The RWA President Is Out
The RITAs are canceled, but the RWA conference isn't, despite imprints at all Big Five publishers and others pulling out of the event and its president and executive director resigning this morning. At OverDrive, 2019 was a banner year for digital borrowing, while in comics and children's news, IDW and Smithsonian have partnered on an illustrated books imprint. And religious publishing is also under the gun, with United Methodist Publishing readying for the church to split. In the library world, more libraries are going fine-free and the Hill explains why. A new Yukio Mishima documentary will be centered around restored footage of the controversial author, Variety reports. And Haunts of the Black Masseur author Charles Sprawson has died at 78.
RWA President, Executive Director Resign as Publishers Drop Its Annual Conference
As of this morning, new RWA president Damon Suede has tendered his resignation, effective immediately. Executive director Carol Ritter has also offered her resignation. A number of publishers, including imprints from each of the Big Five, have all pulled support from the RWA's national conference in recent days. more »
OverDrive Reports Record Digital Borrowing in 2019
Public libraries around the world generated a record level of digital content circulation in 2019, providing patrons access to more than 326 million e-books, audiobooks and digital magazines, according to a report by Rakuten OverDrive, a digital distribution vendor for libraries. more »

IDW and Smithsonian Partner for Illustrated Books
IDW Publishing has secured global rights to publish illustrated books, primarily graphic novels but also other formats such as coloring and picture books, in partnership with the Smithsonian Institution. more »
United Methodist Publishing Plans for Church Split
Following the proposal by leaders from the United Methodist Church to split the denomination over same-sex marriage and LGBTQ clergy, the church’s publishing arm says it will remain with the post-separated church and adjust operations according to congregants’ needs. more »

King to Be Honored with Lifetime Achievement Audie
The Audio Publishers Association will bestow a special recognition on author Stephen King for lifetime achievement at the 2020 Audie Awards. more »
Story Prize Finalists Announced
The Story Prize has announced the three short story collections that have been named finalists for its 16th annual award. more »
LSC Shares, De-listed from NYSE, Now Trading OTC
LSC is now trading on the OTC market under the symbol LKSD. At the opening of trading January 9, the printer’s stock was selling at 19 cents per share. more »

Job Moves
  • Zareen Jaffery, formerly executive editor of Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, will join Kokila as executive editor effective January 13.
  • Natalie Capogrossi has joined Random House Children’s Books as assistant school marketing manager.
  • Emily Duval has been promoted to library marketing manager, from assistant manager, at Random House Children’s Books.
  • Cassie Stossel has been promoted to publicity manager at New Harbinger Publications and can be contacted at
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Trade Paperback Bestseller List
'7-Day Apple Cider Vinegar Cleanse' by J.J. Smith is the #1 title on PW's trade paperback bestseller list. See the full list »
Review of the Day: 'Calder: The Conquest of Space, the Later Years, 1940–1976' by Jed Perl
"Art critic Perl completes his magisterial biography of sculptor Alexander Calder with this lavishly illustrated volume, revealing Calder’s transformation from playful American master to international figure." more »


Picture of the Day

It's a small world: pictured here (from l. to r.), Harvey Solomon, author of 'Such Splendid Prisons: Diplomatic Detainment in America during World War II' (Potomac Books) and Jonathan Rosenberg, author of 'Dangerous Melodies: Classical Music from the Great War to the Cold War' (W.W. Norton), met up after appearing back-to-back at Politics & Prose in Washington, D.C., on January 4. Rosenberg wrote a blurb that appears on the back of Solomon's book.

Courtesy Diane Patrick
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