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Audible, Great Courses Partner on Audio Line

Audible has entered a production deal with the Great Courses to create a line of audio-only, nonfiction Audible Original educational courses.

Fila, Amistad Partner On Book Tie-In Sneakers

Amistad, the imprint of the HarperOne Group at HarperCollins, and Fila, the sportswear company, are collaborating on special-edition sneakers inspired by rapper Rakim’s first book, the memoir 'Sweat the Technique.'

Bob Schreck Named CBLDF Deputy Director

Pioneering comics publisher and editor Bob Schreck has joined the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, a nonprofit First Amendment watchdog organization, as the CBLDF’s deputy director.

PRH Two-Day Transit Program Is Back

The eighth annual Penguin Random House two-day transit program starts a month early this year, and will run through March 2, 2020.

Green Apple Books Buys Browser Books

The owners of Green Apple Books will take over ownership of San Francisco's Browser Books from owner Stephen Damon, effective October 1.

Baker Names New EVPs

Following the retirement of Dave Lewis, Baker Publishing Group announced the promotions of Nathan Henrion to executive v-p of sales and Mark Rice to executive v-p of Marketing, Ada Divisions.

Byron Williamson Departs Worthy Publishing

Founder of Worthy Publishing Byron Williamson announced his departure one year after company was acquired by Hachette Nashville.

'Crawdads' Gets a Spanish Translation

Delia Owens’s 'Where the Crawdads Sing' will be published in Spanish by Vintage Español in October, marking the first time the book will be available in a Spanish-language edition in the U.S.

Zats, Hane Launch New Agency

Laura Zats and Erik Hane, formerly of Red Sofa Literary, have launched Headwater Literary Management, a full-service boutique literary agency based in Minneapolis.

BISG Streams Webinar On Handling Tariffs

In a webinar, David Hetherington, Carrick Wilkie, and Robert Baensch discuss what tariffs on Chinese goods mean for book publishing and how the industry will need to adapt.

2019 American Poets Prize Winners Announced

The Academy of American Poets has announced the winners of the 2019 American Poets Prizes, including Rita Dove and Ilya Kaminsky.

Follett Appoints Britten Follett to Lead PreK-12 Business

A fifth-generation family member, Follett has been promoted to executive v-p of Follett School Solutions.

RWA, Entangled Partner on Author Incubator Program

The Cultural, Interracial, Multicultural Special Interest Chapter of Romance Writers of America and Entangled Publishing have partnered to establish a mentorship program for authors from diverse communities.

Stella Adler Studio Expands Into Arts Center

The Stella Adler Studio of Acting has relocated to 65 Broadway in lower Manhattan from its longtime home at 31 West 27th Street in Chelsea, and has rebranded as the Stella Adler Center for the Arts.

2019 Carla Gray Memorial Scholarship Submissions Open

Applications opened on September 1 for the scholarship for emerging bookseller-activists, which is awarded by the Friends of Carla Gray Committee and the Binc Foundation.

Rushdie, Actors to Read from 'Quichotte' at C4F

On September 3, playwright Ayad Akhtar and actors Joan Allen and Aasif Mandvi will join Salman Rushdie on stage at the Center for Fiction in Brooklyn to perform excerpts from his new novel.

Deane Joins Sourcebooks Sales

Chuck Deane has joined Sourcebooks as a sales director.

Dayton Literary Peace Prize 2019 Shortlist

Books nominated for this year's prizes include 'Tigerland' by Wil Haygood, 'There There' by Tommy Orange, and 'Educated' by Tara Westover. Winners will be honored at a gala ceremony on November 3.

C4F to Honor Lynn Nesbit, Hulu's 'The Handmaid's Tale'

The literary agent and a number of figures associated with the adaptation of Margaret Atwood's novel will be honored at the Center for Fiction's annual benefit in December.

BIGNY to Host Sesame Workshop Retrospective

On September 17, the Book Industry Guild of New York will host Karen Halpenny of the Sesame Workshop who will present a retrospective of the Workshop's past 50 years.

Milkweed Fellowship Recipient Named

Milkweed has selected its inaugural recipient for a fellowship designed to make employment in the industry more accessible to people from diverse backgrounds.

Baker & Taylor to Distribute McSweeney’s

Baker & Taylor Publisher Services has signed a full-service worldwide agreement with McSweeney’s Literary Arts Fund.

Carrera to Lead ProQuest Books Unit

ProQuest has named VitalSource's Pep Carrera president of its books business unit.

German Bookseller Named Winner of 2020 Fellowship for Winter Institute

The Frankfurt Book Fair New York has named Florian Valerius, store manager of German bookstore Stephanus Bücher, as the winner of next year’s Fellowship for Winter Institute, established by Bookselling Without Borders.

New American Voices Award Announces Shortlist

Novelists Melissa Rivero, Eugenia Kim, and Angie Kim have been named finalists for the second annual Institute for Immigration Research New American Voices Award.

