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Scarlet, the new imprint by Penzler Publishers is a psychological suspense line helmed by editor-in-chief Luisa Cruz Smi...
09/04/2020

Scarlet, the new imprint by Penzler Publishers is a psychological suspense line helmed by editor-in-chief Luisa Cruz Smith. Scarlet just launched its first book this week with Stéphanie Buelens' rocket-paced debut thriller, 'An Inconvenient Woman!' Order your copy today from The Mysterious Bookshop. (sponsored) https://bit.ly/3lJ36aR

09/04/2020
Playwright's Revisions of Classic Picture Books Go Viral

Topher Payne recently gained a large following after posting his alternate endings for picture books that are considered classics, but also have been derided by some for their problematic content. We spoke with Payne about the inspiration for his parodies.

Topher Payne recently gained a large following after posting his alternate endings for three picture books that are considered to be classics, but also have been derided by some for their problematic content.

★ A green pea, a bespectacled honeybee, and a blue jay become fast friends in “lively graphic novel early reader” 'STUCK...
09/04/2020
Children's Book Review: Stuck Together (Pea, Bee, & Jay #1) by Brian “Smitty” Smith. HarperAlley, $12.99 (64p) ISBN 978-0-06-298116-5

★ A green pea, a bespectacled honeybee, and a blue jay become fast friends in “lively graphic novel early reader” 'STUCK TOGETHER (PEA, BEE, & JAY #1)' by Brian “Smitty” Smith (@yourpalSmitty):

A green pea, a bespectacled honeybee, and a blue jay become fast friends in this lively graphic novel early reader. “No rolling too far from our row,” warns Pea’s mother, but it’s not long before a da

The JKS Communications subsidiary is hosting a giveaway for one free full-service, customized author publicity and book ...
09/04/2020
Books Forward Hosts 20th Anniversary PR Giveaway

The JKS Communications subsidiary is hosting a giveaway for one free full-service, customized author publicity and book marketing campaign valued at $20,000.

The JKS Communications subsidiary is hosting a giveaway for one free full-service, customized author publicity and book marketing campaign valued at $20,000.

Amal Karzai’s picture book My Key was awarded top honors—$8,000 and a publishing contract from Clavis Publishing—in the ...
09/04/2020
Clavis Names Amal Karzai’s ‘My Key’ Winner of Inaugural U.S. Key Colors Competition

Amal Karzai’s picture book My Key was awarded top honors—$8,000 and a publishing contract from Clavis Publishing—in the inaugural Key Colors Competition in the United States. (Sponsored)

Karzai’s picture book My Key was awarded top honors—$8,000 and a publishing contract from Clavis—in the first-ever Key Colors Competition in the United States. (Sponsored)

Returning for its seventh year, the 2020 Women’s National Book Association Writing Contest will introduce a new category...
09/04/2020
WNBA Writing Contest Submissions Open

Returning for its seventh year, the 2020 Women’s National Book Association Writing Contest will introduce a new category: flash prose.

Returning for its seventh year, the 2020 Women’s National Book Association Writing Contest will introduce a new category: flash prose.

Author, critic, and editor Steph Cha will succeed Otto Penzler as editor of the series, which HMH will now publish along...
09/03/2020
New Best American Mystery Series Editor at HMH

Author, critic, and editor Steph Cha will succeed Otto Penzler as editor of the series, which HMH will now publish alongside its other Best American books as 'The Best American Mystery & Suspense.

Author, critic, and editor Steph Cha will succeed Otto Penzler as editor of the series, which HMH will now publish alongside its other Best American books as 'The Best American Mystery & Suspense.'

Graywolf Press has announced Lars Horn as this year's winner of its annual Nonfiction Prize, given to an emerging voice ...
09/03/2020
Graywolf Announces Recipient of Nonfiction Prize

Graywolf Press has announced Lars Horn as this year's winner of its annual Nonfiction Prize, given to an emerging voice for an outstanding manuscript.

Graywolf Press has announced Lars Horn as this year's winner of its annual Nonfiction Prize, given to an emerging voice for an outstanding manuscript.

