Short news items from the world of book publishing:


Harper Acquires Dave Cullen's 'Parkland'

The new book by the author of 'Columbine' will be published in February 2019 and focus on the Parkland shooting and the March for Our Live movement.

National Book Awards Date Announced

The 69th National Book Awards ceremony and benefit dinner will be held at Cipriani Wall Street in New York City on Wednesday, November 14, and will be live-streamed online as in years past.

Harvey Awards Unveil New Categories, 2018 Nominations

Marking its 30th anniversary, the Harvey Awards, an annual event honoring excellence in comics and graphic novels, announced the nominations for the 2018 awards and unveiled a streamlined slate of new award categories.

Como to Rep Orca in East, Southeast

Como Sales will represent and sell books published by Orca Book Publishers in the eastern and southeastern U.S., effective January 2019.

Harper Design Acquires Timberlake Title

The imprint will publish 'Hindsight & All the Things I Can’t See in Front of Me' on October 30.

McGarity Up at HBG

Todd McGarity has been named v-p of business development at Hachette Book Group.

B&N Picks Hank Green's Debut for Fall National Book Club

Barnes & Noble has chosen Hank Green’s 'An Absolutely Remarkable Thing' as its fall national book club selection.

Parable Group Under New Leadership

Parable Group's founder Steve Potratz has sold the marketing consortium to Greg Squires who is now president, effective Aug. 1.

Hubbard Up, Cozer In at HC

HarperCollins has promoted Peter Hubbard to v-p and executive editor at William Morrow, and has brought Raquel Cozer on board as editorial director of HC Brazil.

Ingram to Distribute Four Illustrated Publishers

AnthologyEditions, Trope Reader, Gestalten, and Gingko Press have all signed new contracts with Ingram.

Casemate to Distribute Bauhan, IPI

Bauhan Publishing and the International Polar Institute have signed global print and digital distribution arrangements with the Casemate Group.

2017 Willie Morris Award for Southern Fiction Shortlist Announced

The award comes with a $10,000 cash prize, and is given annually to a writer whose work is set in the South and exemplifies the tenets of Southern literature.

UMass Press Partners With Tagus Press

The University of Massachusetts Press and Tagus Press have announced a new distribution, sales, promotion, and exhibition partnership, effective July 1.

Macmillan Booksellers Professional Development Scholarship Winners Announced

For the second year, nine booksellers from communities across the U.S. will attend independent booksellers’ association trade shows with scholarships supplied by Macmillan Publishers through Binc, the Book Industry Charitable Foundation.

Prelude Acquires Duckworth

Prelude Books has acquired the majority of the publishing assets of Duckworth, which was owned by the late Peter Mayer since 2003.

2018 Crime Fiction Writers of Color Award Announced

Sisters in Crime has announced that the 2018 winner of the annual Eleanor Taylor Bland Crime Fiction Writers of Color Award is Mia Manansala.

S&S Signs Woodward for Trump Book

Simon & Schuster will publish 'Fear: Trump in the White House,' by Pulitzer Prize-winning 'Washington Post' investigative journalist and bestselling author Bob Woodward, on September 11.

Angie Thomas Wins 2018 Amelia Elizabeth Walden Book Award

'The Hate You Give' has been awarded the prize for young adult fiction, which is sponsored by the Assembly on Literature for Adolescents of the National Council of Teachers of English.

MPIBA Adds Two New Staff

MPIBA has hired a new marketing and communications manager and an operations manager.

‘The Believer’ Lit Mag Redesigns, Relaunches its Website

'The Believer,' the bi-monthly arts and culture magazine, has relaunched its website with plans for direct to online publishing, free access to its extensive literary archive, and plans to increase and highlight comics storytelling online and in print.

HCCP Hires Spanish-Language V-P, Publisher

HarperCollins Christian Publishing (HCCP) appointed Cristopher Garrido as v-p and publisher for its Spanish publishing program, which includes the Grupo Nelson, Editorial Vida, and CLIE imprints.

S&S to Crash Omarosa Tell-All This August

As 'PW' reported in this week's magazine, former Trump administration staffer Omarosa Manigault Newman will publish a memoir on her time in the White House. 'Unhinged' will be released on August 14.

Christian Transhumanist Conference Announced

The Christian Transhumanist Association is hosting its first conference on faith, technology, and the future in Nashville, Tenn., on August 25, bringing together authors, editors, researchers, and more.

