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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 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.

Sourcebooks Announces 'Love Your Library Like a Carnegie' Winners

The Mount Lebanon Public Library and North Wales Area Library have been selected to receive $2,000 credits to the wholesalers of their choice.

Brooklyn Book Festival Announces Fall Lineup

In addition, author N.K. Jemisin has been named as the honoree of the festival's Best of Brooklyn Award.

Harper Design to Publish New Joanna Gaines

'Homebody: A Guide to Creating Spaces You Never Want to Leave' will be released on November 6.

Mark Doyle Named Executive Editor in Revamp of DC Vertigo

In a reorganization that marks the 25th anniversary of Vertigo, DC’s adult genre comics imprint, Mark Doyle has been named DC Vertigo executive editor, and will oversee the rebranding of the imprint and the launch seven new series beginning in fall 2018.

Vault Comics to publish Brandon Sanderson’s ‘Dark One’ Graphic Novels

Independent publisher Vault Comics announced plans to publish Dark One, a two-volume graphic novel series created by Hugo Award winning author Brandon Sanderson, that is being produced concurrently with a TV series.

B&N Taps Anne Tyler's 'Clock Dance' as Second National Book Club Selection

Barnes & Noble will sell an exclusive Book Club edition of the novel and host a free Book Club night to discuss the novel in stores across the country on Wednesday, August 8, from 7:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Awarded PEN Pinter Prize 2018

During the event, Adichie will announce her co-winner, who will be named the International Writer of Courage 2018.

Poetry Reading Is Up, NEA Finds

11.7 percent of adults read poetry in the last year, according to new data from the National Endowment for the Arts' 2017 Survey of Public Participation in the Arts.

Blackstone Acquires Clavell Catalog Rights

In a near-seven-figure deal, Blackstone Publishing acquired North American unabridged print and e-book rights, and world rights for audio to all but two books, to bestselling author James Clavell's catalog.

Blackstone Acquires Clavell Catalog Rights

In a near-seven-figure deal, Blackstone Publishing acquired North American unabridged print and e-book rights, and world rights for audio to all but two books, for bestselling author James Clavell's catalog.

Karyn Marcus Joins Gallery as Senior Editor

Marcus comes to Gallery from Simon & Schuster, and begins effective immediately.

Bass, Benitez Join Rayo and Amistad, Respectively

Edward Benitez has joined Rayo as executive editor, reporting to Judith Curr, and Patrik Bass has joined Amistad as senior editor at Amistad, reporting to Tracy Sherrod—the latest of Curr's new hires.

30th Annual Lambda Literary Award Winners Announced

This year's winners include Carmen Maria Machado, John Rechy, and Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor.

Stephen King Charity Auction To Be Held in Maine

The auction will be held at Gerald Winters and Son, in Bangor, Maine, on July 2nd.

BISG, Universities Team Up to Study Open Access E-books

The Book Industry Study Group will collaborate with KU Research and researchers from the universities of Michigan and North Texas on a project focused on improving usage and engagement tracking for open access e-books.

Other Press to Publish Éric Vuillard

The author's 'The Order of the Day' won the Prix Goncourt, France's most prestigious literary prize, last year.

Juan Milà Valcárcel Named HarperOne Group Executive Editor

Valcárcel will be responsible for building the fiction list for the HarperOne Group, and will report directly to president and publisher Judith Curr.

Down & Out Books Launches New Wave Crime

Founded and edited by Chantelle Aimée Osman, the imprint will focus on diversity of plot, culture, and character in the crime genre.

Amazon Publishing to Launch New Patricia Cornwell Series

Thomas & Mercer has closed a two-book deal with bestselling author Cornwell, and will launch a new series from the writer beginning with 'Quantum' in late 2019.

Golden Man Booker Prize Shortlist Announced

All 51 previous winners of the Man Booker Prize were considered by a panel of five specially-appointed judges, each of whom chose one of these five works of fiction.

First New York Rights Fair Ready for May 30–June 1 Run

Exhibitors, rights professionals, and members of the media holding BookExpo badges are all welcomed at no charge to the New York Rights Fair. Additionally, New York Rights Fair badge-holders are entitled to free access to BookExpo.

IPG Signs Eight New Publishers for Distribution

Two new publishers will be distributed by IPG, and six new U.K. publishers will gain U.S. distribution through Trafalgar Square Publishing.

Abrams to Distribute Obvious State

The publisher will distribute the creative studio and popular literary gift brand's products beginning June 1.

