Publishers Weekly

S&S Launches New Book Club Initiative

"Book Club Favorites," a new direct-to-consumer program, is intended to promote titles from imprints across the company deemed of particular interest to book clubs.

MIT Press Launches Knowledge Futures Group

MIT Press has created the Knowledge Futures Group, a joint initiative between the press and the MIT Media Lab. The group is intended to spearhead collaborative technology projects that will allow for easier and more widespread publishing and dissemination of digital scholarly and academic works.

Picador and TED-Ed Team for Book Promotions

Macmillan’s literary trade paperback imprint has teamed up with the educational video unit of the renowned ideas conference to create a book recommendation program pairing each of TED-Ed’s educational animated shorts with an appropriate book.

'NYRB' Plummets, 'Paris Review' Creeps Upward On 2017 VIDA Count

According to the annual VIDA Count, which analyzes gender parity at literary magazines, only 23.3% of pieces published in the 'New York Review of Books' last year were written by women, while representation at the 'Paris Review' crept up by 8 percentage points in the year.

New Lit Hub Project Aims To Make Critics Vital Again

With Book Marks, the Literary Hub vertical and newly-circulated book reviewing widget, Morgan Entrekin, Andy Hunter, and company make a push to restore the vitality of book critics.

Akashic Books to Launch Grief Imprint

Ann Hood, author of the critically acclaimed 2008 memoir 'Comfort: A Journey Through Grief,' will head Gracie Bell, a new imprint focused on books about grief and loss, which launches this fall.

'Boston Review' Poetry Editors Resign over Díaz

Three poetry editors at 'The Boston Review' announced their intent to resign on Tuesday, citing disagreements with the magazine’s executive editors over their decision to retain Junot Díaz as fiction editor.

NEA Big Read Grants Announced for 2018-2019

The National Endowment for the Arts has announced its latest slew of Big Read grants, issuing more than $1 million in the form of 79 grants to organizations to host book-related projects from September 2018-June 2019.

Judge Denies Author Attempt to Trademark 'Cocky'

In a decision handed down late last week, Judge Alvin Hellerstein of the Southern District of New York denied a motion by an author requesting that a preliminary injunction be issued to prevent publication a number of books that include the word “cocky” in the title.

DK Relaunches Eyewitness Travel Guides

In its first major redesign since the series was launched in 1993, DK’s Eyewitness Travel Guides are being revamped for the digital age.