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Tiya Miles Wins 2022 Cundill History Prize

The $75,000 prize, administered by McGill University, went to Miles's history 'All That She Carried: The Journey of Ashley’s Sack, a Black Family Keepsake.'

Amanda Close to Lead Children's Sales at PRH

Amanda Close has been promoted to senior v-p of children’s sales and strategic development at Penguin Random House. Sarah Williams is promoted to v-p of special markets and strategic market development.

Poets & Writers Names Inaugural Publicity Incubator Cohort

Ten fiction writers have been named to participate in Get the Word Out, the first-ever publicity incubator by Poets & Writers.

Audible Names Susan Jurevics, James Finn to Expanded Roles

Reporting to CEO Bob Carrigan, Jurevics will serve as chief brand and international officer. On Jurevics's team, James Finn will step into the new role of head of global brand and content marketing.

Binc Board to Match Donations Beginning December 1

Members of the board of the Book Industry Charitable Foundation will match dollar for dollar all donations to the year-end Read Love Support campaign.

Scholastic Names Mary Beech as Chief Marketing & Transformation Officer

Effective January 1, 2022, Beech will report directly to CEO and president Peter Warwick.

Poets & Writers Board Announces New Members, Elects New Officers

Morrow Group president and publisher Liate Stehlik is among three new members elected to the Poets & Writers board of directors, of which Willys Kals has been named president.

Nick Sweeney Joins Lego Books as Managing Editor

Sweeney will report to Lego Books publisher Cindy Loh.

Sourcebooks Expands Data Team, Names Jess Johns Director of Analytics

Jess Johns, previously at Ingram, and Drew French, previously at Readerlink, will join the Sourcebooks data team in newly created roles.

Leigh Haber Leaves Hearst

Haber, who was v-p of books for Oprah Winfrey's platforms and ran Oprah's Book Club, will leave Hearst after 10 years.

Amazon Picks Best Books of 2022

Gabrielle Zevin's 'Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow" topped this year's list, chosen by Amazon's books editors.

J.D. Wilson Joins U of Alabama Press as Director

Wilson, formerly director of sales and marketing at Northwestern University Press, has been named director of University of Alabama Press.

Princeton University Press Partners with Glassboxx on D2C Audiobooks, E-books

PUP will launch direct-to-consumer audiobook and e-book sales, supported through a partnership with Glassboxx.

Rohan Kamicheril Joins FSG as Senior Editor

Kamicheril will work on the FSG frontlist, with a particular focus on translations and food books.

Greece Named Market of Honor for BolognaBookPlus 2023

The Greek publishing sector will be the inaugural Market of Honor at the 2023 BolognaBookPlus program.

HarperCollins to Distribute Usborne

HarperCollins will distribute books by the children's book publisher Usborne to trade and specialty retailers, schools, and libraries in the U.S. starting next year.

Binc Launches Year-End Campaign, PRH to Match Donations

The Book Industry Charitable Foundation is kicking off its year-end campaign, Read Love Support (#readlovesupport), on November 15, with Penguin Random House matching all donations up to a total of $15,000.

RBMedia, Chronicle Expand Audiobook Partnership

Audiobook publisher RBmedia and Chronicle Books have signed a three-year agreement increasing the number of Chronicle Books audiobooks RB releases per year. The agreement includes collaborations on a variety of titles.

Binc Announces 2022 Scholarship Recipients

The Book Industry Charitable Foundation has announced the winners of its professional development scholarship recipients. A total of $16,250 was awarded to 15 booksellers and comic retailers nationwide.


Peter McCarthy Succeeds ORIM's Mary McAveney as CMO

Most recently director of consumer insights at Ingram Content Group, McCarthy will begin at Open Road on November 10

CLMP Raising Funds via Challenge Grant

The Community of Literary Magazines and Presses is looking to raise $10,000 via a new challenge grant. Donations will be matched up to a total of $10,000 by an anonymous donor.

Imprint Group to Merge with Book Travelers West

The two independent publisher rep groups covering the western United States are merging effective January 1. Derek Lawrence of Imprint Group and Kurtis Lowe of Book Travelers West will serve as co-heads under the moniker Imprint Group.

Academy of American Poets Elects New Members to Board of Directors

Four new members, including ALA executive director Tracie D. Hall and UTA literary agent Albert Lee—will join the AAP board of directors, effective immediately.

Monacelli and Schumacher Announce Publishing Partnership

The first book jointly published by Monacelli Press, owned by Phaidon, and Schumacher, a division of FSCO Media, is slated for March 2023.

NCAC Rejects Calls to Cancel Coney Barrett Book

The National Coalition Against Censorship joins PEN America as the latest free speech organization to condemn the recent petition.

