Adeyemi On Time‘s 100 Most Influential List

Author of the Legacy of Orïsha trilogy, Tomi Adeyemi has been named one of the 100 most influential people of 2020 by Time Magazine. Categories include Artists, Leaders, and more; Adeyemi is listed among Pioneers.

For more information, including the full list, see the Time article.

 

 

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ABA Board Changes

The American Booksellers Association (ABA) has appointed Jake Cumsky-Whitlock of Solid State Books in Washington DC and Melanie Knight of Books Inc. in San Francisco CA to the board, to serve until board elections in April 2021. This follows changes to bylaws which “bring the number of board members to 13 (from 11) and that require the board to include at least four booksellers who are Black, Indigenous, or People ...Read More

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Voice of the Heartland Award

Publisher Two Dollar Radio won the 2020 Voice of the Heartland Award, given “to individuals and organizations who uphold the value of independent bookselling and who have made a significant contribution to bookselling in our combined regions.” The award is given by the Great Lakes Independent Booksellers Association (GLIBA) and the Midwest Independent Booksellers Association (MIBA). Nominating bookseller Gary Lovely of Book Loft in Columbus, OH called them “a shining ...Read More

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Constelación Magazine Launches

Co-editors Coral Alejandra Moore and Eliana González Ugarte announced the creation of Constelación Magazine, “a bilingual magazine of speculative fiction.”

Publishing quarterly, each themed issue will feature original artwork. Stories can be submitted in either English or Spanish; selections will be translated and published in both. Submissions for the first issue open in October, concurrent with the launch Kickstarter.

Joining Moore and Ugarte on staff are Christina Jurado and Libia ...Read More

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Changes at Macmillan

John Sargent, CEO of Macmillan Publishers, will be leaving the company and its parent, Holtzbrinck Publishing Group, on January 1, 2021 due to “disagreements regarding the direction of Macmillan.” Sargent has held the position since 2012, after originally joining Holtzbrinck in 1996 as CEO of St. Martin’s Press. Don Weisberg, president of Macmillan US Trade, will take Sargent’s place as CEO. Susan Winslow will move from general manager to president ...Read More

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People & Publishing Roundup, September 2020

MILESTONES

EMILY INKPEN is now repre­sented by the John Jarrold Literary Agency.

MÁRIO SEABRA COELHO is now represented by Stevie Finegan of Zeno Agency.

JOSHUA WINNING is now represented by Kristina Perez of Zeno Agency.

YUDHANJAYA WIJERATNE is now represented by Stevie Fin­egan of Zeno Agency.

ANGUS WATSON is now rep­resented by Stevie Finegan of Zeno Agency.

AWARDS

PETER S. BEAGLE won the Jack Trevor Story Memorial Prize/Prix du Goncourt, ...Read More

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Publishing News, September 2020

Mark Teppo announced that his publishing projects will no longer operate under the Resurrection House name, with his Firebird Creative projects now appearing under the Underland Press and Underland Arcana banners. Speaking of: Underland Press has launched a new quarterly publication, Un­derground Arcana, with work inspired by the Minor Arcana of the tarot, launching in Fall 2020. The press has published two anthologies inspired by the major arcana (XII ...Read More

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BAME Fiction Development Program

Hachette UK has established a free fiction development program for “new, unagented and unpublished [writers] from a B.A.M.E (Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic) background with a novel that you hope to submit within 3-6 months of completing the workshops.” Authors in the UK and Ireland are eligible to apply. The program includes mentoring packages and online workshops with established editors, authors, and agents.

The application window closes September 14, 2020 at ...Read More

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Pandemic Publishing News

A Publishers Weekly survey in June revealed that most publishers in New York anticipated bringing employees back after Labor Day, but that’s not happening.

Macmillan’s offices won’t open until January 11, 2021 at the earliest, but some employees will be al­lowed access to their Manhattan office on a trial basis upon request.

Simon & Schuster’s CEO Bob Bakish wrote in a memo that “at this point, we are assuming the ...Read More

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HWA and Harlequin Diversity Scholarships

The Horror Writers Association (HWA) has announced new diversity grants, “open to underrepresented, diverse people who have an interest in the horror writing genre, including, but not limited to writers, editors, reviewers, and library workers.” Through funding from NoveList, LibraryReads, ARRT, and RA for All, four grants of $500 each will be offered in 2020. “The number of grants awarded in the future is subject to the amount of funds ...Read More

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People & Publishing Roundup, August 2020

MILESTONES

ALAN DEAN FOSTER began composing classical music in April, and has completed several short pieces, a symphony, and a sym­phonic suite. His Nightwish suite is online at <www.facebook.com/alandeanfoster>.

