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The Frankfurt Book Fair updated exhibitors on changes, which includes getting free additional booth space, the option to...
06/10/2020
Frankfurt Updates Exhibitors on Changes

The Frankfurt Book Fair updated exhibitors on changes, which includes getting free additional booth space, the option to reserve a co-working space, or cancel with a full refund before August 15.

The Frankfurt Book Fair updated exhibitors on changes, which includes getting free additional booth space, the option to reserve a co-working space, or cancel with a full refund before August 15.

The investment firm KKR has completed its purchase of OverDrive. The deal had first been announced on Christmas Eve.
06/10/2020
KKR Completes OverDrive Purchase

The investment firm KKR has completed its purchase of OverDrive. The deal had first been announced on Christmas Eve.

The investment firm KKR has completed its purchase of OverDrive. The deal had first been announced on Christmas Eve.

06/10/2020
A Children's and YA Anti-Racist Reading List

We've compiled a large selection of recommended fiction and nonfiction about race and activism from creators of color, as well as suggested fiction that celebrates the diversity of the Black experience by #OwnVoices authors and illustrators.

PW has compiled a large selection of recommended fiction and nonfiction about race and activism from creators of color, as well as suggested fiction that celebrates the diversity of the black experience.

In an effort to reach kids who are sheltering in place, author Mac Barnett has launched a series of interactive readings...
06/10/2020
Mac Barnett's Instagram Labor of Love

In an effort to reach kids who are sheltering in place, author Mac Barnett has launched a series of interactive readings on Instagram. Mac's Book Club Show has followers in 50 countries and all seven continents.

In an effort to reach kids who are sheltering in place, author Mac Barnett has launched a series of interactive readings on Instagram.

‘How to Be an Antiracist’ and other books addressing systemic racism return to our bestseller lists. Plus musician Mikel...
06/10/2020
This Week's Bestsellers: June 8, 2020

‘How to Be an Antiracist’ and other books addressing systemic racism return to our bestseller lists. Plus musician Mikel Jollett debuts with the memoir ‘Hollywood Park,’ and science journalist James Nestor discusses the importance of ‘Breath.’

‘How to Be an Antiracist’ and other books addressing systemic racism return to our bestseller lists. Plus musician Mikel Jollett debuts with the memoir ‘Hollywood Park,’ and science journalist James Nestor discusses the importance of ‘Breath.’

An open letter to the Poetry Foundation signed by more than 1,800 individuals issued in response to the organization's r...
06/10/2020
Poets Call for Change at Poetry Foundation

An open letter to the Poetry Foundation signed by more than 1,800 individuals issued in response to the organization's recent statement on the killing of George Floyd and other current events calls for significant change at the organization, including the resignations of its president and board of trustees chair.

An open letter to the Poetry Foundation signed by more than 1,800 individuals issued in response to the organization's recent statement on the killing of George Floyd and other current events calls for significant change at the organization, including the resignations of its president and board of t...

★ Debut creator Aliza Layne (@alizabees) “slowly builds themes of outgrown childhood friendship, cultural difference, co...
06/10/2020
Children's Book Review: Beetle & the Hollowbones by Aliza Layne. Atheneum, $21.99 (256p) ISBN 978-1-5344-4154-5

★ Debut creator Aliza Layne (@alizabees) “slowly builds themes of outgrown childhood friendship, cultural difference, consent, and queer romance” in 'BEETLE & THE HOLLOWBONES':

Though Beetle’s formidable grandmother has long taught her goblin magic at home—all bones, potions, and ancient family practices—the green-eared girl yearns for and idolizes sorcery, which society dee

Organized by Kwame Alexander, Jason Reynolds, and Jacqueline Woodson and hosted by The Brown Bookshelf, the #KidLitRally...
06/09/2020
#KidLit Rally for Black Lives Draws Wide Viewership

Organized by Kwame Alexander, Jason Reynolds, and Jacqueline Woodson and hosted by The Brown Bookshelf, the #KidLitRally4BlackLives aimed to empower and educate children about race and racism and provide a safe space for conversations about current events.

The widespread protests in response to the recent killing of George Floyd remain uppermost on the minds of a lot of members of the children’s book community, if the overwhelming success of last Thursday evening’s #KidLitRally4BlackLives is any indication.

