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June 06, 2015

How Ukraine's artists are taking on Putin's Russia

In a piece in The Guardian, Charlotte Higgins interviews Ukrainian artists weaponizing their work to mount a powerful act of resistance: ...If art seemed a feeble and useless weapon in the first confused days of the invasion, for many I speak to in Ukraine, that sensation did not last long. If...

Greg Bear, 1951-2022

Greg Bear, a Seattle science-fiction author who played a leading role in defining how global audiences saw future final frontiers, died Saturday of complications following heart surgery. Born in San Diego, Greg Bear had his first short story published in 1967 and began writing full time in 1975. He...

2022 National Book Awards

The National Book Awards returned in person for the first time since 2019 on November 16 at their usual location of Cipriani Wall Street in New York City's financial district. Presiding over the evening's award ceremony was author, producer, and television host Padma Lakshmi, who donned a...

Book sales continued to struggle in August

U.S. book sales fell 9% in August compared to a year ago at the 1,367 publishers who report data to AAP's StatShot program. All segments had declines in the month. The largest drops came in the university press category, where sales fell 22.3%, and at religious publishers, which saw a 17.8%...

HarperCollins union workers bring strike to the National Book Awards

As the 73rd National Book Awards kicked off at the swanky Cipriani Wall Street in New York City, unionized HarperCollins employees took their strike to the sidewalks surrounding the venue. As guests lined up to grace the NBA's red carpet, they were greeted by HC union members who offered...

BBC and A24 adapting Booker Prize Winner 'Shuggie Bain'

The BBC and A24 are teaming for an adaptation of Douglas Stuart's 2020 Booker Prize-winning novel Shuggie Bain, an international bestseller, sold in 39 countries. Gaynor Holmes, BBC Drama Commissioning Editor, says: "Shuggie Bain is an extraordinary novel, with all the makings of...

B&N buys paper source

Barnes & Noble has bought Paper Source, the stationery and gift store retailer with 123 locations across 25 states. Starting immediately, customers will be able to redeem B&N and Paper Source gift cards at either store; this applies to future gift cards as well as currently held gift cards.

Concerns linger for libraries after mixed election results

As usual, EveryLibrary executive director John Chrastka was busy on Election Day, this year tracking the fate of some 55 library initiatives across 16 states. And while general support for libraries appears to remain high overall, Chrastka says, he also observed some concerning trends—especially in...

University presses are keeping American literature alive

In an opinion piece in the New York Times, Margaret Renkl explores the importance of University Presses: Many important manuscripts would not see the light of day if they were measured against expectations for nationwide sales. University presses take up titles that the Big Five, as the publishing...

In written opinion, Judge Florence Pan delivers knockout blow to PRH, S&S merger

On November 7, Judge Florence Pan released her memorandum opinion blocking Penguin Random House from acquiring rival Big Five publisher Simon & Schuster—and in the final analysis, after a year of legal wrangling and a three-week trial that captivated the publishing industry, it wasn't a...

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