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BookExpo, BookCon to Stream Interviews Via Facebook Live

A full slate of interactive interviews on Facebook will include chats with Margaret Atwood, Dan Brown, and Veronica Roth.

Random House Announces Changes to Marketing Operations

A new development structure will shift around the marketing department at Random House, according to a letter from executive v-p and director of marketing Sanyu Dillon to staff.

Reedsy Releases Report on Freelancers in Book Publishing

Reedsy, a UK-based self-publishing platform and skills marketplace, has released “The Lean Publisher: A Changing Freelancer Economy”, a white paper report on the impact of freelance workers on the book publishing industry.

Cronon, Wilner, Jackson Win Society of American Historians Prizes

Three prizes honoring historical writing of literary merit were awarded to William Cronon, Joe Jackson, and Isaiah Lorado Wilner.

CXC 2017 Guest Comics Artists Include Kyle Baker, Derf Backderf, Emil Ferris

Cartoon Crossroads Columbus (CXC), a three-year old comics festival held in Columbus, Ohio, Sept. 28-Oct. 1, announced its 2017 slate of 24 guest artists, among them Kyle Baker, Derf Backderf, Kelly Sue DeConnick, and Nilah Magruder.

Sharjah Publishing City Sells Out Office Space

The Sharjah Book Authority has announced that its new Middle Eastern publishing hub, due to open this November, is now oversubscribed.

B&N Education Partners with Unizin

BNED LoudCloud, a Barnes & Noble Education company, has entered into an agreement with Unizin to provide its 22 member universities with LoudCloud’s predictive analytics program.

Celebrate French Graphic Novels at BookExpo After Hours

VIP Brands, a licensing agent handling European comics and graphic novels, is partnering with French publisher associations to host a special social event June 1 during BookExpo to celebrate French graphic novels.

S&S Launches Summer Reading Campaign

Simon & Schuster is launching the #WhatBeachWhatBook campaign, which will run through Labor Day weekend and use digital and in-person methods of introducing the publisher's books to new readers.

Barrs In at Hachette, Hulsebosch Transitions to Black Dog

Michael Barrs will join the Hachette Books division as marketing director, effective May 30, and Betsy Hulsebosch’s role as marketing director will now shift to the Black Dog & Leventhal list.

Lerner to Distribute Lantana

Lerner Publisher Services has announced a new partnership with Lantana Publishing to be their exclusive distributor in the U.S. and Canada, effective August 2017.

B&T Global Publishers Services and S&S India Enter Distribution Agreement

Through its new agreement with Simon & Schuster India, Baker & Taylor will be able to locally stock titles for optimal distribution into the Indian marketplace, including to key online retailers.

Knopf to Publish Jann Wenner Bio in October

The publisher has acquired Joe Hagan’s biography of the 'Rolling Stone' magazine founder, 'Sticky Fingers.'

Amazon Books to Open in L.A.

Amazon will open a bookstore in a Century City mall, marking its first bricks-and-mortar foray into the Los Angeles market.

Viz Expands Manga Selection on OverDrive

Manga publisher and anime distributor Viz Media is expanding its offerings of titles available on OverDrive, the digital content library vendor, adding more than 48 series to the OverDrive inventory.

Author Boris Vujicic Dies at 62

The author of 'Raising the Perfectly Imperfect child' and the father of Life Without Limbs founder Nick Vujicic passed away on May 14.

HarperCollins Nabs Ann Patchett's Upcoming History

Tentatively titled 'Vote,' the work is a comprehensive history of the women's suffrage movement.

indiCo Forms Subsidiary

indiCo has established a Canadian operation, indiCo Store Services, to deliver its full range of operational and sourcing services to independent campus stores in Canada.

Ingram to Distribute Five New Publishers

Ingram Publisher Services has added five new publisher clients to its distribution network: Dovetail Press, PIE International, Oceanview Publishing, The TMG Firm, and Ramsey Press.

Nelson to Buy McGraw-Hill Ryerson

The educational publisher will acquire the K-12 business holdings of McGraw-Hill Education's Canadian subsidiary.

Amazon Adds Marvel Comics to Comixology Unlimited and Guided View to the Kindle

Amazon plans to add selected Marvel Comics titles to its Comixology Unlimited, Kindle Unlimited and Prime Reading subscription services. Amazon has also added Comixology’s Guided View technology to the Kindle platform.

Readerlink Reorganizes Leadership

The publisher and book distributor has shifted around its executives.

Curtis Sittenfeld's Untitled Hillary Clinton Novel Goes to Random House

Sittenfeld's next novel, as yet untitled, was bought as part of a three-book deal by Jennifer Hershey at Random House from Jennifer Rudolph Walsh at William Morris Endeavor.

Crown to Publish Andy Weir's 'Artemis'

The latest from the author of 'The Martian' will publish on November 14, and movie rights have already been acquired.

New Leibovitz Monograph Goes to Phaidon

Phaidon will publish 'Annie Leibovitz: Portraits 2005-2016' on October 25.

