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Paramount CEO says S&S will be divested

Dec 08 2022: At a UBS media conference earlier this week, Bob Bakish, CEO of Simon & Schuster parent company Paramount Global, said that with the sale to Penguin Random House now dead, the company still plans to divest the publisher, though he didn’t say exactly how.

“We haven’t ...

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HarperCollins strike dispatch

Dec 08 2022: From an article by Rye White in n + 1 magazine:

An observer can catch HarperCollins president and CEO, Brian Murray, crossing the picket line most mornings, evenings, and lunchtimes, although sometimes he avoids us by taking the entrance through Starbucks on the ...

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The Word of the Year goes goblin mode

Dec 04 2022: A year ago, the lexicographic grandees at Oxford Languages dutifully stuck out their arms and chose “vax” as the 2021 Word of the Year.

But this year, the venerable publisher behind the Oxford English Dictionary has — like the rest of us, apparently — gone full ...

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Donate to help Ukrainian fathers at war record bedtime stories for their refugee children

Dec 01 2022: Recognizing the power of stories to engender a love of reading and strengthen family bonds, Ukraine-born, Amsterdam-based tech entrepreneur Andriy Shmyhelskyy created Better Time Stories, an app that allows Ukrainian fathers to record stories for their kids.

Aimed ...

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Donate to provide books to Ukrainian refugee children

Dec 01 2022: Thousands of Ukrainian refugee children are about to spend their first Christmas away from home. With its holiday campaign #SuperPowerofBooks, Warsaw-based Fundacja Powszechnego Czytania (Universal Reading Foundation) is making an end-of-year push to ensure that refugee...

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Merriam-Webster’s word of the year is ‘gaslighting’

Nov 29 2022: Merriam-Webster’s word of the year – and this you can believe – is “gaslighting.”

The online dictionary chose “gaslighting,” which it defines as “the act or practice of grossly misleading someone especially for one’s own advantage,” as its top word of 2022 because it...

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Literary agents threaten to blacklist HarperCollins from upcoming author projects in support of striking staff

Nov 29 2022: More than 150 literary agents, whose clients include Danielle Jackson, V.E. Schwab and L.A. Chandlar, have signed an open letter to HarperCollins vowing to “omit” the publisher from upcoming book submissions until it reaches an agreement with striking employees.

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How Ukraine’s artists are taking on Putin’s Russia

Nov 26 2022: In a piece in The Guardian, Charlotte Higgins interviews Ukrainian artists weaponizing their work to mount a powerful act of resistance:

...If art seemed a feeble and useless weapon in the first confused days of the invasion, for many I speak to in Ukraine, that ...

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