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NEH Chair Resigns As Organization is Forced to Budget For Its Closure

NEH chairman William D. Adams resigned on Tuesday after less than three years leading the organization. With funding recently reaffirmed for the current fiscal year, Adams was able to say in his statement, "We're encouraged that Congress and the President increased our funding for the current year and that the White…

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Congressional Budget Deal Is Only A Temporary Win for the Arts

As Congressional leaders are reported to have agreed on a funding bill that will keep the government operating through the end of September, some reports are prematurely celebrating it as a victory over the Trump administration's plan to eliminate resources for the NEA, NEH, libraries and more. The comprise bill…

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Briefs: Talking Leaves to Close One Store, Norton Expands, and More

Bookselling Buffalo's Talking Leaves Bookstore is closing their Main Street store after 42 years in the University Heights neighborhood and will consolidate inventory in their Elmwood location over the next three months. "Significant changes in book buying habits and in the University of Buffalo neighborhood are major factors in this…

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As Feared, Trump Budget Proposes Eliminating NEA, NEH and More

As feared by many, President Donald Trump's first federal budget plan for fiscal 2018 proposes eliminating at least 19 agencies, including the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, and even the Institute of Museum and Library Services (which spreads grants to every…

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Amazon, Pearson Push Back On Immigration Limits

Amazon made a declaration of support for a lawsuit filed by the Washington state attorney general in Federal Court looking to overturn President Trump's recent executive order limiting immigration from seven countries as unconstitutional. The first state to file suit, Washington is also seeking a temporary restraining order against enforcement of…

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S&S Children's Authors Protest Milo Deal, IDPF Dissidents Keep Trying

A group of over 160 children's book authors and illustrators have signed on to a letter to Simon & Schuster ceo Carolyn Reidy objecting to the house's book deal with Milo Yiannopoulos. The effort began as a conversation among Erin Murphy Literary Agency clients under contract with Simon & Schuster and "quickly became a national dialogue across agencies…

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Harper Withdraws Crowley's Book Following Plagiarism Revelations

In the wake of CNN's article showing that Monica Crowley's 2012 book What the (Bleep) Just Happened copied material from numerous sources, HarperCollins was "looking into the matter" and announced on Tuesday to the NYT. "The book, which has reached the end of its natural sales cycle, will no longer be…

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Hachette Book Group's New Year's Letter

HBG USA ceo Michael Pietsch wrote to staff with new year's greetings instead of a holiday year-end letter, noting highlights of 2016--led by the acquisition of the Perseus Books imprints, which bolstered their "primary strategic goal" of growing the company. Without the Perseus titles, core HBG sales "decreased somewhat from 2015, primarily…

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CEO Holiday Greetings, from Simon & Schuster

In keeping with tradition, publishing ceos are thanking employees and celebrating the year's accomplishments through year-end letters. The first publicly released letter is from Simon & Schuster chief executive Carolyn Reidy, noting "a tumultuous year in both the United States and around the world" while still observing that "it feels as if…

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BISG Looks Ahead to Restart

The Book Industry Study Group convened their annual members meeting in New York -- and marked their 40th anniversary -- after an admittedly "tough year" with enthusiastic anticipation for incoming executive director Brian O'Leary and a new strategic plan to execute. Treasurer and new board chair Maureen McMahon of Kaplan…

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