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NYC Bookseller Social to Take Place at Housing Works

Booksellers from the five boroughs of New York City and surrounding areas are invited to register for a social event taking place at Housing Works Bookstore and Café on July 20 from 6:30p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

The event, sponsored by Baker & Taylor and the New Atlantic Independent Booksellers Association (NAIBA) will feature food, wine, and shop talk among area booksellers, as well as appearances by Garth Risk Hallberg, author of City on Fire, to be published by Knopf this October, and Julia Pierpont, author of Among the Ten Thousand Things, published this week by Random House.

Trafalgar Square Signs Five New Publishers

Trafalgar Square Publishing, a division of IPG, has five new distribution clients. As of July 1, 2015, Trafalgar will distribute print and electronic titles in the U.S. and Canada for BackPage Press, Graffeg Limited, and Blink Publishing, an imprint of Bonnier Publishing UK, which is owned by Bonnier Books of Sweden.

As of January 1, 2016, Trafalgar will also distribute print editions in the U.S. and Canada for British Library Publishing and Bonnier UK’s Bonnier Publishing Fiction (which comprises children’s imprints Hot Key Books and Piccadilly Press and adult fiction imprints Zaffre and Twenty7).

Man Booker International Prize to Focus on Books in Translation

Starting in 2016, the Man Booker International Prize will join with the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize and will change its focus to books in translation, the Booker Prize Foundation announced on Monday.

The new prize will be awarded to one book translated into English and published in the U.K. It will retain the name the Man Booker International Prize but will now be awarded annually, as opposed to every two years.

The judges’ panel will be chaired by Boyd Tonkin, senior writer for the Independent, which is a sponsor of the prize. Judges will announce a longlist of 12 to 13 novels or short story collections in March 2016, and a shortlist of six books will be announced in April. The winner will be announced in May.