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2017 Christy Award Nominees Announced

The Evangelical Christian Publishers Association announced 27 nominees in nine categories, including Beth Moore and Chris Fabry.

W Publishing Nabs Kathie Lee Gifford Book

'The Rock, the Road, and the Rabbi' by Gifford will be published on March 6.

100+ Italian-American Authors to March in Columbus Day Parade

Barnes & Noble chairman and founder Len Riggio is this year's grand marshal, and his company will hand out 50,000 free copies of the U.S. Constitution and the Declaration of Independence at the parade.

Phoenix Acquires Moore-Langen from LSC

Phoenix Color Corp. has entered into an agreement to acquire the assets of Moore-Langen Printing Company from LSC Communications.


B&N Donates $1M In Books to First Book for Hurricane Relief

The bookseller has made a $1 million book donation to the First Book program for areas affected by hurricanes Harvey and Irma.

Goddard Riverside Stephan Russo Book Prize Shortlist Announced

The Book Prize, named after former Goddard Riverside executive director Stephan Russo, celebrates the power of the written word to create change in the name of justice for all people, and will be awarded at Goddard Riverside’s annual gala on November 1.

Frankfurt Fellowship Program Names Fellows

The 16 fellows, each from a different country, were selected from a pool of 97 candidates from 42 countries, and will spend two weeks visiting publishing companies in Germany that will culminate in attending the Frankfurt Book Fair.

Whiting Foundation Launches Whiting Literary Magazine Prizes

The new program calls for applications from print and digital publications for three new prizes totaling up to $120,000.

Mitch Black Named CEO at Author Solutions.

The former president of MOBI has been named to the top leadership role at the self-publishing company.

Seattle Mystery Bookstore to Shutter September 30

The bookstore has been seeking a new owner, to no avail, its current owner, J.B. Dickey, explained in a blog post.

O'Reilly Media Expands Leadership Team

As the Boston-based company accelerates development of its Safari learning platform, it is adding new executives to its leadership, including the company's first chief content and chief revenue officers.

Todd Stocke Named Senior V-P, Editorial Director at Sourcebooks

Sourcebooks has promoted Stocke to senior-vp and editorial director, effective immediately. Stocke joined Sourcebooks in 1994.

AAUP Announces Theme, Hashtag for University Press Week

The Association of American University Presses has chosen “#LookItUP: Knowledge Matters” as the theme for this year’s University Press Week, which runs from November 6 through November 11.

Elizabeth Sheinkman Joins Peters Fraser & Dunlop

Elizabeth Sheinkman will join Peters Fraser & Dunlop as executive director of the books department and senior agent on October 5, and will also be a member of PFD’s executive board.

Quarto to Distribute All You Need to Know series

The Quarto Group has signed a worldwide distribution agreement with Jolyon Connell, founder of 'The Week' magazine and Connell Publishing Ltd., for a new non-fiction series.

Gibbs Smith to Distribute Lil' Libros

The Utah-based house has entered into a worldwide sales and distribution agreement with Little Libros, the publisher of Lil’ Libros bilingual children’s books, effective January 1, 2018.

S&S Aids Libraries, Booksellers After Hurricane Irma

Similar to its relief efforts following Hurricane Harvey, Simon & Schuster is offering donated books to public and school libraries and bookselling retailers that were damaged in Hurricane Irma.

Texas Book Festival Lineup Announced

The Texas Book Festival released the lineup for its Nov. 4-5 program, including authors such as Jennifer Egan, Gabriel Tallent, and more.

2017 MacDowell Fellows Announced

The MacDowell Colony has awarded 66 artists working in seven disciplines with fellowships for the fall 2017 season, including the author of 'My Education,' Susan Choi.

Natasha Trethewey Wins $250,000 Heinz Award

The two-time U.S. Poet Laureate and Pulitzer Prize winner has been named this year's winner of the Heinz Award in the Arts & Humanities category for her writing, teaching, and advocacy for poetry and young writers.

Small Press Expo 2017 Hosts Jillian Tamaki, Tillie Walden, Emil Ferris and More

SPX 2017, an annual festival of independent graphic novels, held September 16-17 at the Bethesda North Marriott Hotel, will host 650 artists including such acclaimed creators as Jillian Tamaki, Emil Ferris, Ethan Rilly and Tillie Walden.

Thomas Nelson Reports 500K 'Jesus Calling' Podcast Subscribers

Thomas Nelson's podcast based on stories from readers of its bestselling Jesus Calling devotional by Sarah Young has surpassed 500,000 subscribers since it launched last year.

Bookmasters Signs Christian Publisher CWR

Bookmasters signed a new U.S. sales and distribution agreement with U.K.-based Christian publisher CWR, effective Sept. 1.

2017 Brooklyn Public Library Literary Prize Shortlists Announced

Mohsin Hamid's 'Exit West,' Tommy Pico's 'IRL,' and David Grann's 'Killers of the Flower Moon' are among the shortlisted titles.

