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S&S to Distribute Z2 Comics

Simon & Schuster is now handling worldwide sales and distribution for the comics publisher.

Lit Orgs, Publishers Get $50K from the NEA

More than a dozen literary organizations and publishers were awarded $50,000 grants from the National Endowment for the Arts as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.

Carolyn Reidy Memorial to Stream July 8

A memorial service for Carolyn Reidy, the late CEO of Simon & Schuster who died in May, will be held on July 8 at 4:00 p.m. EST. The service will stream on YouTube.

Bolton Book Sales Top 780,000 in First Week

Questions about the interest in John Bolton’s 'The Room Where It Happened' were answered this morning by the announcement from publisher Simon & Schuster that the book sold more than 780,000 copies across all formats in its first week on sale.

Beijing International Book Fair Goes Virtual

The Beijing International Book Fair, scheduled for August 26-30, has canceled all physical events and will be refashioned as a virtual book fair.

Cobb Named Interim ED at PubWest

Michelle Cobb has been named the interim executive director of PubWest, to be aided by Janet Benson and JoAnna Laskas, effective July 1.

American Writers Museum Opens to Public This Weekend

Chicago's American Writers Museum will resume allowing visitors this weekend.

'Washington Monthly' Announces Book Review Award Recipients

The 'Washington Monthly' magazine has announced that Casey Cep and Boris Dralyuk are the inaugural winners of the Kukula Award for Excellence in Nonfiction Book Reviewing.

CLMP Names 2020 Firecracker Award Winners

The Community of Literary Magazines and Presses has announced the winners of its sixth annual Firecracker Awards and the fourth annual Lord Nose Award.

Sourcebooks, B&T Partner on Library Book Club Program

Sourcebooks has partnered with Baker & Taylor on Book Clubs at the Library, a new virtual book club program for public libraries.

New Award for BIPOC Booksellers Launched

The new Duende-Word BIPOC Bookseller Award will give $700 cash prizes to winning booksellers in three categories: activism, innovation, and leadership.

New Leadership at AUPresses

Niko Pfund, president of Oxford University Press USA, has assumed the presidency of the Association of University Presses, among other leadership changes

PRH Canada's Plan to Address Diversity Issues

Penguin Random House Canada has updated its anti-racism and accountability plan to mandate anti-racism training. It hired an external company to make a full assessment and expanded charitable giving.

Frankfurt's ARTS+ Collaborates with Music Fair

The Frankfurt Book Fair's ARTS+ program is joining the Frankfurt Musikmesse for a combined program following next year's Frankfurt Book Fair. The event will run October 22-24, 2021.

Ingram to Distribute Liberty Fund

Liberty Fund has signed a sales and distribution agreement for U.S. and Canada with Ingram Publisher Services.

BISG Annual Meeting Goes Online

The Book Industry Study Group will reimagine its 2020 Annual Meeting, which had been rescheduled to take place in person on September 11, as a series of online conversations delivered between late July and September.

BMI Launches New Book Printing Bidding Tool

The Book Manufacturers’ Institute has launched a new request for quote tool, BMIsource, which will allow publishers to seek multiple bids for book printing jobs.

S&S to Publish New DeLillo

Nan Graham took North American rights to Don DeLillo's 'The Silence' from Robin Straus at the Robin Straus Agency.

'Revolution of Values' wins award

Look at the religious culture wars takes a 2019 Foreword INDIES prize.

Virtual Reidy Memorial Set for July 8

S&S will hold a virtual memorial service for its late CEO, Carolyn Reidy.

We Need Diverse Books Announces Internship Grants

We Need Diverse Books has awarded 10 internship grants of $3,000 each to support diverse interns working at publishing houses or literary agencies.

Dalkey Names First Literary Award Winners

Novelist Christine Dwyer Hickey and essayist Sinéad Gleeson have been named the first Dalkey Literary Award winners.

PNBA Switches to Virtual Trade Show

The Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association has canceled its annual in-person tradeshow and will instead host a virtual event to be held during the original dates of September 30-October 2.

Pillai Expands Purview at Tor

Devi Pillai, v-p and publisher of Tor, has been named publisher of Tor Teen and Starscape in addition to her current position.

Frankfurt Still a Go

The Frankfurter Buchmesse sent out a release yesterday assuring those planning to attend this year’s Frankfurt Book Fair that the event will go ahead.

Two Dollar Radio Acquires Sator Backlist, Launches New Works Award

The Columbus, Ohio–based independent press has acquired the titles of Sator Press, and will offer a publishing prize funded by Sator for debut prose works by authors who identify as trans or nonbinary.

PRH, WNDB Announce 2020 Creative Writing Awards

We Need Diverse Books and Penguin Random House have partnered to announce the winners of the 2020 Creative Writing Awards, an annual literary contest to honor graduating public high school seniors from around the country.

