Short news items from the world of book publishing:


Viking to Publish New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu

'In the Shadow of Statues: A White Southerner Confronts History' will be released in March 2018.

Book Manufacturers' Institute Changes Leadership

Jim Fetherston and Matt Baehr have been named to the two senior most positions at the institute.

Cundill History Prize Goes to Daniel Beer

McGill University's Cundill History Prize is awarding British historian Daniel Beer with $75,000 for his study of Siberian penal colonies in his book 'The House of the Dead' (Allen Lane).

NEA Announces $1.2 Million in Writing, Translation Fellowships

The National Endowment for the Arts will award 36 prose writers and 22 translators fellowships of either $12,500 of $25,000 to support their work in 2018.

Fryling, Steffey Up at Barnes & Noble

Stephanie Fryling has been promoted to v-p of children's books merchandising, and Krifka Steffey has been promoted to director of newsstand merchandising.

Liturgical Press to Launch Academic Imprint

Liturgical Press is merging its Pueblo Books and Michael Glazier Books imprint into the new Liturgical Press Academic imprint, effective in January 2018.

Charlie Brotherstone to Launch Agency

The former literary agent at Ed Victor will launch his own full-service literary agency, Brotherstone Creative Management.

Doubleday to Publish Jeffrey Toobin Investigation of Trump Scandals

The as-yet-untitled book will focus on the probe by Special Counsel Robert Mueller as well as the various inquiries by Congressional committees. No publication date has been set.

Holiday House to Move HQ to Downtown Manhattan

The publisher has signed a 10-year lease to house its new headquarters on the third floor of 50 Broad Street in lower Manhattan.

B&N Survey Finds Thanksgiving Eve is Year's Busiest Reading Day

Barnes & Noble has released the results of a recently commissioned independent survey exploring reading habits around the holiday season.

Steve Kessel to Lead Amazon Physical Retail Initiative

Amazon has named the senior v-p the head of all bricks-and-mortar operations, including Amazon Books and Whole Foods, among others.

Penn State Press Launches New Imprint

Ahead of two major academic meetings later this month, Pennsylvania State University Press has teamed up with academic publisher Eisenbrauns on a new Eisenbrauns imprint.

Viking to Publish Uber Whistleblower Susan Fowler's Book

Senior editor Lindsey Schwoeri acquired North American rights from Liz Parker and Eliza Rothstein at InkWell.

Ralf Markmeier Named Managing Director, Publisher at HarperCollins Germany

Markmeier, who joins HC from Verlagsgruppe Random House, will take over on January 15, 2018.

Book Fairies Select 'Ascension of Larks'

The Book Fairies, a U.K.-based group that hides books in cities around the world with actress Emma Watson as a spokesperson, selected Rachel Linden's 'Ascension of Larks' (Thomas Nelson, June) for its newest West Coast campaign.

Eden Robinson Awarded Writers' Trust Fellowship

The Writers' Trust of Canada has named Robinson the third recipient of the fellowship, which comes with a C$50,000 purse. The program, intended as a three-part prize, will continue annually.

Éric Vuillard Wins Prix Goncourt, Other Press to Publish in English

The independent publisher will publish 'The Order of the Day,' a history of the Anschluss, in November of 2018.

Amy Goldstein Wins Business Book of the Year Award 2017

Goldstein's 'Janesville: An American Story,' which is published by S&S, was selected for the £30,000 prize, which is co-sponsored by the 'Financial Times' and McKinsey & Company.

Karen Kingsbury Helps Launch New Creative Writing Program

In a partnership with the bestselling author of the Baxer series, Liberty University unveiled the Karen Kingsbury Center for Creative Writing and a new program offering students a minor in creative writing.

Webber Autobiography Goes to HarperCollins

HarperCollins will publish Andrew Lloyd Webber's 'Unmasked' on March 6, 2018.

PRH to Begin Distribution of Its Grupo Editorial Titles Next Year

The program, which will see the publisher distribute its Spanish-language trade books division's books in the U.S., begins next February 1.

Reading Is Fundamental Announces 2017 Grant Recipients

Organizations that will receive matching grants are the Kiwanis Club of Marco Island, Fla. and the United Way of Tucson and southern Arizona. Two new programs are due to be announced next year.

BookCon 2018 Lineup Announced

ReedPOP unveiled the names of authors and actors such as Taye Diggs, Angie Thomas, and more who will headline BookCon 2018 in New York City from June 2-3.

Abrams to Distribute Cameron and Company Imprints

Abrams will handle North American sales and trade distribution for their Cameron Books and Cameron Kids imprints beginning in spring 2018.

APA and DK Complete Rough Guides Sale

DK has completed its sale of its travel guide line to APA Publications.

Hachette Books Takes On Weinstein Staffers

Former Weinstein Books imprint staff members Amanda Murray, Georgina Levitt, and Mollie Weisenfeld are joining the Hachette Books team, effective immediately.

