June 11, 2020

Merriam-Webster revises ‘racism’ entry

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,”...

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With a plunge in returns, net book sales fell 3.5% in April

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

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National Endowment for the Arts awards $1.4 million to literary organizations

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

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Changing the story with Hashtag BLAK and The Diverse Book Awards

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.

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