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Threshold Editions to Publish New Book by Vivek Ramaswamy

The Simon & Schuster imprint will publish 'Truths: The Future of America First,' the latest book by the former presidential candidate, on September 24.

Bindery Books Signs with Atlas Literary, Independent Artist Group

The publishing startup, which launched last summer, will work with Atlas and IAG to bring its titles to screen. Its inaugural slate of books will publish simultaneously on October 15.

Scholastic Completes 9 Story Media Group Purchase

Following the approval by the Minister of Canadian Heritage, Scholastic has finalized its $186 million acquisition of the Toronto-based 9 Story Media Group. Scholastic reached an agreement to buy 9 Story in March.

Humanoids Smashes Fundraising Goal for English-Language Caza Graphic Novel

The comics publisher cofounded by Mœbius is celebrating its golden anniversary by publishing the first-ever English-language translation of 'Arkadi and the Lost Titan' by French comics pioneer Caza. Its Kickstarter has raised more than $170,000.

ASIFA-Hollywood Launches Animation Book Database

The Animation Educator's Forum the California-based branch of international animation nonprofit l'Association Internationale du Film d'Animation has launched an online resource for books on animation, animation history, and more.

Gotham Ghostwriters Launches Professional Development Program

Ghostmasters, which launches this fall, will offer online courses, one-on-one coaching, conferences, events, and other resources intended for both aspiring and mid-career ghostwriters.

Taylor & Francis Issues Expanded AI Guidance for Authors, Editors

The updated policy, focused on research publishing, outlines the expectations of authors, editors, and reviewers who use AI tools in their work.

Harper to Publish Boris Johnson's Memoir

The former U.K. prime minister's book 'Unleashed' will be published in the U.S. on October 15.

Tara Weikum to Helm New HarperCollins Children's Imprint

Weikum has been promoted to VP and publisher of a new imprint at HarperCollins Children's Books. The as-yet-unnamed imprint will launch in winter 2025 and focus on fiction for middle grade and teen readers.

Black-Owned Indie Presses, Bookstore Win $5,000 Grant

An Atlanta indie press and a Saint Paul bookstore-publisher are among the winners of this year's Citi Trends Black History Makers Grant.
06/20/2024 Marks a Decade with WNDB Benefit, Top 10 Audiobook List

Audiobook subscription service celebrates 10 years in business this month. The employee-owned social purpose corporation shares profits from audiobook sales with its indie bookseller partners.

Schaffner Press Declines to Award Annual Prize

Independent publisher Schaffner Press of Tucson, Ariz., did not present a 2024 Nicholas Schaffner Award for Music in Literature, citing a lack of submissions that met the award criteria.

'Three-Body Problem' to Become Graphic Novel

Yilin Press, an imprint of China’s Phoenix Publishing and Media, will publish a graphic novel adaptation of science fiction phenomenon Liu Cixin’s Remembrance of Earth's Past trilogy. The first volume is due this December.

National Book Festival Announces Author Lineup

More than 90 authors will appear at this year's Library of Congress National Book Festival in Washington, D.C., on August 24, including Rachel Khong, James McBride, Meg Medina, and Rebecca Yarros.

CDF Freedom Schools Program Launches Read Aloud Campaign

In commemoration of the 60th anniversary of the 1964 Mississippi Freedom Summer Project, the Children's Defense Fund Freedom Schools Program's 60 for 60 Read Aloud Campaign will recruit authors and illustrators to read aloud at CDF Freedom Schools sites.

CALIBA Urges Bookseller Attendance at Antitrust Hearing

The California Independent Booksellers Alliance strongly encourages California independent bookstore owners to add their voices to a June 20 hearing on California’s antitrust law.

Gary Lovely to Join Two Dollar Radio HQ as Co-Owner

Lovely, currently store manager at Prologue Bookshop in Columbus, Ohio, will join the Columbus-based publisher’s bookstore-bar-café business as co-owner and managing partner in September.

Anthony Cond Takes Office as AUPresses President

Cond, director of Liverpool University Press, is the first non–North American to lead the Association of University Presses.

U.S. Book Show CEO Roundtable to Stream on C-SPAN 2's 'BookTV'

C-SPAN2's 'BookTV' will broadcast and stream the CEO roundtable session from this year's U.S. Book Show, presented by Publishers Weekly and the Association of American Literary Agents, starting on June 23.

Wendy Wolf Joins Harvard UP as Editor-at-Large

Wolf was previously VP and associate publisher at Viking, where she has been an editor since 1994.

Restless Books Launches Poetry Line

The new poetry line, launching in spring 2025 with 'Nezahualcoyotl: Nahuatl Poems,' will focus on works in translation as well as English-language originals, with an emphasis on international, immigrant, and Indigenous authors.

Amazon Books Names Best Books of 2024 So Far

'James' by Percival Everett tops Amazon Books' list of the 10 best books of 2024 so far.

Naomi Klein, V. V. Ganeshananthan Win Women's Prizes

Naomi Klein has been named the inaugural winner of the Women’s Prize for Nonfiction for 'Doppelganger: A Trip into the Mirror World,' and V. V. Ganeshananthan is the winner of this year’s Women’s Prize for Fiction for her novel 'Brotherless Night.'

Andrew Lownie to Take Over Sinclair-Stevenson List

The U.K.-based Andrew Lownie Agency will absorb the Christopher Sinclair-Stevenson Agency's list following Sinclair-Stevenson's retirement.

S&S and Les Nouveaux Éditeurs Ink First-Look Deal

Simon & Schuster has entered into a cooperation agreement with the French publishing company, recently launched by former Hachette Livre CEO Arnaud Nourry. S&S CEO Jonathan Karp and Nourry jointly announced the deal.

