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Children's book author Beverly Cleary appeared on the Today Show, in advance of her 100th birthday, on April 12. The WSJ has short profiles of "six of the world's most esteemed translators" (by "world" they mean the world of translating other languages into English): Don Bartlett, Jamey Gambrell, Ann Goldstein,…

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HarperCollins Will Lower TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD Trade Paperback Price For Schools

HarperCollins announced Tuesday afternoon that it will offer the trade paperback edition of Harper Lee's To Kill A Mockingbird at a lower price through its accounts that sell directly to K-12 schools in the US. The price promotion, which starts April 27, will reduce the $14.99 list price so that schools…

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Scholastic Responds to Criticism on Book Recall; CEO Determined It Didn't Meet Their Standards

Scholastic issued another press release on Monday regarding the withdrawn picture book A Birthday Cake for George Washington, responding to criticism from PEN America and the National Coalition Against Censorship calling the move "a shocking and unprecedented case of self-censorship." Scholastic insists it was not self-censoring, and removed the book…

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Scholastic Pulls Picture Book After Slavery Depiction Backlash

Scholastic announced that it has withdrawn publication of the picture book A Birthday Cake for George Washington by Ramin Ganeshram and illustrated by Vanessa Brantley-Newton, which was published on January 5. The book had been criticized sharply for its upbeat depiction of slaves, with School Library Journal calling it "highly problematic" while…

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Seasons Executive Greetings

In keeping with tradition, publishing ceos are thanking employees and celebrating the year's accomplishments through year-end letters. Simon & Schuster ceo Carolyn Reidy writes that, "despite today's challenging retail environment, with two weeks remaining in December we are well positioned to surpass last year's financial performance, a tribute to the passion…

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Knopf Celebrates 100, Live and In Print

Yes, Knopf threw itself a grand party "in honor of its authors" -- with over 200 of them in attendance -- as well as a celebration of 100 years of publishing at the New York Public Library on Thursday night. The event was complete with a rented klieg light truck,…

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Simon & Schuster's Year-End Letter

Simon & Schuster ceo Carolyn Reidy wrote to employees on Friday afternoon with her holiday wishes following "another successful year in which we enjoyed outstanding publishing across the board, in every category and from all our publishing imprints and divisions." Much of the letter is a highlights reel, with one…

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Macmillan Resumes Agency, Will Test Subscriptions

Macmillan ceo John Sargent told authors, illustrators and agents in a letter that the company reached their own multiyear deal with Amazon "late last week" for both print books and ebooks, starting January 5, restoring a fuller agency model for ebooks. That agreement comes as Macmillan's consent decree with the government…

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Dohle Looks to Year Ahead

Penguin Random House ceo Markus Dohle's year-end "thank you" letter to employees focuses more on what's coming than what happened -- aggregating "some of the successes that we've been able to achieve together publishing" in a separate highlights video. Dohle congratulates employees on "making sure we have hit every one of…

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Penguin Random and National Book Foundation Launch National Readathon

January 24, 2015 has been proclaimed National Readathon Day, a "marathon reading" session across the country to raise money in order to help fund the National Book Foundation's efforts to promote literacy and reading. The "quixotic new event" was created by Penguin Random House, which brought to the idea to…

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