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Audie Award Audiobook of the Year Finalists Announced

The finalists for Excellence Awards in Design, Marketing, and Production have also been announced.

Viola Davis Comes to BookExpo

The actress joins the Children's Book and Author Breakfast as its final speaker.

Anne Twomey Will Join Celadon Books as Creative Director

Twomey was formerly v-p and creative director of Grand Central Publishing, and, before that, executive art director at SMP, and begins in the position on April 2.

Finalists Revealed for Denver Comic Con’s Excellence in Graphic Lit Awards

Pop Culture Classroom, organizer of the Denver Comic Con, announced the finalists for the inaugural 2018 Excellence in Graphic Literature Awards in a program live-streamed on KidLit TV.

Tracy Behar Names New Imprint, Little, Brown Spark

After being named v-p, publisher and editor-in-chief of a new Little, Brown imprint in late 2017, Tracy Behar has now announced that the imprint will be called Little, Brown Spark, and will debut in fall 2018.

Meredith Mundy Named Executive Editor Abrams Children’s Books

Meredith Mundy has been named executive editor of the Appleseed imprint at Abrams Children’s Books.

Hartson, Connors Promoted at Hachette; Coyne joins Center Street

The Hachette Book Group announced personnel moves at Center Street, HBG’s conservative political and military imprint, and Faithwords, its Christian publishing imprint.

Speakers Announced for Audiobook Author Tea at BookExpo 2018

Laini Taylor and Jason Fry are among the authors to be featured at the Audio Publishers Association’s Author Tea at BookExpo 2018.

Margaret West Taylor, Cofounder of Tyndale House, has Died

Margaret West Taylor, who cofounded Tyndale House Publishers with her late husband Kenneth Taylor in 1962, died March 12.

National Black Writers Conference Opens March 22 at Medgar Evers College

Organized this year with a focus on “race, resistance, and activism,” the 14th National Black Writers Conference will be held March 22 to 25 at Medgar Evers College in Brooklyn, New York.

Stephanie Smirnov to Head Scholastic Global Communications

Stephanie Smirnov has been named executive v-p and head of global corporate communications at Scholastic.

Authors Guild Elects Monique Truong and D.T. Max

Vietnamese-American novelist Monique Truong has been elected v-p of the Authors Guild, the professional writers organization, and journalist D.T. Max has been chosen to join the Author’s Guild’s governing council.

Rachel Neumann moves to join Shambhala

Parallax publisher moves to assistant publisher role leading acquisitions and three imprints for Shambhala.

More Light on Madeleine L’Engle

A spiritual biography is set for author of 'A Wrinkle in Time.'

Publishing Triangle’s 30th LGBTQ Lit Awards Slated April 26

The Publishing Triangle honors writers Sarah Schulman, and Sarah Perry, and literary agent Malaga Baldi; and has announced the finalists for its 2017 LGBTQ literary awards for fiction and nonfiction.

DC Debuts Black Label Imprint Focused on Standalone Works

DC Entertainment announced plans to launch DC Black Label, a new imprint that will publish standalone series and graphic novels by many of DC’s most acclaimed writers and artists.

Women's Prize for Fiction Longlist Announced

Jennifer Egan, Arundhati Roy, Gail Honeyman, Imogen Hermes Gowar, and others have been longlisted for what was previously known as the Baileys Prize.

PRH to Distribute Hay House

Penguin Random House Publisher Services has entered into a multi-year sales and distribution agreement with Hay House, effective August 2018.

Believer Festival Adds Jenkins, Nancherla

The second annual Believer Festival will bring Academy Award–winning director Barry Jenkins and comedian Aparna Nancherla to the stage in Las Vegas on March 13-14.

Bernie Sanders Comes to BookExpo

The Vermont senator and erstwhile presidential candidate has joined the BookExpo 2018 lineup, and will discuss his new book and more on Thursday, May 31, at 6:15 p.m. on the main stage.

CrimeReads Prepares for Launch

The new website from 'Literary Hub' will showcase "the best writing from the worlds of crime, mystery, and thrillers."

Chelsea Green Publishing Expands, Opens London Office

The publisher has opened a London office and appointed former Faber marketing director Matt Haslum in a new role as managing director.

Amazon Opens Amazon Books in Austin

The store opened on March 6 at the Domain Northside shopping complex.

Michael Green to Depart Penguin YR

After 27 years at Penguin, Green will leave Philomel, to be headed by Jill Santopolo, on March 16 in order to focus on his own writing.

After Black Panther, Ta-Nehisi Coates Will Now Write for Captain America

After his acclaimed tenure writing for Marvel’s iconic African superhero, Black Panther, National Book Award-winning author Ta-Nehisi Coates will now write for another legendary character, Captain America, in a new series that will begin this July.