AWARDS

COLSON WHITEHEAD won the Library of Congress Prize for American Fiction. At 50, he is the youngest author to receive that lifetime achievement award ever. Whitehead’s The Nickel Boys (Doubleday) won the 2020 Orwell Prize for Political Fiction, presented July ...Read More

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Rowling Controversy Continues

J.K. Rowl­ing’s ongoing commentary online about transgender people led four authors to resign from the Blair Partnership, Rowling’s literary agency: Fox Fisher, Drew Davies, Ugla Stefanía Kristjönudóttir Jónsdót­tir, and an author who chose to remain anonymous. The authors asked their agency “to reaffirm their commitment to transgender rights and equality,” and following discussions with the company, the authors “felt that [agency leaders] were unable to commit to any action that ...Read More

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Head of Zeus Launches New Imprint

Head of Zeus announced a new imprint, Ad Astra, which will publish “the best high-concept SFF our world can offer.” Cixin Liu will be Ad Astra’s “talisman.”

Ad Astra will launch six books on October 1, 2020: Attack Surface by Cory Doctorow; Unconquerable Sun by Kate Elliott; Hold Up the Sky by Cixin Liu; Sooner or Later Everything Falls into the Sea by Sarah Pinsker; The Lost Colony by A.G. ...Read More

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Publishing News

In June, John Sargent, CEO of Macmillan, sent a memo to staff outlining plans to change their leadership structure. “It is clear that we have to change who occupies the seats at the table when the important decisions are being made.” They plan to create a new Trade Manage­ment committee with 13 members “who will meet regularly to decide on the key issues for Macmillan” and “focus on running the ...Read More

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Agency News

Dawn Frederick, owner of St. Paul MN-based agency Red Sofa Literary, is at the center of an ongoing controversy. On May 28, 2020, during protests following the death of George Floyd in the Twin Cities, Frederick tweeted, “The gas station at the END OF MY BLOCK is officially getting looted. Calling the police right now to let them know as someone will need to board up this place.” (Her Twitter ...Read More

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Internet Archive Suspends Lending

The In­ternet Archive ended their “National Emergency Library” program on June 16, 2020, two weeks earlier than planned, following lawsuits by four publishers. The suit, filed in New York federal court, alleges “willful mass copyright infringe­ment” and argues that, “despite the Open Library moniker, IA’s actions grossly exceed legitimate li­brary services, do violence to the Copyright Act, and constitute willful digital piracy on an indus­trial scale.” The Association of American ...Read More

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Photo Story: Fenners Take Over Spectrum

ARNIE FENNER retired as senior art director at An­drews McMeel on May 29, 2020. He & CATHY FENNER will take over as directors of the Spectrum Fantastic Art competi­tion and editors of the annual Spectrum art book, replacing JOHN FLESKES, beginning with the 28th competition this Fall. The Fenners founded the compe­tition in 1994 and ran it until Fleskes took over in 2013. Further announce­ments regarding the new advisory ...Read More

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People & Publishing Roundup, July 2020

Milestones

GEORGE R.R. MARTIN (and two other investors) have purchased 18 miles of abandoned railway connecting the historic depot in Lamy NM with Santa Fe. Martin plans to restore the line as a tourist attraction and film shooting venue by 2022.

MEHDI BEL ABBES is now represented via the John Jarrold Literary Agency.

TOBI OGUNDIRAN is now represented by the John Jarrold Literary Agency.

Awards

Writer ELIZABETH KNOX was appointed ...Read More

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Bundoran Press Closes

Bundoran Press Publishing House has announced that it will cease operations by October 30, 2020. No new contracts will be signed, and all previously contracted books have been published. They will continue to sell books on their website and other platforms until that date. Authors and editors can request rights reversion at an earlier date; otherwise, all rights will revert at the end of October.

Hayden Trenholm spoke on behalf ...Read More

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Book News

Suzanne Collins’s Hunger Games sequel The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes sold about 270,000 hardcovers in its first week following a May 19, 2020 release, according to NPD Bookscan. Publisher Scholastic says 500,000 copies sold in all formats. That accounts for a good chunk of the 13.22 million print books sold that week, up from 12.52 million the week before.

Lethe Press has suspended their Transcendent series of year’s best ...Read More

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DC Drops Diamond

Comics giant DC has end­ed its 25-year relationship with Diamond Comic Distributors, telling retail customers that future or­ders will be fulfilled by the newly created Lunar Distribution and UCS Comic Distributors (for peri­odicals), and Penguin Random House (for graphic novels and collections). DC says, “We recognize that, to many of you, this may seem like a momen­tous decision. However, we can assure you that this change in DC’s distribution plans ...Read More

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Publishing News

What if you held a book fair, but nobody came? The annual Frankfurt Book Fair is still scheduled for October 2020 (albeit at a smaller than usual scale), but Bloomsbury, HarperCollins, Penguin Random House, Lagardere Publishing, Macmillan, Simon & Schuster, and numerous smaller publishers have announced that they will not attend or exhibit, though many plan to take part in the fair’s virtual activities. Although Canada is the “guest of ...Read More

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Fantasy Magazine Relaunch

John Joseph Adams has announced the relaunch of Fantasy magazine, with issue #61 scheduled for November 2020. Fantasy will be joining “sister-magazines Lightspeed and Nightmare under the same publishing umbrella”. Adams has named Christie Yant and Arley Sorg as co-editors-in-chief of Fantasy. From this point forward, all three magazines will be co-published by Adams and Yant under the name Adamant Press.

