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'n+1' Names First Anthony Veasna So Prize Winner

The literary journal honors Trevor Shikaze with its inaugural prize for fiction contributors, and Christina Nichol is honored with the journal's Writers' Fellowship.

Book Club Sub Service Literati Expands

Literati, the Austin, Tex.– based subscription book box club, has added seven book clubs, to be curated by Roxane Gay, Elin Hilderbrand, Austin Kleon, Kelly McGonigal, Cheryl Strayed, Jesmyn Ward, and the editors of 'Atlas Obscura.'

AAP Honors Senator Amy Klobuchar with Award

The Association of American Publishers has announced that Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) will receive AAP’s 2021 Award for Distinguished Public Service. Senator Klobuchar will accept the award virtually during AAP’s annual general meeting on June 2, 2021.

Torres Promoted at Penguin Random House, International Sales

Hector Torres, previously sales manager for the Caribbean and Latin America, has been promoted to senior sales manager for the direct comic market and the Caribbean at Penguin Random House.

PEN World Voices Festival Returns

The PEN World Voices Festival returns this May 18-22, with Ayad Akhtar and Masha Gessen serving as virtual hosts. The event is offering more than 20 panel discussions with global authors and thinkers.

Consortium Adds Four to Distribution List

Ingram's Consortium subdivision will distribute books from Berbay Publishing, Salamander Street, Two Silences, and Vanishing Pictures globally as of May 29.


PRH Had Good First Quarter

Penguin Random House was one of several Bertelsmann divisions to post double-digit revenue gains in the first quarter of 2021 over 2020, the company reported this morning. Total revenue for Bertelsmann rose 10% in the period, to €4.2 billion.

John Murillo Wins Four Quartets Prize

The poet won the prize, which is administered by the T. S. Eliot Foundation and the Poetry Society of America, for his poem “A Refusal to Mourn the Deaths, by Gunfire, of Three Men in Brooklyn.”

B&N Picks 'Hour of the Witch' for May Book Club

Barnes & Noble has picked 'Hour of the Witch' by Chris Bohjalian as the May selection for its Barnes & Noble Book Club.

Chicago Review Press Buys Ripple Grove

Chicago Review Press has acquired Ripple Grove Press’s entire catalog of 16 children’s books.

Julian Barnes Awarded 2021 Jerusalem Prize

British author Julian Barnes was awarded the 2021 Jerusalem Prize for the Freedom of the Individual in Society as part of the opening of this year's Jerusalem International Book Forum.

DUP Workers Union Files for NLRB Election

Employees at Duke University Press have formed Duke University Press Workers Union and filed for an election with the National Labor Relations Board.

Forbes Named COO at Catapult, Counterpoint, Soft Skull

Alyson Forbes has been promoted to COO of Catapult, Counterpoint, and Soft Skull Press, effective immediately.

U.S. Book Show to Benefit Boys & Girls Clubs of America

'Publishers Weekly' will donate a portion of the proceeds from the U.S. Book Show to Boys & Girls Clubs of America in support of its literacy programming.

German Philosopher Rejects Rich UAE Award

Jürgen Habermas has rejected the $272,249 Sheikh Zayed Book Award for "Cultural Personality of the Year," citing human rights issues in the United Arab Emirates.

Fan Expo San Francisco to Launch in 2022

Pop culture festival producer Fan Expo HQ announced plans to launch Fan Expo: San Francisco, a new three-day pop culture comics convention to be held in the fall of 2022 at the Moscone Center in San Francisco.

Michelle T. Boone to Lead Poetry Foundation

The Poetry Foundation has named Michelle T. Boone its next president, effective May 4.

A Dozen Authors Raise $40,000 for Binc

Twelve authors have contributed a pool of $40,000 to Binc's Survive to Thrive program, which is raising $2 million to give $10,000 grants to 200 independent bookstores.

Rabin to Head Klutz, Lellos Steps Down

Netta Rabin, v-p, publisher, and creative director of Klutz, will now head the Scholastic division, reporting to Ellie Berger, and Stacy Lellos will resign as president on May 31. The news comes amid a number of promotions at Scholastic.

French Week Hopes to Generate Rights Sales

As a replacement for canceled summer book fairs, the International Bureau of French Publishing is hosting "French Week" May 17-28, with videos promoting new books and virtual meetings with rights professionals.

BolognaFiere and Italian Publishers Association Team Up

​The Italian Publishers Association and BolognaFiere, which runs the Bologna International Book Fair, will work together on BolognaBookPlus and the Più libri più trade show.

Lerner to Distribute for Page Education Foundation

Lerner Publisher Services will distribute books for the Page Education Foundation, effective immediately.

PGW Adds Nine Clients to Distribution List

Publishers Group West, the Ingram Content Group subsidiary, has added nine new clients to its global sales and distribution network this spring.

Danielle Evans Wins 2021 Joyce Carol Oates Prize

The author of 'The Office of Historical Corrections' (Riverhead) has won this year's Oates Prize, which is administered by nonprofit the New Literary Project.

Mark Treanor Wins Colby Award

Author Mark Treanor has won the 2021 William E. Colby Award for his book 'A Quiet Cadence.'

