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Here’s what’s happening this week in the book industry:

Effective August 2019, Two Rivers Distribution will add five new clients to its sales and distribution list: Justice Studios, Hamilcar Publications, Starry Forest, Reverte Management, and the Infatuation Inc./Zagat. Two Rivers is a brand of Ingram Publisher Services.

Andrews McMeel Publishing and Epic are partnering to produce a line of children's books, with McMeel publishing print editions of Epic’s digital books line, Epic Originals.

Sue Berger Ramin will become the director of Brandeis University Press starting July 1, in a newly created position. She was formerly associate publisher at David R. Godine, Publisher.

Lauren Wein is joining Avid Reader Press as editorial director on June 24. Most recently, she was the executive editor at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Wein will oversee a fiction program for the new imprint and will acquire fiction and nonfiction titles.

Starting June 17, Erin M. Berger will join Scholastic Trade as senior vice president of marketing. She was previously was vice president and creative marketing director at Penguin Children’s Books.

At Granta, Bella Lacey has been promoted to publishing director; Laura Barber has been promoted to deputy publishing director for Granta Books; Rachael Alle to poetry editor of Granta Books and the magazine; and Anne Meadows to senior commissioning editor.

Steve Marshall has been promoted to chief information officer at Ingram Content Group.

Lambda Literary announced the winners of the 31st Annual Lambda Literary Awards at a June 3 ceremony in New York City. The nation’s leading nonprofit organization advancing LGBTQ literature gave out 25 book awards and also awarded special honors to Alexander Chee, Masha Gessen, and Barbara Smith. 

Poet and playwright Lemn Sissay has been awarded the PEN Pinter Prize, which is given annually to a writer from Britain or Ireland who has written a significant body of plays, poetry, or fiction of outstanding literary merit (in English). The prize is shared with an international writer selected by English PEN’s Writers at Risk Committee.

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