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Display Contest for 'How to Resist Amazon and Why'

Microcosm Publishing has announced a display contest for independent bookstores to celebrate the release of their new title, 'How to Resist Amazon and Why.' The winner gets 80 copies of the book and more.

Lin Wins $25,000 L.D. and LaVerne Harrell Clark Fiction Prize

Chia-Chia Lin's novel 'The Unpassing' (FSG) won the $25,000 L.D. and LaVerne Harrell Clark Fiction Prize, which is administered by the English department of Texas State University in San Marcos, Tx.

L.A. Times Book Prize Finalists, Honorees Announced

The 'Los Angeles Times' has announced the finalists and honorees of its 41st annual Book Prizes. The winners will be named virtually on Friday, April 16

IBPA, Empowering Latino Futures Ink Deal

The Independent Book Publishers Association and Empowering Latino Futures have entered into a strategic partnership aimed at expanding the services each organization provides its communities.

Jerusalem International Book Forum Goes Virtual

Due to the pandemic, the biennial Jerusalem International Book Forum will be a virtual event this year, taking place May 3-4. Two additional digital sessions will be held on May 14 and May 21.

Literati Adds YA Subscription Box

Literati, the book box subscription service, has added Club Titan, a box that caters for readers 13 years of age and older.

B&N Picks ‘We Begin at the End’ for March Book Club

Barnes & Noble has chosen Chris Whitaker’s novel 'We Begin at the End' as the March 2021 selection for the B&N Book Club.

Vault Comics, S&S Ink Worldwide Distribution Deal

Independent comics publisher Vault Comics reached an agreement with Simon & Schuster to provide worldwide distribution for Vault Comics titles beginning May 1, 2021.

Nadja Spiegelman to Head New Literary Quarterly

Astra Publishing House has announced plans to launch the 'Astra Quarterly,' a new international literary magazine, under the direction of newly named editor-in-chief Nadja Spiegelman, formerly online editor of the 'Paris Review.'

Wells Named Chief Content Officer at Tapas Media

Michelle Wells, former interim editor-in-chief and v-p of content strategy at DC, has been named to the newly created position of chief content officer at Tapas Media, a mobile comics platform.

After Departures, YRG Founder Says Firm Still Open

YRG Partners, the literary agency that Yfat Reiss Gendell launched after parting ways with her former partner Peter McGuigan, has seen a most of its principals leave—but Gendell said the firm remains in business.

Lukas Prize Shortlists Announced

Columbia Journalism School and the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard University have announced the shortlists for the Lukas Prizes, which honor the best in American nonfiction writing.

U.S. Selfies Extend Deadline for Entries

The deadline for submissions to the U.S. Selfies, the annual awards hosted by 'PW' and 'BookLife' that honor the best self-published titles of the past year, has been extended to March 8.

PRH's One World Imprint Launches Podcast

The One World imprint at Penguin Random House has launched 'Ideas & Action,' a six-episode podcast that will offer discussions with the imprint's authors conducted by One World publisher Chris Jackson and senior editor Nicole Counts.

Kuan Tapped to Head Creative Capital

Creative Capital, a nonprofit that supports a wide variety of artists and creative disciplines, has named Christine Kuan its president and executive director effective March 22, 2021.

Hillary Clinton and Louise Penny Team Up on New Thriller

Bill Clinton is no longer the only member of his family writing thrillers with a bestselling novelist: Hillary Rodham Clinton and Louise Penny's 'State of Terror' will be published jointly by St. Martin's Press and Simon & Schuster on October 12.

Univ. of Illinois Press Launches Trade Imprint

The University of Illinois Press is launching a trade imprint, 3 Fields Books, that will focus on books about Illinois and the Midwest.

2021 Audie Award Finalists Announced

The Audio Publishers Association has announced its finalists, in 25 categories, for the 2021 Audie Awards.

McSweeney's, Knopf to Copublish Dave Eggers' Next Novel

McSweeney’s and Knopf will copublish Dave Eggers' book 'The Every', a novel that "imagines where submission to an all-digital culture will take us," on October 19.

Kit Rocha Named Bookstore Romance Day Ambassador

Kit Rocha, the pseudonym for author duo Donna Herren and Bree Bridges, has been named ambassador for the 2021 Bookstore Romance Day, to be celebrated on August 21.

Moran Joins Welbeck Publishing

Josalyn Moran, a publishing and bookselling veteran with 25 years of experience, has joined U.K.'s Welbeck Publishing to build up its children's publishing program in North America.

Dynamite Donates $10K to Binc to Support Comic Book Retailers

Independent comics publisher Dynamite Entertainment has donated $10,000 to the Book Industry Charitable Foundation in support of direct market comics shops and their staff as they struggle to survive the Covid-19 pandemic.

S&S, McBride Sisters to Launch Black Girl Magic Wine & Book Club

Simon & Schuster is partnering with McBride Sisters Collection, an African American-owned wine company, to launch the Black Girl Magic Wine & Book Club.

Aspen Words Announces Literary Prize Shortlist

Aspen Words, a program of the Aspen Institute, announced this morning its 2021 shortlist for the $35,000 Aspen Words Literary Prize.