BookPeople CEO Steve Bercu to Retire

Steve Bercu, a former president of the American Booksellers Association and CEO of the Austin, Tex., bookstore, BookPeople, will retire from the store in June.

Jennifer Egan Named President of PEN America

PEN America, a nonprofit organization that works to defend free expression, has named Pulitzer Prize–winning author Jennifer Egan its president, succeeding Andrew Solomon.

Flatiron to Publish Melinda Gates

Flatiron Books has acquired World English and translation rights for a book by Melinda Gates, 'Walking Each Other Home: How to Empower Women and Change the World.'

PRH Will Continue to Distribute for America's Test Kitchen

Penguin Random House Publisher Services has implemented a multi-year extension of its global sales and distribution partnership with the cookbook publisher.

WNBA to Host Time's Up Panel

The panel will investigate the #MeToo movement in publishing designed "to empower and inform anyone who has found themselves encountering or witnessing sexual harassment and discrimination in the publishing workplace."

IDW CEO Ted Adams Joins CBLDF Board

Ted Adams, founder and CEO of IDW Media Holdings—which includes its comics and graphic novel publishing division, IDW Publishing—is joining the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund Board of Directors.

Boom! to Publish ‘Clueless: One Last Summer’ Graphic Novel Sequel

The hilarious trio of high school girls from the hit 1995 film 'Clueless' return in 'Clueless: One Last Summer' by writers Amber Benson and Sarah Kuhn and artist Siobhan Keenan, a sequel to the popular 2017 graphic novel 'Clueless: Senior Year.'

Megan Mullally, Nick Offerman to Host BookExpo Adult Book and Author Breakfast

The comedian couple will be joined on stage by Trevor Noah, Barbara Kingsolver, Nicholas Sparks, and Jill Lepore.

'God Code' Makes History (Channel)

The book has a new title to match the upcoming broadcast documentary.

Titan, Marvel to Launch Prose Publishing Program

Titan Books is teaming with Marvel Comics to launch a publishing program that will produce original prose works based on Marvel properties like Black Panther, in addition to reprinting out of print works.

Pearson Says PRH Sales Up Slightly

In its year-end financial report, Pearson, which has a 25% stake in Penguin Random House, said 2017 sales rose slightly over 2016, led by higher audio sales and stable print sales.

Youngsuk Chi Joins Ingram Board of Directors

Chi currently also serves as non-executive chairman of Elsevier, and is in charge of corporate affairs of Elsevier’s parent company, RELX Group, and was previously chairman of Random House Asia.

Thomas Dunne to Publish New Bernie Sanders Book

'Where We Go From Here' will be published on November 13 in hardcover, e-book, and audio formats.

'Why I March' Raises Roughly $50,000 for Women's March–Related Nonprofits

Abrams will distribute the book's royalties to the Council on American-Islamic Relations, the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health, and the Transgender Law Center.

Smith Publicity Acquires Press Box Publicity

The sports book publicity firm will become a division of Smith, effective March 1.

Tachyon Publications to Launch Particle Books E-book Imprint

The imprint, which will launch on February 27, will focus on a mix of original, newly-collected, hard to find, and out-of-print material published in e-versions.

HarperAudio to Publish Vinyl-First 'Dark Carousel' by Joe Hill

The release is the first vinyl-first release by the publisher, and is timed to coincide with Record Store Day.

Edwards Brothers Malloy to Restructure, Close N.C. Facility

The company plans to consolidate all offset printing operations into its Michigan location by the end of 2018, closing its offset facility in Lillington, N.C.

Golden Man Booker Prize to Mark Award's 50th Anniversary

The one-off award will crown the best work of fiction from the last five decades of the prize, as chosen by five judges and then voted for by the public.

Eerdmans, LSC Communications Ink Supply Chain Agreement

Intention is to increase business-side efficiency while expanding editorial resources.

Harvest House Moves Across Town

Evangelical publisher sticks with Oregon hometown for new office headquarters.

Ted Heinecken Memorial Will Be Held In Chicago

A memorial service for the long-time publishers rep has been scheduled for Saturday, April 28, at 2:00 p.m. in Chicago.

PEN/Barbey Freedom to Write Award Goes to Myanmar Journalists

PEN America has announced that it will honor imprisoned Myanmar reporters Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo, who were arrested on December 12, 2017, while investigating violence in Myanmar’s Rakhine state.

Trio of Imprints to Mark Dallas Willard’s Influence

Publishers will team up to promote three books by or about the late evangelical philosopher Dallas Willard.

IglooBooks Appoints Three to U.S., U.K. Senior Management Teams

Darren Witherall has been named COO, and Bonnier Hunter and Jeremy Nurnberg will jointly run the U.S. side of Igloo's business as v-ps.

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