Publishers Quarto Group and Tin House Books are both committing funding to causes supporting black rights and social jus...
06/09/2020
Publishers Raise, Donate Funds to Antiracist Causes

Publishers Quarto Group and Tin House Books are both committing funding to causes supporting black rights and social justice in response to the civil unrest nationwide following the killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis police.

Publishers Quarto Group, Coffee House, and Tin House Books are both committing funding to causes supporting black rights and social justice in response to the civil unrest nationwide following the killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis police.

Observers in recent years have argued that if public libraries didn’t already exist in America, we wouldn’t be able to i...
06/09/2020
Changes Loom as Public Libraries Begin to Reopen

Observers in recent years have argued that if public libraries didn’t already exist in America, we wouldn’t be able to invent them. In the wake of the Covid-19 crisis, the question now is: Can we reinvent them?

Observers in recent years have argued that if public libraries didn’t already exist in America, we wouldn’t be able to invent them. In the wake of the Covid-19 crisis, the question now is: Can we reinvent them?

Book packager Glasstown Entertainment is being accused by former employees and authors of creating and perpetuating a ho...
06/09/2020
Glasstown Entertainment Under Fire From Former Employees, Authors

Book packager Glasstown Entertainment is being accused by former employees and authors of creating and perpetuating a hostile environment for people of color.

Book packager Glasstown Entertainment is being accused by former employees and authors of creating and perpetuating a hostile environment for people of color.

In response to Monday's Day of Solidarity, which saw more than 1,100 publishing workers demanding that the industry take...
06/09/2020
Publishers Promise More Action to Diversify Industry

In response to Monday's Day of Solidarity, which saw more than 1,100 publishing workers demanding that the industry take action to diversity its workforce and to publish more black authors, three of the Big Five publishers issued statements pledging to do just that.

In response to Monday's Day of Solidarity, which saw more than 1,100 publishing workers demanding that the industry take action to diversity its workforce and to publish more black authors, three of the Big Five publishers issued statements pledging to do just that.

None of the major New York City publishers who took part in a 'PW' survey about their efforts to return employees to the...
06/09/2020
New York's Publishers Won't Reopen Until September

None of the major New York City publishers who took part in a 'PW' survey about their efforts to return employees to their Manhattan headquarters had fixed plans—and none said they expected to begin bringing staff back in a meaningful way before September 1.

None of the major New York City publishers who took part in a 'PW' survey about their efforts to return employees to their Manhattan headquarters had fixed plans—and none said they expected to begin bringing staff back in a meaningful way before September 1.

Among the notable deals last week were the sale of a memoir from a PBS NewsHour correspondent, a novel about a woman who...
06/09/2020
Book Deals: Week of June 8, 2020

Among the notable deals last week were the sale of a memoir from a PBS NewsHour correspondent, a novel about a woman who gives birth to an owl, and international bestseller Michel Faber’s latest novel.

Among the notable deals last week were the sale of a memoir from a PBS NewsHour correspondent, a novel about a woman who gives birth to an owl, and international bestseller Michel Faber’s latest novel.

A new hashtag campaign aims to highlight the disparity in book advances between white and black authors and has garnered...
06/09/2020
Authors Push for Transparency with #PublishingPaidMe

A new hashtag campaign aims to highlight the disparity in book advances between white and black authors and has garnered well over 1,000 submissions.

A new hashtag campaign aims to highlight the disparity in book advances between white and black authors and has garnered well over 1,000 submissions.

PW Summer Reads: Our nonfiction selections include a new take on Butch Cassidy, a writer's five-year jaunt through Frenc...
06/09/2020
Summer Reads 2020 from Publishers Weekly Publishers Weekly

PW Summer Reads: Our nonfiction selections include a new take on Butch Cassidy, a writer's five-year jaunt through French haute cuisine, and a tour of Iceland's very strange museums. Oh, and a cocktail manual to help keep you hydrated. #SummerReads2020 #nonfiction

Best nonfiction books, Butch Cassidy: The True Story of an American Outlaw, Charles Leerhsen, Dirt: Adventures, with Family, in the Kitchens of Lyon, Looking for the Origins of French Cooking, Bill Buford, Drink What You Want: The Subjective Guide to Mak

