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Z2 Comics, Blue Note Records to Publish ‘Enter the Blue’ Graphic Novel

Blue Note Records and Z2 Comics plans to publish 'Enter The Blue' by Dave Chisholm, a graphic novel that tells a supernatural tale about the origin of the legendary Jazz record label and its founders Alfred Lion and Francis Wolff.

2021 Cundill History Prize Shortlist Announced

The prize, to be announced on December 2, comes with a $75,000 purse for the winner and $10,000 each to the two runners-up.

2021 Business Book of the Year Award Shortlist Announced

The 'Financial Times' and McKinsey & Company announced six shortlisted titles for the award, with the winner to be announced December 1.

Erdrich Named 2021 Voice of the Heartland

Louise Erdrich is the recipient of MIBA and GLIBA's 2021 Voice of the Heartland Award.

2021 Alice Award Winner Announced

The 2021 Alice Award, administered by the Furthermore Foundation, has been awarded to 'Strata: William Smith’s Geological Maps,' copublished by the University of Chicago Press and Thames & Hudson UK.

2021 Dayton Literary Peace Prize Winners Announced

Books about World War II by Alexander Starritt and Ariana Neumann took home the fiction and nonfiction awards, respectively.

2021 NBF 5 Under 35 Honorees Announced

Caleb Azumah Nelson, Nathan Harris, Lee Lai, Claire Luchette, and Dantiel W. Moniz are this year's honorees.

Lerner Sponsors University Publishing Media Lab

The University of Minnesota celebrated the opening of its new Lerner Publishing Media Lab last week.

'LARB' Announces 'Semipublic Intellectual Sessions' Conversation Series

For its 10th anniversary, the 'Los Angeles Review of Books' will launch a month-long conversation series featuring over two dozen speakers.

Robert Caro Archive Coming to New-York Historical Society

The New-York Historical Society will host ' "Turn Every Page": Inside the Robert A. Caro Archive,' the first public exhibition drawn from the archive of the author of 'The Power Broker' and the multi-book biography 'The Years of Lyndon Johnson.'

Author Sara Gran Launches Dreamland Books

Sara Gran, author of the Claire DeWitt series, will publish her own titles as well as other authors under a new independent press.

AAP Issues Call for Entries for 2022 PROSE Awards

The Association of American Publishers will accept submissions to its annual PROSE Awards though mid-November.

PRH to Distribute IDW Comics Worldwide

Penguin Random House Publisher Services will distribute IDW's comic book periodicals, trade collections, and graphic novels to direct market comic shops, in addition to bookstores, beginning June 1 of next year.

Macmillan Delays Office Reopening, Business Travel

Macmillan Publishing will delay the official reopening of its offices until no earlier than January 10, although it will begin a "soft opening" beginning in October.

2021 PEN Gala to Honor Imprisoned Iranian Writers

This year's PEN America Literary Gala will be held in person at the American Museum of Natural History on October 5.

NBCC DEI Committee Launches Conversation Series

The National Book Critics Circle's committee on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion is launching a new virtual series, NBCC Conversations. The first event will be held on September 22.

2021 American Poets Prizes Announced

The Academy of American Poets has named the winners of the 2021 American Poets Prizes, including Toi Derricotte, Camille T. Dungy, and Honorée Fanonne Jeffers.

Brooklyn Book Festival Bookends Week Kicks Off in Bed-Stuy

House of SpeakEasy partners with Brooklyn Book Bodega, READ 718, Community-Word Project, and Pen + Brush for a back-to-school event for young readers.

Last Call: 2021 PW Star Watch Nominations

The seventh annual PW Star Watch is now open for submissions until tomorrow, September 17.

Melville House Announces New Publicity Team

"We’ve doubled the size of our publicity department, and quadrupled the depth of its experience,” said Melville House co-publisher Valerie Merians. Maya Bradford has been hired to head the department.

McDonald Named Executive Editor at Ave Maria

McDonald, who left Ave Maria Press in 2020 as acquisition editor, has returned to the company as executive editor, trade.

'New York Times' Hires Two New Critics

Molly Young and Alexandra Jacobs join the 'Times' Books desk as staff critics. Jennifer Wilson has also been named a contributing essayist at the 'New York Times Book Review.'

Texas Book Festival Announces Changes for 2021 Hybrid Programming

TBF will limit in-person sessions and expand virtual session dates for this year's festival, which will take place October 23-31.

NEA to Sponsor 2021 National Book Festival

Programming will include conversations with many authors who previously received an NEA Creative Writing Fellowship. The hybrid event will be held September 17-26.

