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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.

Avery Up at DK

Gayley Avery has been named v-p of marketing and publicity at the publisher, based in its New York office.

PubWest 2019 Conference Online Registration Opens

The PubWest 2019 Conference will be held February 7–9, 2019, in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Promotions, Retirements at PRH Sales

A series of promotions follows news that Janet Cooke and John Lawton are retiring.

Carina Press Announces New Romance Line

Launching in 2020, Carina Adores will focus on trope-driven LGBTQ+ contemporary romance titles.

MWA Announces 2019 Grand Master, Award Winners

Linda Fairstein and Martin Cruz Smith have been chosen as the 2019 Grand Masters by Mystery Writers of America. Marilyn Stasio will receive the 2019 Raven Award, and Linda Landrigan will receive the Ellery Queen Award.

Binc to Launch Annual Giving Tuesday Program

The foundation is looking to raise $20,000 in donations for booksellers and their families affected by wildfires in California and hurricanes across the country. Ingram Content Group, Sourcebooks, and others are partners in the effort.

Marcus Leaver Returns to Publishing

the former CEO of the Quarto Group is joining mental health publisher Trigger as chairman on December 1.

ABA's Indies First Program to Give Away 20,000 Books

The novel 'Ghost,' by Indies First spokesperson Jason Reynolds, will be made available for free at nearly 500 independent booksellers on November 24, in partnership with the author's publisher, Simon & Schuster.

PRH, Worldreader Launch Giving Tuesday Campaign

Beginning on Giving Tuesday (November 27, 2018), all purchases made through Penguin Random House’s website,, will include a donation to support readers in Africa.

IPG to Distribute Three Spanish Publishers

Independent Publishers Group will begin distributing titles for Ediciones Larousse, Cinco Tintas, and Akiara Books starting January 1.

Baker & Taylor to Distribute Sutherland House in U.S.

The Canadian publisher will be distributed by the University of Toronto Press in Canada.

Thomas Dunne Nabs Former Trump Staffer's Book

Cliff Sims, former special assistant to President Donald Trump, will publish an insider’s account of the Trump Administration with his book, Team of Vipers,' this coming January.

Jasanoff Wins 2018 Cundhill Prize

The Harvard professor Maya Jasanoff has won the 2018 Cundill History Prize for 'The Dawn Watch: Joseph Conrad in a Global World.'

Fain to Leave HBG for Gladwell Podcast

Heather Fain will be leaving Hachette Book Group to pursue a new position as chief marketing officer at Pushkin Industries, the podcast company recently launched by Jacob Weisberg and Malcolm Gladwell.

Oxford Word of the Year: 'Toxic'

The word has, the publisher said, "added more strings to its poisoned bow during 2018, becoming an intoxicating descriptor for the year’s most talked about topics."

B&N Brings Back Signed Editions Program for Black Friday

More than 650,000 books, signed by authors including David Baldacci, Doris Kearns Goodwin, Rupi Kaur, and Adriana Trigiani will be available in Barnes & Noble stores next Friday.

DC Celebrates 80 Years of Batman and Detective Comics

Marking the 80th anniversary of Batman’s debut in Detective Comics in 1939, DC Comics will release 'Detective Comics: 80 Years of Batman The Deluxe Edition, a hardcover collecting 80 years of Batman stories, and a special 1000th issue of Detective Comics.

Skylight's Nolan Wins Gray Scholarship

Kelsey Nolan, of Skylight Books in Los Angeles, has won this year's Binc Foundation's Carla Gray Memorial Scholarship for Emerging Bookseller-Activists.

Riemer Boutote Launches Red Raven Studio

Former HarperOne associate publisher Claudia Riemer Boutote has launched a marketing, editorial, and author management consultancy.

Radziewicz to Leave De Capo

John Radziewicz, longtime v-p and publisher of Da Capo Press, will retire on November 30. A succession plan is forthcoming.

Michelle Obama's Memoir Is Oprah's Latest Book Club Pick

The former First Lady will also join the entrepreneur and TV personality for a primetime special, 'Oprah Winfrey Presents: Becoming Michelle Obama,' on Winfrey's TV network, to discuss Obama's new memoir, 'Becoming.'

