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The Asian American Writers' Workshop's Page Turner conference, to be held on June 26, will feature a keynote address fro...
06/13/2021
AAWW Announces 2021 Publishing Conference

The Asian American Writers' Workshop's Page Turner conference, to be held on June 26, will feature a keynote address from Matthew Salesses and panels on equity in publishers' editorial departments, podcasts, and more.

The Asian American Writers' Workshop's Page Turner conference, to be held on June 26, will feature a keynote address from Matthew Salesses and panels on equity in publishers' editorial departments, podcasts, and more.

The longtime editorial director of Chosen, who retired June 4, reflects on nearly 40 years in Christian publishing.
06/13/2021
Jane Campbell’s Decades of Spirit-led Books

The longtime editorial director of Chosen, who retired June 4, reflects on nearly 40 years in Christian publishing.

The longtime editorial director of Chosen, who retired June 4, reflects on nearly 40 years in Christian publishing.

Michael Todd (‘Relationship Goals’) calls for ‘Crazy Faith,’ a marketing pro inks deal advising how to focus on God, Sal...
06/13/2021
Religion Book Deals: June 9, 2021

Michael Todd (‘Relationship Goals’) calls for ‘Crazy Faith,’ a marketing pro inks deal advising how to focus on God, Salem takes 'The Babylon Bee Guide to Wokeness' satire.

Michael Todd (‘Relationship Goals’) calls for ‘Crazy Faith,’ a marketing pro inks deal advising how to focus on God, Salem takes 'The Babylon Bee Guide to Wokeness' satire.

Father's Day may bring a sales spike to books for dad, but Christian publishers offer Bible study, prayer guides, parent...
06/13/2021
Faith Publishers Aim for Men’s Market

Father's Day may bring a sales spike to books for dad, but Christian publishers offer Bible study, prayer guides, parenting, and devotionals geared to male readers all year long.

Father's Day may bring a sales spike to books for dad, but Christian publishers offer Bible study, prayer guides, parenting, and devotionals geared to male readers all year long.

On June 22, the Book Industry Guild of New York will host a conversation focusing on the instrumental role libraries hav...
06/12/2021
BIGNY June Event to Spotlight Library-Publisher Relationships

On June 22, the Book Industry Guild of New York will host a conversation focusing on the instrumental role libraries have played in providing accessibility, literacy, and community-building for readers.

On June 22, the Book Industry Guild of New York will host a conversation focusing on the instrumental role libraries have played in providing accessibility, literacy, and community-building for readers.

Eldred combined his passion for libraries with his love for history, movies, television shows, and books to change the l...
06/12/2021
Library Community Mourns John Eldred, Pioneering Founder of Midwest Tape

Eldred combined his passion for libraries with his love for history, movies, television shows, and books to change the library marketplace.

John Eldred, president and owner of Midwest Tape, died on May 27. In a thoughtful remembrance shared with PW, Jeff Jankowski, Eldred's partner for over 30 years at Midwest Tape, recalled Eldred as a beloved friend who combined his passion for libraries with his love for history, movies, television s...

New York this week became the second state to pass a bill that would ensure public libraries the right to license and le...
06/12/2021
New York Legislature Passes Library E-book Bill

New York this week became the second state to pass a bill that would ensure public libraries the right to license and lend e-books that are available to consumers in the state. The bill is now headed to governor Andrew Cuomo's desk.

New York this week became the second state to pass a bill that would ensure public libraries the right to license and lend e-books that are available to consumers in the state. The bill is now headed to governor Andrew Cuomo's desk.

There’s trouble in Trubble Town when a child experiences the butterfly effect firsthand in “cartoonlike” middle grade se...
06/12/2021
Children's Book Review: Squirrel Do Bad (Trubble Town #1) by Stephan Pastis. Aladdin, $21.99 (288p) ISBN 978-1-5344-9610-1

There’s trouble in Trubble Town when a child experiences the butterfly effect firsthand in “cartoonlike” middle grade series starter SQUIRREL DO BAD (TRUBBLE TOWN #1) by @stephanpastis:

There’s trouble in Trubble Town when a child experiences the butterfly effect firsthand in this loony graphic novel series starter by Pastis (the Timmy Failure series). It all starts in chapter zero—t

Books2Door, an online children's bookstore in the U.K., has donated 1,000 books to the Samir Mansour Bookstore in Gaza, ...
06/12/2021
Destroyed Gaza Bookstore Receives Donations

Books2Door, an online children's bookstore in the U.K., has donated 1,000 books to the Samir Mansour Bookstore in Gaza, destroyed by Israeli airstrikes in May. A GoFundMe has raised $200,000 for the store to rebuild.

