June 23, 2023
In this week’s edition: The return of a beloved literary magazine, a look at recently diversity efforts in publishing, another bidder for Simon & Schuster emerges, new legislation to protect journalists, the Library Bill of Rights turns 70, and more.
Bookforum Is Returning, Months After Its Closure Was Mourned in the Literary WorldNew York TimesAfter Bookforum permanently closed earlier this year, The Nation jumped in and took over, with a new issue now scheduled for release in August.
Black Women Are Being Erased in Book PublishingElectric LitJenn Baker, a Black book editor, reflects on the ways recent Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion efforts have—and haven’t—worked in the publishing industry.
The Academy of American Poets names its first Latino headNPRRicardo Alberto Maldonado, a Puerto Rican poet and current co-director of the 92NY’s Unterberg Poetry Center, will become the first Latino to lead the Academy of American Poets as its executive director and president, to support emerging and established poets through grants, publications, educational resources, and more.
New PRESS Bill Introduced in CongressReporters CommitteeThe Protect Reporters from Excessive State Suppression (PRESS) Act was reintroduced with bipartisan sponsorship in Congress this week. The bill is meant to safeguard journalists against the release of news-related details that may expose the identities of confidential sources, while preventing the government from requesting similar information from cell phone providers, social media companies, and other third-party entities.
Abu Dhabi’s Mubadala Backs the Hurowitz S&S BidPublishing Perspectives Richard Hurowitz of the New York investment firm Octavian & Company has emerged as a bidder for book publisher Simon & Schuster, with backing from Abu Dhabi-based sovereign wealth manager Mubadala Investment Co.
70 Years of the Library Bill of RightsBook RiotHere’s what the Library Bill of Rights is and why it’s important we remember it in the wake of ongoing book bans.
Publishers Support SEL in the Face of OppositionSchool Library JournalLittle Brown Books for Young Readers is one of over a dozen publishers who encourage the teaching of social emotional learning in schools.
Fabio Thinks the Publishing Industry’s Portrayal of Masculinity is “Hogwash”—Not Everyone AgreesThe MessengerA growing trend in romance novels includes portrayals of non-alpha male heroes, stirring up controversy.
“Stone Maidens” Author Becomes Best Seller Nearly 25 Years After Self-Publishing Thanks To Daughter’s TikTok VideosThe Mouth SoapA self-published thriller from 1992 just received over 6,000 positive Amazon reviews thanks to BookTok.