Publishers Weekly

First Gayl Jones Novel in 20 Years Is Coming This Fall

Gayl Jones has not published a book in 20 years, but her publisher, Beacon Press, is determined to make up for lost time, releasing five books by the influential author over the next two years—including the new novel 'Palmares' this September.

Hachette Book Group Saw Diversity Gains in Staff, Book Acquisitions in 2020

BIPOC employees represented 47.8% of new hires by the Hachette Book Group in 2020, and the percentage of titles acquired from BIPOC authors and illustrators increased to 29%, from 22%. CEO Michael Pietsch acknowledged that despite the improvement, much more work needs to be done.

Book Club Picks for May 2021

Roxane Gay picks Kaitlyn Greenidge's latest, Jenna Bush enters the 'Great Circle,' Barnes & Noble vibes with Chris Bohjalian, and more.

Ten Speed and Stanford Design School Collab on Book Series

Ten Speed Press and the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design at Stanford University, better known as the “," are collaborating on a 12-book series focusing on creativity and design. The first title will be published this fall.

Sterling Publishing to Be Revamped

New Sterling publisher Emily Meehan sets out to make the B&N subsidiary a full-fledged trade publishing company.

When Publishers Try Their Hands at Cards

Move over, Scrabble and Words with Friends: Electric Literature and Clarkson Potter’s card games, Papercuts and Stet!, are here to bring fun to bibliophilic culture.

Miller, Castellani Promoted to Key Roles at Bloomsbury

Liese Mayer, editorial director for fiction, is leaving Bloomsbury, and the company has promoted Nancy S. Miller to publishing director for adult trade and Mary Kate Castellani to publishing director for children's trade.

Ten Speed, Chef Bryant Terry Launch 4 Color Books

Random House's Ten Speed Press imprint has established a new imprint, 4 Color Books, with Bryant Terry, the NAACP Image Award and James Beard Award–winning chef and educator.

The Independent Publishers Caucus Comes of Age

The fledgling indie publisher organization, founded in 2016, has emerged from the crucible of the Covid-19 pandemic as an invaluable resource to small presses.

PRH to Be 'Remote-Friendly' Company

Penguin Random House US CEO Madeline McIntosh said the publisher hopes to begin bringing more people back to physical offices in September, but stressed that the company's guiding principle on the future of work is to be a "remote-friendly company."

Norton Halts Publication of Bailey’s Roth Bio

W.W. Norton announced that it will cease publication of the newly released edition of Blake Bailey’s 'Philip Roth: The Biography,' as well as Bailey’s 2014 memoir 'The Splendid Things We Planned,' and take both works out of print.

Publishers, Authors to Raise More Aid for Indie Bookstores

Indie Shindig, a virtual event series for booksellers created by half a dozen publishers, aims to raise up to $18,000 for We Need Diverse Books and Binc. Author Gayle Forman and Penguin Young Readers are contributing sales of Forman's new novel to Binc's "Thrive to Survive" campaign.

BISG Annual Meeting Examines Sustainability on a Number of Levels

The Book Industry Study Group's annual meeting focused on issues around book publishing’s impact on the environment, the continuing effect of the pandemic on the supply chain, and the industry’s response, examined under the theme of “Publishing for a Sustainable Future.”

Lagardère Shareholder Fight Appears Headed to Resolution

A proxy battle over the control of Lagardère, the parent company of Hachette Livre, appears headed to a resolution, with Arnaud Lagardère willing to give up some of his family's power of the company.

Publishing Now ’21: Looking Forward

What will the postpandemic world look like for publishers? A panel of experts put together by Westchester Publishing Services and 'Publishers Weekly' shares its insights. (Sponsored)