Osondu Wins BOA Prize

E.C. Osondu has won the ninth annual BOA Short Fiction Prize for his manuscript 'Alien Stories.'

Skyhorse, Start Publishing Partner on New True Crime Imprint

Skyhorse Publishing and Start Publishing have announced a multi-platform partnership with investigative journalist Dylan Howard and will publish 20 of Howard's books, beginning with an investigation of Princess Diana's murder to be released in September.

Francis Named Director of UPenn Press

Effective September 23, Mary C. Francis will become the 13th director of the University of Pennsylvania Press, replacing Eric Halpern.

NEH Announces Latest Slate of Humanities Grants

The National Endowment for the Humanities will provide $29 million in funding overall for 215 humanities projects across the country.

CLMP to Honor Kima Jones, Will Evans

At its annual Night of a Thousand Small Publishers gala, the Community of Literary Magazines and Presses will honor publicist Kima Jones and publisher Will Evans.

2019 SFC Literary Prize Shortlist Announced

St. Francis College has announced the finalists for its 2019 SFC Literary Prize, a $50,000 biennial award for an author’s third to fifth work of published fiction. The winner will be announced on September 21.

B&N Spotlights Growth in Romance Category

Barnes & Noble has seen a 31% jump in romance books sold compared to the same time period last year

Hachette to Distribute Lonely Planet Titles

Lonely Planet will outsource its U.S. and Latin American warehousing, distribution, sales, and customer service to Hachette Book Group effective March 2020.

Ingram to Distribute Terra Galleria

Under the arrangement, Ingram Publisher Services will add Terra Galleria Press to its Canada and U.S. sales and distribution network.

Arcadia Acquires Pelican's Assets

Arcadia Publishing has completed its acquisition of the majority of the assets of Pelican Publishing, and six Pelican employees have joined Arcadia.

IPG to Distribute for 10 New Publishers

Independent Publishers Group has partnered with ten more independent publishers across four of its distribution programs.

New Map Reveals 1,800 Christian Retail Locations

An interactive database represents over 1,800 existing retail locations where mostly Christian products are sold.

B&N Names Fall Bookseller Picks

Barnes & Noble’s Discover Great New Writers program has named its 11 picks for the Fall 2019 season, which include books publishing between August and November 2019.

Welbeck Appoints Children's Division Leads

At Marcus Leaver's new company, Welbeck Publishing Group, Alexandra Allan has been named group publisher and Laura Knowles will join as associate group director.

DeSilva Joins AG Board

Roland A. DeSilva, the investment banker who works frequently within the media and publishing industries, has been named to the Authors Guild Foundation Board, the educational and charitable arm of the Authors Guild.

Turner, Ambrosi, Gustavsson Up at Campbell

Maria B. Campbell Associates has named Agnes Ahlander Turner executive v-p of the company and Beniamino Ambrosi and Johanna Gustavsson v-ps.

Harris Takes Helm from Evans at Evan-Moor

Judy L. Harris has been named interim president and CEO of Evan-Moor Educational Publishers, effective today. Evan-Moor cofounder and CEO Bill Evans will retire from those positions concurrently.

Hodgman Memorial Set for September

The life and work of the late author and editor George Hodgman will be celebrated at a memorial service in New York on September 26.

Boom to Publish ‘Big Black,’ A Graphic History of 1971 Attica Prison Riot

Boom! Studios announced plans to publish 'Big Black: Stand at Attica' by Frank “Big Black” Smith, Jared Reinmuth and artist Améziane, a graphic biography of Smith, and history of the bloody 1971 prisoner civil rights uprising at Attica State Prison.

PBS to Air ‘American Masters - Worlds of Ursula K. Le Guin’ Documentary

PBS will premiere 'American Masters - Worlds of Ursula K. Le Guin', a documentary directed by Arwen Curry on the life and works of the acclaimed science fiction and fantasy author Ursula Le Guin, on August 2.

SinC Announces 2019 Crime Fiction Award

Sisters in Crime (SinC), an organization dedicated to the advancement of female crime writers, has announced Jessica Martinez as the winner of its 2019 Eleanor Taylor Bland Crime Fiction Writers of Color award, valued at $2,000.

Seshadri Named Poetry Editor at 'Paris Review'

The Paris Review has named Pulitzer Prize–winning poet Vijay Seshadri the 12th poetry editor in the magazine’s sixty-six-year history.

PRH Grupo Editorial Acquires La Campana

Penguin Random House Grupo Editorial has completed its acquisition of Catalan publisher La Campana Llibres, established in 1985 by Josep María Espinàs and Isabel Martí.

NJBA Adds Food Writing Category

The Jewish Book Council has announced the creation of the Jane and Stuart Weitzman Family Award for Food Writing and Cookbooks, a new National Jewish Book Award category.

Russell Perreault Dies

The v-p and executive director of publicity for the Vintage and Anchor imprints has died, Knopf has confirmed. This story is developing.

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