Calling It Quits
After a long fight, Maryland is finally giving up the ghost on its library e-book law, circumstances publishers consider a win but which, to the library community, represent a major blow. Barnes & Noble’s publishing imprint, Sterling Publishing, continues to expand, this time by acquiring Knock Knock, a gift and publishing company. In London, an outbreak of Covid-19 has hit the book business after the first in-person London Book Fair since 2019. Both John Grisham and Celeste Ng have joined the lineup for the U.S. Book Show, to be held by PW next month. In the Lone Star State, the Texas Education Agency has released new school library standards as the battle over book bans rages on. The picture book It’s Okay to Be a Unicorn has come under fire in an Ohio school district, reports HuffPost. PBS NewsHour spoke to Ukrainian novelist Andrey Kurkov about how he is preserving his country’s culture during wartime. Years after wrapping up his occasionally provocative Tumblr and shortly after leaving Knopf to start his own firm, book biz publicity veteran Paul Bogaards has launched a Substack. And Joan Brest Friedberg, cofounder of the children’s literacy program Beginning with Books, has died at 94.
Maryland Gives Up on Its Library E-book Law
Maryland’s library e-book law is effectively dead. In a response filing this week, Maryland Attorney General Brian E. Frosh said the state would present no new evidence in the case, allowing the court’s injunction blocking the law to stand. more »
Covid Outbreak Hits U.K. Book Business Following London Book Fair

On April 8, three days after the London Book Fair, about 4,000 people in London tested positive for Covid, with anecdotal evidence showing that at least some of those testing positive were at the fair. more »
Sterling Publishing Buys Knock Knock

Sterling Publishing, the publishing division of Barnes & Noble, has made its second acquisition in little more than a month, acquiring the gift and publishing company, Knock Knock. Union Square & Co. CCO Emily Meehan will oversee Knock Knock, with founder Jen Bilik staying on as a consultant. more »
A Little Red Telephone Box Full of Stories
Fall in love with this lovely, heartwarming literary-themed novel about a woman who turns an ordinary red phone box into the littlest library and brings together a struggling village in England. (Sponsored) more »

John Grisham and Celeste Ng to Speak at USBS
John Grisham and Celeste Ng will be among the speakers at the U.S. Book Show, the trade show of the publishing industry, sponsored and organized by 'PW,' which is set to run May 23-26. more »
Random House, Sugar23 Partner to Launch Sugar23 Book Imprint
Random House has joined with Sugar23, a TV/film and content management and media production house, to launch Sugar23 Books, a co-branded publishing imprint that will develop and release titles in partnership with a variety of imprints at the Random House division. more »
Sourcebooks Has Record First Quarter Sales

Widespread changes made last year to such things as its supply chain, remote work, and efforts to reach consumers led to a point-of-purchase print unit sales increase of 36% at Sourcebooks in the first quarter of 2022 over the comparable period in 2021. more »

Last Call for Info: Fiction in Translation
Deadline: April 18. This feature will look at the rewards and challenges of publishing fiction in translation. Pub dates: June through November. Submit titles here. »
Callisto Media, Humble Bundle Partner, Support Ukrainian Humanitarian Relief
A new bundle on Humble Bundle, cosponsored by Callisto Media, has raised nearly $100,000 for Ukrainian relief. more »
A Father and Daughter Write a Book Together—and Open Up to Each Other
Kurt Johnson shares how collaborating on a novel irrevocably changed his relationship with his daughter. more »
Death in Paradise: PW Talks with Debra Bokur
In Bokur’s ‘The Lava Witch’ (Kensington, June), the police on Maui probe the murder of a woman amid reports that “a band of witches” was seen flying through the trees near where she was killed. more »

Job Moves
  • Ebony LaDelle is leaving her position as a brand marketing director at Penguin Random House on April 15, and can be contacted via her website,
  • Shannon Spisak has been promoted to vice president of marketing and communications at Dr. Seuss Enterprises.
  • Rachel Guglielmelli has been promoted to production associate at Penguin Random House Canada.
  • Rhea Lyons, formerly literary agent at HG Literary, has joined Audible as content acquisitions director.
  • Vikki VanSickle is leaving her position as director of marketing and publicity for young readers at Penguin Random House Canada on April 13.
Hardcover Nonfiction Bestseller List
'Half Baked Harvest Every Day: Recipes for Balanced, Flexible, Feel-Good Meals' by Tieghan Gerard is the #1 title on PW's adult hardcover nonfiction bestseller list. See the full list »
Review of the Day: 'Nein, Nein, Nein! One Man’s Tale of Depression, Psychic Torment, and a Bus Tour of the Holocaust' by Jerry Stahl
" '“For Jews, lucky us, there’s always reason to rant and moan.... The gruesome stew of history is forever simmering,' writes novelist Stahl in this mordantly funny account of his two-week tour group through Nazi death camps in Poland and Germany. Fusing provocative insights with razor-edged wit, this offers a captivating take on a haunting chapter of history." more »

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Astra Magazine editor-in-chief Nadja Spiegelman (r.) and deputy editor Samuel Rutter introduced the debut issue of the literary magazine to a packed room in Manhattan on April 7.

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