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Baker Books Names New Editorial Director

Rebekah Guzman, previously senior acquisitions editor at Baker Books, is being promoted to editorial director following the departure of Chad Allen.

Fordham Acquires Pope Francis’ Past Homilies

Fordham University Press is releasing ‘In Your Eyes Is My Word: Homilies and Speeches of Buenos Aires 1999-2013’ by Pope Francis during his time as Archbishop Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina.

2018 Christian Indie Awards Announced

The Christian Small Publishers Association recognized 13 small publishers and independent authors with the Indie Awards on Monday.

MPS to Acquire Tata Interactive Systems

Through this acquisition, MPS will acquire Tata Interactive Systems India, Tata Interactive Systems AG, and Tata Interactive Systems GmbH. The transactions are likely to close in the next several weeks.

Verve Hires Liz Parker to Launch Publishing Division

Literary agent Parker comes to Verve from Inkwell, and was previously publishing director for Counterpoint and Soft Skull presses.

Gay, White to be Honored at 30th Lambda Literary Awards

Lambda Literary will award Edmund White with its Visionary Award and Roxane Gay with the Trustee Award at the 30th Annual Lambda Literary Awards in New York this June.

Summer MacDowell Residencies Announced

The incoming group of MacDowell Fellows includes 2018 Pulitzer Prize-winning author Andrew Sean Greer and poet Monica Youn, among other writers.

L.A. Times Book Prizes 2018

The winners of the 38th annual Los Angeles Times Book Prizes have been announced, recognizing 11 outstanding literary works published last year.

Ten New Publishers Sign Distribution Contracts with IPG

One new publisher will be distributed by IPG, seven new U.K. publishers will gain U.S. distribution through Trafalgar Square Publishing, and two academic presses will join IPG’s Academic and Professional Publishing.

BookExpo Introduces 'Vital Bookstore,' an Interactive Exhibit

The "collaborative learning space" is intended to give booksellers insights into best merchandising practices to help drive in-store engagement.

Octopus and Tate Partner Up

Octopus Publishing Group and Tate Publishing have entered a licensing agreement in which Octopus will launch a Tate-branded list, publishing approximately eight art and photography books per year.

McGraw-Hill Education Names New CEO

Dr. Nana Banerjee will take the helm as president and chief executive officer of the educational publisher, effective April 23.

Jay Amond Named President and CEO of Nebraska Book Company

The CFO at NBC and member of the Nebraska Book Company's board of directors has been appointed to succeed Rick Bunka at the distributor.

Colby Award Goes to Norwich Professor

The 2018 William E. Colby Award goes to Steven E. Sodergren for 'The Army of the Potomac in the Overland & Petersburg Campaigns.'

Man Booker International 2018 Shortlist Announced

The Man Booker International Prize revealed the shortlist of six books up for the 2018 award, valued at £50,000.

Wyndham Robertson Endowment Established at UNC Press

The $3 million fund is dedicated to directly supporting the editorial program of the university press.

Wanda Brown Elected Next President of ALA

The director of library services at the C.G. O’Kelly Library at North Carolina's Winston-Salem State University will serve as president-elect for one year before taking the presidency at the 2019 ALA Annual Conference in Washington.

Ave Maria Offers Bulk Pricing

Ave Maria Press is now offering parishes and groups bulk pricing on select books, starting with 'Rebuilt: Awakening the Faithful, Reaching the Lost, Making Church Matter' by Rev. Michael White and Tom

Boom! Studios Plans First Original Lumberjanes Graphic Novel

Boom! Studios announced plans to publish 'Lumberjanes: The Infernal Compass' by Lilah Sturges and artist polterink,' the first original graphic novel in the bestselling comics series about supernatural adventures at a girls summer camp, in October 2018.

Merck Manual Returns to Print

The pharmaceutical company Merck is making its medical information available in print in a 20th edition, on sale April 11.

Staff Changes at Convergent

Convergent Books’ v-p, executive editor David Kopp will retire on May 1, while Gary Jansen has been promoted to executive editor, Convergent Books, effective immediately.

De Marque Buys Libranda, Expands Distribution

Canadian digital content distributor De Marque has acquired Libranda, the largest distributor of Spanish-language digital content.

Dana Gioia Wins 2018 Poets Prize

'99 Poems: New & Selected' will be honored at a ceremony in New York on Friday, May 18.

New York Rights Fair, BookExpo Make Joint Announcement In London

BookExpo and the New York Rights Fair (NYRF) have invited London Book Fair attendees to a meeting concerning the two events and what it means for the publishing industry on Wednesday, April 11 at 3:00 p.m. at Buzz Theatre LBF.

BISG Opens 'State of the Supply Chain' Survey

The poll is designed to "gather an industry-wide perspective on the issues, challenges, and opportunities faced by the wide range of organizations and people working in book publishing today."