JIBF Extends Application Period for 2022 Birger Fellowship

The Jerusalem International Book Forum will consider applicants for its editorial fellowship program through the end of October.

Wenner Returns to 'PW' as Religion Editor

Emma Wenner has returned to 'Publishers Weekly' as religion editor after an extended maternity leave.

Ada Limón Takes Reins on 'Slowdown' Podcast from Tracy K. Smith

Poet Ada Limón succeeds America's poet laureate as the host of the poetry podcast for its third season, which begins on September 21. Limón will also publish three new books with Milkweed Editions.

Brooklyn Public Library Announces 2021 Longlist for Seventh Annual Prize

Zadie Smith, Isabel Wilkerson, and Torrey Peters are among the authors longlisted for this year's prizes, which are split between two categories, fiction/poetry and nonfiction.
09/09/2021 Launches Business Audiobook Program

Up to 10% of revenue from the program will go to local bookstores selected by participating companies.

Submissions Open for Lambda Literary Awards

The 34th annual "Lammys" will celebrate the best in LGBTQ storytelling.

DC, Webtoon Debut Batman Mobile Comics Series

The partnership between mobile comics platform Webtoon and superhero comics house DC, released its first collaboration, 'Batman: Wayne Family Adventures', a new Webtoon-style series hosted on the mobile comics site and featuring DC’s iconic superheroes.

Canada's Giller Prize Longlist Announced

The longlist for the 2021 Scotiabank Giller Prize was announced, and includes many first-time nominees.

2022 Joyce Carol Oates Prize Submissions Open

Submissions are now open for the 2022 Joyce Carol Oates Prize, which recognizes a midcareer fiction writer who has “earned a distinguished reputation and the approbation and gratitude of readers.”

Bloom Books Signs Elle Kennedy

Elle Kennedy has signed a deal with Bloom Books that will bring her Off Campus series to the Sourcebooks imprint.

Consortium to Distribute Clash Books

Consortium Book Sales and Distribution will distribute books for Clash Books starting in April of 2022.

Oxford University Press Reveals New Futuristic Logo

Today OUP launched new branding that forefronts the company's move toward a digital-first and technology-driven business.

National Book Foundation Announces 2021 NBF Presents Programming

The National Book Foundation has announced its fall NBF Presents programming, which includes eight events taking place in October and November during the buildup to the 72nd National Book Awards, to be held on November 17.

D. Ann Williams Wins 2021 Eleanor Taylor Bland Award

Sisters in Crime has named the Eugene, Ore.–based writer the winner of the 2021 Eleanor Taylor Bland Crime Fiction Writers of Color Award, given annually to an emerging writer of color.

Hachette Livre Deputy CEO to Speak at Frankfurt Book Fair

Fabrice Bakhouche will be featured at the fair's Global 50 CEO Talk on October 20.

Beijing Book Fair Rescheduled

After being postponed due to the spread of coronavirus, the fair will be held from September 14 to 18.

33 1/3 Series Announces New Installments

The series, published by Bloomsbury, will publish 12 new book-length considerations of albums between spring 2023 and fall 2024.

Morrow Unveils Agatha Christie Collection

William Morrow has acquired world English rights to a short story collection, to be written by a collection of international authors, featuring Agatha Christie's fictional detective Miss Marple.

Marlon James Announces New Novel 'Moon Witch, Spider King'

The second installment of James's Dark Star trilogy, published by Riverhead, will be released on February 15, 2022.

Entangled Partners with RBmedia on Audio

RBmedia will produce audiobook editions of titles from Entangled Publishing.

Binc Opens Applications for Scholarships

On September 1, the Book Industry Charitable Foundation will begin accepting applications for several professional development scholarships.

Naomi Gibbs Joins Pantheon as Executive Editor

Gibbs will start on September 7, and report to senior v-p and publisher Lisa Lucas.

New Prize Honors North American Small Presses

The Republic of Consciousness Prize for mall Presses, which was founded in the U.K. in 2017, is launching in North America. The prize is aimed at small presses that produce books of "high literary merit."

Brooklyn's Greenlight Bookstore Promotes Matt Stowe

Greenlight Bookstore in Brooklyn, which has two locations, has promoted Matt Stowe to the position of buying manager, overseeing a staff of two. Co-owner Rebecca Fitting will no longer serve as a buyer.

McNally Jackson Launches Reprint Book Line

McNally Editions, a paperback reprint series, will see its first three titles hit shelves in January.

Artbook to Partner with Ingram International

Starting September 1, Ingram will distribute Artbook in Asia, India, North Africa, and the Middle East.

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