Oneworld is to publish an "authoritative" book on Iranian military commander Qassem Soleimani, who was assassinated by a US military drone in January.
Merriam-Webster revises ‘racism’ entry Jun 11 2020 Merriam-Webster is revising its entry on racism after a recent college graduate in Missouri, inspired by the protests and debates about what it means to be racist, urged editors to make changes... ...Peter Sokolowski, an editor at large at Merriam-Webster, said in an interview Wednesday that editors were working to revise the online entry for racism after the recent graduate, Kennedy Mitchum, wrote a series of emails stating her case... “Racism is not only prejudice against a certain race due to the color of a persons skin, as it states in your dictionary,”...
HarperCollins has acquired world all-language rights to two more books by Why Mummy Drinks author Gill Sims.
Jun 11 2020 Net publishing sales fell 3.5% in April compared to April 2019 for the 1,361 publishers who report revenue to AAP’s StatShot program. The small decline, however, is deceiving. Gross sales fell in the monthly comparison, dropping 16%, but were offset by a nearly 49% drop in returns. (AAP calculates net sales by deducting returns from gross sales.) Returns were down in every category and point to an issue that many publishers are keeping an eye on—the possibility of heavy returns when bookstores reopen after closing because of the pandemic. Source: Publishers Weekly More News Stories
Sarah Walden's Noodle Fuel has partnered with Little Tiger Group in a deal to create children’s non-fiction, activity and board books on an exclusive basis, just six weeks after launching.
Jun 11 2020 The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) announced $84 million in grants for 1,144 projects, including 62 for literary arts organizations, worth a total of $1.4 million. The NEA noted that while applications for these grants were submitted during the summer of 2019, the NEA worked with organizations to "adjust their projects to meet the new reality created by the pandemic." Several organizations, for instance, have reimagined live events as virtual ones, and have moved numerous activities online. Source: Publishers Weekly More News Stories
A collection of six essays written during lockdown by Zadie Smith, titled Intimations, will be published by Hamish Hamilton this summer.
I am a Black author and publisher in an industry that is dominated by white people. Black Lives Matter is not a hashtag. It is a movement that will carry on until we have seen real change. It is being said time and time again but there is still not enough representation in the publishing industry. It is frustrating to walk into a room and be the only Black person there. It is infuriating being in a meeting and being compared to another Black publisher, as if there are only two of us.
At some point or another most apprentices will have suffered from an inferiority complex. Caught in a no man’s land between employed and yet not fully employed, we occupy a precarious position. So when the coronavirus pandemic hit home, quite literally, you can imagine how that voice which reminds me of my inadequacy (however imagined) was turned up inside my head.
HarperCollins has promoted Kimberley Young (pictured) to the role of executive publisher for HarperFiction, with responsibility also for digital-first division One More Chapter.