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

Author Jason Reynolds has been named the new National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature by the Library of Congress, succeeding Jacqueline Woodson.

The Book Industry Charitable Foundation is now accepting scholarship applications for the Denver Publishing Institute. This opportunity is open to current booksellers interested in learning about the publishing side of the industry; applications will be accepted through February 26.

Paz & Associates’ upcoming four-day Bookstore Bootcamp filled to capacity so quickly that the group has added a one-and-a-half day mini-workshop, Owning a Bookstore: The Business Essentials, on March 1–2. For more information, call (904) 277-2664 or e-mail [email protected].

Audible has settled a copyright dispute with major publishers over the Captions program.

Publishers Lunch’s Buzz Books sampling, which includes excerpts from a number of Wi15 authors, will go live on January 16.

Carina Press, an imprint of Harlequin, is launching an LGBTQ+ romance line called Carina Adores.

IDW Publishing and Smithsonian are partnering on an illustrated books imprint

Simon & Schuster has entered into a distribution agreement with Humanoids, Inc., effective March 1.

Barnes & Noble CEO James Daunt will give the keynote at the Book Industry Study Group’s annual meeting.

Tracie D. Hall has been named the executive director of the American Library Association.

George Coe has been named CEO of Brodart.

The president of the Romance Writers of America (RWA), Damon Suede, and its executive director, Carol Ritter, have resigned.

The Audio Publishers Association will honor author Stephen King with a Lifetime Achievement award at the 2020 Audie Awards.

The finalists for the 2019 National Book Critics Circle awards were announced.

Roger Robinson is the winner of the 2019 T.S. Eliot Prize for his collection A Portable Paradise (Peepal Tree Press).

The finalists for the Story Prize have been announced; the winner will be named at the annual award event on March 2.

Finalists have been announced for the 2020 RBC Taylor Prize.

The winners of the National Jewish Book Awards have been announced.

The finalists for the PEN/Jean Stein Book Awards have been announced.

Eighty-seven artists have been awarded MacDowell Awards fellowships.

Author John le Carré was awarded the Olof Palme prize, which is given for “outstanding achievement” in the spirit of the assassinated Swedish prime minister.

Sibylle Berg has won the Swiss Grand Prix award.

The nominees for the 2020 Left Coast Crime “Lefty” Awards have been announced.

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