Feminist As F*ck Reading Series Announces Vulture Festival Lineup

Amber Tablyn will host the reading at the event held by the 'New York' magazine vertical, and readers include Jacqueline Woodson and Airea D. Matthews.

Andrews McMeel and Meredith Corp. Launch Posh Coloring Studio

The new program is billed as "the first on-demand, all-access coloring club for adults."

Sharjah International Book Fair Submissions Open

Publishers and agents are invited to submit authors offiction, non-fiction, cooking, and poetry for consideration at the Sharjah International Book Fair 2017. The deadline for submissions is May 17.

Idra Novey Wins 2017 Sami Rohr Prize

The Jewish literature prize, a program of the Jewish Book Council, was awarded to Novey's 'Ways to Disappear' (Little, Brown), along with an attendant $100,000 purse.

‘Charlie Chan Hock Chye’ Tops Nominees for 2017 Eisner Awards

Sonny Liew’s virtuosic graphic novel 'Charlie Chan Hock Chye' (Pantheon) was nominated in six categories to top the slate of comics and graphic novels nominated for this year's Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards.

TNG Acquires Ingram Periodicals' Magazine Sales and Distribution Business

The agreement is effective May 1, but delivery will continue through Ingram’s current distribution centers in California, Tennessee, and Pennsylvania until customers are properly transitioned.

PEN America Panel Announced for BookExpo

Moderated by NPR's 'On the Media' co-host Brooke Gladstone, the panel will "feature a diverse range of voices to tackle today’s age of fake news and viral provocation and the role that the publishing industry can play within it."

Threshold to Publish Two By Tucker Carlson

The conservative imprint will publish two books by the host of Fox News's 'Tucker Carlson Tonight.'

Amazon Publishing Launches New Author Portal

Starting May 2, Amazon Publishing has launched, a new “gateway” for authors and agents to access real-time sales data, feedback from readers and monthly royalty statements.

B&T Launches Initiative With Better World Books

The program that will enable public libraries to apply funding generated through the Better World Books’ discards and donations’ program directly towards material from Baker & Taylor or toward a subscription with collectionHQ.

Consortium to Distribute Four New Publishers

The Ingram subsidiary will distribute four new publishers, effective June 1: Catalyst Press, Cinestate, Conundrum Press, and Scribe Publications.

Triangle Award Winners Announced

The awards, which honored LGBTQ fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and trans literature published in 2016, went to authors including Ocean Vuong and Cathleen Schine.

PRH to Donate 300,000 Books to Save the Children

#ProjectReadathon, the Penguin Random House reading and giving initiative that launched on April 17 in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico, culminated on World Book Day on April 23 by surpassing its one million minutes goal.

Ingram to Distribute Fodor's Travel

Ingram Publisher Services will distribute books published Fodor's Travel, effective July 1.

Holly Root to Launch Eponymous Shingle

After 10 years with Waxman Leavell Literary Agency, Root will launch Root Literary on May 1. Agent Taylor Haggerty will join Root at the new Los Angeles–based agency.

Granta Names Third Class of Best Young Novelists

Authors to get the nod include Emma Cline, Lauren Groff, Yaa Gyasi, Garth Risk Hallber, Ben Lerner, Dinaw Mengestu, Ottessa Moshfegh, and Claire Vaye Watkins.

2017 JIBF Zev Birger Fellows Announced

The Jerusalem International Book Fair has announced the 35 editors, scouts, and literary agents who are recipients of the 2017 Zev Birger Fellowship.

Center Street to Publish Gretchen Carlson's Book

'Be Fierce,' a book on the subject of sexual harassment and empowerment, will be published on September 26.

Joan Bertin Steps Down at NCAC

The longtime executive director of the National Coalition Against Censorship will step down from her role in June.

Grove Atlantic to Publish Latest by Mark Bowden

'Hue 1968: A Turning Point of the American War in Vietnam' will be published on June 6 by Atlantic Monthly Press, and film rights have already been acquired.

‘Beverly’ Wins 2017 L.A. Times Graphic Novel Prize

'Beverly', Nick Drnaso’s merciless satire about the bleak social world of the suburbs, was awarded the 2017 L.A. Times Book Prize for graphic novels.

Glidden’s ‘Rolling Blackouts’ Wins 2017 Lynd Ward Graphic Novel Prize

Sarah Glidden’s 'Rolling Blackouts: Dispatches from Turkey, Syria and Iraq', a comics memoir and account of ravels throughout the Middle East, has been awarded the 2017 Lynd Ward Prize for Graphic Novel of the Year by Penn State University Libraries.

Touchstone to Publish Four New Philippa Gregory Titles

Gregory has signed a new four-book global publishing agreement with her longstanding U.S. publisher, including a new fiction series and a work of nonfiction.

David C Cook Hires New CPO

Jon Burgess is joining David C Cook as chief publishing officer on June 5, replacing Verne Kenney, who will return to his consulting business in Western Michigan.

PEN America Pushes for Speech At Berkeley

The free speech nonprofit has issued a statement condemning the decision by the University of California at Berkeley to cancel an appearance by conservative commentator Ann Coulter.

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