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Norton Announces Staff Changes

W.W. Norton & Company has named six new vice presidents and announced the retirement of cookbook editing veteran Maria Guarnaschelli.

NPR, Aspen Institute Team Up on New Literary Prize

NPR Books is the official media partner for the Aspen Institute's inaugural $35,000 Aspen Words literary prize for fiction.

Abingdon, CLC International Team Up

British distributor CLC will undertake sales and distribution of Abingdon Press products to trade accounts in the U.K., Ireland, and Europe.

Amazon Rapids Launches Children's Program

In effort to help children develop a love for reading, Amazon Rapids launched Signature Stories, a program featuring illustrated short stories that star familiar characters.

WNBA Prize Goes to Little Free Library

The Women's National Book Association (WNBA) is recognizing the Little Free Library for its "support of the power of reading" with the $5,000 Second Century Prize.

Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment Launches an IPO

With backing from Ashton Kutcher, the media company affiliated with the bestselling Chicken Soup for the Soul book series launched an initial public offering (IPO) to raise up to $30 million on Monday.

Writers House Reorgs Rights Department

Amid growth in its international and domestic licensing business, the literary agency has made a series of promotions and hires within its rights department.

IVP to Distribute U.K.’s Christian Publisher

InterVarsity Press (IVP) will handle distribution in the U.S. and Canada for the U.K.’s Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge (SPCK).

Colm Tóibín Wins Richard C. Holbrooke Award

The Irish novelist will receive the 2017 Richard C. Holbrooke Distinguished Achievement Award at the Dayton Literary Peace Prize ceremony on November 5.

S&S to Distribute IglooBooks

Simon & Schuster has entered into a sales and distribution agreement with IglooBooks, a recently launched division of Bonnier Publishing USA, effective August 1.

Bullying Book Co-Author Admits to Perjury

Bullying expert and author Barbara Coloroso has admitted to perjury on the eve of trial, and agreed to a settlement requiring her to make a cash payment and written apology to erstwhile co-author Andrew Faas.

Dana Canedy Elected Administrator of the Pulitzer Prizes

The Pulitzer Prize–winning former senior editor at the 'New York Times' will succeed Mike Pride effective July 17.

Planned Parenthood President to Publish Memoir with Touchstone

Cecile Richards will publish an as-yet-untitled memoir with the Simon & Schuster imprint in 2018.

De Jong Named Publisher at HC Holland

Jacqueline de Jong will join the team at HarperCollins Holland as publisher, effective September 1.

LSC Communications Launches Anti-Piracy Platform

The platform, called IntercepTag, verifies textbook authenticity through the scanning of secure unique identifier codes.

Mika Brzezinksi Signs Three-Book Deal with Weinstein

The deal is in the high six figures and includes a revised edition of 'Knowing Your Value,' 'New York Post' column "Page Six" reports.

Erin Cox Joins House of SpeakEasy In Production Role

The publishing consultant and literary agent will be joining the organization as executive producer, responsible for producing SpeakEasy’s flagship show, “Seriously Entertaining.”

Len Riggio Named Grand Marshal of 2017 NYC Columbus Day Parade

The Barnes & Noble chairman and founder has declared the theme of this year's march “A Celebration of Italian-American Authors” and invites them to march with him up Fifth Avenue.

Poetry Coalition Awarded $200,000 Ford Foundation Grant

The foundation will donate $200,000 over two years to enable the founding members of the coalition to produce national programs on themes of social importance that feature leading contemporary poets.

Binc Launches Carla Gray Memorial Scholarship

The Carla Gray Memorial Scholarship for Emerging Bookseller-Activists, will be given annually to a single bookseller with fewer than five years of experience, working at a store with less than $500,000 in revenue.

Oxford UP Sees Growth in 2016

Oxford University Press reported headline growth of 11% with a turnover of £847.4 million in 2016, and a trading surplus headline growth of 24% to £124 million.

Shigenori Hamaguchi Takes Reins at HarperCollins Japan

Hamaguchi, named to the newly-created position of publishing director, will lead the publishing strategy for HC Japan.

Unicorn Publishing Group to Publish Tom Chambers Retrospective

The group's visual art imprint will publish the first title acquired by its Chicago office, which was opened earlier this year under the direction of its new director for North America Don Linn.

National Book Foundation's Book Rich Environments Initiative Goes Live

More than 270,000 books have been shipped to public housing authorities across the country as part of the initiative, and distribution to residents began earlier this month.

Taylor & Francis to Distribute Macat Library

Taylor & Francis and Macat International have announced an agreement under which Taylor & Francis will undertake exclusive sales and distribution for the Macat Library in the English language.

Amazon's Prime Day Includes Amazon Books Stores

Amazon's global shopping event offering deals, events, and exclusive content to members of its Prime program will include its Amazon Books stores for the first time.

