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LFL, PanCAN Partner Up

The Little Free Library will produce a special Little Free Library book-sharing box to benefit the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network by raising funds to advance its programs, field research, and patient service and advocacy efforts.

Harper to Publish Posthumous Book by Elijah Cummings

Harper will publish 'We’re Better Than This: My Fight for the Future of Our Democracy,' a memoir by late Baltimore congressman and chair of the Committee on Oversight and Reform Elijah Cummings.

IPG to Distribute SI Backlist

The Independent Publishers Group has signed a backlist distribution agreement with Sports Illustrated, effective January 1.

Skyhorse Acquires World Almanac

Skyhorse Publishing has acquired the rights to publish books using the World Almanac name.

Norton to Distribute Abbeville

W.W. Norton & Company has entered a sales and distribution agreement with Abbeville Press, the independent publisher of fine art and illustrated books based in New York City, effective July 1.

D.C. Jacobson Literary Agency Announces New Name

D.C. Jacobson & Associates, a literary agency focused on faith-based nonfiction, announced that it is rebranding under the name Illuminate Literary Agency.

Three New Members Join NBA Board

James Daunt, CEO of Barnes & Noble, Kimball Hastings, v-p of global communications at Ralph Lauren, and Amandeep Kochar, executive v-p and general manager of Baker & Taylor, have joined the National Book Foundation’s board of directors.

Painter Named Chair of MacDowell

Author Nell Painter has been named the MacDowell Colony’s new chairman of the board, taking over from novelist and screenwriter Michael Chabon, who has held the post since December of 2010.

United States Artists Announces 2020 Fellows

Fifty artists working across ten disciplines will receive unrestricted $50,000 fellowships, including five writers.

Sourcebooks Unveils New Indie Bookstore Rebate Program

Sourcebooks is changing its independent bookstore co-op model to a rebate program, effective immediately.

DPLA Releases 'Impeachment Papers' as Free E-book

The Digital Public Library of America has released 'The Impeachment Papers,' a compendium of 38 documents related to the impeachment of President Donald J. Trump, as an e-book.

DK Rebrands

DK has revealed a new logo, "brand narrative," and tagline: "for the curious."

Albert Whitman Move Sales, Distribution In-House

Effective January 1, 2020, Albert Whitman has brought all sales and distribution operations back in-house, and will no longer be distributed by IPG.

Daunt to Deliver Keynote at IBPA Publishing University 2020

The Independent Book Publishers Association has invited new Barnes & Noble CEO James Daunt to deliver the opening keynote at IBPA Publishing University 2020, scheduled for April 3-4 in Redondo Beach, Calif.

Humanoids to Publish ‘MPLS Sound’ Music Graphic Novel in 2020

'MPLS Sound', a new graphic novel by Joe Illidge, Hannibal Tabu and Meredith Laxton, is the story of a fictional 1980s Minneapolis band that is based on The Revolution, the band created by Prince. The book will be published in October 2020 by Humanoids.

Foroohar, Fortier Win Porchlight 2019 Business Awards

Porchlight Book Company, formerly 800-CEO-READ, named 'Don't Be Evil' by Rana Foroohar the winner of its Business Book of the Year Award for 2019, and honored Mark Fortier with the Jack Covert Award for Contribution to the Business Book Industry.

NEA Announces 2019 Writing, Translation Fellowships

The National Endowment for the Arts has announced a total of $1.2 million in the form of 60 individual fellowships it has awarded to creative writers of prose and translators of literature for 2020.

Techstars and Wiley Partner on Techstars Press

The new publishing imprint will curate and publish breakout ideas from entrepreneurs and innovators.

Tin House Launches Workshop Bookseller Scholarship

Tin House Books has launched an Independent Bookseller Scholarship for its Tin House Summer Workshop.

Champion, Holroyd Up at CCA and B

Two new executive positions have been added at the publisher behind 'The Elf on the Shelf: A Christmas Tradition,' with Michael Champion named president and Regan Holroyd promoted to chief administrative officer.

PEN/Jean Stein Book Award Finalists Announced

Anne Boyer, Yiyun Li, Ilya Kaminsky, Rion Amilcar Scott, and Chris Ware have been shortlisted for the prize, which will be announced at a ceremony in New York on March 2 to be hosted by Seth Meyers.

Binc Announces New Board Member, Staff Changes

Chris Morrow has joined the Binc Foundation board of directors, which sees a number of new appointments and retirements this year, among other staffing changes at the organization.

Laux, Young Join Academy of American Poets Board

Dorianne Laux and Kevin Young will join the organization's board of chancellors, filling the seats vacated by Khaled Mattawa and Alberto Ríos, whose six-year terms have concluded.

S&S to Distribute Humanoids

Under the agreement, which is effective March 1, Simon & Schuster will handle sales and distribution for the comics publisher to markets and territories worldwide.

IPG to Distribute KiCam

Effective January 1, the Independent Publishers Group distributes print and digital titles for KiCam Projects worldwide.

