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NBCC Names Temporary President, Will Delay Awards Deliberations

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At a meeting yesterday, the remaining members of the National Book Critics Circle's board of directors named a new temporary president and decided to put deliberations for its annual awards on hold as the organization regroups following a week of infighting and the exodus of more than half of its board members.

Six Publishers Plan Indie Shindig

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The new program is aimed at promoting new books to independent booksellers in the absence of the numerous trade shows that have been postponed because of the coronavirus.

NBCC Board Gutted as Fallout Over Leaked Emails, Race Issues Widens

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The turmoil that roiled the National Book Critics Circle last week continued throughout the weekend and into Monday morning as concerns over matters of race and privacy continue to split the organization's board of directors. As of press time, at least 13 members have resigned from the typically 24-member board.

Poetry Foundation Responds to Criticism, Pledges Action

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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

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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.

Publishers Promise More Action to Diversify Industry

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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

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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.

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