The Warner Books imprint of Hachette Book Group USA announced today that it will change its name to Grand Central Publishing. The imprint was formerly part of Time Warner Book Group, which was acquired last February for $537.5 million by the Hachette Livre division of the French conglomerate Lagardère.
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John Calder, the namesake and owner of the British publisher Calder Publications, recently announced that he plans to retire and sell the rights to publish the company’s books, which include the British copyrights to many of Samuel Beckett’s novels.
The used book Web site AbeBooks recently launched a book recommendation system that draws titles from personal collections compiled on LibraryThing, a book cataloging Web site created by Tim Spalding in 2005. Whenever an AbeBooks user searches for one of the ten million books listed in the databases of both AbeBooks and LibraryThing, the new BookHints system will generate a list of three to six other books that the user might enjoy.
On March 13, a group of three poets won the $100,000 Microsoft "Ultimate Challenge" small business competition for their proposal of establishing a poetry café. The Mayhem Poets—Mason Granger, Kyle Sutton, and Scott Tarazevits, three friends who met at Rutgers University in New Jersey—entered the contest with an idea for a full-service restaurant that holds daily poetry workshops and nightly poetry performances.
On March 9, Linda Myers, the executive director of the Minneapolis-based nonprofit Loft Literary Center, announced that she will retire in October.
On March 15, the United States Postal Service will celebrate the two hundredth birthday of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow by issuing a thirty-nine cent Longfellow stamp.
In an earnings report released yesterday, Barnes & Noble announced that it will close its Memphis, Tennessee, Internet distribution center and lay off more than two hundred employees.
In April, the Harper Perennial imprint of HarperCollins will publish a shorter, happier version of Leo Tolstoy's War and Peace. The book, which HarperCollins calls the "original version," is an unpublished first draft completed by Tolstoy in 1866.
On February 16, a Delaware bankruptcy court approved a proposal by Perseus Books to take over the distribution contracts of over one hundred independent presses formerly distributed by Publishers Group West.
The Library of Congress recently announced that it will digitize thousands of public domain books in its collection, including many that librarians have deemed "brittle" and in danger of becoming unusable.
The Associated Press (AP) news organization recently announced that it has discontinued the syndicated book review package offered to newspapers through its wire service.
On February 1, novelist and political activist Elie Wiesel was attacked and dragged out of an elevator in a San Francisco hotel. Wiesel, the author of the Holocaust memoir Night (Hill and Wang, 1960) and the recipient of the 1986 Nobel Peace Prize, was a participant in a conference on religion taking place at the hotel. Accord
Last month the Finnish publishing company Tammi released a 332-page novel consisting entirely of cellular phone text messages.
New York University’s graduate school of arts and science recently named poet Deborah Landau as the director of its creative writing program.
The Pittsburgh branch of the North American Network of Cities of Asylum (NANCA), an organization that hosts persecuted and exiled writers from around the world in five American cities, recently announced that fiction writer Horacio Castellanos Moya from El Salvador will be its second writer-in-residence...
Sam Wyly, a Dallas entrepreneur and philanthropist whose net worth is estimated at $1.1 billion by Forbes magazine, recently agreed to purchase Explore Booksellers, an independent bookstore in Aspen, Colorado, for $5.2 million.
Poet Anselm Berrigan recently announced that he will be stepping down as artistic director of the St. Mark's Poetry Project in New York City. "June 30 of this year will be my last day," Berrigan wrote in a letter to readers of the February/March 2007 issue of the Poetry Project Newsletter.
The February issue of Esquire includes nine short stories handwritten on five-inch square cocktail napkins.
Kevin Brockmeier, the author of the novel The Brief History of the Dead (Knopf, 2006), was recently named the winner of the 2006 Borders Original Voices Award in fiction.
Last Friday, Bertelsmann, the German media conglomerate that owns Random House, announced that Hartmut Ostrowski will be its new chief executive officer starting in 2008. Ostrowski has been a member of Bertelsmann’s executive board for the past six years. He will succeed the current CEO, Gunter Thielen, who will become chairman of the company’s supervisory board.
Touchstone/Fireside, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, recently announced that it will publish the winning manuscript in the Gather.com First Chapters contest. Gather.com, a social networking site with 175,000 registered members, was founded in 2005. The publisher’s announcement comes less than two weeks after the Sobol Award, which offered $100,000 and publication by Touchstone, was cancelled because of an insufficient number of submissions.