Robert Sindelar Named ABA President

This June, Seattle’s Robert Sindelar was elected president of the American Booksellers Association, the youngest in 30 years

Goddard Riverside Honors David Cully, Mary Higgins Clark

The Baker & Taylor president and author will each be honored at Goddard Riverside’s Annual Book Fair Gala on November 1, and the inaugural Goddard Riverside Stephan Russo Book Prize for Social Justice will be awarded.

American Chemical Society Files Suit Against Sci-Hub

Following its loss in court against Elsevier, web pirate organization Sci-Hub is being sued by the American Chemical Society for counterfeiting and copyright and trademark infringement.

Robert Olen Butler's Archive Goes to Yale

The writings of the Pulitzer Prize winner and Florida State University professor have been acquired by Yale University’s Beinecke Library.

PRH Expands Sales, Distribution Contract with DC

Penguin Random House Publisher Services has expanded its sales and distribution agreement with DC Entertainment to include the United Kingdom and Ireland, effective September 1.

Chris Butcher Leaves The Beguiling, Named Viz Media Editor-at-Large

Chris Butcher, longtime manager the Beguiling comics bookstore and founder and artistic director of the Toronto Comic Arts Festival, is leaving the store and has been named a consulting editor-at-large for Viz Media.

Carolyn Savarese Joins Kneerim & Williams

The publishing executive is joining the literary agency as an affiliated agent.

Haank to Retire, Ropers to Head Springer Nature

Springer Nature CEO Derk Haank will retire from the company at the end of the year, and be replaced by Daniel Ropers, currently CEO of

ECPA's 2017 PubU Program Announced

PubU, the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association's (ECPA) annual conference for Christian publishing professionals, is being held in Nashville, Tenn. from November 7-8 this year.

PRH Audio Offers Free U.S. Constitution, Declaration Audiobook Streaming

Penguin Random House Audio has put audiobook versions of the U.S. Constitution and the Declaration of Independence on its website through July 31 in honor of Independence Day.

Binc and Macmillan Create Nine Bookselling Diversity Scholarships

The Macmillan Booksellers Professional Development Scholarship, currently a pilot program, will provide professional development to booksellers traditionally underrepresented within the industry.

'The Common' Adds Two to Board of Directors

The Amherst College–based literary magazine has elected W. Drake McFeely, chairman of W.W. Norton, and author Suketu Mehta to its board.

Paret Nets Pritzker Literature Award

Military historian and author Peter Paret has been named the 11th recipient of the Pritzker Military Museum & Library Literature Award for Lifetime Achievement in Military Writing.

Agualusa Wins Dublin Literary Award

Angolan author José Eduardo Agualusa has won the 2017 International Dublin Literary Award for his novel 'A General Theory of Oblivion,' translated from the Portuguese by Daniel Hahn.

New Book Explores Bob Dylan’s ‘Complicated, Confusing’ Spirituality

‘Bob Dylan: A Spiritual Life’ by Scott Marshall looks at Dylan’s Jewish roots and his preoccupation with Jesus. It's being published by BP Books with distribution by WND on June 20.

Chicago Review Press Acquires Bright Ideas for Learning Titles

Effective July 1, the press will take over all 11 titles in the Bright Ideas for Learning series published by Bright Ring Publishing.

Follett Partners with EveryLibrary

Follet and EveryLibrary will focus on aiding school library associations in six states: Illinois, Washington, Pennsylvania, Nevada, Florida, and Mississippi.

Book Aid International Begins Support of Rwanda

The charity is expanding its work to provide new books to libraries, schools, and further education institutions in Rwanda.

Wylie to Give Keynote at Frankfurt Book Fair's 'The Markets' Conference

Agent Andrew Wylie will speak to the effects Donald Trump’s governance could have on the publishing industry at the Frankfurt conference.

Skybound’s Sean Mackiewicz to Publish ‘Gasolina’ in Fall 2017

Sean Mackiewicz, editorial director of Skybound Entertainment, the Image Comics imprint that publishes Robert Kirkman’s bestelling Walking Dead graphic novels, is publishing his own series, Gasolina, to be released September 2017 by Image/Skybound.

Brooklyn Book Festival Lineup Announced

Colson Whitehead will be the recipient of the annual Best of Brooklyn Award, and authors including Jonathan Safran Foer, Joyce Carol Oates, Hisham Matar, Morgan Parker, and Gene Luen Yang will be in attendance.

Writers House Closes London Office

The agency's London office will close, and Angharad Kowal has left the company. Peggy Boulos Smith joins the agency as U.K. rights director in its New York office.

Binc Launches Disaster Recovery Program

The Book Industry Charitable Foundation launched a pilot disaster recovery assistance program on June 1, offering assistance to booksellers in the case of a natural disaster.

Lerner to Distribute Full Tilt Titles

Lerner will distribute 12 new Full Tilt Press titles for reluctant readers in library-bound editions, effective August 1.

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