Children’s Book Week Dates, Poster Illustrator Announced
The Children’s Book Council has announced that next year’s Children’s Book Week will take place from April 30 to May 6, 2018.
Children’s Book Week is presented by the Children’s Book Council and Every Child a Reader. Official event registration will begin on December 4, 2017, on the Every Child a Reader website.
The illustrator of this year’s official CBW poster will be Jillian Tamaki, an illustrator and comics artist who is the co-creator, with her cousin Mariko Tamaki, of Skim (Groundwood Books) and This One Summer (First Second).
Independent Bookstore Day Calling for Bookseller Submissions for Book Club Journal
The organizers behind Independent Bookstore Day (IBD) are calling on booksellers and authors to help create a Book Club Journal for the upcoming year’s event on April 28, 2018.
IBD program director Samantha Schoech is asking booksellers across the country for their most fun, insightful, readable lists of 10 titles to recommend to a book club. Each list should have a theme, and all genres are welcome. Creativity is encouraged.
Booksellers should e-mail their lists to Schoech with the subject line BOOK LIST by December 1, 2017, for consideration. Every list may not be used, and IBD reserves the right to edit or combine lists. Booksellers should include their name, bookstore and city, and favorite genre in their submission.
BookCon Lineup Announced
ReedPOP has announced the initial lineup of authors set to take the BookCon stage in June 2018.
Authors promoting their books at BookCon will include Hollywood stars like actor Taye Diggs and Orange Is the New Black actress Diane Guerrero, as well as popular YA writers Angie Thomas, Jason Reynolds, Leigh Bardugo, Marissa Meyer, and Victoria Aveyard.
BookCon 2018 takes place June 2–3 at the Javits Center in New York City following BookExpo, and will feature panels, screenings, author Q&As, and autographing sessions. Tickets go on sale November 15.
ReedPOP will announce more guests as the event approaches.
Family of Missing Hong Kong Bookseller Unsure of His Whereabouts
Last year, American Booksellers for Free Expression (ABFE) created and sold T-shirts to raise funds to support the campaign, led by Angela Gui, to free Gui Minhai.
Penguin Random House to Distribute Grupo Editorial Titles Beginning Next Year
Penguin Random House Grupo Editorial (PRHGE) will be distributed in the U.S. by Penguin Random House through its Westminster, Maryland, facility beginning February 1, 2018, Publishers Weekly reported.
This means that the company will leave Perseus Distribution/Two Rivers Distribution. In addition, the titles from the newly acquired Ediciones B will join PRHGE and will also be distributed by PRH effective February 1. Until that date, they will continue to be distributed by Spanish Publishers.
Hachette Acquires Meadowbrook Press Titles
Hachette Book Group has entered into an agreement to purchase a line of books from Meadowbrook Press, the Minnesota-based pregnancy, childcare, and parenting publisher announced Tuesday.
These books will be published by Da Capo Lifelong Books, part of Perseus Books, and Meadowbrook’s children’s and gift/humor books will be reissued by Running Press, also part of Perseus Books.
The purchased backlist to be updated and published by Lifelong is made up of around 25 titles, including Pregnancy, Childbirth, and the Newborn; The Simple Guide to Having a Baby; Discipline with Love and Limits; and the Busy Book series.
Kirkus Prize Winners Announced
The winners of the 2017 Kirkus Prize were announced at a ceremony on November 2 in Austin, Texas.
This year’s winners, each of whom will receive $50,000, are:
- Fiction: What It Means When a Man Falls from the Sky: Stories by Lesley Nneka Arimah (Riverhead)
- Nonfiction: The Gulf: The Making of an American Sea by Jack E. Davis (Liveright/Norton)
- Young Readers’ Literature: The Marrow Thieves by Cherie Dimaline (DCB)
Books that earned the Kirkus Star with publication dates between September 1, 2016, to August 31, 2017, are automatically nominated for the Prize, which is sponsored by Kirkus Reviews. Winners are selected by a panel of writers, booksellers, librarians, and Kirkus critics.
Winner of Mark Twain American Voice in Literature Award Announced
The winner of the 2017 Mark Twain American Voice in Literature Awardis Bill Beverly for his first novel, Dodgers: A Novel (Crown).
The $25,000 award sponsored by the Mark Twain House & Museum honors “an ‘American voice’ such as Twain established in his masterpiece Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.”
The Mark Twain American Voice in Literature Award will be presented at the museum in Hartford, Connecticut, on November 30, Twain’s birthday.