble Book Club, which will now be held monthly instead of quarterly.

Joy Harjo, Natasha Trethewey Named AAP Chancellors

The Academy of American Poets has named Joy Harjo and Natasha Trethewey its newest chancellors.

WordStock and IBID Join Forces

Information Resource Technolgy, the parent company of IBID, has merged it with fellow point-of-sale and inventory control software provider WordStock.

NBN Adds Three to Distribution Network

National Book Network has newly begun distribution for three publishers: Common Deer Press, Riverbend Publishing, and Waterford Press.

Gaydos Named Editor-In-Chief of Oni Press

Sarah Gaydos, formerly editorial director of licensed publishing at Oni Press, has been promoted to editor-in-chief of the independent graphic novel publisher.

Binc, Sourcebooks, DPI Launch New Scholarship

The Book Industry Charitable Foundation, in collaboration with Sourcebooks and the Denver Publishing Institute, has launched a new scholarship for booksellers interested in a career in the publishing side of the industry.

St. Paul's Common Good Up for Sale

The general, full-service bookstore, which has been housed in a 3,000-square-foot space in St. Paul, Minn., for the past six years, was launched in 2006 by Garrison Keillor.

Submissions Open for 2019 Prism Awards and Queer Press Grants

The submission period for the 2019 Prism Awards and Prism Comics Queer press grants, the two major LGBTQ comics and graphic novel awards, will open on January 1.

ACP Announces Four New Board Members

Karey Circosta, Donna Crilly, Deanna M. Keefe, and Wade Wisler have been elected to the Association of Catholic Publishers' board of directors.

'Circe' Voted BOMC's Book of the Year

Book of the Month Club members have selected Circe by Madeline Miller as the 2018 Book of the Year.

BIGNY President's Night to Feature Melville House Owners

The Book Industry Guild of New York’s January 17, 2019, "President’s Night" event will feature Melville House founders and presidents Valerie Merians and Dennis Johnson, and will be focused on the career paths of the two publishing industry veterans.

Mike Evans Named CFO at McGraw-Hill

The learning science company appointed Mike Evans as its chief financial officer, effective January 1, 2019.

Bauerle Named V-P at Sourcebooks

Previously director of sales and marketing, Chris Bauerle has been promoted to v-p, director of sales and marketing at Sourcebooks.

Chalice, APG Agree on Distribution

Chalice Press signed a distribution agreement with APG for nearly 50 recent and upcoming titles.

Barth Up at HarperCollins

Jennifer Barth has been promoted to senior v-p at HarperCollins.

Random House Changes HR Leadership

Paige McInerney has been promoted to EVP, director of human resources at Penguin Random House U.S. Additionally, Jo Mallia is now v-p, global talent management.

Editor Bruce Nygren to Retire

Senior editor of Penguin Random House imprints WaterBrook and Multnomah is retiring after over 40 years in the publishing industry.

Scribd Names Voynow Head of Audio, Content

Scribd, the reading subscription service, has named former WNYC business development head Greg Voynow as its new head of audio and content partnerships.

Abrams to Distribute Lucky Spool

Beginning January 1, 2019, Abrams will provide sales and distribution in the North America, Australia, and New Zealand markets for the entire Lucky Spool Media catalogue, including backlist.

Marian Wood Retires

The v-p and publisher of Marian Wood Books will retire from the imprint at the end of the year.

Tamara J. Walker Wins 2018 Harriet Tubman Book Prize

The Prize will be presented to Walker on January 24, 2019, for her book 'Exquisite Slaves: Race, Clothing, and Status in Colonial Lima.'

B&N's Best Books of 2018

Barnes & Noble rounds up its top 15 books overall and in its fiction, thrillers and suspense, history and current affairs, YA, young readers, and kids' categories, among others.

Tommy Orange Wins Center for Fiction First Novel Prize

The Center for Fiction has awarded Orange the $10,000 prize for his novel, 'There There.'

Gersh to Represent Krakauer

Author Jon Krakauer has signed with the Gersh Agency.

Joe Illidge Out as Executive Editor at Valiant

In a surprise development, Joe Illidge, named executive editor at the comics publisher Valiant Entertainment earlier this year, has left the company.

PEN Awards Longlists

PEN America has released its longlists for the 2018 PEN America Literary Awards.

Obama's Book Tour Adds Dates

Live Nation and Crown Publishing have announced the final leg of Michelle Obama's tour for 'Becoming.'

Malaprops to Open Pop-up Store in 2019

Malaprops Bookstore in Asheville, N.C., will open a new pop-up bookstore in Hendersonville, N.C., next February.

AG's Who Owns the Word? Series to Hold All-Star Panel at NYPL

The Authors Guild's 'Who Owns the Word?' panel series continues with "The Future of Authorship in Publishing," with Richard Russo moderating a panel including Madeline McIntosh, Alexander Chee, and more.

Papadopoulos, Out of Prison, to Publish Trump Book

Diversion Books will publish 'Deep State Target: How I Got Caught in the Crosshairs of the Plot to Bring Down President Trump' by George Papadopoulos on March 26, 2019.

Casemate to Distribute Eurospan in U.S.

Effective January 1, 2019, Eurospan and a selection of its publishing clients will be represented in North America for sales, marketing, and distribution by Casemate.

Milkweed Expands Regional Poetry Prizes

The Lindquist & Vennum Prize for Poetry will be renamed the Ballard Spahr Prize for Poetry. The prize awards $10,000 and publication to a poet residing in Minnesota, Iowa, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin, or Michigan.

Lockwood Wins Thurber Prize

The Thurber Prize for American Humor was awarded to Patricia Lockwood, for her memoir 'Priestdaddy,' on December 5 in Columbus, Ohio.


Jennifer Chan, Christine Makepiece Join Fantagraphics Books

Fantagraphics Books announced that Jennifer Chan has been named marketing and sales manager, and Christine Makepiece has joined the house as production manager.

S&S Relaunches Its Website

Simon & Schuster has revamped its official website,

Witherspoon Picks 'One Day In December' for Book Club

Josie Silver's novel has been named the Reese’s Book Club x Hello Sunshine book pick for December.

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