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Canadian Book Buyers Double Book Club Membership in 2019

A new report on book clubs in Canada looks at demographics and how picks are chosen, and found that the percentage of Canadian book buyers who belong to a book club or reading group jumped from 7% to 14%.

Six Seats Open On IBPA Board

IBPA members in good standing are welcome to apply or nominate other IBPA members in good standing. The application deadline is December 31, 2019.

Consortium to Distribute for Six New Clients

Black Dog Press and sister publisher Artifice Press, Bloodaxe Books, Blue Dot Kids Press, Buño Books, Inhabit Education Books, and Street Noise Books have all signed agreements with the distributor.

Scholastic Adds More Baby-Sitters Club Graphic Novels

Graphix executive editor Cassandra Pelham Fulton and Scholastic editorial director David Levithan have acquired six new graphic novel adaptations of Ann M. Martin’s bestselling middle grade prose series, The Baby-Sitters Club.

2020 Aspen Words Literary Prize Longlist Announced

Laila Lalami, Valeria Luiselli, Ocean Vuong, Colson Whitehead, and Jacqueline Woodson are among the authors in the running for the $35,000 prize.

Julia Lovell Wins 2019 Cundill History Prize

China expert and translator of Chinese literature Julia Lovell has been named the winner of the $75,000 award for 'Maoism: A Global History.'

Washington Wins Gaines Award

Houston writer Bryan Washington’s debut book, 'Lot​,' a collection of short stories, has been named winner of the 2019 Ernest J. Gaines Award for Literary Excellence.

Memorial Service for Toni Morrison Announced

A celebration of the life of the Nobel Prize–winning author will be held Thursday, November 21 at 4:00 p.m. at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine. It is open to the public.

NTA in Prose Award Winner Announced

'What’s Left of the Night' by Ersi Sotiropoulos and translated from the Greek by Karen Emmerich (New Vessel Press) has won the 21st National Translation Award in Prose.

Susan Kamil Memorial Announced

Random House will host a memorial in honor of the late Random House publisher on Thursday, December 5, at the Times Center in Manhattan, at 4:00 p.m.

DSC Shortlist Has Three Americans

The shortlist for the US $25,000 DSC Prize for South Asian Literature contains three authors who live in the U.S.

B&T to Sell, Fulfill for Tachyon

Baker & Taylor Publisher Services and Tachyon Publications have entered a full-service, worldwide agreement for sales and fulfillment, effective January 1, 2020.

S&S Offers Relief to California Booksellers

Simon & Schuster will offer relief assistance to independent bookselling retailers that have been adversely affected by the ongoing wildfires in California.

HSG Literary Renamed Hannigan Getzler Literary

Carrie Hannigan and Josh Getzler have renamed their company following the departure of Jesseca Salky from the firm in September to launch Salky Literary Management.

Cokesbury Acquires Christian Retailer Bibles by the Case

Cokesbury bought California-based retailer Bibles by the Case and will operate the business as an independent sales channel with the same employees, systems, and vendor partners.

IPG Signs 11 New Distribution Clients

Independent Publishers Group has added 11 more publishers across its distribution programs.

Galassi Retires, Callaway Promoted at Avalon

Donna Galassi will retire from her position as v-p and associate publisher of Avalon Travel at the end of this year. Avalon’s next v-p and associate publisher, effective January 2, is Jaimee Callaway.

Lit Mag Fundraises via Author Postcards

Whiting Award–winning literary magazine the 'Common' will open its sixth annual Author Postcard Auction this month, inviting readers to bid on handwritten, personalized postcards from writers.

B&N Picks New Jewell for Book Club

Barnes & Noble has named 'The Family Upstairs' by Lisa Jewell as its November 2019 selection for the Barnes & Noble Book Club.

Malaviya, Danek Up at PRH

Penguin Random House U.S. COO Nihar Malaviya has been named president, and Annette Danek has been promoted from senior v-p to executive v-p of supply chain.

Carnegie Medal Shortlist 2019

The American Library Association has announced the six books shortlisted for the Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction.

BISG Names New Board Officers

Kathleen Reid, of Elsevier, has been named vice-chair of the Book Industry Study Group board of directors, with Dennis Abboud, of ReaderLink, named treasurer and David Hetherington, of Knk Software, named secretary.

Reese Picks New Moyes for Book Club

Reese Witherspoon has chosen 'The Giver of Stars' by Jojo Moyes as her November Book Club pick.

Sourcebooks to Deliver ASAP to Indies During Holidays

Sourcebooks will implement a rapid replenishment program for independent bookstores again for the 2019 holiday season.

B&T, Ampersand Sign Sales Deal

Baker & Taylor Publisher Services has signed an agreement with the Canadian sales rep group Ampersand, under which Ampersand will represent BTPS clients in Canada.

Aconyte to Produce Novels Based on Marvel Heroes

Marvel Entertainment has reached a multi-year agreement with Aconyte, a new fiction imprint at Asmodee Entertainment, to create prose works based on Marvel’s iconic cast of superhero characters.

