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A New Era for the 'Rumpus'

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Alyson Sinclair is the new owner of online literary publication the Rumpus, acquiring it from Marisa Siegel, its former managing editor and owner since 2017. Alysia Li Ying Sawchyn has been named editor-in-chief.

After a Good 2021, Pietsch Sees Some Lingering Issues

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In a letter welcoming the Hachette Book Group staff back from the holiday break, CEO Michael Pietsch called 2021 “a very successful year for HBG," while also noting that challenges such as supply chain disruptions and return-to-office uncertainties didn't end with the arrival of a new year.

Authors Win $7.8 Million Default Judgment in Global Piracy Lawsuit

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A federal judge has issued a default judgment against a major overseas e-book piracy operation known as the KISS Library. In addition to a permanent injunction barring the service from operating, the court also awarded the plaintiffs the maximum amount of damages under the law, totaling some $7.8 million.

A Christian Call to End Racism

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New books from Christian publishers are moving beyond urging readers to look inward and speak up for marginalized groups with actionable items and tangible goals for creating a more inclusive and just future.

Authors Guild Fights School Book Bans

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The Authors Guild has launched a National Letter Writing campaign, asking its 11,000 members and supporters to send emails and letters to school boards, lawmakers, and newspapers arguing that banning books harms students.

Cuomo Ordered to Forfeit Book Earnings

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In a crowning blow, disgraced former New York governor Andrew Cuomo has been ordered by state ethics officials to fork over roughly $5.1 million in earnings from his 2020 pandemic memoir 'American Crisis: Leadership Lessons from the Covid-19 Pandemic.'

PRH Fires Back at the DoJ's Effort to Stop Its S&S Purchase

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Penguin Random House is disputing the U.S. Department of Justice's main argument in the government's lawsuit to block PRH’s acquisition of S&S, namely that the merger would lead to "substantial harm to authors of anticipated top-selling books and ultimately, consumers.”

Coalition Condemns Political Attacks Against Books in Schools

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The National Coalition Against Censorship has issued a statement signed by more than 600 signatories condemning the political efforts to remove books from schools as acts of censorship that threaten the education of children while putting the safety of librarians, teachers, school administrators and school board officials in jeopardy.

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