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09/03/2020

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Simon & Schuster will publish the pontiff's vision of a better future post-pandemic December 1.
09/03/2020
Pope Francis to Write a Response to Covid -19

Simon & Schuster will publish the pontiff's vision of a better future post-pandemic December 1.

Simon & Schuster will publish the pontiff's vision of a better future post-pandemic on December 1.

As 500,000 copies of Michael Cohen's memoir head to stores and other outlets, Skyhorse publisher Tony Lyons said the boo...
09/03/2020
Tony Lyons on Publishing 'Disloyal'

As 500,000 copies of Michael Cohen's memoir head to stores and other outlets, Skyhorse publisher Tony Lyons said the book is likely to be the bestselling title in the indie publisher's history. He also sees its publication as part of his approach to being what he calls "a free speech publisher."

As 500,000 copies of Michael Cohen's memoir head to stores and other outlets, Skyhorse publisher Tony Lyons said the book is likely to be the bestselling title in the indie publisher's history. He also sees its publication as part of his approach to being what he calls a free speech publisher.

Harmony Difo joins 'Publishers Weekly' as nonfiction reviews editor, replacing Mark Rotella, who left the magazine earli...
09/03/2020
'PW' Announces New Nonfiction Reviews Editor, Writer-at-Large

Harmony Difo joins 'Publishers Weekly' as nonfiction reviews editor, replacing Mark Rotella, who left the magazine earlier this summer. Zoe Christen Jones has been hired in a newly-created writer-at-large position, which includes a new magazine column on diversity, equity, and inclusion in the book business.

Harmony Difo joins 'Publishers Weekly' as nonfiction reviews editor, replacing Mark Rotella, who left the magazine earlier this summer. Zoe Christen Jones has been hired in a newly created writer-at-large position, which includes a new magazine column on diversity, equity, and inclusion in the book....

Abrams has acquired Cameron + Company, a family-owned independent house that specializes in books on photography art, li...
09/03/2020
Abrams Acquires Cameron + Company

Abrams has acquired Cameron + Company, a family-owned independent house that specializes in books on photography art, lifestyle, children’s titles, and regional topics.

Abrams has acquired Cameron + Company, a family-owned independent house that specializes in books on photography art, lifestyle, children’s titles, and regional topics.

On August 21–22, Penguin Random House hosted Book Your Summer Live, a free virtual literary festival featuring both chil...
09/03/2020
Book Your Summer Live Festival: Chills and Thrills in YA Books

On August 21–22, Penguin Random House hosted Book Your Summer Live, a free virtual literary festival featuring both children's and adult authors.

On August 21–22, Penguin Random House hosted Book Your Summer Live, a free virtual literary festival featuring both children's and adult authors.

Is pie having a moment? Laura Dozier, senior editor at Abrams, thinks so. “There’s something about pie that’s very comfo...
09/03/2020
Life of Pie: Cookbooks for Fall 2020

Is pie having a moment? Laura Dozier, senior editor at Abrams, thinks so. “There’s something about pie that’s very comforting,” says Dozier, who acquired and edited Pie for Everyone by Petra Paredez (Sept.). “It’s humble. If you put a slice of pie into a bowl with ice cream, you’re going to make everyone happy.”

This season, bakers push the boundaries of pie making, with varied crusts, unusual fillings, and eye-catching design.

★@lisadeselm’s fantastical YA debut, 'THE PUPPETMASTER’S APPRENTICE,' “an elegantly styled, gender-swapped retelling of ...
09/03/2020
Children's Book Review: The Puppetmaster’s Apprentice by Lisa DeSelm. Page Street Kids, $17.99 (352p) ISBN 978-1-6456-7080-3

★@lisadeselm’s fantastical YA debut, 'THE PUPPETMASTER’S APPRENTICE,' “an elegantly styled, gender-swapped retelling of ‘Pinocchio,’ transports readers into a wood in which magic’s price must always be paid”:

DeSelm’s fantastical debut, an elegantly styled, gender-swapped retelling of “Pinocchio,” transports readers into a wood in which magic’s price must always be paid. Seven years before the story’s begi

This month, Amanda Reid at Melissa Williams Design reimagines the cover of Adventures in the Charter Trade by indie auth...
09/03/2020
Cover Redesign: 'Adventures in the Charter Trade' by David Bond

This month, Amanda Reid at Melissa Williams Design reimagines the cover of Adventures in the Charter Trade by indie author David Bond. To submit a book for a free cover redesign, email us at [email protected].

