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University Press of Kentucky Launches Imprint for Black Writers

Screen Door Press, edited by author and former Kentucky poet laureate Crystal Wilkinson, will publish up to two titles annually, with the first call for submissions opening February 1, 2024.

John Bohman to Retire from PRH

Longtime senior v-p of sales and customer operations John Bohman has accepted a voluntary separation offer at Penguin Random House. His last day will be December 15.

Podium Expands into Print Distribution

Digital publisher Podium has partnered with Two Rivers Distribution in an expansion into print books.

Canadian Orgs Request Meeting on Copyright Act

A group of book business organizations in Canada has requested an "urgent meeting" with the country's ministers of Canadian Heritage and Innovation on the country's Copyright Act following the release of a new report from the House of Commons.

Marianne DeLeón Named CEO of Texas Book Festival

DeLeón, previously chief revenue officer of Pease Park Conservancy, will take the helm of the Texas Book Festival on December 1.

Bookwire to Expand WAY Audiobook Production Service to Int'l Publishers

Frankfurt–based digital publishing company Bookwire will expand its audiobook production services to publishers in English, Spanish, and Brazilian markets.

2023 Sheikh Zayed Book Award Announces Longlists

The longlists for Abu Dhabi's 18th annual Sheikh Zayed Book Award include 84 authors and organizations from 20 countries.

Gabriela Baeza Ventura Up at Arte Público Press

The longtime executive editor of the oldest and largest publisher of Hispanic literature in the U.S. has been promoted to deputy director.

NYC Public Libraries Launch 'Giving Tuesday' Match Challenge

The New York Public Library, Brooklyn Public Library, and Queens Public Library will match all donations through Tuesday, November 28. The campaign comes in the wake of severe budget cuts announced last week.

London Book Fair 2024 to Feature S&S CEO Jonathan Karp

The 2024 London Book Fair, to be held next March 12–14, has announced its first roster of speakers, starting with Jonathan Karp, CEO of Simon & Schuster.

Blackstone Partners with Dreamscape to Distribute Physical Audiobooks

Blackstone Publishing will distribute Dreamscape Media's catalog of physical audiobooks in CD and MP3-CD formats.

Live Reading of 'A Christmas Carol' Returns to Housing Works

The AIDS and homelessness nonprofit's Soho bookstore will host its 14th annual live reading of Charles Dickens's Christmas classic on December 3.

Kwame Alexander Named Director of Literary Arts at Chautauqua Institution

Alexander will oversee all of Chautauqua Institution's literary arts programming, including the Writers' Center, Writers' Festival, and two annual literary prizes.

Vimbly Group Takes Stake in Perfect Bound

Manhattan-based, tech-focused venture capital fund Vimbly has acquired a stake in Perfect Bound, a book industry startup that runs an online marketplace matching publishers with printers.

Poets & Writers Board of Directors Elects New President, Members

Former Penguin Random House U.S. CEO Madeline McIntosh will helm the board of directors of Poets & Writers. Sanyu Dillon, Kimberly Jackson, and Sasha Quinton have joined as board members.

Samiya Bashir Resigns as Executive Director of Lambda Literary

Bashir, who was chosen to helm the LGBTQ writers organization in September 2022, has stepped down. Dolph Goldenburg will serve as interim executive director.

PW Launches Frederic G. Melcher Lifetime Achievement Award

The new award will be presented annually, starting in December 2023.

Amazon Names 'The Heaven & Earth Grocery Store' Best Book of the Year

The James McBride novel topped the list of the year's 100 best books, chosen by Amazon Books editors.

Inaugural American Battlefield Trust Prize for History Launches

The $50,000 prize, launched by the American Battlefield Trust, will be awarded annually to a work of military history or biography related to the Revolutionary War, the War of 1812, or the Civil War, starting in 2024.

Books Are Magic Author Calendar to Benefit Binc

Half of the proceeds from Books Are Magic's 2024 Authors Doing Stuff Calendar, featuring local authors including Jenny Jackson and Colson Whitehead, will go to the Book Industry Charitable Foundation.

'Of Cattle and Men' Wins Inaugural Cercador Prize

Zoë Perry's translation, from the Portuguese, of the book by Ana Paula Maia, published by Charco Press, has won the $1,000 prize, whose winners are selected by a committee of independent booksellers.

B&N Names 'The Heaven & Earth Grocery Store' Book of the Year

James McBride's novel 'The Heaven & Earth Grocery Store' is Barnes & Noble's 2023 Book of the Year. The bookseller also named David Grann as its inaugural Author of the Year.

Arte Público Press Receives $500K Grant from BANF

The nation's oldest and largest publisher of U.S. Hispanic literature has been named one of 11 Houston Cultural Treasures by the BIPOC Arts Network & Fund, an honor that comes with a two-year, $500,000 grant.

