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Trafalgar Square Adds Four to Distribution Network

Independent Publishers Group's Trafalgar Square Publishing will begin distributing titles for four publishers: Pan Macmillan Australia, Koenemann, Ice House Books, and Muswell Press.

Holland Retires from Macmillan

Ken Holland, v-p and director of field sales at Macmillan, will retire on May 14 after 22 years with the company, marking the latest among many recent changes in the publisher's sales department.

Academy of American Poets Announces Inaugural Leadership Awards

On the occasion of its 85th anniversary, the Academy of American Poets will launch a new slate of Leadership Awards, which will honor one publisher, partner, patron, and poet per year.

Ingram Adds Two to Distribution Network

Ingram Publisher Services has added Perilous Worlds and Chiltern Publishing to its Canada and U.S. sales and distribution network.

S&S to Publish Stone's Next Amazon Book

Simon & Schuster will publish author and journalist Brad Stone’s 'Amazon Unbound' in fall 2021.

2019 Windham-Campbell Prize Winners Announced

Each writer will receive a $165,000 prize to support their writing.

Zondervan Launches New Imprints

Zondervan Reflective focuses on books by ministry leaders, with the first title slated for publication this fall, while Zondervan Academic will include textbooks, monographs, and reference books.

Laurence King to Distribute Chronicle in Asia

Effective July 1, Chronicle Books will be sold throughout Asia, except in Japan, by Laurence King Publishing.

National Book Awards Submissions Open for 2019

The 70th National Book Awards will be held on November 20 in New York, and the judges for the five categories have been announced.

2019 Man Booker International Longlist Announced

The longlist for the 2019 International Man Booker Prize, selected by a panel of five judges, includes 13 authors from around the world whose novels have been translated into English.

Ingram Launches Marketing Insights Service

The analytical tool, which was acquired as OptiQly in 2017, tracks publishers' books and authors across the web and alerts them to opportunities to improve discoverability and sales.

DC to Release New DC Super Hero Girls Graphic Novel

DC Comics announced plans to add more titles to its popular DC Super Hero Girls graphic novels series, starting with 'DC Super Hero Girls: At Metropolis High' by animation and comics writer Amy Wolfram and veteran artist Yancey Labat.

BIGNY Hosts Panel On Digital Book Marketing

The Book Industry Guild of New York is hosting “Data to Dollars,” a panel discussion focused on the effective use of consumer data and digital marketing by publishers, to be held March 14 at the Courtyard Marriott Hotel in Manhattan.

Serial Box Attracts $4.5M in Investment Funding

Serial Box, a digital publishing venture that serializes original fiction in e-book and audiobook formats, announced that it has raised $4.5 million in seed financing from investors.

2018 B&N Discover Award Winners Announced

Paul Howarth and Kiese Laymon are the 2018 Discover Great New Writers Award Winners.

Lambda Announces Literary Awards Finalists

Lambda Literary, a LGBTQ literary organization, announced the finalists in 24 categories in the running for the 31st Annual Lambda Literary Awards, known as the "Lammys."

Olsewski to Join HarperOne

Paul Olsewski, previously in publicity at Atria Books, has joined the HarperOne Group as senior publicity director for Amistad, HarperEspañol and HarperVia, effective Mar. 18.

BookBub Enters Audiobook Space with Chirp

The new digital audiobook service will provide daily limited-time audiobook deals available for purchase through the service.

Fry Heads to RHCP

Sonali Fry, the former publisher at Bonnier Publishing USA, will join Random House Books for Young Readers as v-p and publishing director for classic brands and pre-school at the end of March.

B&N Names New V-P and General Manager

Barnes & Noble has appointed Sasha Quinton as v-p and general merchandise manager, bookstore, effective March 25.

Finalists for NYPL’s Helen Bernstein Book Award Announced

The New York Public Library released the top five titles in the running for its annual Helen Bernstein Book Award for Excellence in Journalism Award, including works that cover the Flint water crisis and more.

Sheldon, HBG Agree on Distribution

Sheldon Press is transferring sales and distribution of its titles from the Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge (SPCK) to Hachette Book Group (HBG), effective Sept. 2.

Karl Lagerfeld Bio Lands at Holt

Henry Holt and Company bought 'Lagerfeld,' a comprehensive biography of the late fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld written by journalist Molly Young.

Smetanka Takes Over from Shoemaker at Counterpoint

Dan Smetanka is being promoted to editor-in-chief at Counterpoint Press, while Jack Shoemaker has been named senior v-p and founding editor.

The 'Cut' Expands Into Fiction

The Cut has expanded its scope to include a monthly work of fiction, and has published an original short story by Curtis Sittenfeld published this week.

