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McSweeney's Launches Kickstarter Campaign to Rehouse the 'Believer'

Upon reacquiring the 'Believer' from Paradise Media, McSweeney's has launched a fundraising campaign to cover the costs of reviving the magazine.

HBG Suspends NYC Hybrid Office Program

The Hachette Hybrid program, which required two days a week in office, has been put on pause in light of new guidance from the NYC Health Commissioner's office.

Menachem Kaiser Wins $100,000 Rohr Prize

Kaiser's book 'Plunder: A Memoir of Family Property and Nazi Treasure' received the 2022 Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature.

Turner Wins $25,000 Chicago Book Award

Dawn Turner is the first recipient of the newly-established Pattis Family Foundation Chicago Book Award, which comes with a $25,000 monetary prize.

SAH Announces Three Book Prize Winners

Eric Foner and Nicole Eustace are among the winners of three prizes presented by the Society of American Historians, all of which honor historical work of exceptional literary merit.

Frances Wilson's 'Burning Man' Wins 2022 Plutarch Award

The Biographers International Organization's annual award went to Frances Wilson's biography of D.H. Lawrence, published by FSG.

Vincent Kling Wins 2022 Goethe Institut Translator's Prize

Kling won the 2022 Helen & Kurt Wolff Translator’s Prize for his translation of The Strudlhof Steps by Heimito von Doderer (NYRB).

Pamela Smith to Retire from Ingram Library Services

Smith, currently v-p and general manager of Ingram Library Services, will retire at the end of 2022 after 12 years at Ingram.

Copper Canyon Kickstarts Book, Film on Red Pine

In partnership with Woody Creek Pictures, Copper Canyon Press is working to raise $80,000 to publish an anthology and make a documentary focused on the life and works of the Chinese-language translator.

Patricia Lockwood Wins Dylan Thomas Prize

Author Patricia Lockwood has been awarded the 2022 Dylan Thomas Prize, administered by Swansea University in Wales, for her debut novel, 'No One Is Talking About This.'

Indigo Launches TikTok Book Club

Indigo, Canada's largest bookstore chain, is launching #BookTok Book Club, which will offer content from celebrity authors and authors, starting this May with 'Iron Widow' by Canadian author Xiran Jay Zhao.

2022 Triangle Award Winners Announced

Winners of the 34th annual Triangle Awards, honoring the best LGBTQ literature published in 2021, include Anthony Veasna So and Robert Jones Jr.

Creatd Partners with Unbound on First Print Publishing Venture

Creatd Studios will publish its first print book, a fiction anthology featuring creators from the digital platform Vocal, in partnership with publisher Unbound.

Mark Ouimet Retires from Ingram

The v-p and general manager of publisher services at Ingram Content Group will retire on June 10. Sabrina McCarthy will assume his responsibilities.

Sheridan Recovers from Malware Attack

The impact of a malware attack against Sheridan, the book and journal printer that is part of the CJK Group, is close to being fully resolved. The attack was first discovered in early April.

Readerlink to Publish Canelo Titles in North America

Readerlink will be the exclusive North American publisher of Canelo titles, which include thrillers, genre fiction, romance, and historical fiction.

Connie Willis and Neil Gaiman to Host Nebula Awards

Willis and Gaiman will host the 57th annual Nebula Awards, held on May 21 by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America.

Knopf to Publish Bono's Memoir

'Surrender,' which was acquired by the late Knopf publisher Sonny Mehta, will be published on November 1.

Coffee House Press Launches NVLA Series

Launching in spring 2023, the NVLA series will consist entirely of novellas, starting with titles from Rikki Ducornet, Poupeh Missaghi, and Nghiem Tran.

2022 New York City Book Award Winners Announced

Debby Applegate's 'Madam' and Colson Whitehead's 'Harlem Shuffle' are among the winners for the annual prize that honors the best books about New York City.

Jamie Rich Joins Expanded IDW Staff

Veteran comics executive Jamie Rich has been named executive editorial director of indie comics house IDW Publishing, overseeing a newly expanded editorial staff.

Harvard Book Store's Carole Horne Is Retiring

Influential bookseller Carole Horne is retiring from Harvard Book Store after 47 years. She has held several roles, from manager and buyer, to general manager, and, most recently, senior advisor.
05/05/2022 to Host Virtual Book Group Speed Dating

The organization's 11th Annual Book Group Speed Dating Event, taking place virtually, will feature representatives from 14 publishers.

Copper Books Launches App

The Copper app will provide a digital platform to connect readers and authors. Zibby Owens of Zibby Books has signed on as an investor.