S&S to Distribute She Writes Press, SparkPress

Simon & Schuster will handle worldwide sales and distribution for the two SparkPoint Studio imprints, effective August 1, 2024.

WNDB Launches Site for Indigenous Books

Indigenous Reads Rising, a new website from We Need Diverse Books, provides educators, librarians, and readers resources to deepen their engagement with Native American children's literature.

Redesigned Naxos Spoken Word Library Launches

The redesigned Naxos Spoken Word Library streaming service is now available, with a new interface to enable quicker title discovery.

Binc Launches Read Love Support Campaign

The Book Industry Charitable Foundation has kicked off its annual Read Love Support campaign, with a goal of raising $150,000 in donations before December 31.

CCP Announces 50th Anniversary Celebration

Indie poetry publisher Copper Canyon Press will celebrate its 50th anniversary with a November 17 reading featuring Jericho Brown, Carl Phillips, and more.

B&N Book of the Year Finalists

Barnes & Noble has announced the 12 finalists for its annual Book of the Year award.

PRH UK to Trim Staff

Penguin Random House UK has begun the process of cutting 38 jobs from its workforce of about 2,060.

Interlink Donates Copies of Book on Palestinian-Israeli Conflict

Interlink Books recently donated 400 copies of Phyllis Bennis's 'Understanding the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict: A Primer' in response to the outbreak of the war between Israel and Hamas.

De Gruyter Launches Paradigm Publishing Services

The new division will offer publishing solutions for humanities and social sciences publishers, as well as scientific associations and library publishing programs.

Biden Issues Executive Order on AI

President Joseph R. Biden has issued an executive order establishing "new standards for AI safety and security."
10/30/2023's Virtual Book Group Speed Dating Returns

The organization's 12th annual Book Group Speed Dating event will be held virtually and will feature representatives from seven publishers.

NCAC to Host Inaugural Free Speech Comedy Benefit

All proceeds from ticket sales for Stand-Up for Free Speech, slated for November 6, will go to the National Coalition Against Censorship.

Firebrand Technologies Launches New Products Targeting Backlist, Workflow

Two new Firebrand products, Firebrand Flywheel and Title Management Lite, will debut in early 2024 and will target backlist title sales and workflow for small to mid-sized publishers, respectively.

Former RH Sales Rep Helen Dressner Dies at 91

Over the course of her 26-year tenure at Random House, Dressner held various sales and marketing positions, including national accounts sales manager. She died of a stroke on October 25.

Vandana Patel Joins Abrams as CFO

Patel, most recently CFO at Topix Media Lab, will join Abrams as its chief financial officer, effective October 30.

NVNR Announces 2024 Dates

New Voices New Rooms, the combined annual conference for NAIBA and SIBA, will return to Arlington, Va., on August 8–11, 2024.

NEA Big Read Opens Applications, Announces New Theme

Applications are now open for grants to support NEA Big Read projects between September 2024 and June 2025, the theme for which is "Where We Live."

Oprah's Book Club Picks Jesmyn Ward's 'Let Us Decend'

The new novel by two-time National Book Award winner Jesmyn Ward is Oprah's Book Club's latest selection.

Author Scott Blackwood Dies at 58

Blackwood, the author of the PEN Award-winning novel 'See How Small,' died of complications from ALS on October 4.

Consortium Announces New Publishers for Distribution

Neem Tree Press, Portage & Main Press, and Willsow will commence sales and distribution with Consortium on January 3, 2024.

Armenian Authors and Illustrators Launch Auction for Artsakh Refugees

The "Books for Artsakh Armenians" online silent auction, running October 20–29, features more than 100 items, including manuscript critiques, signed books, and virtual author visits.

Lerner to Distribute Flying Start

Lerner Publisher Services will be the exclusive distributor of Flying Start Books in the U.S. and Canada beginning February 1, 2024.

NEA Survey Finds Decline in Adult Reading

Data from the National Endowment for the Arts' Survey of Public Participation in the Arts indicates a sharp decline in adult reading over the last decade despite a rise in book sales during the pandemic.

Gibbs Smith, F. Ferguson Books Ink Copublishing Agreement

F. Ferguson will now publish books under the Gibbs Smith umbrella as a distinct imprint.

Leslie Zampetti Launches Literary Agency

Zampetti, previously of Odom Media Management, has launched Open Book Literary, an agency focused on underrepresented children’s authors and select authors of adult fiction.


Binc Announces Winner of Bookseller-Activist Scholarship

Riley Gliseendorf of Stonecrest Book and Toy in Osage Beach, Mo., is the winner of this year's Carla Gray Memorial Scholarship for Emerging Bookseller-Activists, awarded by the Book Industry Charitable Foundation and the Friends of Carla Gray Committee.

OUP Launches Classical Chinese Literature Series

The five inaugural titles of the Hsu-Tang Library of Classical Chinese Literature, a bilingual series published by Oxford University Press, are slated for October 26.

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