S&S Names New Director of Speakers Bureau

Erin Simpson, previously agent director at the Penguin Random House Speakers Bureau, has been named director of the Simon & Schuster Speakers Bureau. S&S is also transitioning its speakers bureau into an in-house venture effective April 1.

Cengage Unlimited Hits One Million Subscriptions

The subscription program for college textbooks and course material hit the milestone in seven months of commercial availability.

Orca to Distribute Theytus

Theytus Books has signed a distribution agreement with Orca Book Publishers.

Denson Joins AAP

The Association of American Publishers has named Kelly L. Denson its senior director for education policy and programs.

Lukas Prizes Shortlists Announced

Columbia Journalism School and the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard University have announced the 2019 shortlist for the J. Anthony Lukas Work-in-Progress Awards, the J. Anthony Lukas Book Prize and the Mark Lynton History Prize.

Atypon Acquires Authorea and Manuscripts Platforms

Atypon has acquired two authoring platforms, Authorea and Manuscripts, adding free HTML-first authoring and collaboration tools for researchers to its portfolio. It will combine the two platforms into an open-source tool.

The Soho Agency Launches

Lucas Alexander Whitley and Factual Management, having joined forces in 2017, will "bring together their current literary and talent management and provide the structure for future development."

MIT Press to Distribute No Place Press

The arts and culture publisher, located bicoastally in San Francisco and New York City, was founded in 2017.

Monnerat Up at HarperCollins Brasil

The publisher has appointed its financial director, Leonora Monnerat, to the role of managing director.

G.P. Putnam’s Sons Launches Sue Grafton Memorial Award

The inaugural award will be given at the Mystery Writers of America’s 73rd Annual Edgar Awards in New York City on April 25.

Aspen Words Literary Prize Finalists Named

The shortlist for the $35,000 annual award, given to a work of fiction that "illuminates vital contemporary issues," has been announced.

Hayek Book Prize Finalists Announced

The Manhattan Institute has announced the list of finalists for the 15th annual iteration of the prize.

Nebula Award Finalists Announced

The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America has announced the nominees for the 54th Annual Nebula Awards. The awards will be presented in Woodland Hills, Calif., at the Warner Center Marriott during a ceremony on the evening of May 18th.

L.A. Times Book Prizes Announce Finalists, Honorees

The Los Angeles Times has announced the finalists and honorees of its 39th annual Book Prizes.

MacDowell Names Philip Himberg New Executive Director

Himberg comes to MacDowell from the Sundance Institute, where he has served as the artistic director for Sundance Institute’s Theatre Program, and succeeds Cheryl Young effective June 1.

Torrey Sharp Now the Sole Owner of Faceout Studio

Sharp now owns all interest in the book design firm Faceout Studio after buying out his partner of 12 years Charles Brock.

DiPreta Comes Home to HC

Mauro DiPreta, the founder and former v-p and publisher of Hachette Books, will rejoin HarperCollins as senior v-p and executive editor of the William Morrow Group, effective March 4.

B&N Picks Books for Spring

Barnes & Noble announced its most anticipated spring books, including titles by Rachel Hollis, E.L. James, Oprah Winfrey, David Baldacci, and more.

2019 AJL Jewish Fiction Winners Announced

The Association of Jewish Libraries awarded Mark Sarvas its Jewish Fiction Award for his novel 'Memento Park,' while 'The Cloister' by James Carroll and 'The Fourth Corner of the World' by Scott Nadelson were also recognized.

B&T to Distribute Seven New Clients

Baker & Taylor Publisher Services group has signed sales representation and distribution agreements with seven new client publishers.

S&S, HCI Agree on Worldwide Distribution

Simon & Schuster signed a sales, distribution, and print and digital fulfillment agreement with Health Communications Inc., effective May 1.

BIGNY February Event to Focus On M&A

Part of BIGNY's monthly event series, the event will be an informative session on the merger and acquisition landscape of the publishing industry, which has seen dramatic changes in the last 12 months.

IBPA Names New Board of Directors Candidates

Candidates include Square One publisher Rudy Shur; Kristina Radke, v-p of business growth and engagement at NetGalley; and PW's own director of strategic development, Seth Dellon.

Whiting Creative Nonfiction Grant Applications Open

Now in its fourth year, the $40,000 prize is newly available to a wider range of applicants with a signed publishing contract in hand.

Amazon Crossing to Publish Stieg Larsson True Crime Story

In 'The Man Who Played With Fire,' journalist and author Jan Stocklassa uncovers Larsson’s unknown research into the unsolved murder of Swedish Prime Minister Olof Palme.

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