★ @hilary_mckay “leaves enticing ambiguity between the real and fantastical, creating an unassailable magic of her own” ...
06/09/2020
Children's Book Review: The Time of Green Magic by Hilary McKay. S&S/McElderry, $17.99 (240p) ISBN 978-1-5344-6276-2

★ @hilary_mckay “leaves enticing ambiguity between the real and fantastical, creating an unassailable magic of her own” in middle grade novel 'THE TIME OF GREEN MAGIC':

McKay adds the fetching family at the center of this resonant novel to her rich cache of irresistible protagonists. When Abi is 11, her placid life in London with sage Granny Grace and Abi’s widower f

Since Drag Queen Story Hour first took flight in San Francisco in 2015, chapters across the country and around the world...
06/09/2020
Dressed for Success: LGBTQ Children’s Books 2020

Since Drag Queen Story Hour first took flight in San Francisco in 2015, chapters across the country and around the world have facilitated lively events where drag queens read aloud to children in libraries, schools, and bookstores. This season brings a number of picture books starring drag queens.

A trio of picture books about drag queens sashay into bookstores.

Middle grade books aimed at boys tout adventure, humor, and a dash of mayhem. (Sponsored).
06/08/2020
Move Books Moves Forward

Middle grade books aimed at boys tout adventure, humor, and a dash of mayhem. (Sponsored).

Middle grade books aimed at boys tout adventure, humor, and a dash of mayhem. (Sponsored).

Throughout the month of June, Little, Brown Books for Young Readers and Hachette Book Group will match every copy of a T...
06/08/2020
LBYR Matching Todd Parr Book Sales with Donations

Throughout the month of June, Little, Brown Books for Young Readers and Hachette Book Group will match every copy of a Todd Parr book bought directly from the publisher by indie bookstores with a donated copy that will be given to the Children’s Book Project, a literacy nonprofit that distributes books to children in need.

Throughout June, Little, Brown Books for Young Readers and Hachette Book Group will match every copy of a Todd Parr book bought directly from the publisher by indie bookstores with a donated copy that will be given to the Children’s Book Project, a literacy nonprofit.

See what we published in this week's print issue of 'Publishers Weekly,' which is open to all, including our latest libr...
06/08/2020
Publishers Weekly - June 8, 2020 - page1

See what we published in this week's print issue of 'Publishers Weekly,' which is open to all, including our latest library supplement and more.

Publishers Weekly is the international news platform of book publishing and bookselling. Founded in 1872 and published continuously since then, the weekly

On June 8, a group of more than 1,100 workers across book and media industries, most of them junior staffers, will take ...
06/08/2020

On June 8, a group of more than 1,100 workers across book and media industries, most of them junior staffers, will take a day off from work, donate a day's pay to one of a number of fundraisers, and use their time to engage in acts of service in an effort to protest the killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Tony McDade, and "the many other Black lives lost to racist violence in America." http://pw-ne.ws/fa98b

In Huang’s Burning Roses (Tor.com, Sept.) Little Red Riding Hood, recast as a riflewoman, teams up with Hou Yi, an arche...
06/08/2020
Red Riding Hood Redux: PW Talks with S.L. Huang

In Huang’s Burning Roses (Tor.com, Sept.) Little Red Riding Hood, recast as a riflewoman, teams up with Hou Yi, an archer from Chinese mythology.

In 'Huang’s Burning Roses' (Tor.com, Sept.) Little Red Riding Hood, recast as a riflewoman, teams up with Hou Yi, an archer from Chinese mythology.

While none of the major New York City publishers who took part in PW’s survey about their efforts to return employees to...
06/08/2020
New York's Publishers Won't Reopen Until September

While none of the major New York City publishers who took part in PW’s survey about their efforts to return employees to their Manhattan headquarters had fixed plans, no companies said they expected to begin bringing staff back in a meaningful way before Sept. 1.

None of the major New York City publishers who took part in a 'PW' survey about their efforts to return employees to their Manhattan headquarters had fixed plans—and none said they expected to begin bringing staff back in a meaningful way before September 1.

Yamiche Alcindor, the White House correspondent for PBS NewsHour, sold a memoir titled Don’t Forget to Ballantine. Sara ...
06/08/2020
Book Deals: Week of June 8, 2020

Yamiche Alcindor, the White House correspondent for PBS NewsHour, sold a memoir titled Don’t Forget to Ballantine. Sara Weiss won North American rights to the book, at auction, from the Gernert Company’s Alia Hanna Habib.