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Publishing News Roundup

French company Vivendi has purchased 10.6% of stock in multimedia giant Lagardere (parent company of Hachette, and owner of the largest publisher in France). Vivendi owns France’s second-biggest publisher, Editis. Lagardere’s board is in a struggle with one of their major shareholders, hedge fund Amber Capital, which wants to replace current Lagardere directors and leadership as ‘‘a referendum on the management of the last seventeen years.’’ Vivendi chairman Vincent Bollore ...Read More

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Free Reads

Readings of Gene Wolfe‘s short stories ‘‘A Criminal Proceeding’’, ‘‘The Death of the Island Doctor’’, and ‘‘La Befana’’ can be found on The Gene Wolfe Appreciation Society Facebook group for the duration of the pandemic: <www.facebook.com/groups/2230578996/videos/>. Permission was arranged via Vaughne Hansen of the Virginia Kidd Agency.

Harry Potter at Home is adding to its free offerings from J.K. Rowling’s series, with videos and audio of celebrity narrators reading Harry ...Read More

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People & Publishing Roundup, June 2020

Milestones

BROOKE BOLANDER is now represented by DongWon Song of Howard Morhaim Literary Agency.

J.K. ROWLING‘s Harry Potter character Salazar Slytherin (who could speak to snakes) provided the name for a new species of pit viper, Trimeresurus salazar, discovered by researchers in India.

Locus assistant editor JOSH PEARCE & EMILY DOAN are the parents of LUCA DOAN PEARCE, born May 15, 2020.

NEIL GAIMAN left New Zealand to ...Read More

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Pandemic Fundraising

NewCon Press has published anthology Stories of Hope and Wonder, with all proceeds going to UK healthcare workers dealing with COVID-19. For more: <www.newconpress.co.uk/info/book.asp?id=164&referer=Catalogue>.

The #Creators4Comics fundraising effort made $433,166 to help bookstores and comic shops impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Comics creators auctioned off materials for the Book Industry Charitable Foundation, with more than 635 individual auctions held. Writer Kami Garcia was one of the original organizers. She ...Read More

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Publishing Day of Action

Organizers have designated June 8, 2020 as a “a day of action in solidarity with the global uprisings in response to the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Tony McDade, and the many, many others in the long history of Black people murdered by the state.” Nearly 1,500 people signed a “Statement of Solidarity from Workers Across Publishing” posted over the weekend as a public Google document (it ...Read More

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Print Sales Rebound in Early May

According to NPD Bookscan, print sales for the week ending May 2, 2020 were strong, and the closest to a ‘‘normal’’ week since widespread shelter-in-place orders went into effect across the US in March and April: 12.24 million books sold, up from 11.04 million the prior week. Sales for the same week in 2019 were only 11.58 million.

Adult sales in particular rebounded, selling 7.8 million books, over 6.26 million ...Read More

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Penguin Classics Launches Science Fiction Series

Penguin Classics plans to “celebrate science fiction as the essential genre of modern times” with a new series of science fiction classics. Titles launching in August include Cat’s Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut, Flatland by Edwin Abbott, and Ten Thousand Light-years from Home by James Tiptree, Jr. Penguin also plans to publish well-known international science fiction translated into English, such as The Hair Carpet Weavers by Andreas Eschbach (Doryl Jensen, translator) ...Read More

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Karp New Simon & Schuster CEO

Jonathan Karp has been named president and CEO of Simon & Schuster, taking over after former president Carolyn Reidy died unexpectedly of a heart attack on May 12. He was promoted from president of Simon & Schuster Adult Publishing, where he oversaw key books like What Happened by Hillary Clinton, Fear by Bob Woodward, and Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson. He plans to “continue to build on the strong foundation ...Read More

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New Rowling Book Serialized

J.K. Rowling will publish a new children’s book, The Ickabog, with free chapters appearing online every weekday in 34 installments from May 26 – July 10, 2020.

The complete version will be published in November 2020 by Scholastic in the US and Little, Brown in the UK, with all royalties being donated to “help groups who’ve been particularly impacted by the pandemic.”

Rowling is holding an illustration competition for ...Read More

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