Allison Hill Starts at ABA, London Book Fair Awards, and More

by Staff

Every day Poets & Writers Magazine scans the headlines—publishing reports, literary dispatches, academic announcements, and more—for all the news that creative writers need to know. Here are today’s stories.

In her first letter as CEO of the American Booksellers Association, Allison Hill looks forward to challenging the bookselling community with new ideas, and seeking “a more sustainable model, more profitable businesses, better wages, and more sleep” for all.  

The London Book Fair Awards were announced online despite the festival’s cancellation due to the coronavirus pandemic. Among this year’s honorees, Unity Books Auckland won the Bookstore of the Year Award, María Lynch of Casanovas & Lynch won the Literary Agent Award, and Nigel Newton, founder and chief executive of Bloomsbury Publishing, was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award. (Bookseller)

Maris Kreizman finds hope for the future of the publishing industry, observing how employee walkouts at Hachette helped trigger the company’s decision to drop Woody Allen’s memoir. “The cancellation of Allen’s book signals a sea change in a notoriously hierarchical industry in which management traditionally made decisions, and workers were expected to comply.” (Outline)

In response to the spread of the coronavirus, Penguin Random House CEO Madeline McIntosh has encouraged New York City staff to work from home when possible. (Publishers Weekly)

Emma Warren shares strategies for overcoming imposter syndrome. (Creative Independent)

The New York Times talks to writer Sarah Pekkanen and her longtime editor Greer Hendricks about the second stage in their literary partnership: writing books together. 

Deb Olin Unferth discusses her new novel, Barn 8, and going undercover at an egg conference. (Chicago Review of Books)

Vanessa Hua recommends ten books that subvert stereotypes about Asian Americans. (Electric Literature)