University Presses Honor Stuckey-French, McLaughlin

The Association of University Presses honored University of Washington Press head Larin McLaughlin and, posthumously, English professor Ned Stuckey-French on Monday.

CLMP Names 2020 Firecracker Award Finalists

The Community of Literary Magazines and Presses has announced the finalists for its sixth annual awards slate, which honors independently published books and literary magazines.

Oprah's Book Club Selects 'Deacon King Kong'

Oprah Winfrey has announced James McBride's latest book as her next selection for Oprah’s Book Club.

NEA Funds 84 Big Read Projects Across U.S.

The National Endowment for the Arts has funded 84 organizations across the U.S. to lead NEA Big Read community projects between September 2020 and June 2021.

PRH to Distribute Catapult

Penguin Random House Publisher Services has entered a multi-year sales and distribution agreement with the Catapult Book Group, encompassing Catapult, Counterpoint Press, and Soft Skull Press.

Kobo Complains Apple Is Anti-Competitive

Rakuten Kobo has filed a complaint with the European Union against Apple, alleging that the 30% fee Apple demands for all transactions made via apps on its platform is anti-competitive.

DC, Warner Bros Plan DC FanDome Virtual Fan Fest

DC and Warner Bros announced plans to host DC FanDome, a 24-hour global virtual fan event on August 22, 2020 PDT, which will offer online access to DC comics and creators, WB TV/film cast members, and other virtual experiences.

SFWA to Hold Nebula Conference Online Year-Round

The SFWA will expand the Nebula Conference Online into a year-round virtual extension of the yearly Nebula Conference, effective immediately, and will donate June registration fees to the Carl Brandon Society and the Black Speculative Fiction Society.

Christine Dwyer Wins Walter Scott Prize

Irish author Christine Dwyer Hickey won the £25,000 Walter Scott Prize for her novel 'The Narrow Land,' in which she explores the marriage of the artists Edward and Jo Hopper.

L.L. McKinney Announces Juneteenth Book Festival

The author, who developed the #PublishingPaidMe hashtag campaign earlier this month, has announced the Juneteenth Book Festival, which will take place on Friday, June 19. More than 30 authors and professionals will contribute.

Stanton Hitchcock Wins Hammett Award

The novel 'Bluff' by Jane Stanton Hitchcock has won the 2019 Dashiell Hammett Award for Literary Excellence in Crime Writing.

Wright to Head W.W. Norton College Dept.

Michael C. Wright has been chosen to lead the college department at W. W. Norton & Company, succeeding the department’s longtime director, Roby Harrington, who will continue at Norton in his role as vice-chairman.

Levy Center Awards Biography Fellowships

The Leon Levy Center for Biography has awarded five resident fellowships, which come with a $72,000 grant, to authors Nicholas Boggs, Miriam Horn, Susan Morrison, Lance Richardson, and Francesca Wade.

SAH Awards Historical Writing Prizes

The Society of American Historians at Columbia University has awarded three prizes honoring historical writing of exceptional literary merit to Robert Colby, Charles King and Frances FitzGerald.

San Diego Comic-Con Announces 2020 Eisner Awards Nominations

Led by IDW with 13 nominations and Image with 13, nominations for the Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards were announced by Comic-Con International.

Melville House Crashes Anti-Trump Title

Melville House is crashing the publication of 'Authoritarian Nightmare: Trump and His Followers' by Nixon-era attorney John Dean and psychologist Bob Altermeyer.

Chinese Essayist Honored with PEN Award

The 2020 PEN/Barbey Freedom to Write Award has been given to Chinese essayist Xu Zhiyong, who was arrested in February following criticism of Xi Jinping.

UMP Makes Antiracist Book Collection Free to Read

The University of Minnesota Press's Reading for Racial Justice collection will be open access online until August 31.

Canada Wants to Move Frankfurt Guest of Honor Program to 2021

With the pandemic forcing the Frankfurt Book Fair to curtail activities, Canada is asking to move its Guest of Honor presentation from this year to 2021.

Lamdba Literary Award Winners Announced

Lambda Literary has announced 26 winners of the 32nd Annual Lambda Literary Awards, known as the “Lammys."

HarperAlley to Publish ‘Swan Lake' Graphic Novel

HarperCollins Children’s Books editorial director Claudia Gabel and HarperAlley editorial director Andrew Arnold have acquired world rights to the middle grade graphic novel 'Swan Lake' by Rey Terciero and webcomic artist Megan Kearny.

CDC Implements Free Freight Policy

The Chicago Distribution Center is moving to a free freight policy effective July 1.

Censored Cartoon Restored After CBLDF Takes Action

A coalition that includes the Comic Book legal Defense Fund was successful at getting Redbubble, an online marketplace, to reinstate a cartoon by Pulitzer Prize–winning cartoonist Nick Andersen that was removed due to a meritless complaint.

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