Publishers Weekly

Poetry Foundation Responds to Criticism, Pledges Action

The staff and board of the Poetry Foundation said in an open letter that they are committed to "ongoing action in response to the call to dismantle white supremacy." The pledge came after an open letter highly critical of the Foundation's past treatment of marginalized was released and led to the resignations of the organization's president and board chair.

Turmoil Rocks NBCC Board

A handful of members of the National Book Critics Circle's board of directors have resigned following the publication of an internal email sent by one of its members, former NBCC president Carlin Romano. The email was sent in response to the board's efforts to draft a statement in support of the Black Lives Matter movement and pledging to support writers and critics of color.

Race, Social Justice Titles Sparked Rise in Sales Last Week

'So You Want to Talk About Race' saw its sales jump by 848% last week over the previous week as a number of other social justice–related titles also saw big sales bumps, helping to drive up total unit sales of print books by 6.8% over the week ended May 30.

Publishers Promise More Action to Diversify Industry

In response to Monday's Day of Solidarity, which saw more than 1,100 publishing workers demanding that the industry take action to diversity its workforce and to publish more black authors, three of the Big Five publishers issued statements pledging to do just that.

Poets Call for Change at Poetry Foundation

An open letter to the Poetry Foundation signed by more than 1,800 individuals issued in response to the organization's recent statement on the killing of George Floyd and other current events calls for significant change at the organization, including the resignations of its president and board of trustees chair.

Workers Across Industry Take Collective Action Against Racism

On June 8, a group of more than 700 workers across book and media industries, most of them junior staffers, will take a day off from work, donate a day's pay to one of a number of fundraisers, and use their time to engage in acts of service in an effort to protest the killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Tony McDade, and "the many other Black lives lost to racist violence in America."

Move Books Moves Forward

Middle grade books aimed at boys tout adventure, humor, and a dash of mayhem. (Sponsored).

Publishers Raise, Donate Funds to Antiracist Causes

Publishers Quarto Group, Coffee House, and Tin House Books are both committing funding to causes supporting black rights and social justice in response to the civil unrest nationwide following the killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis police.

New York's Publishers Won't Reopen Until September

None of the major New York City publishers who took part in a PW survey about their efforts to return employees to their Manhattan headquarters had fixed plans—and none said they expected to begin bringing staff back in a meaningful way before September 1.

Social Justice Resources for the Book Business

As protests against police violence and in support of marginalized communities continue nationwide, 'PW' has put together a list of social justice resources to aid members of the book business and others in their efforts.

S&S Enters the Karp Era

The publisher’s new president and CEO, Jonathan Karp, is unfazed about the challenges to come as he takes the reins.