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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Scholastic issued another press release on Monday regarding the withdrawn picture book A Birthday Cake for George Washington, responding to criticism from PEN America and the National Coalition Against Censorship calling the move "a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Scholastic announced that it has withdrawn publication of the picture book A Birthday Cake for George Washington by Ramin Ganeshram and illustrated by Vanessa Brantley-Newton, which was published on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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Government Still Pursuing SEAL Author Matt Bissonnette

Former Navy SEAL Matt Bissonnette, whose 2012 book NO EASY DAY (published under the pseudonym Mark Owen) disclosed details of the raid that killed Osama Bin Laden and who is set to publish a new book, NO HERO, under the same pen name on November 10, is under criminal investigation…

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McSweeney's Becomes a Nonprofit

San Francisco-based publisher McSweeney's announced it will go forward as a nonprofit organization, with the intent of obtaining 501(c)3 status next year. For now McSweeney's, founded in 1998, will run as a fiscally sponsored project of SOMArts, which runs the South of Market Cultural Center in San Francisco. In a telephone…

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