Publishers Weekly

Ghostwriters Come out of the Shadows

The behind-the-scenes specialists have never been in higher demand—nor have there ever been so many trying to do the job.

Covid-19 Skeptics, Publisher Sue Sen. Elizabeth Warren

Publisher Chelsea Green and the authors of a controversial book claim that a letter Warren sent to Amazon expressing concern over the company's role in spreading Covid-19 misinformation violates their First Amendment rights.

Graywolf Press Publisher Fiona McCrae to Retire

McCrae, who during her 27-year tenure as director and publisher built the Minneapolis literary nonprofit press into an independent publishing powerhouse, announced that she will retire in June 2022.

Anna Todd, Wattpad Webtoon Partner to Launch New Book Imprint

Bestselling author Anna Todd’s Frayed Pages multimedia company will team with Wattpad Books to launch Frayed Pages x Wattpad Books, a new cobranded publishing imprint under the recently formed Wattpad Webtoon Book Group.

Pushkin Industries Pushes Audiobook Conventions

The audio producer, founded in 2018 by author Malcolm Gladwell and former Slate Group chairman and editor-in-chief Jacob Weisberg, has built a slate of more than 25 podcasts since its launch, and is ramping up audiobook production.

Sourcebooks Acquires B.E.S. Publishing

In a deal that closed on November 1, Sourcebooks acquired B.E.S. Publishing from Peterson’s Publishing, gaining over 800 titles in the process.

Grub Street Tackles 'Art Friend' Fallout

Grub Street, Boston’s largest nonprofit writing organization, is taking steps to address community concerns following the recent publication of the 'New York Times Magazine' article “Who is the Bad Art Friend?”

AI Comes to Audiobooks

Startups are making automated text-to-speech conversion a reality.

Astra Publishing House Reaches for the Stars

The American publishing arm of Beijing-based publishing conglomerate Thinkingdom Media Group was established last year as that rare thing: a new, literary-minded, well-funded publishing house in the US.

Mitzi Angel Named President, Publisher at FSG

Mitzi Angel, currently senior v-p and publisher of Farrar, Straus and Giroux, will succeed Jonathan Galassi as president of the imprint on January 1. Galassi will remain with the imprint as chairman and executive editor.

The 'Believer' Magazine Will Fold Next Year

The 'Believer' will publish its final issue next spring, parent institution the Black Mountain Institute, which is hosted by the University of Nevada in Las Vegas, has announced—six months after the magazine's editor-in-chief resigned amid controversy.

Mary Kay Inc. Files Suit over Book About Company Founder

The cosmetic company Mary Kay Inc. has filed a lawsuit against author Jennifer Bickel Cook, alleging that she misappropriated copyrighted material in writing her recent book about the company and its founder, Mary Kay Ash.

Mango, White Star Enter Copublishing Venture

Mango Publishing Group will acquire exclusive rights to publish certain books from White Star in English, while the Italian publisher will acquire identical rights to translate and sell a selection of Mango books in Italian, German, and French.