Jon Fine Named SVP, Publisher at Open Road

Open Road Media hired former Amazon exec Jon Fine as senior v-p and publisher, effective Monday, Oct. 30.

Neukom Institute Literary Arts Awards Launched

Dartmouth College's institute for computational science has launched an awards program to honor creative works in speculative fiction.

Cundill History Prize Shortlist Announced

Three historians—a Briton, a Canadian, and a US-based Austrian—are in contention for the $75,000 prize, the richest in non-fiction for a single work in English.

S&S to Specially Discount Sales to Newly-Opened Indie Booksellers

Effective immediately, U.S. independent booksellers opening a new account or location will have access to special discounts, dating, and co-op terms on all adult, children’s, and audio physical products from Simon & Schuster and its distribution clients.

WNBA, NRGM Host Commemorative Author Panel

Panelists include Julia Franks, Susan Henderson, Laurel Davis Huber, and Margaret Wrinkle in honor of both organizations' recent anniversaries.

2017 Andrew Carnegie Medal Shortlist Announced

The American Library Association announced the six books shortlisted for the awards for excellence in fiction and nonfiction by such authors as George Saunders, Sherman Alexie, and Jesmyn Ward.

Lion Forge To Publish Hazel Newlevant’s Graphic Memoir ‘No Ivy League’

St. Louis indie graphic novel publisher Lion Forge has acquired 'No Ivy League', a 200-page graphic memoir by Hazel Newlevant and will publish the book in late 2018.

Whitney Frick Joins Dial Press In December

The current Flatiron Books executive editor will join Random House as v-p and editorial director of the Dial Press, reporting to Susan Kamil, effective December 4.

S&S, Printers Row Expand Distribution Agreement

Simon & Schuster renewed its sales and distribution agreement with Printers Row Publishing to include additional imprints within the U.S. and Canada.

NCAC to Honor David Levithan and Joan Bertin

The National Coalition Against Censorship (NCAC) will honor author and editor David Levithan as well as Joan E. Bertin, executive director of NCAC, during its Celebration of Free Speech and Its Defenders in NYC on November 6.

Consortium to Distribute Five New Publishers

Consortium Book Sales & Distribution will distribute Black Inc., Blair, Fitzcarraldo Editions, Oberon Books, and School of Life beginning on January 1, 2018.

Knopf to Publish Sam Shepard's Final Work

The last book by playwright, actor, and author Sam Shepard, 'Spy of the First Person,' written right before his death, will be published by Knopf on December 5.

Wine Country Women Donates Book Proceeds to Jameson Animal Rescue Ranch

The Napa, Calif.–based lifestyle entertainment brand will make a $2,500 donation to the ranch following the wildfire, in addition to donating a portion of the proceeds from the sales of its forthcoming book, 'Wine Country Women of Napa Valley.'

Library of Congress Announces Librarians-in-Residence Pilot Program

Applications for a pilot program open November 1 for recent graduates of library and information science master’s programs.

Image Comics to Publish ‘Bingo Love’ Graphic novel on Valentine’s Day 2018

'Bingo Love', a Kickstarter-funded love story about two queer black women created by Tee Franklin, Jenn St-Onge, and Joy San, will be published as an original graphic novel by Image Comics in February 2018.

Felix Magowan Buys 'VeloNews' and Press Back

The former co-owner of Pocket Outdoor Media has purchased multiple magazines and the VeloNews book publishing imprint, VeloPress, from The World Triathlon Corporation.

John Donatich Reappointed Director of Yale University Press

Donatich has been named to a fourth term as director after fifteen years in the position.

Ingram Expands Into Spain

Lightning Source LLC, part of Ingram Content Group, has partnered with Spain's media publishing and distribution group Podiprint in an effort to help publishers build a global distribution strategy.

Whiting Creative Nonfiction Grant Winners Announced

The Whiting Foundation announced eight winners of the 2017 Whiting Creative Nonfiction Grant, now in its second year and valued at $40,000 each.

Bill Clinton to Present Dick Robinson with Literarian Award at NBAs

The 42nd President of the United States will present the Literarian Award for Outstanding Service to the American Literary Community to the Scholastic chairman, president, and CEO at the 68th National Book Awards in November.

Jennifer Senior Steps Down as 'NYT' Book Critic

Senior will return to longform journalism in another writing role at the 'New York Times.'

NetGalley Announces and

The company will open sites specific to both the U.K. and Japan this month, and Stuart Evers has been promoted to assistant director of the U.K. site.

Ingram Picks Up Six New Distribution Clients

The company's new CoreSource customers include Author Solutions LLC, Center for Creative Leadership, Wits University Press, Hymns Ancient & Modern, Edinburgh University Press, and The American Nurses Association.

Henry Holt to Publish Roger Daltrey Autobiography

A nine-way transatlantic auction at Frankfurt found the Who's frontman's memoir acquired by Steve Rubin at Holt.

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