New Michelle Obama Book Cover Announced

The book jacket for 'Becoming' was revealed today on her Instagram. Crown will publish the book on November 13.

Cartoonist Art Spiegelman Awarded the 2018 Edwin McDowell Medal

Novelist Michael Chabon will present cartoonist Art Speigelman the 2018 Edward McDowell Medal for outstanding contributions to American culture.

Longleaf to Distribute U of Oklahoma Press

The University of Oklahoma Press has entered a fulfillment and publishing services partnership with Longleaf Services, which will begin distributing its books effective October 1.

Binc and Macmillan Diversity Scholarship Returns

The Macmillan Booksellers Professional Development Scholarship will award nine scholarships this year.

Changes at Vintage Anchor

Roz Parr will step down as marketing director for Vintage Anchor and Everyman’s Library, and Laura Crisp will be promoted to the newly-created position of senior director of sales marketing and business development.

Nebula Winners Announced

The 52nd annual Nebula Awards were presented in Pittsburgh on May 19, and saw N.K. Jemisin and Jordan Peele, among others, take home honors.

Rare Bird, Book Passage Host Indie Bookstore Display Contest

The stores have launched a display contest for “books about bookstores” that is open to any independent bookstore in the U.S.

Open Road, Ingram Enter Direct-to-Consumer Agreement

The agreement will allow Ingram’s distributed publishers using CoreSource Plus to nominate their e-book titles directly to Open Road’s Ignition program through Ingram’s platform.

'Romantic Times' Magazine, Booklovers Convention Shutter

After 37 years, Romantic Times, also called RT Book Reviews, and its RT VIP Salon and RT Booklovers Convention, will shut down, effective immediately.

Camilla Zhang Named Kickstarter Comics Outreach Lead

Camilla Zhang has joined Kickstarter as its comics outreach lead and will be focused on supporting the development and completion of the increasing number of comics and graphic novel campaigns on the crowdfunding platform.

‘Vanity Fair’ Plans Expanded Book Coverage

The magazine will retire its Hot Type page, a monthly roundup of new books, and plans to expand its overall book coverage, which will continue to feature input from contributing editor and bestselling author Sloane Crosley

BookExpo Amps Up Librarian Programming

BookExpo has announced the full slate of library programming available at the show this year, adding a full slate of panels and events targeting librarians and educators in addition to the Publishers Weekly–sponsored Librarian Lounge.

Elizabeth Jordan Named BookPeople CEO

The appointment, which sees the longtime BookPeople employee take the top leadership position in her 16th year with the company, is effective June 2.

Bantam to Publish Final Hawking Book

The Stephen Hawking Estate has announced that rights to a final book by the theoretical physicist were sold to his long-time publisher in North America, Bantam, which will publish it this October.

Calvin Reid Joins Freedom to Read

PW senior news editor Calvin Reid has been elected a trustee of the Freedom to Read Foundation.

2018 Best Translated Book Award Finalists Announced

Ten works of fiction and six poetry collections have been announced as finalists in the running for this year’s Best Translated Book Awards.

Peter Mayer Memorial to Be Held This Fall

The famed publisher's burial will be held in Woodstock, N.Y., on May 14, and his family will sit shiva at his apartment this week.

Little, Brown to Publish Ronan Farrow's 'Catch and Kill'

The book, the publisher said, will continue his reporting on sexual misconduct. Little, Brown acquired World English rights from agent Lynn Nesbit of Janklow & Nesbit.

Casemate to Distribute Birlinn

Casemate Group will distribute Scottish Publisher Birlinn's books in the U.S. and its e-books across North America, effective October 1.

Chingonyi Wins Dylan Thomas Prize

The Zambian-born British poet Kayo Chingonyi has won the Swansea University International Dylan Thomas Prize for his debut collection, 'Kumukanda.'

AAP, MPAA to Host BookExpo Panel on Bringing Books to Film

Panelists include Catherine Hand, producer of 'A Wrinkle in Time'; Angie Thomas, author of The Hate U Give'; John Gibson from MPAA; and Darin Keesler from Picador.

Paraclete Launches New Imprint

Catholic publisher Paraclete Press unveiled San Damiano Books, an imprint focused solely on Franciscan spirituality and the teachings of ​​Saint Francis of Assisi.

Marotta Up at DK

Mary Marotta has been promoted from v-p of sales, marketing, and publicity to the newly-created role of senior v-p of DK North America.

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