Books2Door, an online children's bookstore in the U.K., has donated 1,000 books to the Samir Mansour Bookstore in Gaza, destroyed by Israeli airstrikes in May. A GoFundMe has raised $200,000 for the store to rebuild.

This week, Marvel authors drop by Politics and Prose for a powerful conversation; Sandhya Menon has a royal launch; and ...
06/11/2021
In Brief: June 10, 2021

This week, Marvel authors drop by Politics and Prose for a powerful conversation; Sandhya Menon has a royal launch; and Elisha Cooper, Ruth Chan, and Brian Floca have a doggone great outdoor signing.

This week, Marvel authors drop by Politics and Prose for a powerful conversation; Sandhya Menon has a royal launch; and Elisha Cooper, Ruth Chan, and Brian Floca have a doggone great outdoor signing.

The London Book Fair is hosting virtual events throughout June, culminating in an online-only fair..
06/11/2021
The London Book Fair Returns

The London Book Fair is hosting virtual events throughout June, culminating in an online-only fair..

The London Book Fair is hosting virtual events throughout June, culminating in an online-only fair.

BolognaBookPlus, the new online trade conference of the Bologna Book Fair, brought together publishing CEOs from Austral...
06/11/2021
Global CEOs Discuss Silver Linings, Consequences of the Pandemic

BolognaBookPlus, the new online trade conference of the Bologna Book Fair, brought together publishing CEOs from Australia, Mexico, Sweden and the U.K. to discuss how their businesses have fared recently. Some, like Roberto Banchik, CEO of Penguin Random House Grupo Editorial in Mexico, are still deep in the pandemic. Others, like Hakan Rudels, CEO of Sweden’s Bonnier Books, saw record sales.

BolognaBookPlus, the new online trade conference of the Bologna Book Fair, brought together publishing CEOs from Australia, Mexico, Sweden and the U.K. to discuss how their businesses have fared recently.

BolognaBookPlus, the new online trade conference of the Bologna Book Fair, brought together publishing CEOs from Austral...
06/11/2021
Global CEOs Discuss Silver Linings, Consequences of the Pandemic

BolognaBookPlus, the new online trade conference of the Bologna Book Fair, brought together publishing CEOs from Australia, Mexico, Sweden and the U.K. to discuss how their businesses have fared recently. Some, like Roberto Banchik, CEO of Penguin Random House Grupo Editorial in Mexico, are still deep in the pandemic. Others, like Hakan Rudels, CEO of Sweden’s Bonnier Books, saw record sales

BolognaBookPlus, the new online trade conference of the Bologna Book Fair, brought together publishing CEOs from Australia, Mexico, Sweden and the U.K. to discuss how their businesses have fared recently.

Earlier this week, book reviews and ratings began to disappear from popular social cataloging website Goodreads. The los...
06/11/2021
Authors Upset Over Goodreads Bugs

Earlier this week, book reviews and ratings began to disappear from popular social cataloging website Goodreads. The lost entries include positively-rated, often five-star ratings accompanied by reviews written by Goodreads users.

Earlier this week, book reviews and ratings began to disappear from popular social cataloging website Goodreads. The lost entries include positively-rated, often five-star ratings accompanied by reviews written by Goodreads users.

“There is a healing process that happens with storytelling”: children's author Jewell Parker Rhodes discussed the enduri...
06/11/2021
PW Talks with Jewell Parker Rhodes

“There is a healing process that happens with storytelling”: children's author Jewell Parker Rhodes discussed the enduring resonance of her 2016 novel ‘Towers Falling,’ as we approach the 20th anniversary of 9/11.