Park & Fine Partners with DPI on Diversity Scholarship

The Denver Publishing Institute is accepting applications for the DPI Community Scholarship, which will provide scholarships to applicants who identify as Black, Indigenous, and people of color. The program is supported by Park & Fine Literary and Media.

Matty Goldberg to Retire from Ingram Content Group

Matty Goldberg, v-p of sales and acquisitions at the Ingram Content Group, is retiring at the end of March 2021 after 45 years of working in the publishing industry.

Marotta Joins Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group

Mary Marotta has been named senior v-p and group sales director of Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group effective March 8.

Mayo Clinic Press Names Wiener Editor-in-Chief

Publishing industry veteran Nina Wiener has been named to the newly created position of editor-in-chief at the Mayo Clinic Press in Rochester, Minn.

HarperCollins to Remove Ravi Zacharias Titles from Print

As a result of an independent report into sexual misconduct allegations against the late Ravi Zacharias, HarperCollins will end publication of all of his works.

AdventureKEEN, Partner Bookstores Donate to Binc

AdventureKEEN's 2020 Shop Local, Live Local campaign raised a total of $4,332 for the Book Industry Charitable (Binc) Foundation, and a matching $4,332 is being dispersed and mailed to 261 participating independent bookstores.

Sourcebooks Creates New Romance Award

Sourcebooks has launched a new contest with Bookstore Romance Day for unpublished and self-published romance writers: the Discover New Romance Award.

Sourcebooks Creates New Romance Award

Sourcebooks has launched a new contest with Bookstore Romance Day for unpublished and self-published romance writers: the Discover New Romance Award.

University of Toronto Press Donates Profits to BLM

Last June, the University of Toronto Press said it would donate 100% of the profits of the sale of its Black Studies books to the Toronto chapter of Black Lives Matter. Yesterday, the press announced it had raised and donated C$2,000.

Viking Unveils New Ken Follett Novel

Ken Follett's new novel, 'Never,' is set to bow November 9 from Viking. The publisher said the thriller is "a new departure" for the global bestseller.

Knopf Announces New Book from Adichie

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, author of the bestseller 'Americanah,' will release her next work, 'Notes on Grief,' on May 11.

Mahogany Books to Open Second Location

Mahogany Books, a Black-owned bookstore in Washington D.C., is opening a second location at National Harbor in Prince George's County, Md.

Story Prize Spotlight Award Announced

The winner of the Story Prize Spotlight Award for books published in 2020 is 'Inheritors' by Asako Serizawa.

Latinx in Publishing Launches Two Fellowships

Latinx in Publishing Inc. has launched two new programs to support and create opportunities for aspiring Latinx publishing professionals and writers. Macmillan Publishers is the inaugural sponsor.

Finalists for 2021 PEN America Literary Awards Announced

PEN America has announced the finalists for the 2021 PEN America Literary Awards in 11 categories. The list includes 55 titles from 48 imprints and presses and features 20 literary debuts. The award ceremony will take place virtually on April 8.

Australian Au Wins 2020 Novel Prize

Jessica Au has won the inaugural 2020 Novel Prize for her unpublished novel 'Cold Enough for Snow.' The Novel Prize is a biennial, global award for an unpublished book-length work of literary fiction written in English.

Periplus Announces Inaugural Fellowships

The new mentorship collective, dedicated to serving U.S. writers who are Black, Indigenous, and people of color, has named its first group of fellows.

PRH and Collab to Amplify Black Voices

For Black History Month,, news platform Rolling Out, and Penguin Random House are collaborating to promote recent books about Black culture with the hashtag #AmplifyBlackStories.

Rowman & Littlefield Buys Eclipse Press Assets

Rowman & Littlefield has acquired selected trade titles from Eclipse Press, an equestrian publisher based in Lexington, Ky., and established by The Blood-Horse, Inc., in 2000.

Three Big Five Pubs Establish SPI Scholarships

The Center for Publishing at the New York University School of Professional Studies has announced three new scholarships for its Summer Publishing Institute, each of which was established by a Big Five publisher.

Petrosino Wins Rilke Prize

Poet Kiki Petrosino has won the 2021 University of North Texas Rilke Prize for her collection 'White Blood: A Lyric of Virginia.'

Center Street Will Hire a New Editorial Director

A source at Hachette Book Group told 'PW' that Center Street is starting its search for a new editorial director to replace Kate Hartson, who was fired last month.

Hunter Biden Memoir Goes to Gallery

Simon & Schuster's Gallery Books imprint has announced its acquisition of Hunter Biden's memoir, Beautiful Things.

Bookshop Santa Cruz Unionizes

The staff at Bookshop Santa Cruz in Santa Cruz, Calif., have voted to unionize, and will be represented by Communication Workers of America Local 9423.

Serial Box Adds 24 Titles to Series Programming

Serial Box, a digital reading platform that produces serialized genre entertainment in e-book and audiobook formats, has acquired 24 prose titles that will be adapted into original Serial Box content.

Printers Row Lit Fest Returns to Chicago

After being canceled last summer, the 36th Printers Row Lit Fest will return to Chicago in September. Ta-Nehisi Coates will headline.

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