Pirates of the Caribbean star Johnny Depp recently acquired the film rights to three books, including James Meek’s novel The People’s Act of Love (Canongate, 2005), Variety reported last week.
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Maureen Egen, the publisher and deputy chairman of Hachette Book Group USA (formerly known as Time Warner Book Group), announced Tuesday that she will step down from "active management" of the company at the end of the year.
Sterling Publishing, a subsidiary of the Barnes & Noble bookstore chain, recently announced the launch of an imprint devoted exclusively to narrative nonfiction.
Christian publisher Thomas Nelson recently announced that it will eliminate all of its twenty-one imprints and publish books solely under the Thomas Nelson name and logo.
Perseus Books Group recently announced that approximately thirty employees of the recently acquired Consortium Books Sales and Distribution will be laid off in March 2007.
Dalkey Archive Press has finally found a new home. Less than a month after the twenty-two-year-old nonprofit publisher abandoned its plans to move from its current location at Ilinois State University to the University of Rochester, Dalkey Archive announced on December 1 that it is moving to the University of Illinois...
On December 12 Independent Lens, a weekly program on PBS, will air a documentary of the late novelist John Fante.
Iain Hollingshead, a twenty-six-year-old British novelist, has won the fourteenth annual Bad Sex in Fiction Award for his novel Twenty Something: The Quarter-Life Crisis of Jack Lancaster (Duckworth, 2006).
The late Norman Mailer was awarded yesterday the fifteenth annual Bad Sex in Fiction Award for a passage in his last novel The Castle in the Forest (Random House, 2007). The award was established in 1993 by the London magazine the Literary Review "to draw attention to the crude, tasteless, often perfunctory use of redundant passages of sexual description in the modern novel, and to discourage it."
The Library of America, the nonprofit publisher founded in 1979 to "preserve our nation's literary heritage," plans to publish a volume of four novels by cult writer Philip K. Dick next summer.
Rebecca Wolff, the founding editor of the literary magazine Fence and the independent press Fence Books, announced yesterday that Fence Books has entered into an agreement with the National Poetry Series (NPS) as a participating publisher.
At a ceremony in New York City last night, the National Book Foundation announced the winners of the 2006 National Book Awards.
Three months after Dalkey Archive Press announced that it would be moving from its current location in Normal, Illinois, to the University of Rochester, the twenty-two-year old nonprofit publisher of experimental fiction and translations asked to be released from its agreement with the university in upstate New York.
On October 27, twenty-eight-year-old Welsh writer Rachel Trezise was named the winner of the inaugural Dylan Thomas Prize for her short story collection Fresh Apples (Parthian Books, 2005).
The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) announced in September the creation of International Literary Exchanges, a program intended to “expand cultural exchanges between the United States and other countries.” The initiative includes funding for the publication of dual-language anthologies and their distribution in the United States and countries such as Greece, Mexico, Pakistan, Russia, and Spain.
The papers of poet Robert Bly were purchased earlier this month by the University of Minnesota Libraries for $775,000.
This year marks the seventieth anniversary of New Directions, the independent press founded by the late James Laughlin. To celebrate, the press will hold two events in New York City this fall—a private party in November at the used bookstore Housing Works and a public gathering at the New School on December 5.
Nearly five months after New York Times Book Review editor Sam Tanenhaus surveyed several hundred writers, critics, and editors to name the best work of American fiction published in the last twenty-five years (Toni Morrison’s Beloved)...
The monthly men’s magazine Esquire announced last week that its newly hired fiction editor, Tom Chiarella, will publish twice as many original stories next year as were published in 2006.
Amazon.com recently launched the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award contest, which will allow the public to weigh in on the selection process. The winning author will receive a $25,000 advance and publication by Penguin.
Penguin and Amazon.com recently partnered to create the Penguin Classics Reading Group, a regular online discussion of titles in the paperback line of Penguin Classics.
A new charitable arts organization called United States Artists (USA) announced last month that it will award annual grants of fifty thousand dollars each to fifty artists from around the country, including poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers.