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Erwin Koning Aboard at HC Holland

Erwin Koning will join HarperCollins Holland as publisher and editorial manager on December 1.

Belden Up at Scribner

Kathy Belden has been promoted to v-p and executive editor at Scribner.

San Francisco Bookstores Get City Grants

The city of San Francisco has given $103,000 in grants to 11 bookstores to support store "revitalizations," sustain jobs and for community development.

BuzzFeed Launches a Book Club

The BuzzFeed Book Club, launching in November, has selected 'Family Trust' by Kathy Wang as its first title.

Fantasy, Sci-Fi Top Audiobook Listening in Canada

A new study from BookNet Canada finds that 41% of audiobook listeners in Canada have listened to science fiction and fantasy books, followed by mysteries (38%), thrillers (32%), romance (29%), and memoirs (28%).

University Press Week 2018 Plans to #TurnItUP

Emphasizing the critical role of university presses in providing a voice for authors, ideas, and communities, the Association of University Presses has chosen “#TurnItUP” as the theme for this year’s University Press Week, to be held Nov. 12–17.

Bright Agency Launches Film and TV Division

The international literary and illustration agency is launching an in-house film and TV division, led by new appointment Courtney Arumugam as senior creative executive.


Thurber Prize Shortlist Announced

Thurber House has announced the three finalists for the 2018 Thurber Prize for American Humor.

Great American Read Reveals Current Top Ten Picks

The PBS special will air its grand finale episode and reveal its voters' choice for its number one book on October 23, 2018, at 8:00 p.m. EST.

Jeff Li Named COO at Serial Box

The former head of ventures at NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment Networks will be charged with leading the company's operations, expanding the platform, and driving growth.

'New Humanist' Digitizes Archive, Including 'Watts's Literary Guide'

The 133-year archive is available on the Exact Editions platform.

Marrakesh Treaty Becomes Law

The "Marrakesh Treaty to Facilitate Access to Published Works for Persons who are Blind, Visually Impaired, or Otherwise Print Disabled" has been ratified as a law.

Yale UP Author Wins Nobel in Economics

William D. Nordhaus has been named the winner of the 2018 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Science.

LB to Publish Guillaume Musso

Little, Brown and Company will publish 'The Reunion,' by France’s #1 bestselling author, Guillaume Musso, on July 7, 2019

Wiley to Acquire Learning House

John Wiley & Sons, Inc. has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Learning House, the education services provider, from Weld North Holdings.

B&T Takes On New Clients

Baker & Taylor has added a number of new client publishers to its Publishers Services group's client list for fulfillment services in North America, in addition to internationally through Global Publishers Services.

Nadia Murad Wins 2018 Nobel Peace Prize

Tim Duggan Books will publish the paperback of Murad's memoir 'The Last Girl: My Story of Captivity, and My Fight Against the Islamic State,' with a foreword by Amal Clooney, on October 16.

CJK Group Acquires Dickinson, Kingsport Assets

The assets of each company will flow under CJK Group's Sheridan company, and the entities will be renamed Sheridan Publishing Grand Rapids and Sheridan Specialty Binding, respectively.

‘Monstress’ Named Book of the Year at 2018 Harvey Awards

Monstress by writer Marjorie Liu and artist Sana Takeda, an epic fantasy work about a teenage girl with a monstrous demonic power, was named Book of the Year at the 30th annual Harvey Awards, held October 5 at New York Comic Con.

Black Crown Unveils New ‘Punks Not Dead’ at New York Comic Con

Black Crown, Shelly Bond’s newly launched comics imprint at IDW, plans to unveil London Calling, a new installment of its Punks Not Dead series, at the IDW Panel at New York Comic con.

Steve Ross Launches Eponymous Shingle

Ross has announced the formation of the Steve Ross Agency following eight years as director of the book division at Abrams Artists Agency.

De Gruyter to Distribute Chicago E-Books

The deal also enabled De Gruyter to scan the University of Chicago Press's archive.

Riverhead Announces Elizabeth Gilbert's Next Novel

'City of Girls,' a love story set in the world of New York City theater in the 1940s, will be released on June 5, 2019.

S&S Will Open New Distribution Center in Tennessee

The new Simon & Schuster warehouse facility will be opened on January 2, 2019, in Milan, Tenn.

Lion Forge’s Caracal Imprint to Publish ‘The Underfoot’ in 2019

In an announcement from New York Comic Con 2018, comics publisher Lion Forge unveiled plans to publish The Underfoot!, an epic anthropomorphic sci-fi series co-written by Ben Fisher and Emily S. Whitten with art by Michelle Nguyen.

Henry Holt Acquires Larry Kramer Biography

Author Bill Goldstein will write the first biography of the writer and AIDS activist, which Holt acquired from Joy Harris at the eponymous shingle.

Bookmarks’ Book Build Initiative Wins $200K Grant

The Mebane Charitable Foundation is giving Bookmarks a $200K grant in support of its three-year, $450,000 books initiative benefitting Winston-Salem/Forsyth County School libraries.

GCP Nabs New Novel by 'Hannibal' Author

Grand Central Publishing acquired the latest novel by Thomas Harris, the author of ‘Silence of the Lamb’ and ‘Hannibal,’ to be published on May 21, 2019. The title and cover for the book will be revealed this fall.

2019 Andrew Carnegie Medal Longlist Announced

A total of 47 books—25 fiction and 22 nonfiction—have been selected for the 2019 Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction longlist.

Silverblatt Wins Inaugural Pease Prize

Michael Silverblatt, host of 'Bookworm' on KCRW in Los Angeles, is the inaugural recipient of the Deborah Pease Prize, awarded by 'A Public Space' magazine.

Gannon Takes Helm at CLMP

Mary Gannon will join the Community of Literary Presses and Magazines as executive director effective November 5.

Lerner to Distribute Creston

Creston Books will be distributed by Lerner Publisher Services effective January 1 of next year.

Stephan Russo Book Prize for Social Justice Shortlist

The Goddard Riverside Stephan Russo Book Prize for Social Justice has announced its shortlist of six titles for this year's prize. A winner will be named on October 30.

Humanoids Taps Cassaday; Plus New York Comic Con News

Continuing efforts to expand its editorial catalog, French-owned, Los Angeles based graphic novel publisher Humanoids has named Eisner-winning comics artist John Cassaday its first chief creative officer.

McClelland & Stewart to Publish Anonymous Political Thriller

Plot points in 'The Kingfisher Secret,' to be released on October 16, were allegedly sourced from members of the intelligence community.

Nan Talese Acquires New Ian McEwan Novel

'Machines Like Me,' acquired from Georges Borchardt at the eponymous shingle, will be released on April 23, 2019.

Morrison, Mehta to Be Honored By Center for Fiction

Oprah Winfrey will present Toni Morrison with the Center's Lifetime of Excellence in Fiction honors, and Sonny Mehta will receive the 14th Annual Maxwell Perkins Award from Carl Hiaasen.

New CEO for Australian Booksellers Association

Robbie Egan, currently of Readings bookstore in Melbourne, will become the new CEO of the Australian Booksellers Association.

Book Trib, Girly Book Club Partner On Marketing Programs

Literary editorial and marketing website Book Trib has entered into a partnership with the Girly Book Club to share content and marketing programs.

Soho Re-Ups PRH Distribution Contract

Penguin Random House Publisher Services and Soho Press have agreed on a multi-year extension of their sales and distribution partnership, which began in 2011.

2018 Cundhill History Prize Shortlist Announced

The winner of the prize, which comes with a $75,000, will be announced in Montreal on November 15.

2018 Whiting Creative Nonfiction Grant Recipients Announced

Jennifer Block, Andrea Elliott, Akash Kapur, Jori Lewis, Sarah Ramey, and Jess Row will take home this years grants.

Wojnarowicz’s ‘7 Miles A Second’ Graphic Memoir Is Back in Print

'7 Miles A Second,' the acclaimed 2013 graphic memoir of the late East Village artist and AIDS activist David Wojnarowicz—the subject of a career retrospective at the Whitney Museum—is now back in print and for sale in the Whitney bookstore.

Leadership Changes at Anchor Distributors

John Whitaker has stepped down from his role as v-p of Anchor Distributions. Karen Fulton has been named director of operations in his place.

Allende to Receive DCAL Medal at NBAs

The National Book Foundation will award Isabel Allende with its 2018 Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters at the National Book Awards on November 14.

Dolan Joins S&S

Eamon Dolan will join the Simon & Schuster Publishing Group as v-p and executive editor, effective October 1.

Several Out at Reed

Ed Several, who headed up BookExpo and BookCon for Reed Exhibitions, is set to leave the company for a new opportunity next month, sources said.

Michael Coffey Named to OR Books Board

The former editorial director of 'Publishers Weekly' will join the indie press's board of directors.

Doron Weber to Receive 2018 NBA Literarian Award

The National Book Foundation will present its 2018 Literarian Award for Outstanding Service to the American Literary Community to the v-p of programs and program director at the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.

SMP to Publish Book by Andrew McCabe

In 'The Threat,' which will be released on December 4, the former deputy director of the FBI will weigh in on his dismissal and the plights of the Bureau in the "age of terror and Trump."

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