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650+ authors and literary agents will not submit new books to HarperCollins until strike ends favorably for HC employees

Dec 14 2022: About 250 HarperCollins employees have been on strike for more than a month, fighting for better pay, union protections, and diversity initiatives. An open letter of support for the employees striking has reached 8,500 signatures according to the union. A separate ...

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Why the HarperCollins strike matters to readers

Dec 14 2022: It’s been more than a month since Laura Harshberger, a senior production editor at HarperCollins (a subsidiary of Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp.), stopped producing children’s books and went on strike with more than 200 colleagues in New York City.

“We are not striking ...

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Bookforum to cease publication

Dec 13 2022: Bookforum magazine has announced that it will cease publication. The New York-based magazine's most recent issue, which was released this month, will be its last.

Bookforum was launched in 1994 as a literary supplement to the magazine Artforum...The magazine's ...

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USA Today pauses bestseller list, lays off presiding editor

Dec 13 2022: USA Today told the Associated Press that its weekly bestseller book list will go on "hiatus for the remainder of the year” after its presiding editor was laid off in a round of budget-saving cuts on December 1, initiated by the newspaper's parent company, Gannett. In ...

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How to ban 3600 books from school libraries

Dec 12 2022: This year, at least 102 books have been removed from the shelves of school libraries in Clay County, Florida. Many of these books were pulled at the request of one man: Bruce Friedman. A conservative activist and longtime resident of New York, Friedman moved to Clay ...

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Obituary: Dominique Lapierre

Dec 12 2022: Dominique Lapierre, "a footloose French journalist who documented beauty, hope and peace amid war, poverty and disease in a long series of popular books, including Is Paris Burning? (1964) and City of Joy (1985)," died December 2, the New York Times reported. He was 91....

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Reese Witherspoon and the boom in celebrity book clubs

Dec 12 2022: Writing in the Guardian, Elle Hunt explores the phenomena of celebrity book clubs:

... Each celebrity’s involvement varies massively, from merely posting a picture of the cover on their Instagram Stories, to interrogating authors about their intent, live before their...

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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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