National Book Awards Go Virtual Again
In light of continuing concerns about the coronavirus, the National Book Foundation has canceled its planned in-person National Book Awards ceremony, opting instead for a virtual event on November 17. This week, two West Coast lawmakers questioned Big Five publishers about their library e-book lending practices, including "exorbitant" costs and restrictions. The ink has dried on HBG's $240 million purchase of Workman, which is now HBG's eighth publishing group. And in a virtual memorial that drew more than 1,200 attendees yesterday, Scholastic employees, authors, and others paid tribute to the late Dick Robinson. The Plum Creek Literacy Festival has been canceled, the Lincoln Journal Star reports, after authors slated to speak pulled out of the event over host institution Concordia University's code of conduct, which includes discriminatory policies aimed at LGBTQ+ people. Print magazine comes for "the book blob," the popular, Instagram-oriented cover treatment making so many new book covers look the same. Nobel Laureate Wole Soyinka spoke with the Los Angeles Times about his first novel in 50 years. And the novelist Leila Meacham has died at 83.
Wyden, Eshoo Question Big Five Publishers Over Their Library E-book Practices
In letters to the major publishers, the lawmakers seek a wide range of information not only on the publishers’ digital library practices, but also on the economics of the market, contending that “e-books play a critical role in ensuring that libraries can fulfill their mission of providing broad and equitable access to information for all Americans." more »
In-Person National Book Awards Called Off
The National Book Foundation will not hold its planned limited in-person National Book Awards ceremony on November 17, opting once more for a virtual ceremony as new variants of the coronavirus continue to spread. more »
HBG Completes Purchase of Workman

The Hachette Book Group has completed its $240 million acquisition of Workman Publishing. Workman will become HBG's eighth publishing group and will be led by Dan Reynolds, who had been its CEO. more »
Wrassle to Win Back Freedom!
Lydia Riverthane dreams of being the greatest pro wrassler in the kingdom of Grimslade, where her older brother racks up championship belts. But when he is arrested, Lydia and friends must enter and win the year-end tournament. There she can win back his freedom the only way she knows how…wrassling! Available NOW from Wonderbound! (Sponsored) more »

Scholastic Employees, Authors, and Others Remember Dick Robinson
A virtual memorial service for Scholastic's beloved chairman, president, and CEO, Dick Robinson, featured a mix of speakers praising him and his commitment to advancing literacy, with speakers that included celebrities, authors, company executives, and employees. more »
Scholastic Has Good Start to Fiscal 2022—with a Caveat

Scholastic reported higher sales and a smaller loss in the first quarter of fiscal 2022 compared to the first quarter of fiscal 2021, and while it said business is improving, it did point to some “headwinds” which all publishers are facing: rising costs and disruptions in the supply chain. more »
The Good Fight: Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror 2021–2022
With the world in turmoil, science fiction and fantasy readers are turning to an increasingly popular subgenre: “hopepunk.” more »
How the AP Stylebook Considers Language on Disability
Disabled journalist John Loeppky weighs in on the person-first vs. identity-first debate. more »

Neal Stephenson's 'Shock' Doctrine
The bestselling author's new techno thriller, 'Termination Shock,' imagines a nightmarish future that feels eerily like the present. more »
Four Questions for Rick Riordan
After writing more than two dozen books inspired by mythology, Rick Riordan makes his first foray into science fiction with his latest adventure, 'Daughter of the Deep,' a contemporary reimagining of Jules Verne's classic submarine-piloting antihero, Captain Nemo. PW spoke with Riordan about how this project represents a number of firsts for him. more »
2021 Kids' Book Choice Awards Finalists Announced
After a month of voting by kids on nominated titles for the all-new awards categories, the finalists have been selected, and voting for this year's winners is now open for the Kids' Book Choice Awards. The awards are the only national book awards voted on solely by kids and teens. more »
2021 Business Book of the Year Award Shortlist Announced
The 'Financial Times' and McKinsey & Company announced six shortlisted titles for the award, with the winner to be announced December 1. more »
2021 Cundill History Prize Shortlist Announced
The prize, to be announced on December 2, comes with a $75,000 purse for the winner and $10,000 each to the two runners-up. more »

Job Moves
  • Nia Todd is joining Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing as children's education assistant marketing manager.
  • Lilith Dorko, formerly senior editor of psychology and cognitive science books at Springer International Publishing, has joined Oxford University Press as editorial manager for science and medicine books.
Bookstore News
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Top 10 Overall Bestseller List
'An Unapologetic Cookbook' by Joshua Weissman is #1 on our overall list this week. See the full list »
Review of the Day: 'Vivian Maier Developed: The Untold Story of the Photographer Nanny' by Ann Marks
"[Marks] shines a light on the 'intelligence, creativity, [and] passion' behind Maier’s preternatural ability to capture 'the universality of the human condition.' This definitive account will leave readers in awe." more »

Photo of the Day

Sheryll Cashin (top) and Paul Butler discuss Cashin's new book, 'White Space, Black Hood: Opportunity Hoarding and Segregation in the Age of Inequity' (Beacon Press), at a virtual event hosted by Washington, D.C.'s Politics and Prose bookstore on September 16.

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