Owners of Rainy Day Books Want to Sell

The owners of the Kansas City–area literary icon founded in 1975 announced this week that the store is for sale.

Two Books on Volodymyr Zelenskyy Publish in English

Regnery and Polity are both crashing titles on the Ukrainian president, as the war in Ukraine and supply chain issues both continue to rage on.

Sharjah Promotes Proprietary Lit Agency

The Sharjah Book Authority has launched the Sharjah International Literature Agency in an effort to foster further international collaboration.

Julie Leung, Matt Schweitzer Join Disney Publishing as Marketing Directors

At Disney Publishing Worldwide, Leung will oversee content marketing for adult and operations while Schweitzer oversees content marketing for kids and events.

Sharjah Launches New Bookselling Conference

On May 15 and 16, the Sharjah Book Authority will host its first conference for booksellers in the U.A.E., bringing together 200 professionals from the Middle East, South Asia, and Africa.

Bookbuilders of Boston to Shutter Operations

Following the results of a survey of membership indicating that "there is not enough interest and energy to maintain Bookbuilders of Boston in the form that it took pre-pandemic," the organization will shut down its operations.

Joe Brosnan Joins Grove Atlantic as Senior Editor for Crime Fiction

Brosnan will join Grove Atlantic in the newly created position of senior editor, acquiring crime fiction.

'La Carte Postale' Awarded First Annual U.S. Goncourt

The English translation of Anne Berest's 'La carte postale' will soon be published in the U.S. by Europa Editions.

2022 B&N Children's, YA Book Award Winners Announced

'Knight Owl,' 'Hooky,' and 'Iron Widow' take home awards in the picture books, young reader, and young adult categories, respectively, with 'Knight Owl' named overall best book.

Greenburger Associates Launches Children's Division

GreenburgerKids, a new division of Sanford J. Greenburger Associates, will represent children's book authors and illustrators.

Anchor Books to Publish YA Author Nicola Yoon's First Novel for Adults

Yoon, who is the author of such hit YA novels as 'The Sun Is Also a Star' and 'Everything, Everything,' will publish 'One of Our Kind' with Anchor in 2024.

2022 Christopher Award Winners Announced

Authors James Martin, Dorothy Wickenden, Daniel James Brown and nine others have been named winners of the 2022 Christopher Awards.

PEN America to Honor Florida High School Free Speech Activist

Jack Petocz, who organized student protests of Florida's book bans, will receive the PEN/Benenson Freedom of Expression Courage Award at the 2022 PEN America Literary Gala.

6th Annual Montclair Literary Festival Returns May 5–9

Featured authors at the five-day festival will include Elizabeth Alexander, Jennifer Egan, Joyce Carol Oates, and Don Winslow.

Sonia Sanchez Wins $80,000 Jackson Poetry Prize

The prize, awarded annually by Poets & Writers and endowed by John and Susan Jackson, recognizes an American poet of exception.

Jamie Raskin to Keynote at U.S. Book Show

Rep. Raskin, who recently led a Congressional hearing on book banning, will deliver the closing keynote at the Libraries Are Essential program on May 24.

Gibbs Smith to Distribute F. Ferguson Books

The agreement takes effect May 1.

UTP Distribution Expands Roster of Publishers

University of Toronto Press Distribution has expanded its roster of publishers to include Duke University Press, Monster House Publishing, New York University Press, and others.

PSU, PubWest, and IBPA Release Publishing Distribution Report

The report outlines the findings of Portland State University's student-led research on publishing distribution practices.

2022 Los Angeles Times Book Prize Winners Announced

Reginald Dwayne Betts, Deborah Levy, and Diane Seuss are among this year's honorees.

Dawnie Walton's 'The Final Revival of Opal & Nev' Wins 2022 Aspen Prize

Walton won the $35,000 Aspen Words Literary Prize for her debut novel.

Bookseller RJ Julia Names New President

RJ Julia, which has two stores in Connecticut and one in the Hamptons, has named Lori Fazio president of the company.

London Book Fair Attracted 15,000 People

The London Book Fair reported that 15,000 people attended this year's fair, with participants coming from 100 countries.

Liesl Gerntholtz Named Inaugural Director of PEN/Barbey Freedom to Write Center

Gerntholtz will lead the Center's initiative to expand PEN's international efforts to defend free expression.

Lauren Groff Wins 2022 Joyce Carol Oates Prize

The prize, awarded by the New Literary Project, honors a mid-career author of fiction with a $50,000 purse.

IBPA Elects New Board Members

Five new members were elected to the Independent Book Publishers Association board yesterday, and two others were elected to return for a second two-year term.

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