DC to Publish ‘Watchmen,’ Other Classics Under Black Label Imprint

DC announced plans to move classic graphic novel collections such as 'Watchmen' to DC Black Label, a newly launched imprint dedicated to attracting celebrated creators to produce standalone stories based on DC’s iconic characters.

Amazon's Best Books of 2018

The retailer has announced its selections for the Best Books of 2018, naming Tara Westover’s 'Educated: A Memoir' the Best Book of the Year.

Consortium Signs Eight New Publishers for Distribution

Beehive Books, Braun Publishing, Floating World Comics, Green Card Voices, Inhabit Media, Lookout Books, Nightboat Books, and Tiny Owl Publishing begin distribution with Consortium on January 1, 2019.

Saqi to Publish Newly-Discovered Mahfouz Collection

U.K.-based publisher Saqi Books has acquired world English rights for a newly-discovered collection of short stories by the late Egyptian Nobel laureate Naguib Mahfouz.

Palmetto Directors Exit Publisher, Launch Vedere Press

The creative directors of Palmetto Publishing Group, Jennifer Toomey and Lance Buckley, have left the company to start a new venture, Vedere Press.

Amazon Launches Book Review Podcast

Amazon has launched the Amazon Book Review Podcast, with each episode hosted by Amazon Books editors and featuring "a spirited roundtable discussion on a book topic...followed by an interview with a remarkable author.

Myriad Announces Three Original Graphic Novels

Following last month’s launch of Myriad, Vault Comics’ new young readers graphic novel imprint, the publisher announced three new original graphic novels that will be released by the imprint in spring 2019.

DK to Move NYC Offices

The publisher will take up residence at 1450 Broadway in Manhattan by December 20.

BIGNY to Host 'Designer's Roundtable' This Week

The Book Industry Guild of New York's November event, to be held this Thursday, will be focused on the winners of the 2018 New York Book Show and their books.

Abrams Partners with Cernunnos on Distribution

Beginning in mid-November, Abrams will distribute art books publisher Cernunnos' backlist as well as two new titles for North American sales and trade.

Kogan Page Releases Audiobooks

The independent publisher has launched Kogan Page Audio and a debut list of five audiobooks.

Obituary: Agent Harriet Wasserman

Harriet Wasserman, a longtime literary agent whose clients once included writers such as Saul Bellow and Alice McDermott, died September 24, after a long illness. She was 81.

Sourcebooks Offers Rapid Replenishment Program to Indies

Sourcebooks is implementing a rapid replenishment program for the 2018 holiday season that includes two day shipping for independent retailers in the U.S.

Carlo Carabba Joins HarperCollins Italia

HarperCollins Italia hired Carlo Carabba as executive editor, Italian fiction, effective November 19.

HFS to Distribute Northeastern Press

Starting in December, Hopkins Fulfillment Services (HFS) will provide distribution services for Northeastern University Press.

Cundill History Prize Finalists Announced

Three American finalists have been selected for McGill University’s Cundill History Prize this year, including Caroline Fraser, Sam White, and Maya Jasanoff.

'Town Is by the Sea' Wins TD Canadian Children's Lit Award

The novel by Joanne Schwartz and illustrated by Sydney Smith was announced as the winner of the TD Canadian Children's Literature Award, valued at $50,000 this year.

It’s Alive Crowdfunded Reprint Imprint Will Leave IDW Pact

Founded by publisher Drew Ford as a Kickstarter-funded reprint imprint at IDW Publishing, It’s Alive!, which specializes in reprints of classic graphic novels, will leave IDW to become an independent publishing operation.

BISG Announces Blockchain Tech Panel

The Book Industry Study Group (BISG) is hosting a panel, Publishing Applications of Blockchain Technology, to explore how publishers can use the technological innovation to grow their businesses.

MacDowell Colony Names its Library in Honor of James Baldwin

It is the first time a national arts organization will dedicate a building in the author's name.

AAP Opens 2019 PROSE Awards Entries

Professional and scholarly publishers are encouraged to submit their top 2018 books, journals, and e-products by November 9.

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