Among the notable deals last week were the sale of a memoir from a PBS NewsHour correspondent, a novel about a woman who gives birth to an owl, and international bestseller Michel Faber’s latest novel.

This week, we highlight new books from Susan Elizabeth Phillips, William Barber, and Allison Montclair.
06/08/2020
PW Picks: Books of the Week, June 8, 2020

This week, we highlight new books from Susan Elizabeth Phillips, William Barber, and Allison Montclair.

This week, we highlight new books from Susan Elizabeth Phillips, William Barber, and Allison Montclair.

06/08/2020
New Kids' and YA Books: Week of June 8, 2020

Among the books hitting shelves next week are a picture book in which the protagonist finds a star, a middle grade novel about a girl who brings a pony home to her apartment, and a YA novel about two girls who fall in love despite their attempt to keep things casual.

Among the books hitting shelves next week are a picture book in which the protagonist finds a star, a middle grade novel about a girl who wants a pony and brings one home to her apartment, a YA novel about two girls who fall in love despite their attempt to keep things casual, and more.

06/08/2020
Reading with Pride: LGBTQ Books 2020

Here we gather an extensive selection of LGBTQ+ books for kids and young adults, including a wide range of voices and genres.

In honor of Pride Month in June, we've gathered an extensive selection of new and forthcoming LGBTQ books for young readers, including a wide range of voices and genres.

Frontline booksellers are the first people customers see when they set foot in bookstores across America.
06/07/2020
What It's Like to Be a Frontline Bookseller During a Pandemic

Frontline booksellers are the first people customers see when they set foot in bookstores across America.

Frontline booksellers are the first people customers see when they set foot in bookstores across America, and are among the most vulnerable workers in the publishing industry. This is what their world looks like now.

06/07/2020
We Need Diverse Books Steps Up to Help KidLit Community

In response to the ongoing Covid-19 crisis, as well as the current tumult in cities across the U.S., We Need Diverse Books has launched two initiatives to help amplify the voices of children's book writers and illustrators. One is a program to provide financial assistance to diverse publishing industry professionals and creatives; the other program is designed to assist African-American emerging authors and artists.

In response to the ongoing Covid-19 crisis, as well as the current tumult in cities across the U.S., We Need Diverse Books has launched two initiatives to help amplify the voices of children's book writers and illustrators.

Featuring a newly initiated muse from Greek mythology in 'THE CASSANDRA CURSE (MUSE SQUAD #1)', @chantelacevedo “success...
06/06/2020
Children's Book Review: The Cassandra Curse (Muse Squad #1) by Chantel Acevedo. HarperCollins/Balzer + Bray, $16.99 (368p) ISBN 978-0-06-294769-7

Featuring a newly initiated muse from Greek mythology in 'THE CASSANDRA CURSE (MUSE SQUAD #1)', @chantelacevedo “successfully deploys a mixture of imagination and sincerity in this magical duology opener”:

Life takes an unexpected turn for 11-year-old Miami native Calliope “Callie” Martinez-Silva after a deadly train ride sets in motion a series of strange events: the appearance of a cryptic, time-stopp

When Covid-19 concerns forced the postponement of the 2020 Summer Olympics, Atria had to rethink plans for the June rele...
06/06/2020
The Course of True Love: Romance Novels 2020

When Covid-19 concerns forced the postponement of the 2020 Summer Olympics, Atria had to rethink plans for the June release Head over Heels, which ties into the Tokyo Games.

PW looks at summer romances that offer happily ever after—or despite—a news hook.

In March of this year, as the scale of the Covid-19 pandemic came into focus, ALA canceled its annual conference, markin...
06/06/2020
ALA Offers Members Free, or Reduced Registration for 2020 Annual Conference

In March of this year, as the scale of the Covid-19 pandemic came into focus, ALA canceled its annual conference, marking the first time since the final days of WWII in 1945 that the association would not host a live annual conference. Instead, ALA will host an online event: ALA Virtual—Community Through Connection, that will run June 24–26.

Thanks to a select group of sponsors, the fee for ALA members is just $60, and registration is free for any library professional who has been furloughed, laid off, or has had a reduction in hours. Registration closes on Wednesday, June 17, at noon (CT).

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