Wonderbly and Roald Dahl Estate Release ‘My Golden Ticket’

Working in partnership with the Roald Dahl Literary Estate, Wonderbly, a company that creates personalized picture books, has released 'My Golden Ticket', a new customized version of Dahl’s classic children’s book 'Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.'

Transatlantic Agency Changes Ownership, Adds Agents

Samantha Haywood has purchased a controlling interest in the agency from David Bennett, and is the agency's new president. In addition, Rob Firing and Marilyn Biderman join as agents.

HP and Ingram's Lightning Source Enter Supplies Partnership

Lightning Source has purchased 24 of HP's PageWide digital presses as part of a digital printing deal that spans five sites across three continents.

'NYT' Reporters' Trump Book Goes to Random House

'New York Times' White House correspondents Maggie Haberman and Glenn Thrush’s untitled book about the first years of the Trump administration was sold to Andy Ward at Random House by Elyse Cheney.

Northwestern to Create MFA/MA Hybrid Program

A $10 million gift by Northwestern University alumna Jennifer Leischner Litowitz will result in the creation of a joint Master of Fine Arts in creative writing and Master of Arts in English degree program, to launch in fall 2018.

Books for a Better Life Plans 2018 Hiatus

The program, which has honored more than 800 authors and raised more than $2.5 million for the fight against multiple sclerosis, will not return with a 10-category awards ceremony in April 2018.

Viking to Publish Final William Trevor Collection in 2018

Viking will release the author’s final short story collection, 'Last Stories,' on May 15, 2018.

ABA Makes $5,000 Donation to Binc for Harvey Relief

The ABA will donate $5,000 to Binc—which provides emergency financial assistance to booksellers in times of natural disaster—and match additional donations up to another $5,000 through September 15 in support of victims of Hurricane Harvey.

Baker Launches Online Store

Citing shrinking Christian retail space, Baker Publishing Group launched an online bookstore in a partnership with Baker Book House.

Lukas Prize Project Announces Second Work-in-Progress Prize

The prizes, administered jointly by the Columbia Journalism School and the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard University, honor the best in nonfiction book writing.

ABA and Authors Guild Partner to Champion Emerging Authors

The two organizations have announced a new joint initiative to produce events in independent bookstores around the country.

Scholastic to Publish 'Harry Potter: A Journey Through a History of Magic'

The companion title to the exhibition at the British Library in London, Harry Potter: A History of Magic, will showcase a selection of the artifacts, manuscripts, original artwork, and objects included in the exhibition.

USPS to Issue ‘The Snowy Day’ Forever Stamps

The U.S. Postal Service has announced plans to dedicate Forever stamps based on Ezra Jack Keats’s classic picture book.

Scholastic to Publish ‘Harry Potter: A Journey Through a History of Magic’

The book will serve as an introduction to the upcoming exhibition at the British Library in London and the New-York Historical Society.

BookBrowse Launches Hurricane Harvey Fundraiser

The company will donate the entire $35 membership dues of up to 100 new members to the Houston Food Bank to help those affected by Hurricane Harvey.

Scholastic Survey Shows Need for Increased Access to Children’s Books

In advance of International Literacy Day, the publisher is highlighting the low averages of children’s books in the homes of kids ages 0–17 in five countries.

Scribd Teams with ‘New York Times’ to Offer Student Content Bundle

Scribd, an online subscription reading service, is offering a college student reading bundle that includes full digital access to the 'New York Times' in addition to Scribd literary and journal content.

Ingram Rebrands Perseus Distribution

Ingram has renamed its Perseus Distribution division Two Rivers Distribution. The name change is aimed at separating the distribution unit from the Perseus publishing arm owned by Hachette.

Wendy Ceballos Named Sales Manager and Indie Ambassador at Abrams

Ceballos has joined Abrams's sales department in the newly-created position, and will report to Elisa Gonzalez.

Jacqui Small to Step Down at Quarto

Small, the group publisher of the eponymous London-based imprint which has been part of Quarto since 2004, will step down at the end of the year.

Colin Dickerman to Join FSG as V-P, Executive Editor

One of the founding editors of Flatiron Books, Dickerman will join FSG as v-p and executive editor effective September 18.

De Gruyter to Digitize Its Entire Backlist, Starting in 1749

The Berlin-based publisher expects 3,000 titles, in addition to the 10,000 it has already digitized, to be available in 2020.

BISG Announces Industry Awards Shortlist Nominees

The Book Industry Study Group has announced the shortlisted nominees for its 2017 industry awards, to be presented at its annual meeting of members in New York on September 25.

The 2017 Brooklyn Book Festival Showcases Comics and Graphic Novels

The 2017 Brooklyn Book Festival opens, September 11-17, with an all-star lineup of comics and graphic novel programming featuring thirty great artists participating in panels, workshops, signings and childrens day events.

Kent State UP Names Wadsworth-Booth Director

Susan Wadsworth-Booth has been appointed director of Kent State University Press, effective September 11.

Center for Fiction Announces 2017 First Novel Prize Shortlist

The seven debut novels shortlisted for the Center's annual $10,000 prize have been announced.

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