This month, Amanda Reid at Melissa Williams Design reimagines the cover of Adventures in the Charter Trade by indie author David Bond.

In the wake of significant executive and editorial layoffs at DC Comics, Daniel Cherry, formerly chief marketing officer...
09/02/2020
Cherry Named General Manager at DC Comics After Layoffs

In the wake of significant executive and editorial layoffs at DC Comics, Daniel Cherry, formerly chief marketing officer at Activision Blizzard Esports, has been named senior v-p and general manager of the company.

In the wake of significant executive and editorial layoffs at DC Comics, Daniel Cherry, formerly chief marketing officer at Activision Blizzard Esports, has been named senior v-p and general manager of the company.

IDW Publishing has named Nachie Marsham its new publisher, while Veronica Brooks, formerly senior director to the v-p of...
09/02/2020
Marsham Named IDW Publisher; Brooks Promoted to V-p of Creative Affairs

IDW Publishing has named Nachie Marsham its new publisher, while Veronica Brooks, formerly senior director to the v-p of creative affairs, has been promoted to v-p of creative affairs.

IDW Publishing has named Nachie Marsham its new publisher, while Veronica Brooks, formerly senior director to the v-p of creative affairs, has been promoted to v-p of creative affairs.

Laurence King Publishing, the original publisher of adult coloring book queen Johanna Basford, has been acquired by fell...
09/02/2020
Hachette UK Buys Laurence King Publishing

Laurence King Publishing, the original publisher of adult coloring book queen Johanna Basford, has been acquired by fellow U.K.-based publisher Hachette UK in a deal signed August 31.

Laurence King Publishing, the original publisher of adult coloring book queen Johanna Basford, has been acquired by fellow U.K.-based publisher Hachette UK in a deal signed August 31.

09/02/2020
Interview with Judithe Little

Don’t miss Judithe Little, the award-winning author of Wickwythe Hall, on 9/2 when she’ll discuss her new historical novel, The Chanel Sisters, a captivating portrait of two ambitious, indomitable women who rose from poverty to create one of the world’s most iconic fashion houses. Sponsored by Graydon House. Enter to win a signed copy & get all the details at publishersweekly.com/little

The auction to acquire the assets of LSC Communications, which was to take place on September 3, has been postponed unti...
09/02/2020
LSC Auction Delayed Until September 9

The auction to acquire the assets of LSC Communications, which was to take place on September 3, has been postponed until September 9. Bids for the company were due August 26, but no filings disclosing what bids have been received have not yet been made public.

The auction to acquire the assets of LSC Communications, which was to take place on September 3, has been postponed until September 9. Bids for the company have not yet been made public.

An author describes how writing a memoir is the most daunting of all writing challenges.
09/02/2020
The Risky Writing Life

An author describes how writing a memoir is the most daunting of all writing challenges.

An author describes how writing a memoir is the most daunting of all writing challenges.

A round up of some of the best books from small presses and university presses due out this season.
09/02/2020
The Big Indie Books of Fall 2020

A round up of some of the best books from small presses and university presses due out this season.

A round up of some of the best books from small presses and university presses due out this season.

Keep Calm and Carrot On: Cookbooks for Fall 2020The Covid-19 pandemic has altered the way people eat and has laid bare p...
09/02/2020
Keep Calm and Carrot On: Cookbooks for Fall 2020

Keep Calm and Carrot On: Cookbooks for Fall 2020
The Covid-19 pandemic has altered the way people eat and has laid bare problematic production and labor issues in the meat industry.

Vegetable-centric cookbooks, authors and editors say, are not a trend—they’re a movement.

The founder of Gatekeeper Press weighs in on the state of indie publishing
09/02/2020
Cosmic Shifts

The founder of Gatekeeper Press weighs in on the state of indie publishing

The founder of Gatekeeper Press weighs in on the state of indie publishing.

