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2024 Audie Awards Submissions Now Open

The Audio Publishers Association is now accepting entries for next year's Audies.

Ada Limón Poem to Fly on NASA Spacecraft

A new poem by the U.S. Poet Laureate will be engraved on spacecraft traveling from Earth to Jupiter's moon Europa in October 2024.

Memorial Service for Author Ted Mooney Slated for June 22

A celebration of the life of novelist Ted Mooney will take place on June 22 at the Society for Ethical Culture in New York City.

Joffe Books Prize Opens for U.K. Crime Writers of Color

Britain's biggest prize for crime writing is open to submissions from unagented crime writers of color to win a two-book deal and £1,000 cash prize.

'The Rumpus' Launches Redesign Fundraiser

The digital literary magazine has launched a GoFundMe campaign to redesign its website.

Open Road, IPG Strike Deal

Independent Publishers Group will distribute Open Road’s print titles, while IPG’s clients will have proprietary access to Open Road’s Ignition and Activation marketing programs.

Susan Bergholz to Retire, Transfer Control of Agency to Stuart Bernstein

The founder of Susan Bergholz Literary Services will retire and transfer control of her eponymous agency to Stuart Bernstein Representation for Artists, effective June 1.

S&S to Distribute Page & Vine Titles

Simon & Schuster has entered a distribution agreement with publisher Meredith Wild, with S&S handling sales and distribution for the Page & Vine imprint.

Hopkins UP Staff Recognized for Paid Publishing Internship Program

Director of publishing operations Diem Bloom and co-director of marketing and sales David Breier received an award recognizing their stewardship of a new paid publishing internship program at John Hopkins University Press.

PEN America, Other Lit Orgs Get 2023 Second Round NEA Grants

The National Endowment for the Arts has announced a second rand of grants for 2023, totaling $103 million. Recipients include the Association of Writers & Writers Programs, Lambda Literary, the National Book Foundation, and PEN America.

Elin Hilderbrand and Tim Ehrenberg to Debut Podcast 'Books, Beach, & Beyond'

Nantucket Island–based lifestyle publication 'N Magazine' will launch a new literary podcast, Books, Beach, & Beyond, this summer, to be hosted by bestselling author Elin Hilderbrand and Tim Talks Books creator Tim Ehrenberg.

Knopf to Publish New Novel by Gabriel García Márquez

Alfred A. Knopf will publish 'Until August,' an unpublished work written by the Nobel Prize–winning writer before his death in 2014, next year.


IBPA Innovative Voices Program Opens for Submissions

IBPA has launched the Innovative Voices Program, which provides financial and other support to publishers from marginalized communities who are publishing works focused on people and topics of importance to marginalized groups.

Pushkin Press Partners with Ocean House Hotel on Promotional Sweepstakes

In conjunction with the release of two new reissues of memoirs by author and illustrator Ludwig Bemelmans, the creator of the Madeline, a luxury hotel in Rhode Island will hold a sweepstakes a stay in its new Bemelmans Suite.

TikTok Launches Book Awards Program in U.K. and Ireland

The process for determining the winners will include both a panel of judges and an in-app vote on TikTok that will go live in July.

Biographer Kitty Kelley Donates $1 Million to BIO

The Biographers International Organization has received a gift of $1 million, to be given in increments of $200,000 over five years starting June 1, from the biographer Kitty Kelley.

South Arts Announces Inaugural Literary Arts Initiatives

Applications are now open for the Southern Prize and State Fellowship for Literary Arts, supporting writers across the Southeast region.

Literary Agent Vicky Bijur to Receive AALA's Gailey Award

Bijur, the founder of the eponymous NYC-based literary agency, will receive the award during the inaugural AALA Day at the U.S. Book Show on May 23.

Insight Editions Updates Logo and Corporate Identity

Licensed entertainment publisher rolls out a new logo and motto

B&N Announces Children's, YA Book Award Winners

Barnes & Noble has announced the winners of its Children's and Young Adult Book Awards, crowning 'The Swifts: A Dictionary of Scoundrels,' written by Beth Lincoln and illustrated by Claire Powell, as the Overall Winner.

HarperCollins Finance Group Announces Promotions

In light of the retirement of Len Marshall, senior v-p of finance and publishing operations, HarperCollins has made several promotions within its finance group.

Ulysses Press Takes Ownership Stake in Inimitable Books

Start-up fiction publisher Inimitable Press will join Ulysses Press as a client publisher of Simon & Schuster.

Lerner to Distribute Scallywag Press, Mayo Clinic Press Kids

Lerner Publisher Services will be the exclusive North American distributor of Scallywag Press and will distribute Mayo Clinic Press Kids select titles to the school and public library market, effective August 1.

Fatimah Asghar Wins Carol Shields Prize

Asghar is this recipient of this year's $150,000 Carol Shields Prize for Fiction for her debut novel 'When We Were Sisters.'