Viking to Publish Valerie Jarrett Memoir

'Finding My Voice: My Journey to the West Wing and the Path Forward' will be released on April 2, 2019.

Bookwitty Files for Bankruptcy in France

Keeward, the parent company of Bookwitty, has filed for bankruptcy protection in France.

Tobisman Wins Harper Lee Prize

C. E. Tobisman, author of 'Proof,' has been awarded the 2018 Harper Lee Prize for Legal Fiction.

2018 Man Booker Longlist Announced

A young list takes shape this year, as four debut novels make the longlist for the prize—as do four authors under the age of 30.

Algonquin Acquires Memoir by Ex-FBI Agent Campbell

'Crossfire Hurricane: Inside the War on the FBI,' by Josh Campbell, the CNN analyst and former supervisory special agent with the FBI who served as special assistant to FBI Director James Comey, is tentatively scheduled to be released next fall.

Macmillan Offices Remain Closed

Following the Thursday morning steam pipe explosion one block south of its New York headquarters, Macmillan’s offices were closed yesterday and will remain shut today.

RITA Award Winners Announced

The Romance Writers of America announced the winners of the 2018 RITA Awards last night at a ceremony at its 38th Annual Conference in Denver, Colorado.

Man Booker International Prize Judges Announced

Submissions for the 2019 prize are also now open.

S&S to Distribute Skyhorse

Simon & Schuster has entered into a distribution agreement with Skyhorse Publishing, effective January 1, 2019.

De Gruyter Acquires Düsseldorf University Press

The deal is retroactively effective January 1, 2018.

Inscribe Digital to Distribute Five New Presses

The IPG division has signed new distribution deals with five publishers: BOOM! Studios, ePublishing Works, Cricket Media, Hartwood Publishing, and Secant Publishing.

Hachette Books Acquires Memoir by Chris Christie

Executive editor Paul Whitlatch, who acquired North American rights in a deal with Mel Berger of William Morris Endeavor, will edit the book, which will be available in hardcover, e-book, and audio editions in January 2019.

B&N Amends and Extends Credit Facility

Barnes & Noble has entered into an amendment to extend its existing $750 million credit facility through July 2023.

PEN Changes Bingham Prize to Award Short Story Collections Only

The $25,000 PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize, which previously recognized debut novels in addition to debut fiction collections, will be converted to a prize only for short fiction in 2019.

Penguin to Publish Kamala Harris's Memoir

Penguin Press will publish Senator Kamala Harris’s 'The Truths We Hold: An American Journey' on January 8, 2019.

Red Wheel/Weiser and Mutual UFO Network Launch Imprint

MUFON Books will publish its first two titles, on UFO abduction and the CIA, in fall 2019.

Casemate to Distribute Gremese Editore

Casemate Group will distribute Italian publisher Gremese Editore's print and digital books outside Italy.

RH To Publish Book of Affirmations by Lin-Manuel Miranda

'Gmorning, Gnight!: Little Pep Talks for Me & You' will be illustrated by Jonny Sun, and will be published in all formats on October 23.

Corcoran Acquired By Transatlantic

The Transatlantic Agency has acquired Jill Corcoran Literary Agency, with Corcoran joining Transatlantic as partner and senior agent.

Author Group Raises Funds to Reunify Families at Border

A group of more than 30 debut authors has launched Authors for Families, a fundraising initiative to fund organizations helping with border family reunification.

Hart, Rendon Win Pinckley Prizes

Ellen Hart and Marcie Rendon are the recipients of the 2018 Pinckley Prizes for Crime Fiction.

Zondervan’s Hudson to Retire

Bob Hudson, editor-in-chief at Zondervan for over 34 years, is retiring in September.

ACTA Sells 40 Titles to St. Mary’s

Catholic publishers ACTA Publications and Saint Mary’s Press struck a deal on 40 of ACTA’s backlist titles as the publisher moves toward a broader audience.

Brown Bows Out at Knopf YR

Jenny Brown will step down as v-p and publisher of Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers.

Changes at the Quarto Board

Andy Cumming takes over as non-executive chairman of the Quarto Group, while Laurence Orbach steps down from his position as executive chairman. COO Ken Fund joins the board.

Eerdmans to Relocate

After closing its bookstore and emptying its warehouse, the corporate headquarters of Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company will relocate within Grand Rapids, Mich. on August 1.

'The Art of Fielding' Cleared of Plagiarism Charges

A court dismissed a copyright claim over Chad Harbach’s novel.

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