CEO of Taylor & Francis Annie Callanan was elected president of the UK’s Publishers Association, taking over from Cambridge University Press ceo Peter Phillips. Hachette UK ceo David Shelley was elected vice-president and treasurer; Bonnier Books UK ceo Perminder Mann was named chair of the Consumer Publishers Council.
Aylin LaMorey-Salzmann has joined Hoffmann & Campe as senior editor for the Atlantik imprint.
Bryan Washington won the Dylan Thomas Prize for his short story collection Lot (Riverhead).
Peter Turner will lead a new Dharma Spring imprint for Red Wheel/Weiser, focusing on books for a general audience on the practical application of the Buddha’s teachings. It launches in October with Opening to Grief: Finding Your Way from Loss to Peace by Claire Willis and Marnie Crawford Samuelson, and is expected to release 8 to 10 titles a year.
Hachette Book Group announced an initiative to “assist in the reopening of independent bookstores” in the US and Canada, which goes into effect June 1. Evp, director of sales Alison Lazarus says in an announcement, “This program includes dating into 2021 for new orders, improved discount terms on current and future orders through 2020, a long-term timeline for stores to pay older invoices, and a freight offset credit for returning inventory that did not sell due to the pandemic. These terms are responding to business concerns that we have heard in discussions with the ABA and our independent customers. The survival of independent stores is critical to our business, and to the communities that depend on these stores; these enhanced terms are one of the ways in which we, and the publishers we distribute (including Abrams Books, Chronicle Books, Disney Book Group, Hachette UK, Kids Can Press, Lonely Planet, Moleskine, Octopus, Phaidon Press, Phoenix International, Quarto Publishing Group and Yen Press) are working to ensure that independent stores survive and thrive.”
Carolyn Reidy‘s husband Stephen has requested that donations in her honor be made to Worldreader, “an organization that she wholeheartedly supported.”
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