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February 14, 2021

Children's author Constance C. Greene dies aged 96

Constance C. Greene, the prolific author of children's books, died on April 7. She was 96. Among her many books, she is best known for A Girl Called Al, an ALA Notable Book that reviewers called "a warm, funny, utterly real" story about the friendship between two girls in a New York...

The surge of print books sales continues

Unit sales of print books rose a remarkable 29.2% in the first quarter of 2021 over the same period in 2020 at outlets that report to NPD BookScan. Though some of that gain was due to the slump in sales that occurred in mid-March last year, most of the increase was due to the surge in book buying...

The rise and rise of Amanda Goreman

On Wednesday, Penguin Random House announced that the hardcover version of Gorman's poem, with a foreword by Oprah Winfrey, enjoyed the highest first-week sales of any poetry book ever published. She is also on the cover of the May edition of Vogue with a very good, in depth article/interview...

A guide to neopronouns

A personal pronoun is a form of speech that stands in for a person or group of people. She is having opinions online; they are fighting in the comments; and, of course, as in the Prince song made famous by Sinead O'Connor, "Nothing Compares 2 U." Nonbinary pronouns, as well — often...

It's a no: Amazon warehouse workers vote against unionizing In historic election

Amazon warehouse workers in Alabama will not be forming a union. The vast majority of votes cast by Amazon's workers in Bessemer, Ala., were against joining the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union in a stinging defeat of the union drive. The final tally showed 1,798 votes against...

The battle for Tribune: Inside the campaign to find new owners for a legendary group of newspapers

A coalition of wealthy business executives has put together an 11th-hour offer to buy the entire Tribune Publishing chain (including the Baltimore Sun and the Chicago Tribune) that a special committee of the Tribune's board said Monday "would reasonably be expected" to beat out the...

Scholastic halts distribution of book by 'Captain Underpants' author

A children's graphic novel by the creator of the popular "Captain Underpants" series was pulled from circulation last week by its publisher, which said that it "perpetuates passive racism." Scholastic said last week that it had halted distribution of the book, "The...

Houghton Mifflin sells HMH Books & Media to HarperCollins

Learning technology company Houghton Mifflin Harcourt announced Monday that it has entered into a definitive agreement to divest HMH Books & Media, its consumer publishing business, to HarperCollins Publishers, a division of News Corp. (NWSA), for a cash purchase price of $349 million. The...

Swiss billionaire joins the bidding for Tribune Publishing

An octogenarian Swiss billionaire who makes his home in Wyoming and has donated hundreds of millions to environmental causes is a surprise new player in the bidding for Tribune Publishing, the major newspaper chain that until recently seemed destined to end up in the hands of a New York hedge...

George R.R. Martin signs five-year, eight-figure deal for more HBO projects

After the huge success of HBO's adaptations of his Game of Thrones books, George RR Martin has signed a deal to develop several television series for the network and its streaming arm, HBO Max. Hollywood Reporter has revealed that the author, who won four Emmys for his work on the adaptations...