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Bryan Washington Wins NYPL Young Lions Award

Bryan Washington has won the 20th annual Young Lions Fiction Award for his story collection 'Lot' (Riverhead). The award comes with a $10,000 purse.

Entries for AAP Prose Awards Open Until November

The Association of American Publishers is now accepting entries for the 2021 PROSE Awards, which recognize outstanding scholarly publications. The deadline to enter is November 13, 2020.

ABA Welcomes Two New Board Members

The ABA has added Jake Cumsky-Whitlock of Solid State Books in Washington, D.C., and Melanie Knight of Books Inc. in San Francisco, Calif., to its board.

Bedside Reading Launches New Digital Platform

Bedside Reading, which provides complimentary books for guests at luxury hotels and properties, is announcing Bedside Reading/on the download, a free digital book program.

Andrews McMeel Hires Executive Editor, Promotes Other Personnel

Andrews McMeel Publishing announced today that Betty Wong has been hired away from Penguin Random House as executive editor at AMP. The company also announced internal staff promotions.

Dillon Up at PRH

Sanyu Dillon has been promoted to chief marketing officer at Penguin Random House. She will continue to report to PRH US CEO Madeline McIntosh and serve on the PRH board.

Literary Arts Emergency Fund Donates $3.5 Million

The fund, jointly launched in response to Covid-19 by the Academy of American Poets, the Community of Literary Magazine & Presses, and the National Book Foundation, will benefit 292 nonprofit literary arts organizations, magazines, and presses.

Patterson Up at St. Martin's

Monique Patterson has been promoted to the newly created position of v-p and editorial director of acquisition outreach at St. Martin's Publishing Group.

Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers' Awards Announced

The Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers' Awards have been announced and six emerging women writers will receive $30,000 grants.

Graywolf Press Takes Literary Salon Virtual

Graywolf Press is moving its annual Literary Salon online this year due to the pandemic. While the event is free, donations are appreciated.

Rose Named V-p of Diversity Initiatives at Macmillan

In August, LaToya Rose joined Macmillan Publishers in the newly created role of v-p of diversity, equity, and inclusion.

13 Books Make Longlist for Baillie Gifford Prize for Non-Fiction

The longlist for the £50,000 Baillie Gifford Prize for Non-Fiction, dominated by books by women, has been announced.

NBF to Honor Walter Mosley with Lifetime Achievement

The National Book Foundation has announced that it will award Walter Mosley with the 2020 Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. He is the first Black man to receive the award.

October Indie Playlist Themes Announced

The themes for this October's Indie Playlist promotion, which offers discounts and cash prizes to booksellers who create thematic displays of books incorporating a curated list of titles, are "Acts of Courage" and "The Fight to Save the Environment."

Poetry in Translation Contest Winners Announced

The Academy of American Poets and Words Without Borders have announced four winners of the 2020 Poems in Translation Contest. Winning poems were translated from Chinese, Filipino, Spanish, and Vietnamese.

2022 IPA Congress Heads to Jakarta

The 33rd Congress of the International Publishers Association will be held in Jakarta, Indonesia from November 11 to 13 in 2022.

CJK Group Forms New Content Business

CJK Group has acquired content services business Cenveo Publisher Services and Cenveo Learning and will merge them with its own content business, Sheridan Journal Services, and hosting platform, Sheridan PubFactory, to form KnowledgeWorks Global Ltd.

Canada's Giller Prize Longlist Announced

Fourteen titles have made the longlist for the 2020 Scotiabank Giller Prize, among the most prestigious fiction prizes in Canada.

National Book Foundation to Honor Carolyn Reidy

National Book Foundation is posthumously honoring Carolyn Reidy, the late president and CEO of S&S, with its 2020 Literarian Award for Outstanding Service to the American Literary Community.

Ayad Akhtar Named Next President of PEN America

The Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright, novelist, and screenwriter Ayad Akhtar will serve as the next president of PEN America, succeeding novelist Jennifer Egan.

Gerry Howard Retires from Doubleday

The v-p and executive editor will leave Doubleday at the end of this year after a 46-year career in publishing.

CWA Daggers Submissions Open

Nominations are now open for the 2021 Crime Writers’ Association Daggers awards.

Blackstock Named Publisher of Grove Press U.K.

Peter Blackstock has been named publisher of Grove Press U.K. He joined Grove/Atlantic in 2011, where he is currently a senior editor. He is based in New York, and will work remotely with Grove's U.K. office.

PEN America Celebrates Olga Tokarczuk

PEN America's virtual event series Translating the Future will culminate in three events focused on the work of 2018 Nobel Prize-winner Olga Tokarczuk.

ABA Seeks Board Candidates

The American Booksellers Association's nominating committee has begun its search for candidates to stand for election to the ABA Board of Directors in 2021.

