Here’s what’s happening this week in the book industry:
Toni Morrison, winner of the 1993 Nobel Prize in Literature and the 1988 Pulitzer Prize for fiction, died at the age of 88 on Monday night in New York, her publisher, Knopf, confirmed Tuesday. She was the beloved author of major literary works on the black experience in America, including Beloved, Song of Solomon, The Bluest Eye, and Sula.
The sale of major book chain Barnes & Noble to private equity firm Elliott Advisors has been completed. The deal was first announced on June 7 and was followed by reports of a possbile competing bid from Readerlink, which never materialized. Elliott Advisors, which own Waterstones in the U.K., paiid $6.50 per share in a deal valued at $683 million; Waterstones head James Daunt will relocate to New York to run both the U.K. bookstore chain and B&N.
President Donald Trump announced on August 1
that the U.S. will add a 10 percent tariff next month to an additional $300 billion in goods imported from China, which would include printed books. This week, China retaliated by allowing its currency to weaken, causing stocks to fall. Trump had threatened a 25 percent tariff on books and other goods from China a month ago, but backed off
after a meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping. Representatives from the publishing and bookselling industries
, including ABA President Jamie Fiocco, testified in June before the Office of U.S. Trade Representatives in opposition to the tariffs.
’s #1 New York Times
bestselling novel and Indies Choice Book of the Year Award-winner Circe will become an HBO series
. The series will be produced by Chernin Entertainment and Endeavor Content, and written by Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver.
Harper Focus, a separate imprint within Harper Christian in Nashville, is launching a new nonfiction imprint, Harper Horizon
. Debuting in spring 2020, Harper Horizon will focus on titles that “encourage readers to live life by embracing values such as: integrity, optimism, patriotism, family-values, community, respect, sacrifice, creativity, hard work, wisdom, and inspiration.”
Simon & Schuster U.K. has appointed Clare Hey
to the position of publishing director, fiction, adult publishing, beginning November 4. Hey is currently publishing director for Orion Fiction.
Leslie Davisson is joining the Simon & Schuster
special markets sales team as national accounts manager. She was most recently sales and marketing director at Pomegranate Communications.
Lauren Monaco has been promoted
to senior vice president and group sales director for Penguin Publishing Group
for Penguin Random House Sales, and Carrie Swetonic was promoted to the newly created position of senior executive director of nonfiction backlist for Penguin Publishing Group.
The New Atlantic Independent Booksellers Association
(NAIBA) has chosen Jarrod Annis, manager of Greenlight Bookstore’s Fort Greene, Brooklyn, location, as the association’s 2019 Joe Drabyak Handseller of the Year
. The award recognizes booksellers who find “the right books for their community as well as the right book for each person who walks in the door.”
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