Istanbul Fellowship Returns in June, Honors Uzbekistan

After being delayed due to the March earthquakes in Turkey, the Istanbul Publishing Fellowship will run June 6-8, with Uzbekistan as the guest of honor country.

Berkower Among New NCAC Board Members

The National Coalition Against Censorship has announced the appointments of three new members to its board, including Writers House president Amy Berkower.

Open Road Launches Marketing Service for Banned Books

The "Free Voices" initiative will specialize in banned books and donate a portion of its proceeds to the Freedom to Read Foundation.

PRH Donates a Million Books to Save the Children

Penguin Random House will donate more than one million books over the next three years to Save the Children, which will distribute them to children worldwide.

Pride and Less Prejudice to Host Celebrity Panel on Queer Representation

The literary nonprofit will host a panel featuring Alexandra Billings, Chris Colfer, and Cameron Esposito discussing queer visibility in the media. Proceeds will go toward providing LGBTQ-inclusive books to classrooms across the U.S. and Canada.

Center for Fiction Partners with ALP, CAT on Programming

Brooklyn's Center for Fiction has partnered with the American Library in Paris and the San Francisco–based Center for the Art of Translation to present a conversation series called "The International Library."

Abu Dhabi Int'l Book Fair Returns

The 32nd Abu Dhabi International Book Fair is slated for May 22–28 and will focus on the issue of sustainability.

IPBA Announces Ben Franklin Award Winners

The Independent Book Publishers Association announced the 168 Gold and Silver award-winning titles in its 35th annual IBPA Benjamin Franklin Award program.

Parnassus Books Acquires Hooks Book Events

Nashville's Parnassus Books has acquired Hooks Book Events, which provides books and author programs to corporations and other organizations.

2023 Christian Indie Awards Announced

The Christian Small Publishers Association recognized small publishers and independent authors with the 2023 Indie Awards.

Montclair Literary Festival Kicks Off Today

Kwame Alexander, Margo Jefferson, Mary Beth Keane, Mary Louise Kelly, and more will take part in the annual New Jersey event series, which runs from May 3–11.

NYBF to Host Conversation with Jane Friedman, Victoria Wilson

On May 24, New York Book Forum will host an in-person conversation with Open Road co-founder and former HarperCollins CEO Jane Friedman and Knopf v-p and executive editor Victoria Wilson.

U of P Press Partners with American Philosophical Society

The University of Pennsylvania Press will distribute and market books and journals published by the American Philosophical Society, effective July 1.

Arabelle Liepold Joins Society of Illustrators as Executive Director

Liepold will succeed Anelle Miller, who led the Society of Illustrators for 16 years and will retire June 30.

'The Covenant of Water' Is Oprah's Latest Book Club Pick

The new novel by 'Cutting for Stone' author Abraham Verghese is the 101st pick by Oprah's book club.

Santa Fe International Literary Festival Announces Lineup

Jennifer Egan, Gillian Flynn, Diana Gabaldon, Namwali Serpell, Luis Alberto Urrea, and more will participate in this year's SFILF from May 19–21, featuring a slate of more than 30 events.

2023 Publishing Triangle Award Winners Announced

The Publishing Triangle has announced the winners of its 35th annual literary awards, including Raquel Gutierrez and James Hannaham.

ACLS Launches Award for Open Access Books

The American Council of Learned Societies has announced the inaugural ACLS Open Access Book Prize for authors and Arcadia Open Access Publishing Award for publishers.

Mayer Promoted to Executive Editor at Norton

Tom Mayer, who joined W.W. Norton in 2004, has been promoted to v-p and executive editor in the trade department.

Zuccato Promoted to Senior V-P at Sourcebooks

Mike Zuccato has been promoted to senior v-p of e-commerce and online marketing at Sourcebooks.

William Morrow Partners with the 'Athletic' on Three-Book Series

In partnership with sports media company the 'Athletic,' William Morrow will publish a three-book series ranking the best players in the NFL, MLB, and NHL.

Brooklyn Poets to Host Poetry Festival in May

The inaugural Brooklyn Poets Poetry Festival will run May 25-27 and will feature workshops, craft talks, panels, and readings by Jericho Brown, Meghan O'Rourke, and more.

Julie Will to Join Flatiron as Senior V-P, Publishing Director

Will, who previously served as v-p, editorial director, and co-founder of Harper Wave, will join Flatiron on August 7.

David Nenke Joins Booktopia as CEO

Nenke joins the Australian online book retailer from Barnes & Noble Education, where he served as president of digital student solutions.

S&S to Distribute Collective Book Studio

Simon & Schuster has inked a deal with partnership publisher the Collective Book Studio to handle sales and distribution for all formats worldwide, effective July 1.

Authors Guild Gala to Honor Chris Finan, Angie Thomas, Roxana Robinson

The 31st Annual Authors Guild Foundation Gala will be held on May 9 at 6:30 p.m. at the Plaza Hotel in New York City.

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