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Neufeld, Haspiel Launch Harvey Pekar ‘American Splendor’ Podcast

Acclaimed cartoonists Josh Neufeld and Dean Haspiel have teamed up to launch 'Scene by Scene, a podcast devoted to the film American Splendor, the award-winning 2003 movie based on the life and work of the late autobiographical comics writer Harvey Pekar.

'Idaho' Wins 2019 Dublin Literary Award

Emily Ruskovich has won the 2019 International Dublin Literary Award, the world's largest prize for a single novel published in English, for her novel 'Idaho.'

NEA Announces 2019 Big Read Grants

The National Endowment for the Arts has announced $1 million in grant funding to support community reading programs across the country.

Tager, Chang Up at Abrams

Steve Tager has been named to the newly created position of senior v-p for strategic development and business analytics, while Melanie Chang has been promoted to senior v-p of marketing and publicity, effective immediately.

S&S to Distribute Mrs Wordsmith

Simon & Schuster will handle sales and distribution of the U.K.-based vocabulary platform's books to the United States and Canada after September 1.

Russell In, Koncsol Up At LBYR

Marisa Russell will join the Little, Brown Books for Young Readers publicity department as executive director on June 24, and Siena Koncsol has been promoted to associate director of publicity.

S&S to Distribute Tanglewood

Tanglewood Publishing has entered into a distribution agreement with Simon & Schuster, effective October 1.

Catapult to Publish 'Celestial Bodies' In U.S.

The independent publisher has bought the U.S. rights to the 2019 Booker International Prize–winning book by Jokha Alharthi, which will be published on October 15.

C4F Announces 2019 Emerging Writing Fellows

The Center for Fiction has named Coryn Brown, Bryna Peebles Cofrin-Shaw, Jonathan Durbin, Cally Fiedorek, Caroline K. Fulford, Nusrat Hossain, Alanna Schubach, Sara Wang, and Jeri Ziegler its 2019 recipients of its NYC Emerging Writers Fellowship.

Marvel, Dreamscape Media Partner to Produce Superhero Audiobooks

Marvel Entertainment has reached an agreement with the audio and video production firm Dreamscape Media to publish and distribute audiobook stories based on the iconic superhero characters of the Marvel universe.

Skyhorse to Relaunch Gruber Test Prep Guides

Skyhorse Publishing has acquired the publishing rights to the Gruber Test Prep Guides.

New Owner for Cloud and Leaf

Oregon coast bookstore Cloud and Leaf, will have a new owner on July 1: author Deborah Reed.

Wein To Head Avid Reader Editorial

Lauren Wein has joined Avid Reader Press as editorial director.

2019 Lambda Award Winners Announced

Celebrating the best in LGBTQ publishing, the Lambda Literary Foundation recognized winners in 24 categories at its annual awards ceremony on June 3 in New York City.

Berger Up At Scholastic

Erin Berger has been named senior v-p of marketing at Scholastic's trade publishing division, effective June 17.

Two Rivers Will Newly Distribute Five Publishers

The Ingram brand will distribute Justice Studios, Hamilcar Publications, Starry Forest, Reverte Management, and the Infatuation Inc./Zagat effective August 2019.

CLMP Names Firecracker Award Finalists, Lord Nose Award Winner

This year’s Lord Nose Award recipient is Tender Buttons, founded by poet Lee Ann Brown in 1989. Firecracker Award winners will be announced on June 5.

LB Illustrated Imprint Gets Name, Team

Voracious, the new imprint at Little, Brown dedicated to publishing visual books, has announced its staff and will launch its first list in fall 2019.

Ailen Lujo Named Humanoids’ Sales Director; Salbacka Promoted

French-owned L.A.-based graphic novel publisher Humanoids has hired Ailen Lujo, former DC Comics executive director of book trade marketing, as its new sales & marketing director as part of a reorganization of its sales and marketing dept.

Edwards to Depart Hachette UK

Malcolm Edwards, consultant publisher and chair of Gollancz, is stepping down from the business effective May 31, the Orion Publishing Group reports.

Nominations Open for Christian Indie Awards

Nominees for the 2020 Christian Indie Awards, sponsored by the Christian Indie Publishing Association, must be submitted by November 15.

S&S to Distribute Waterhouse Press

Effective November 1, Simon & Schuster will handle Waterhouse's sales and distribution to markets and territories worldwide.

Chooseco Offers Indies Direct Program

Another publisher has chosen to handle Baker & Taylor's departure from the retail market with a direct-to-booksellers sales program.

Lexham Press, 'Christianity Today' Partner on Series

Lexham Press is publishing a new series, The Best of Christianity Today, based on 'Christianity Today' articles written by influential evangelical theologians.

Green Tapped for IBPA's YPC Scholarship

Erin Green of Boys Town Press has won the Independent Book Publishers Association's 2019 Yale Publishing Course scholarship.