MacDowell Awards Winter-Spring Fellowships

The MacDowell Colony has awarded Fellowships to 87 artists from 21 states and seven countries.

Daunt to Deliver Keynote at BISG Annual Meeting

The Book Industry Study Group will host James Daunt, the new CEO of Barnes & Noble as of August of 2019, who will deliver the closing keynote at its 2020 Annual Meeting of Members, which will take place at the Harvard Club of New York on April 24, 2020.

Binc to Honor Jewell at WI5

The Binc Foundation will honor Wanda Jewell, who served as a member of the Binc Foundation's board of directors from 2014 to 2018, at Winter Institute in Baltimore.

Morishima Launches Graphic Novel Literary Agency

Veteran graphic novel editor/publisher Janna Morishima announced plans to launch Janna Co., a literary and illustration agency specializing in children’s and YA graphic novels and visual storytellers.

Story Prize Finalists Announced

The Story Prize has announced the three short story collections that have been named finalists for its 16th annual award.

LSC Shares, De-listed from NYSE, Now Trading OTC

LSC is now trading on the OTC market under the symbol LKSD. At the opening of trading January 9, the printer’s stock was selling at 19 cents per share.

Vernor Vinge Wins 2020 Heinlein Award

The four-time Hugo Award-winning science fiction author and retired mathematics and computer science professor, is the 2020 winner of the Robert A. Heinlein Award.

Merina to Head LFL Board

The Little Free Library nonprofit organization has elected Anita Merina as chair of its national board of directors.

WMG Establishes Publishing Scholarship at NYU

The Women’s Media Group has established a scholarship for students who participate in the NYU School of Professional Studies Center for Publishing Summer Publishing Institute.

'NYTBR' Launches 'Group Text' Books Column

In a new monthly column from Elisabeth Egan, the 'New York Times Book Review' will recommend books aimed at book groups.

Amistad Offers Free Digital Copies of ‘Their Eyes Were Watching God’

In celebration of the 129th birthday of author Zora Neale Hurston, HarperCollins and Amistad Press are giving away free digital copies of Hurston’s classic Harlem Renaissance novel ‘Their Eyes Were Watching God.’

Anthony Marques Takes Over The Kubert School

Anthony Marques, a veteran comics illustrator, editor, comics shop owner, and graduate of the Kubert School, is now president and owner of the the Kubert School of Cartoon and Graphic Art after acquiring the school in late 2019.

Bennett, Pelz Join HMH

Millicent Bennett has joined Houghton Mifflin Harcourt as editorial director, and Sarah Pelz has joined Houghton Mifflin Harcourt as executive editor.

S&S to Distribute Oneworld Publications

U.K. publisher Oneworld Publications has signed a new distribution deal with Simon & Schuster U.S., which will sell and distribute all its titles in the United States and Canada, effective immediately.

Margolin to Receive Rittenhouse Award

PubWest has awarded its 2020 Jack D. Rittenhouse Award to Malcolm Margolin.

Captions Case Remains in Holding Pattern

Publishers and Audible have asked the court again to refrain from ruling on two pending motions, reporting that they have made progress toward resolving the suit.

IPG to Distribute TI Inc. Books

IPG and Meredith Corporation announced that IPG will distribute the imprint previously known as Time Inc. Books.

Marino In, Falter Up at Hachette

Lauren Marino will join Hachette Books as executive editor effective Monday, January 6, and Sarah Falter has been promoted to assistant director of publicity at the imprint, effective immediately.

Student Spending on Textbooks Continues to Decline

Average student spending on college textbooks and course materials dropped 23% during the fall semester of 2019 compared to the same term last year, according to data from an independent research firm.

S&S to Distribute Manning Publications

Under a new agreement, S&S will handle Manning's sales and distribution to the United States and Canada effective January 1, 2020.

'Christianity Today' Announces 2020 Book Awards

Christianity Today magazine picked 31 winning books published between November 1, 2018 and October 31, 2019 for its 2020 awards on Tuesday, including 'Confronting Christianity: 12 Hard Questions for the World’s Largest Religion' by Rebecca McLaughlin (Cro

Abbott to Give PubWest 2020 Keynote

Charlotte Abbott, founder and director of FutureProof Content Strategy, is the keynote speaker at the PubWest 2020 conference, to be held February 20th-22nd, 2020, in Portland, Ore.

Merger of California Regionals Nears Completion

The merger of the Southern California Independent Bookseller Alliance and the Northern California Independent Bookseller Alliance is expected to be finalized by the end of the year.

Next Dog Man Title Revealed

The next title in Dav Pilkey's bestselling series, 'Dog Man: Grime and Punishment,' will be published on September 1, 2020. The latest title, 'Dog Man: Fetch-22,' was released today, with a 5 million copy first printing.

Random House to Pub 'The Impeachment Report'

'The Impeachment Report: The House Intelligence Committee’s Report on its Investigation into Donald Trump and Ukraine' will be published as a Broadway Books trade paperback, with the ebook edition available on Friday, Dec. 13.

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