Here’s what’s happening this week in the book industry:
The Swedish Academy has announced the winners of the 2018 and 2019 Nobel Prizes for Literature; the prize was not given last year due to a scandal involving sexual assault allegations. Austrian author, playwright, and translator Peter Handke was named the 2019 winner, and Olga Tokarczuk, the Polish novelist and poet, was named the 2018 winner. However, PEN America and others have criticized the choice of Handke due to his past support for the late Yugoslavian and Serbian president Slobodan Milošević, who was accused of genocide and war crimes.
As in only two other years, 1974 and 1992, the judges of the 2019 Booker Prize have awarded this year’s prize to two authors. This year, the prize was given jointly to Margaret Atwood for The Testaments (Nan A. Talese) and Bernardine Evaristo for Girl, Woman, Other (Hamish Hamilton). The two will split the £50,000 (about $63,170) in prize money. The 2019 Booker judges have sustained criticism for flouting the rule that dictates there must be only one winner, which was instated following the 1992 prize split between Michael Ondaatje and Barry Unsworth.
Printing company Worzalla has announced that the company will be embarking on an expansion over the next few months, investing $12.5 million in new machinery and capital improvements to the company’s headquarters in Wisconsin. Worzalla is an employee-owned company that specializes in printing high-quality children’s books, movie tie-in books, and coffee table books.
The Association of University Presses (AUPresses) recently put out a statement condemning an act by students at Georgia Southern University, who burned copies of Jennine Capó Crucet’s book Make Your Home Among Strangers, after the author gave a talk at the school. The professor of English at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, had been discussing her book about white privilege; the burning occurred after the talk, which grew heated at times.
Chosen Payments, an ABA affinity partner, was recently recognized by Aspioneer, a national business magazine, as one of the ”Top 10 Point-of-Sale Solution Providers” in the country.
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