Claire McKinney Starts Plum Bay Publishing

After more than 20 years as a publicist and book marketer in New York, Claire McKinney, who owns her own public relations agency, is launching Plum Bay Publishing, a new independent publisher.

Berger, Bartelme Up at ReaderLink

Readerlink Distribution Services has promoted to senior Corey Berger v-p of marketing and procurement and Kristin Bartelme to v-p of publisher relations and marketing.

Alharthi, Booth Win Man Booker International

Author Jokha Alharthi and translator Marilyn Booth have won the 2019 Man Booker International Prize for 'Celestial Bodies.' Alharthi is the first Arabic author to win the prize and the first Omani woman to have a novel translated into English.

NBF's Book Rich Environments Program Returns

In 39 sites across 22 states, the National Book Foundation program will ensure that the more than one million books donated by publishers over the past three years are distributed in public housing communities.

NEA Announces Second Round of Fiscal 2019 Grants

Of the more than $80 million in grants in the cycle, 60 grants totaling $1,355,000 will support literature projects.

James Gallant Wins 2019 Nicholas Schaffner Award

Independent publisher Schaffner Press announced James Gallant, author of 'La Leona and Other Suites for Guitar,' as the winner of its 2019 Nicholas Schaffner Award for Music in Literature.

Quarto, HBG Re-Up Distribution Deal

HBG has been providing North American distribution services to Quarto since 2014, and also provides European distribution through sister company Hachette UK.

PRHPS, Square Enix Press Agree

Penguin Random House Publisher Services (PRHPS) signed a multi-year worldwide sales and distribution agreement with Square Enix, Inc. to introduce a new line of English-language manga, novels, and art books, effective this fall.

NBF Awards $10K Prize to WePAC

The National Book Foundation (NBF) named the West Philadelphia Alliance for Children (WePAC) the winner of the 2019 Innovations in Reading Prize, which is valued at $10,000 and recognizes projects that create and sustain a love of reading.

Author Janice Peterson Dies

Janice Peterson, author of 'Becoming Gertrude' and the wife of the late writer Eugene Peterson, died on May 10. She was 83.

Longleaf Services Announces Terms Overhaul

The distributor has announced two major changes to its terms for U.S.‐based independent retailers, effective July 1.

R&L Partners With FCT On Thinker's Guides

The Foundation for Critical Thinking has named Rowman & Littlefield as its copublisher and exclusive distributor of the Thinker’s Guides series.

Indigenous Voices Awards Finalists Announced

The awards were established in 2017 to support and nurture the work of Indigenous writers in lands claimed by Canada.

Sally Rooney Wins British Book of the Year

The British Book Awards named Sally Rooney’s ‘Normal People’ the Book of the Year on Monday, beating out Michelle Obama’s ‘Becoming.’

Garth Stein to Lead Binc's Author Leadership Circle

The Book Industry Charitable (Binc) Foundation has named Garth Stein as campaign chair of its Author Leadership Circle, a new initiative to provide "a financial safety net for booksellers for years to come," according to a press release.

Scribner to Reissue 'Joy of Cooking'

A new edition of Irma S. Rombauer’s classic cookbook will be published by Scribner on November 12.

Gotham Ghostwriters Expands

Author and ghostwriter Jennifer Banash joins as director of creative writing and Jessica Zafarris has been named executive director of marketing and communications.

Pace University Starts Metadata for Book Publishing Course

The university's Dyson College of Arts and Sciences has announced a new course offering, Metadata for Books, as part of the Masters in Publishing program.

Jean Vanier, Author and Humanitarian, Dies at 90

Canadian author and founder of L’Arche—an international network of communities for those with and without intellectual disabilities to live and work—died on May 7. He was 90.

Wiley Acquires Knewton Courseware Assets

John Wiley & Sons has reached an agreement to acquire the assets of Knewton, a New York City-based provider of adaptive learning technology and customizable courseware. The deal is expected to close by May 31.

Orange, Blight Among Society of American Historians Honorees

The Society of American Historians has announced the winners of three prizes honoring historical writing of exceptional literary merit.

Book & Journalism Award Winners Announced

In honor of World Press Freedom Day on Monday, Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights has announced the 2019 recipients of its Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Book & Journalism Awards.

Skull + Wind Press Launches

Poet Trevor Ketner has launched Skull + Wind Press, a poetry press based in Albuquerque, N.M.

Milkweed Launches Fellowship Program

The Milkweed Fellowship is a paid, 1-2 year immersion program designed to offer a comprehensive experience in book publishing for individuals who may not otherwise have access or means to pursue a career in the industry.

Khaled Lutfi Wins 2019 IPA Prix Voltaire

Imprisoned Egyptian publisher Khaled Lutfi has been selected for the International Publishers Association’s 2019 Prix Voltaire, which supports defenders of freedom to publish.

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