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Librarians Throughout the Midwest to Judge Midwest Book Awards
Librarians Throughout the Midwest to Judge Midwest Book Awards

For the first time in the Midwest Independent Publishers Association's thirty-year history, the judging panel for the 2020 Midwest Book Awards is comprised almost entirely of librarians.This year's judges are approximately 95 percent librarians or library directors, 3 percent independent booksellers and 2 percent university staff (who were hand-picked for their subject matter expertise). The libra…   read more

Sisters in Crime Announces the Winner of the 2020 Eleanor Taylor Bland Crime Fiction Writers of Color Award
Sisters in Crime Announces the Winner of the 2020 Eleanor Taylor Bland Crime Fiction Writers of Color Award

Award honors the memory of the pioneering African-American crime fiction author with $2,000 grant

Sisters in Crime has announced that the 2020 winner of the annual Eleanor Taylor Bland Crime Fiction Writers of Color Award is Yasmin McClinton of Columbia, SC. The winning novel-in-progress was selected by judges Rachel Howzell-Hall, Alex Segura and the 2019 winner, Jessica Martinez. The award, which honors the memory of pioneering African-American crime fiction author Eleanor Taylor Bland w…   read more

Chautauqua Prize 2016 Winner Announced

OFF THE RADAR Wins $7500 Prize

 Chautauqua Institution has announced Off the Radar: A Father's Secret, a Mother's Heroism, and a Son's Quest (Blue Rider Press) by Cyrus Copeland as the 2016 winner of The Chautauqua Prize. As author of the winning book, Copeland receives $7,500 and all travel and expenses for himself and his family for a one-week summer residency at Chautauqua from Aug. 7 to 13, 2016. He will host…   read more

James Beard Foundation Cookbook Award Winners Announced

The James Beard Foundation has announced the winners of the 2016 James Beard Foundation Book Awards for books published in English in 2015.  Known as the Oscars of the food world, the James Beard Awards cover all aspects of the industry: chefs and restaurateurs, cookbook authors and food journalists, restaurant designers and architects, and more. The James Beard Awards are the highest honor f…   read more

PEN Literary Award Shortlists Announced

Winners will be announced on March 1 and April 11

The shortlists for the 2016 PEN Literary Awards have been announced, after judges narrowed their choices down to their top five books for each of eight book awards. Spanning fiction, nonfiction, poetry, biography, essays, translation, and more, this year's PEN awards will confer over $200,000 to some of the best writers and translators working today.  The winners for all 2016 awards will…   read more

2015 Prizes for Contributors to POETRY Magazine Announced

Prizes awarded to poets, critics, and essayists featured in the magazine over the past year

Poetry magazine awards eight annual prizes for the best work published in Poetry during the past 12 months. Nine poets: Rae Armantrout, Terrance Hayes, Tarfia Faizullah, Jillian Weise, Ming Di, Jennifer Stern, Amy Newman, Jenny Zhang, and Maya Catherine Popa will receive the 2015 prizes for their poems, translations and prose that appeared in Poetry.“Every year, Poetry recognizes the wo…   read more

Intelligence Squared Kicks Off Season with Burning Question: Is the Reader's Friend?

Debated Live Onstage in NYC and Streamed Online, Thursday, January 15

Intelligence Squared U.S., the Oxford-style debate show that airs on NPR live from New York City, kicked off its 2015 season with what may well be the most burning question the modern book publishing world has ever faced: 'Is Amazon good for Readers?' It was a timely question to ask, especially after the recent brouhaha between Amazon and Hachette, the high-profile comments of Ursula K. LeGui…   read more and the Seize the Summer Campaign

Read Aloud 15 Minutes a Day - Every Child - Every Day

According to, approximately 1.5 million children will begin kindergarten this fall without the requisite literacy skills to become successful learners setting off a cascade of reading delays and school failure. They want every parent to understand the difference they can make in their child's lifelong learning success by reading aloud for 15 minutes every day starting at birth.Every …   read more

Hans Christian Andersen Award Jury Announces the 2014 Shortlist

The International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY) has named author Nahoko Uehashi (Japan) and illustrator Roger Mello (Brazil) winners of the 2014 Hans Christian Andersen Award.Six authors and six illustrators were selected from 58 candidates submitted by 33 national sections of IBBY for the 2014 Hans Christian Andersen Award. The award, launched in 1958, is considered the most prestigious …   read more