New Best American Mystery Series Editor at HMH

Author, critic, and editor Steph Cha will succeed Otto Penzler as editor of the series, which HMH will now publish alongside its other Best American books as 'The Best American Mystery & Suspense.'

WNBA Writing Contest Submissions Open

Returning for its seventh year, the 2020 Women’s National Book Association Writing Contest will introduce a new category: flash prose.

Graywolf Announces Recipient of Nonfiction Prize

Graywolf Press has announced Lars Horn as this year's winner of its annual Nonfiction Prize, given to an emerging voice for an outstanding manuscript.

Indiana Humanities Tweaks Awards Program, Announces Winners

The Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana Awards, established in 2009, is now being administered by Indiana Humanities, which has updated the program.

Books Forward Hosts 20th Anniversary PR Giveaway

The JKS Communications subsidiary is hosting a giveaway for one free full-service, customized author publicity and book marketing campaign valued at $20,000.

Canada's Donner Prize Announces Shortlist

The shortlist for the CDN $50,000 Donner Prize for best book on public policy by a Canadian has been revealed, with the winner being announced on September 16.

Little Free Library and Literati Co-Sponsor Literacy Project

Little Free Library and Literati are partnering in a pilot project to boost literacy and book ownership in underserved communites in Austin, Tex.

Denson Takes Over Education Policy at AAP

The Association of American Publishers has promoted Kelly L. Denson to the position of vice president, education policy and programs.

Skyhorse Denies Amazon Rumors

Skyhorse Publishing has issued a statement refuting reports circulating on Twitter that it is allocating the entire first printing of Michael Cohen’s 'Disloyal' to Amazon.

Dawn Davis to Head 'Bon Appétit'

Bon Appétit has hired Dawn Davis, v-p, publisher, and founder of 37 Ink, to succeed Adam Rapoport as editor-in-chief of the embattled multimedia food journalism outlet. 37 Ink's titles will be absorbed into Simon & Schuster's list.

IBPA Sets Strategic Plan for 2020-2022

The Independent Book Publishers Association has revealed its plans on membership, advocacy, eliminating bias, and more.

PRHGE to Publish Spanish Translations of Wattpad Books

Wattpad is partnering with Penguin Random House Grupo Editorial to be the company's exclusive partner to publish Spanish-language translations of Wattpad Books.

Debut Dutch Novel Wins International Booker Prize

'The Discomfort of Evening' by Marieke Lucas Rijneveld, translated from the Dutch by Michele Hutchison, won the 2020 International Booker Prize.

Marilyn Chin Wins Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize

The Poetry Foundation has announced Marilyn Chin as the winner of the 2020 Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize, Saskia Hamilton as winner of the 2020 Pegasus Award for Poetry Criticism, and the extension of Naomi Shihab Nye's tenure as Young People's Poet Laureate.

New Advisory Board at PSU Pub Program

The Book Publishing Graduate Program at Portland State University has launched an advisory board of industry professionals to guide the program’s direction and curriculum.

Harlequin Launches Diverse Voices Scholarships

Harlequin is developing a diversity scholarship program, the Harlequin Diverse Voices Scholarship, offering $2,000 in financial support to emerging writers.

Barnes & Noble's 15 Most Anticipated Books of the Fall

Barnes & Noble has announced 15 books publishing in September the bookseller anticipates will have strong customer interest.

Pearson Picks Former Disney Exec as New CEO

Pearson announced Andy Bird as its new CEO, starting on October 19, 2020. Bird was most recently president and chairman of Walt Disney International.

B&NE to Stay Independent

After a review of its strategic options that began in December, Barnes & Noble Education announced that it will continue to operate as a standalone public company.

Anticipated Printing Shortages Cause Pub Date Delays

At Knopf, capacity issues at printers have caused the imprints to bump the publication of a number of titles from fall 2020 to winter/spring 2021.

Powell's Flagship to Reopen with Limited Hours

Powell's Books in Portland, Ore., will reopen portions of its downtown store with limited hours beginning Friday. The store has been closed since March.

Fundraiser Aims to Help Beirut Publishers

Bill Kennedy, a U.K. industry consultant, is leading a £100,000 fundraiser to help those in the publishing community in Beirut affected by the blast that devastated the city on August 4.

Author Funds Columbia Publishing Course Fellowship for Black Students

Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney, author of 'The Nest,' will fund fellowships for two Black students, selected from six historical Black colleges and universities, to attend the Columbia Publishing Course.

Speculative Literature Foundation Launches Chicago Chapter

The Specutative Literature Foundation, an organization supporting writers of science fiction, fantasy, and horror, launched a Chicago chapter this past weekend.

Read-a-Thon to Celebrate Bradbury Centennial

On August 22, the 100th anniversary of the birth of Ray Bradbury will be celebrated with a virtual Read-a-Thon of 'Fahrenheit 451.'

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