Bridget Lafferty Joins AAP as Special Assistant to the President and CEO

Lafferty will support the leadership of the Association of American Publishers through special projects and administrative work.

Mayborn Literary Conference Partners with Brown Books on Manuscript Contest

This year's winner of the Mayborn Conference's annual writing contest will receive an $80,000 publishing contract with Brown Books.

Consortium Announces Two New Publishers for Distribution

Little Island and Saraband will be distributed by Consortium effective January 3.

Rob Arnold Joins Poets House as Executive Director

Arnold will take the helm of the New York City poetry space effective December 1.

PEN America Rejects Calls to Cancel Coney Barrett Book

In a statement, PEN America condemned a petition to cancel the forthcoming book by Amy Coney Barrett, urging that PRH's decision to publish the book "not be overturned at the behest of protesters."

Academy of American Poets Partners with Scholastic for National Poetry Month

'Arthur' creator and Scholastic author Marc Brown will design the official poster for the occasion of National Poetry Month in April 2023.

Joey McGarvey, Barry Harbaugh Join Spiegel & Grau

McGarvey and Harbaugh will join S&G's growing staff as senior editor and executive editor, respectively, effective November 1.

SMPG to Host Inaugural Virtual Conference for Marginalized Voices

The St. Martin's Publishing Group will host a free online conferences for writers, with a focus on diverse voices, on November 17.

Cormac McCarthy Photo Exhibition Opens at Center for Fiction

An exhibition of photos of Cormac McCarthy by literary photographer Beowulf Sheehan has opened at the Center for Fiction, timed to the release of McCarthy's new novel, 'The Passenger.'

Macmillan to Extend Hybrid and Remote-Friendly Pilot Another Year

Macmillan will allow employees to choose their number of in-office days or work fully remotely through the end of 2023.

International Literary Properties Acquires Langston Hughes Literary Estate

ILP, in collaboration with the Langston Hughes Estate, will manage Hughes's body of work.

One World Launches '1619 Project' Readalong

The publisher will create reading assignments, share discussion questions, and host virtual and in-person events for a multi-month readalong of 'The 1619 Project.'

Doubleday Plans 125th Anniversary Event for November 2

Doubleday will celebrate 125 years in publishing with an event in New York City featuring readings from Kevin Kwan, Colson Whitehead, Hanya Yanagihara, and more.

Consortium to Distribute for Five New Publishers

Consortium Book Sales and Distribution will newly handle sales and distribution for five publishers, including Pinter & Martin and Do Book Company.

Scholastic to Buy Back $75 Million of Its Shares

The Scholastic board of directors has approved the repurchase of up to $75 million of the publisher’s common stock through a modified Dutch Auction.

Yale University Press to Publish New Book by Ukrainian Writer Serhiy Zhadan

'Sky Above Kharkiv: Dispatches from the Ukrainian Front' will be published on May 17, 2023.

Annette Danek Promoted to Chief Supply Chain Officer at PRH

Continuing in her current role as executive v-p of supply chain for PRH U.S., Danek will take on expanded responsibilities, including direct oversight of PRH U.K. distribution.

Colleen Hoover's 'It Starts with Us' Sets S&S Sales Record

The sequel to Hoover's 2016 novel 'It Ends with Us' sold 800,000 copies in first-day sales.

B&N Picks 'The Cloisters' for November Book Club

'The Cloisters' by Katy Hays is Barnes & Noble's November National Book Club pick.

Insight Editions Launches Insight Workshop

Insight Editions has partnered with the creative team formerly with Eaglemoss to create Insight Workshop, an innovation lab, and imprint launching in fall 2023.

Felicia Frazier to Depart PRH

Frazier, senior v-p of children's and educational sales at Penguin Random House, will leave the publisher at the end of this year.

Phil Cohen Joins Paramount as Senior V-P of Literary Affairs

In the newly created role, Cohen will identify books and literary properties for adaptation into feature films at Paramount Pictures.

Michael J. McGandy Named Director of University of South Carolina Press

McGandy will succeed former director Richard Brown, effective October 17.

Janet Rasche to Succeed Sue Malone-Barber as PRH Pub Ops Director

After 47 years in publishing, Malone-Barber will retire from her role as senior v-p and director of publishing operations at Penguin Random House. She is succeeded by Janet Rasche.

Maverick to Publish 'Paper Planes' YA Graphic Novel

Mad Cave Studios' YA imprint Maverick announced plans to publish 'Paper Planes' by Jennie Wood and artist Dozer Draws, an original graphic novel about two teenagers reckoning with a childhood tragedy. The book will be published in May 2023.

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