Oren Teicher and the ABA Board: 'PW' Person of the Year
Oren Teicher and the ABA Board: 'PW' Person of the Year

Time magazine has its person of the year, but when it comes to publishing and bookselling, it's the Publishers Weekly Person of the Year that we care about. With this year's bold statements about the politics of publishing, and his clashes with Amazon founder Jeff Bezos and even U.S. President Barack Obama, Oren Teicher proved himself a firmly committed advocate for the independent bookseller…   read more

Amazon News: Kindle First and Kirshbaum Out

Since it began publishing its own books, Amazon has faced serious resistance from Barnes & Noble and indie bookstores that refuse to carry its titles, says an article in The Washington Post.  (Amazon founder Jeff Bezos now owns The Washington Post.) On November 1st, the Seattle retailer announced an aggressive new effort to reach readers directly. The new 'Kindle First' program …   read more

Apple Takes a Bite of the E-book Market

by Molly Reger

A wrap up of one of publishing’s biggest trials

Apple said its last words in the Department of Justice antitrust trial in June and now awaits a verdict from U.S. District Judge Denise Cote. But what does the trial mean for e-book pricing? Especially for self-published authors? Read on for an analysis of the case and what the outcome could mean for the indie sphere. Trial OriginsIn 2012, Apple came under scrutiny with the Department of Just…   read more

Introducing eBookNation
Introducing eBookNation

Original and archival work from the Nation Digital Archive of progressive politics and culture

The Nation, America's oldest political newsweekly, announced on May 15, 2013, the launch of eBookNation, a new digital book initiative designed to make The Nation's most notable contributors, past and present, easily available to readers on tablets, smartphones and computers.eBookNation will feature both original works by Nation writers, and collections of the best essays and articles by America's…   read more

Library Establishes Special Prize for National History Day

The Library of Congress has established a new prize as part of National History Day to encourage students to study discovery and exploration through the ages. The Library of Congress 'Discovery or Exploration in History Prize” will be awarded at a special ceremony on the campus of the University of Maryland at College Park at 8:30 a.m. on June 13, 2013.Sponsored by the Elizabeth Ridgway Fund…   read more

So You Want to Write a Cookbook Contest Winner Names

Can a cookbook author be chosen based only on a series of tweets? Is there untapped talent on Twitter? The Lisa Ekus Group, LLC, a 31-year-old literary agency that focuses on promoting a world of culinary talent launched a Twitter contest to find out. The “So You Want to Write a Cookbook” contest (#signmesal) was inspired by the March Madness basketball tournament, and was co…   read more

2013 Yale Publishing Course
2013 Yale Publishing Course

Sessions to focus on disruption in the digital age

 The curriculum for this year's Yale Publishing Course (YPC) sessions are set for July 2013. The two sessions, Leadership Strategies in Magazine & Digital Publishing (July 14–19) and Leadership Strategies in Book Publishing (July 21–26), concentrate on building leadership skills and understanding recent disruptions in the industry. The YPC offers a personalized …   read more

The Saturday Evening Post Launches 2014 Great American Fiction Contest
The Saturday Evening Post Launches 2014 Great American Fiction Contest

Second Annual Search for America’s Next Noted Novelist

 F. Scott Fitzgerald's classic, The Great Gatsby, is once again celebrated in movie theaters this summer and as a contributor to The Saturday Evening Post Fitzgerald penned almost 70 short stories which defined an era. Now budding fiction writers across the country have the opportunity to contribute to one of the staples of American literature. The Post has announced its “2014 Great Ame…   read more

2013 Audie Award Winners Announced
2013 Audie Award Winners Announced

The Audio Publishers Association (APA) has announced the winners for its 2013 Audie Awards® competition, the only awards program in the United States devoted entirely to honoring audiobooks and spoken word entertainment. Winners were announced at the Audies Gala on May 30, 2013, at the New-York Historical Society in New York. Writer Daniel Handler, aka Lemony Snicket, the mega-bestselling auth…   read more