In Jewell Parker Rhodes’s 2016 novel ‘Towers Falling,’ 10-year-old Dèja learns about the 9/11 terrorist attack in school, not realizing its catastrophic impact on her own family; we spoke with Rhodes about the book’s enduring resonance.

Founded in the U.K. in 2019, Welbeck Children's Publishing Group currently publishes an array of nonfiction in the U.S. ...
06/11/2021
Welbeck Children's Expands Its U.S. Program

Founded in the U.K. in 2019, Welbeck Children's Publishing Group currently publishes an array of nonfiction in the U.S. under three imprints: Welbeck Children's, Welbeck Editions, and Mortimer Children's. And next year, the company’s offerings will grow further with the introduction of its two inaugural fiction imprints for children.

Welbeck Children's Publishing Group currently publishes an array of nonfiction in the U.S. under three imprints, and next year, the company’s offerings will grow further with the introduction of two fiction imprints for children.

Witchcraft books fit in a niche no more. Diverse authors writing on an expansive range of topics drive sales higher each...
06/11/2021
Witch Titles Take Magickal Flight

Witchcraft books fit in a niche no more. Diverse authors writing on an expansive range of topics drive sales higher each year for several publishers.

Witchcraft books fit in a niche no more. Diverse authors writing on an expansive range of topics drive sales higher each year for several publishers.

In her American debut novel, 'What Storm, What Thunder,' the author tells a story of the 2010 Haitian earthquake.
06/11/2021
Myriam J.A. Chancy Charts the Reverberations of a Disaster

In her American debut novel, 'What Storm, What Thunder,' the author tells a story of the 2010 Haitian earthquake.

In her American debut novel, 'What Storm, What Thunder,' the author tells a story of the 2010 Haitian earthquake.

We spoke with publishers about the difficulty and importance of portraying 9/11 for young readers, two decades later.
06/10/2021
Portraying 9/11 for Young Readers, Two Decades Later

We spoke with publishers about the difficulty and importance of portraying 9/11 for young readers, two decades later.

During this 20th anniversary of the September 11 attacks, children’s publishers are releasing at least a dozen fiction and nonfiction books that deal with the traumatic event in an age-appropriate manner.

New books send their romantic leads across the country and around the globe for their happily ever afters.
06/10/2021
Wander, Lust: Romance Books 2021

New books send their romantic leads across the country and around the globe for their happily ever afters.

New books send their romantic leads across the country and around the globe for their happily ever afters.

Prepping to release his 41st novel at 84, the mystery auteur proves he hasn’t slowed down in life or letters.
06/10/2021
James Lee Burke Goes Time Traveling

Prepping to release his 41st novel at 84, the mystery auteur proves he hasn’t slowed down in life or letters.

Prepping to release his 41st novel at 84, the mystery auteur proves he hasn’t slowed down in life or letters.

The Will Eisner Comics Industry Awards, honoring the best comics of the year, announced this year's nominees, which are ...
06/10/2021
Nominations Announced for 2021 Will Eisner Awards

The Will Eisner Comics Industry Awards, honoring the best comics of the year, announced this year's nominees, which are led by publishers Image and Fantagraphics, with 17 and 18 respectively, and cartoonist Gene Luen Yang, who led all artists with five.

The Will Eisner Comics Industry Awards, honoring the best comics of the year, announced this year's nominees, which are led by publishers Image and Fantagraphics, with 17 and 18 respectively, and cartoonist Gene Luen Yang, who led all artists with five.

06/10/2021
Wiley Ends Fiscal 2021 on High Note

Helped by a strong performance in the fourth quarter ended April 30, 2021, revenue at John Wiley rose 6% in fiscal year 2021 over fiscal 2020. The company reported operating income of $185 million.

Helped by a strong performance in the fourth quarter ended April 30, 2021, revenue at John Wiley rose 6% in fiscal year 2021 over fiscal 2020. The company reported operating income of $185 million.

The acquisition of Kanopy adds an extensive video catalog to the OverDrive platform, with some 30,000 films available to...
06/10/2021
OverDrive to Acquire Kanopy

The acquisition of Kanopy adds an extensive video catalog to the OverDrive platform, with some 30,000 films available to students and library users through the Kanopy platform, including iconic films produced by A24, Criterion Collection, Paramount, PBS, and Kino Lorber.