Anchor to Partner with Canadian Distributor

The Canadian company Foundation Distributing Inc. is moving all of its operations to Anchor Distributors in New Kensington, Penn., effective Dec. 1.

Binc Offers Aid to Booksellers Caught in California Wildfires

The Binc Foundation is offering to try to help store owners and employees with expenses related to the recent wildfires and power outages.

New Ferrante Due June 9

Europa Editions will publish 'The Lying Life of Adults' next year.

S&S Acquires Memoir by Val Kilmer

Simon & Schuster will publish 'I'm Your Huckleberry' by actor Val Kilmer on April 21, 2020.

Yen Press to Publish the ‘Weathering With You’ Novel

Yen Press announced plans to publish an English translation of 'Weathering With You', a novel written by Makoto Shinkai, who is also director of the 2019 hit romantic fantasy anime that the forthcoming novel is based on.

ALA Graphic Novel Roundtable To Debut Adult Reading List

ALA’s newly formed Graphic Novel and Comic Roundtable, which will focus on collection development, programming and advocacy for graphic novels in libraries, announced plans to launch a Best Graphic Novels for Adults Reading List slated to debut in 2021.

Patagonia to Stop Printing Galleys

Patagonia Books will no longer print advance reading copies of books, citing the environmental impact of the paper waste. The publisher will rely on advance digital reader copies instead.

Street Noise Books Inks Distribution Deal with Ingram’s Consortium

Street Noise Books, a newly launched publishing house specializing in graphic novels and nonfiction, and heavily illustrated books for young adults, has reached a distribution deal with Consortium Book Sales & distribution, effective January 1, 2020.

Two Rivers to Distribute David and Charles

Two Rivers Distribution will distribute David and Charles Ltd in North America. The distribution deal was effective September 2019, and covers both print and e-book titles.

S&S to Distribute Oneworld in North America

S&S will handle sales and distribution to markets and territories in North America for the U.K. independent publisher effective November 1.

Consortium to Distribute for Six New Clients

Consortium Book Sales & Distribution has newly entered into distribution agreements with Black Dog Press and Artifice Press, Bloodaxe Books, Blue Dot Kids Press, Buño Books, Inhabit Education Books, and Street Noise Books.

‘Upgrade Soul’ to Release New Graphic Novel App, Vinyl Soundtrack

'Upgrade Soul', Ezra Clayton Daniels’s acclaimed 2018 sci-fi graphic novel, will be re-released this month as an upgraded multimedia app alongside a new vinyl release of the work’s soundtrack, which was composed by Alexis Gideon.

Netflix to Make Animated Series of Jeff Smith’s BONE Graphic Novels

Netflix has reached an agreement with cartoonist Jeff Smith and his wife and business partner Vijaya Iger to secure rights to develop an animated series out of BONE, Smith’s bestselling graphic novel series.

Saks to Join HC Children's

Annabelle Saks, formerly senior scout at Maria B. Campbell Associates, will join HarperCollins Children’s Books on November 4 th as director of media.

Cundill History Prize Finalists Announced

Mary Fulbrook, Jill Lepore, and Julia Lovell are the three finalists for the Cundill History Prize, which comes with a $75,000 purse.

Webtoon, Crunchyroll Team To Create New Animated Content

Webtoon, a webcomics publishing platform, and the anime and manga streaming service Crunchyroll have entered a strategic partnership to develop and coproduce new animated series based on Webtoon content.

Aevitas Expands to the U.K.

Aevitas Creative Management (ACM) will expand its operations to the U.K., joining with Toby Mundy Associates to form ACM UK Limited, with Mundy serving as chairman and CEO.

Sayar Named Kanopy CEO

Kanopy, the video streaming platform for films and documentaries used by a number of library systems across the U.S., has named Kevin Sayar its new CEO, effective October 21.

Eurospan Acquires Transatlantic Publishers Group

Eurospan has announced the acquisition of sales agency Transatlantic Publishers Group for an undisclosed sum.

Baggaley to Join Bloomsbury as Editor-in-Chief

Paul Baggaley will join Bloomsbury U.K. as editor-in-chief of its adult consumer publishing program in early 2020.

RBmedia to Publish Princeton UP Audio

Princeton University Press and RBmedia have entered an exclusive licensing agreement to publish more than 120 audiobooks in the next three years.

Wharton School's Book Publishing Arm Renamed

The book publishing arm of the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania has changed its name from Wharton Digital Press to Wharton School Press.

CAP to Distribute Notre Dame Press

The University of Notre Dame Press has signed a foreign markets distribution agreement with Combined Academic Publishers, effective March 1 of next year.

#EbooksForAll Campaign Fights Library E-book Embargo

The American Library Association's #EbooksForAll campaign has garnered more than 100,000 signatures from readers, authors, library staff and patrons from all 50 states in the span of one month.

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