Here’s what’s happening this week in the book industry:
Independent We Stand has proclaimed July Independent Retailer Month. The monthlong event, which grew out of the organization’s similar week-long campaigns, reminds consumers to shop local year-round by highlighting independently owned businesses. To celebrate, retailers are encouraged to hold in-store events, follow Independent Retailer Month’s social media profiles, and use these downloadable marketing materials and ideas.
In a July 3 statement, the Board of Barnes & Noble informed the public that CEO Demos Parneros had been terminated without severance for “violations of the Company’s policies.” Parneros was appointed CEO in April 2017. The company has had four CEOs in the past five years; in 2016, B&N fired previous CEO Ron Boire after less than a year on the job. While searching for a new CEO, B&N has entrusted its management to a group of current company executives.
The vote to reject a controversial copyright law by the European Parliament has disappointed publishers and authors in the European Union. The law would have put a greater burden on individual websites to monitor for copyright infringement and raised the possibility of a tax that would prevent online content platforms and news aggregators from sharing links they have not paid for.
At Random House Children’s Books, Aisha Cloud has been promoted from manager to senior publicity manager, and Allison Judd has been promoted from senior publicist to associate publicity manager.
John Wiley & Sons has appointed Taneli Ruda as its new executive vice president and chief strategy officer. In this new role, he will help to “define and accelerate the next phase of Wiley’s growth, driving key initiatives that serve the research and education sectors.” Most recently, Ruda served as head of corporate strategy at Thomson Reuters.
Simon & Schuster will distribute Zuiker Press, a new publisher of graphic novels on issues like body dysmorphia, school shootings, transgender life, suicide, and opioid addiction. Zuiker, which was founded by Michelle and Anthony E. Zuiker, the creator of the television series CSI, will publish its first title this fall. Each book will also include educational support materials to assist with generating conversations.
Min Jin Lee’s Pachinko was chosen by the PBS NewsHour-New York Times “Now Read This” book club as its July pick. The book, which was a finalist for the National Book Award for Fiction, is a historical novel of a Korean family that migrates to Japan. This month, PBS will post discussion questions and writing advice from Lee on its site; at the end of the month, Lee will answer reader questions on PBS NewsHour.
The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje (Bloomsbury) was named the winner of the Golden Man Booker Prize. This one-time prize was awarded to the best work of fiction that previously received the Man Booker Prize in the past 50 years.
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