The acquisition of Kanopy adds an extensive video catalog to the OverDrive platform, with some 30,000 films available to students and library users through the Kanopy platform.

The Frankfurt Book Fair is planning on hosting a live, in-person fair this October 20-24. “It will be smaller in scale a...
06/10/2021
Frankfurt Plans Live, In-Person Trade Fair in October

The Frankfurt Book Fair is planning on hosting a live, in-person fair this October 20-24. “It will be smaller in scale and more focused,” Juergen Boos, the fair director, said.

The Frankfurt Book Fair is planning on hosting a live, in-person fair this October 20-24. “It will be smaller in scale and more focused,” Juergen Boos, the fair director, said.

Review of the Day: 'Learning in Public: Lessons for a Racially Divided America from My Daughter’s School' by Courtney E....
06/10/2021
Nonfiction Book Review: Learning in Public: Lessons for a Racially Divided America from My Daughter’s School by Courtney E. Martin. Little, Brown, $28 ISBN 978-0-316-42826-2

Review of the Day: 'Learning in Public: Lessons for a Racially Divided America from My Daughter’s School' by Courtney E. Martin
"Journalist Martin delivers a remarkably candid and perceptive account of her decision to enroll her daughter in a majority Black public school in Oakland, Calif."

Journalist Martin (Do It Anyway) delivers a remarkably candid and perceptive account of her decision to enroll her daughter in a majority Black public school in Oakland, Calif. With a “1 out

In Kleeman’s 'Something New Under the Sun' (Hogarth, Aug.), a writer assists with the film adaptation of his novel and, ...
06/10/2021
Stop Being Plastic: PW Talks with Alexandra Kleeman

In Kleeman’s 'Something New Under the Sun' (Hogarth, Aug.), a writer assists with the film adaptation of his novel and, along with a former child star, tries to unravel the secrets of WAT-R, a synthetic water product.

In Kleeman’s 'Something New Under the Sun' (Hogarth, Aug.), a writer assists with the film adaptation of his novel and, along with a former child star, tries to unravel the secrets of WAT-R, a synthetic water product.

Six months after it acquired LSC Communications, Atlas Holdings has renamed the book division Lakeside Book Company.
06/10/2021
LSC Book Division Now Lakeside Book Company

Six months after it acquired LSC Communications, Atlas Holdings has renamed the book division Lakeside Book Company.

Six months after it acquired LSC Communications, Atlas Holdings has renamed the book division Lakeside Book Company.

Janet Hill Talbert becomes executive editor for Nelson Books. Faith-based Good Will Publishers launches a 'value-focused...
06/09/2021
Religion and Spirituality News Briefs; June 9, 2021

Janet Hill Talbert becomes executive editor for Nelson Books. Faith-based Good Will Publishers launches a 'value-focused' kids imprint.

Janet Hill Talbert becomes executive editor for Nelson Books. Faith-based Good Will Publishers launches a 'value-focused' kids imprint.

Later this month, Philomel is crashing a picture book that came about because Biden recited the lyrics of a song written...
06/09/2021
Biden Inauguration Inspires Another Picture Book

Later this month, Philomel is crashing a picture book that came about because Biden recited the lyrics of a song written in 1998 during his inaugural address, 'American Anthem' by Gene Scheer.

Later this month, Philomel is crashing a picture book that came about because Biden recited the lyrics of a song written in 1998 during his inaugural address, 'American Anthem' by Gene Scheer.

For nine years, Rodgers was a celibate gay Christian speaking about the benefits of conversion therapy, and in her forth...
06/09/2021
Pride Was Hard-Won: PW Talks with Julie Rodgers

For nine years, Rodgers was a celibate gay Christian speaking about the benefits of conversion therapy, and in her forthcoming memoir 'Outlove: A Q***r Christian Survival Story,' she chronicles her journey into peace, a loving marriage, and advocacy for LGBTQ Christians.

For nine years, Rodgers was a celibate gay Christian speaking about the benefits of conversion therapy, and in her forthcoming memoir 'Outlove: A Q***r Christian Survival Story,' she chronicles her journey into peace, a loving marriage, and advocacy for LGBTQ Christians.

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