★ Caldecott Honoree Carson Ellis (@cfellis) centers the fragmentary in picture book 'IN THE HALF ROOM,' imagining a spac...
09/02/2020
Children's Book Review: In the Half Room by Carson Ellis. Candlewick, $16.99 (32p) ISBN 978-1-5362-1456-7

★ Caldecott Honoree Carson Ellis (@cfellis) centers the fragmentary in picture book 'IN THE HALF ROOM,' imagining a space that “offers a strange, thrilling logic and invites readers to engage with a concept fundamental to children’s experience: liminality”:

In rhymes and nighttime interiors that recall Goodnight Moon, Caldecott Honoree Ellis (Du Iz Tak?) imagines a space in which everything is neatly divided down the middle. Rendered in

Review of the Day: 'The Last American Aristocrat' by David S. Brown"Historian Brown delivers a splendid biography of Har...
09/01/2020
Nonfiction Book Review: The Last American Aristocrat: The Brilliant Life and Improbable Education of Henry Adams by David S. Brown. Scribner, $30 (464p) ISBN 978-1-98212-823-4

Review of the Day: 'The Last American Aristocrat' by David S. Brown
"Historian Brown delivers a splendid biography of Harvard professor and memoirist Henry Adams," who lived from 1838–1918 and comes across as "irascible, self-contradictory, and always fascinating."

Historian Brown (Paradise Lost: A Life of F. Scott Fitzgerald) delivers a splendid biography of Harvard professor and memoirist Henry Adams (1838–1918). The direct descendant of two president

Little Free Library and Literati, a subscription book club, are partnering to create five special-edition Little Free Li...
09/01/2020
Little Free Library and Literati Co-Sponsor Literacy Project

Little Free Library and Literati, a subscription book club, are partnering to create five special-edition Little Free Library-branded boxes in Austin, Tex., and are donating gently-used books to those in need.

Little Free Library and Literati are partnering in a pilot project to boost literacy and book ownership in underserved communites in Austin, Tex.

Under the August 31 order, the closely watched case over book scanning and lending is to be ready for trial by November ...
09/01/2020
Judge Sets Tentative Schedule for Internet Archive Copyright Case

Under the August 31 order, the closely watched case over book scanning and lending is to be ready for trial by November 2021.

Under the August 31 order, the closely watched case over book scanning and lending is to be ready for trial by November 2021.

The last eight weeks of book sales in Canada have been better than the corresponding period in 2019 and the market is sl...
09/01/2020
Canadian Book Sales Recover from Covid-19 Dip

The last eight weeks of book sales in Canada have been better than the corresponding period in 2019 and the market is slowly making up for sales lost earlier in the year due to the Covid-19 crisis, says BookNet Canada's CEO Noah Genner.

The last eight weeks of book sales in Canada have been better than the corresponding period in 2019 and the market is slowly making up for sales lost earlier in the year due to the Covid-19 crisis, says BookNet Canada's CEO Noah Genner.

A federal judge in Washington has issued a preliminary injunction against a major e-book piracy operation known as the K...
09/01/2020
Judge Issues Sweeping Order Against E-book Piracy Operation

A federal judge in Washington has issued a preliminary injunction against a major e-book piracy operation known as the KISS Library, after the operators of the site failed to show up at a hearing or to file any response to a lawsuit filed in July by the Authors Guild, Amazon Publishing, Penguin Random House, and a number of bestselling authors.

A federal judge in Washington has issued a preliminary injunction against a major e-book piracy operation known as the KISS Library, after the operators of the site failed to show up at a hearing or to file any response to a lawsuit filed in July by the Authors Guild, Amazon Publishing, Penguin Rand...

★ Tami Charles (@TamiWritesStuff) underlines an important message—“you, dear child, matter”—in picture book 'ALL BECAUSE...
09/01/2020
Children's Book Review: All Because You Matter by Tami Charles, illus. by Bryan Collier. Orchard, $17.99 (40p) ISBN 978-1-338-57485-2

★ Tami Charles (@TamiWritesStuff) underlines an important message—“you, dear child, matter”—in picture book 'ALL BECAUSE YOU MATTER', as Bryan Collier’s portraits “give visual power to this celebration of young Black lives”:

Caldecott Honoree Collier’s (Trombone Shorty) tender, close-up watercolor portraits of a growing Black boy give visual power to this celebration of young Black lives. In an author’s note, Cha

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