Penguin Random House Offices Will Require Vaccination, Book Industry Charitable Foundation Awards Higher Education Scholarships, 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.

Penguin Random House will begin the process of reopening its U.S. offices on September 13, but the company will remain “remote friendly” and provide the option for employees to continue working from home full-time. In the announcement to staff, Madeline McIntosh, the CEO of Penguin Random House USA, also noted that “full vaccination will be a requirement for those employees and visitors entering our offices.” (Publishing Perspectives)

Read about how Macmillan and Hachette Book Group are approaching reopening in previous installments of Daily News.

The Booker Prize Foundation has announced the judges for the 2022 International Booker Prize. The annual prize honors literature in translation published in the U.K. or Ireland and comes with a purse of £50,000 to be split equally between the author and the translator.

Eight students have been selected to receive funds from the Book Industry Charitable Foundation Higher Education Scholarship Program. The $5,000 Karl Pohrt Memorial Scholarship, which supports an independent bookseller “who is a nontraditional student or who has overcome learning adversity,” was awarded to Maria Grant of Peregrine Book Company. Meanwhile, seven students who are dependents of booksellers each received a scholarship of $3,500. (Shelf Awareness)

The basement of independent publisher Saqi Books’ Al Saqi bookshop was submerged in a meter of wastewater during flash flooding in London on Monday. Lynn Gaspard, the store director and publisher of Saqi Books, estimates that the water damaged more than £20,000 in stock. The store and publisher are seeking support via GoFundMe. (Bookseller)

“When I started writing, it really felt like I’d found the medium that I was looking for.” Pik-Shuen Fung, the author of Ghost Forest, describes coming to writing via visual art. (BOMB)

An interview with Fung appeared in the First Fiction feature in the latest issue of Poets & Writers Magazine. An excerpt from Ghost Forest is available online.

Matt Bell, the author of Appleseed, recommends speculative fiction that addresses the climate crisis. (Literary Hub)

The fiction fellows have been revealed for this year’s New York State Council on the Arts/New York Foundation for the Arts Artist Fellowship program. (Publishers Weekly)

The Millions recommends new books out this week, including A Passage North by Anuk Aradpragasam and Strange Beasts of China by Yan Ge, translated by Jeremy Tiang.