Laura Pennock, Nicky Devaney Join HBG Sales Department Amid Revamp

Weeks after announcing a restructuring of its sales department, which resulted in the elimination of two VP roles, Hachette Book Group has hired Pennock as VP of mass merch, wholesale, and library marketing and Devaney as director of field sales.

Strand Book Store Announces 97th Anniversary Celebration

New York City's Strand Book Store will mark its 97th anniversary on June 15 with author appearances, children's activities, custom totes, discounts, giveaways, and a documentary screening.

Jean McGinley to Succeed Juliette Shapland at HarperCollins

McGinley, who has served as VP and associate publisher for children's books since 2018, will succeed Shapland as SVP of rights and permissions. Shapland will retire on July 31 after 26 years with HarperCollins.

WWB Receives Grant from Hawthornden Foundation

The $75,000 operating grant will support Words Without Borders' planned expansion of its work and provide financial stability through an executive leadership change.

Gallery to Publish Memoir by Donald Trump's Nephew

'All in the Family: The Trumps and How We Got This Way' by Fred C. Trump III, the nephew of the former president and older brother of Mary Trump, is slated for July 30.

Cynthia Sherman, AWP Executive Director, to Retire

Sherman joined AWP in 2012, and served as director of conferences when she was named executive director in 2019. Executive search firm Ballinger Leafblad will lead a national search for Sherman’s successor.

Ted Chiang Wins PEN/Bernard and Ann Malamud Award

Chiang, the author of the story collections 'Stories of Your Life' and 'Exhalation,' is the winner of the 2024 PEN/Bernard and Ann Malamud Award for Excellence in the Short Story.

Robin Warner Retires from Oaklins DeSilva + Phillips

Veteran dealmaker Robin Warner has retired from the investment banking firm Oaklins DeSilva + Phillips, where she specialized in mergers and acquisitions in book publishing and other media fields.

Jennifer Weiner Teams with Blue Stoop on Fellowship

The author and the Philadelphia-based literary organization are launching the Jennifer Weiner Fellowship for women-identified emerging prose writers.

FireShip Press to Close

Tucson, Ariz.–based indie publisher FireShip Press, which focuses on nautical and historical fiction and nonfiction, will cease operations at the end of August, just months after the death of owner and cofounder Mary Lou Monahan.

2023 Nebula Award Winners Announced

Moniquill Blackgoose, Vajra Chandrasekera, and Ai Jiang are among the winners of this year's awards, which recognize the best works of science fiction or fantasy published in the United States.

2024 James Beard Foundation Book Award Winners Announced

José Andrés, Abi Balingit, Laura Tillman, and Sohla El-Waylly were among this year’s winners.

Karp Among Newly Elected NBF Board Members

The National Book Foundation has elected S&S CEO Jonathan Karp, Abry Partners chair emeritus Peggy Koenig, and Najafi Companies CEO Jahm Najafi to its board of directors.

Change Comes to the Toronto Comics Art Festival

TCAF is searching for a new location for 2025 and 2026 while the Toronto Reference Library, which hosts the annual show, undergoes renovations. In addition, TCAF executive director Miles Baker is stepping down.

Ben Hyman Named Editorial Director of Schocken

Hyman comes to Schocken from Bloomsbury, where he has edited nonfiction since 2017. His appointment, effective July 8, comes just weeks after the departure of Pantheon Schocken publisher Lisa Lucas.

Mexican Poet Homero Aridjis Wins Griffin Poetry Prize

'Self-Portrait in the Zone of Silence,' written in Spanish by Mexican poet Homero Aridjis, is the winner of the 2024 Griffin Poetry Prize.

Gallery to Publish New Book by Stanley Tucci

'What I Ate in One Year,' a follow-up to Tucci's 2021 food memoir 'Taste: My Life Through Food,' is slated for October 15.

John Leary to Depart HBG

Leary, executive director of field sales at Hachette Book Group, will leave the company after 23 years. His departure follows a reorganization of the HBG sales department.

NEA Announces Big Read Grantees

The National Endowment for the Arts, in partnership with Arts Midwest, has announced grants to 62 nonprofit organizations for NEA Big Read programming in 2024-2025.

Grand Gesture Books Launches Fundraiser to Open Storefront

The online romance bookstore, owned by Katherine D. Morgan, is raising money to open a brick-and-mortar location in Portland, Ore.

Linda Fairstein, Netflix Reach Settlement in Defamation Case

Netflix and Linda Fairstein, the novelist and former New York District Attorney who prosecuted the Central Park Five case, have reached a settlement in their defamation case over Ava DuVernay’s 2019 docuseries 'When They See Us.'

Colson Whitehead Wins 2024 Gotham Book Prize

'Crook Manifesto' will take home this year’s award, which comes with a $50,000 purse, at Queens Public Library’s annual gala on June 5.

B&N’s Best Books of 2024 (So Far)

Compiled by B&N booksellers, the lists focus on a handful of categories, and include such entries as “A Moment in Time: 9 Histories from Today’s Heavy Hitters” and “Mystery Solved: 8 Best Young Detectives on the Case.”

Reese's Book Club Partners with Apple Books on Audiobooks for Club Picks

Apple will feature a dedicated page for the audiobook editions of titles selected by the club each month and offer exclusive pricing promotions on those titles, among other features.

2025 Audie Awards Submissions Now Open

The Audio Publishers Association is now accepting submissions for the 2025 Audie Awards, as well as applications for judges.

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