Bloomsbury Acquires Red Globe Press

Bloomsbury Publishing has signed an agreement to acquire assets from Red Globe Press, a division of Springer-owned Macmillan Education. The price was £3.7 million.

Erdrich Receives Aspen Words Literary Prize

Louise Erdrich received this year's $35,000 Aspen Words Literary Prize for her novel 'The Night Watchman.'

Skyhorse to Publish PW Book Publishing Almanac Series

Skyhorse Publishing has acquired world rights to publish the 'Publishers Weekly Book Publishing Almanac 2022' by the editors of 'Publishers Weekly,' the first in a series of titles on the book publishing process.

Melville House Unveils Huge Print Run for QAnon Book

Independent publisher Melville House has announced a first printing of 500,000 copies for its forthcoming title 'The Storm Is Upon Us.'

Elizabeth Warren to Deliver Keynote at U.S. Book Show

Senator Elizabeth Warren will headline children’s day at the inaugural U.S. Book Show, with a keynote speech introducing her new children’s book 'Pinkie Promises', to be published by Henry Holt in Fall 2021.

ACC Art Books to Distribute teNeues

ACC Art Books New York will sell and distribute teNeues books and stationery in all channels in North America, effective July 1.

Dalkey Literary Awards Shortlist Announced

The shortlist for this year’s Dalkey Literary Awards have been announced. The prizes are offered in two categories: Novel of the Year, which is worth €20,000, and Emerging Writer, worth €10,000.

Gordon Joins Legacy Lit

Kathryn Gordon, founder of the Book Hook, has joined Legacy Lit as publicity director.

Mouly, Phillips Among Six Inductees to 2021 Eisner Hall of Fame

Comic-Con International announced the names of six new inductees into the Will Eisner Hall of Fame, among them RAW Books and Toon Books founder Françoise Mouly (pictured), and golden age cartoonist Lily Renée Phillips.

Garth Stein Asks Authors to Step Up for Binc

Author Garth Stein is asking authors and comic book creators to donate money to help the Book Industry Charitable (Binc) Foundation raise another $1 million for its Survive to Thrive campaign to support indie bookstores.

Mountains & Plains Booksellers Announce Reading the West Shortlist

MPIBA announced the shortlist for its Reading the West Awards program. Booksellers and readers will now vote on their favorites to win.

Milky Way Launches English-Language Publishing Program

Milky Way Picture Books, the children’s book imprint of French-Canadian publisher Comme des géants, has launched an English-language publishing program, with sales and distribution handled by U.S. publisher Abrams.

German Translation Prize Shortlist Announced

The five finalists for the 25th anniversary of the Helen & Kurt Wolff Translator's Prize have been announced. The winning translator receives $10,000.

Author Ijeoma Oluo to Speak at U.S. Book Show

The U.S. Book Show has announced its first guest speaker: Ijeoma Oluo, author of 'So You Want to Talk About Race,' who will be in conversation with her new editor, Rakesh Satyal.

2021 Plutarch Award Finalists Announced

The winner of this year's Plutarch Award, given by the Biographers International Organization to the previous calendar year's best biography, will be announced at the organization's conference on May 16.

NEH Awards $24 Million in Grants

The National Endowment for the Humanities today announced $24 million in grants for 225 humanities projects across the country, including a number involving books, literature, and publishing.

Shelley Husband Named Senior V-P of Gov't Affairs at AAP

Shelley Husband has been named senior v-p of government affairs and special projects at the Association of American Publishers.

SPD Hires Interim Executive Director

Small Press Distribution has hired Cindy Myers as interim executive director, starting April 12.

'Paris Review' Announces Winners of Annual Awards

N. Scott Momaday has won the 2021 Hadada Award, Eloghosa Osunde has won the 2021 Plimpton Prize, and the $5,000 usually awarded with the Terry Southern Prize for Humor has been donated to Teachers and Writers Collaborative in New York.

NYPL Launches World Lit Festival

The New York Public Library has launched its inaugural first World Literature Festival, which highlights the institution's multicultural collections and resources for New York’s diverse communities.

BookLife Reviews Open to Indie Publishers

Originally limited to self-published authors, the paid reviews service is now open to indie publishers.

Matt Kindt’s NFT Comics Strip Bought at Auction

Cartoonist Matt Kindt’s MIND MGMT: The Artifact, a comics strip NFT (non-fungible token), has been purchased at auction by an anonymous collector and posted on reddit.

TDA Launches Tor EDU

Tom Doherty Associates will launch Tor EDU, a new virtual event series designed to familiarize people with both the publishing industry in general and the specifics of working in genre fiction.

Kemi Alabi Wins 2021 Academy of American Poets First Book Award

Claudia Rankine has selected Kemi Alabi’s manuscript 'Against Heaven' as the recipient of the 2021 Academy of American Poets First Book Award, the Academy's first-book prize for a poet.

NYPL Names 2021 Young Lions Finalists

Meng Jin, Catherine Lacey, Hilary Leichter, Brandon Taylor, and C. Pam Zhang have been tapped for the annual award.

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