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

The New York Times Book Review is making changes to its print and online bestseller lists, including reducing some of its print lists from 15 to 10 titles, and bringing back lists for mass market paperbacks and a combined list for graphic books.

There is still time to nominate a business for the Indie Award, Independent We Stand’s national independent small business of the year award contest. The winner will receive a prize package valued at $25,000. Applications will be accepted through October 20.

Hearst Magazines is launching two new book imprintsHearst Home, which will publish illustrated lifestyle books, and Hearst Home Kids, which will publish children’s books.

HarperCollins Christian Publishing has appointed Don Jacobson to senior vice president and books group publisher of HarperCollins Christian Publishing and its affiliate, HarperCollins Focus, effective October 7.

Simon & Schuster has promoted Julia Prosser to vice president and director of publicity of the Simon & Schuster imprint. She replaces Cary Goldstein, who is leaving to head curation at media start-up WaitWhat.

Jennifer Murphy is joining Quirk Books as marketing manager and publicist.

Alisse Goldsmith-Wissman has joined Independent Publishers Group as publicity manager.

David Gilmore has joined Random House Children’s Books as marketing coordinator.

Novelist/poet Ocean Vuong is among the 26 people who have been chosen to receive the annual MacArthur Genius Grant fellowships from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.

The Center for Fiction has announced its shortlist for the First Novel Prize.

Canada’s Scotiabank Giller Prize has announced its shortlist, which, notably, left out Margaret Atwood’s The Testaments. The award gives out C$100,000 prize for the best Canadian novel or short story published in English.

Clare Beams has won the Bard Fiction Prize for her debut story collection, We Show What We Have Learned (Lookout Books). The $30,000 prize was established “to encourage and support young writers of fiction, and provide them with an opportunity to work in a fertile intellectual environment.”

The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art celebrated the 14th annual Eric Carle Honors in New York City on Setember 26. The awards highlighted “four outstanding luminaries for their creative vision and long-term dedication to the world of picture books.”

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