Knk Acquires Bradbury Phillips

The software provider will bring its roster of publisher and agent clients to Knk as a division of Knk UK Software.

2018 Christian Book Awards Finalists Announced

The 58 finalists for the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association’s 2018 Christian Book Awards include

Anthony Marra Wins 2018 Simpson Prize

Novelist Anthony Marra is being recognized for his achievements as a mid-career author with the 2018 Simpson Family Literary Prize, valued at $50,000.

NBF-Led Book Rich Environments Initiative Secures New Partners

The initiative, which aims to combat “book deserts” by connecting communities with book-related resources, has secured a new organizational partner and received commitments from eight publishers, which will provide it with 422,000 books.

Khadija Abdalla Bajaber Wins Inaugural Graywolf Press Africa Prize

Bajaber’s manuscript, 'The House of Rust', was chosen from nearly 200 submissions by judge A. Igoni Barrett in conjunction with the Graywolf editors.

Burgard Joins HarperCollins Leadership

Tim Burgard, previously senior editor at AMACOM, has joined HarperCollins Leadership as senior acquisitions editor.

Viz Media To Publish Inio Asano’s New Manga

Manga publisher Viz Media announced plans to publish celebrated manga artist Inio Asano’s new work of science fiction, 'Dead Dead Demon’s Dededede Destruction,' in English this month

Wiley, Lumina Datamatics Partner on Rights Service

John Wiley and Sons Inc. and Lumina Datamatics have teamed up on a project that will enable the discovery and legal use of Wiley images and figures on Lumina’s rights platform.

Abrams to Distribute Cameron Books and Cameron Kids

As of April 4, 2018, Cameron + Company's Cameron Books and Cameron Kids imprints are distributed in North America by Abrams, moving from Publishers Group West.

Bell Joins Gallery as V-P, Editorial Director

Aimée Bell, most recently deputy editor and books editor at 'Vanity Fair,' is joining the Gallery Books Group as v-p and editorial director, effective April 17.

Binc Announces 2018 Share the Good Campaign

The Share the Good campaign involves sharing stories of booksellers who have been helped after life-changing events and encouraging monthly sustaining donations.

B&H Names New Publisher of Women’s Trade Books

Ashley Gorman joins B&H as publisher of women’s trade books, a category of titles aimed at women that are housed under B&H Books.

One Book, One New York Partners with 'New York' Magazine

Other partners include the NYPL, Brooklyn Public Library, Queens Library, NAIBA, Barnes & Noble, and more.

Lance Fensterman Named President of Global ReedPop

Fensterman has been promoted to president of Reed Exhibitions' pop culture division.

Weiki Wang Wins PEN/Hemingway

The author's debut, 'Chemistry,' has been awarded the $25,000 prize for a distinguished first book of fiction.

Erroll McDonald Named Chairman of Center for Fiction Board

The v-p and executive director at Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group has joined the center's board effective immediately.

Cengage Launches Author Royalty Network

The education and technology company has announced Cengage Unlimited, a structure that allocates royalties based on content used by students.

Boom! To Publish ‘Petals’ Graphic Novel in Fall 2018

Boom! Studios announced plans to publish 'Petals,' a new hardcover graphic novel by Gustavo Borges and Cris Peter, that celebrates friendship, in fall 2018.

VIDA Launches #saferLIT Initiative

The campaign, a pledge focusing on engaging small presses and magazines to create a safer literary space, is being launched in conjunction with the Community of Literary Magazines and Presses and Small Press Distribution.

Humanoids Debuts Life Drawn, New Literary Graphic Novel Imprint

Humanoids, the European comics publisher best known for its classic science fiction graphic novels, will launch Life Drawn, a new literary comics imprint specializing in graphic memoir and personal nonfiction.

National Book Festival Headliners Announced

Library of Congress September event to feature Madeleine Albright, Junot Diaz, Isabel Allende and more.

Meredith Vieira to Host PBS’s ‘The Great American Read’

PBS announced that TV personality Meredith Vieira will serve as host of 'The Great American Read,' PBS’s forthcoming 8-episode TV documentary on the role of books and reading in American culture.

B&N Launches New App, Browsery

The app, which is available for both Android and iOS users, focuses on peer-to-peer recommendations.

Macmillan Audio to Publish Nora Roberts Audiobooks

The publisher will begin publishing books by Roberts and under her pseudonym, J.D. Robb, in winter 2019.

MoCCA Arts Fest 2018 Slated for April 7-8

The 2018 MoCCA Arts Festival, an annual festival honoring indie and self-published comics and graphic novels organized by the Society of Illustrators, will take place April 7-8 at the Metroplitan West event space and the nearby Ink48 Hotel.

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