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The Roundup: February 19, 2021

In this week’s edition, Hachette fires the editorial director of its conservative Center Street imprint; Penguin Random House partners with WNDB to create a Black Creatives Fund; a literary website shares its list of the most influential gatekeepers in book publishing and more.

Big Publishing Pushes Out Trump’s Last Fan
The New York Times
“Top editors at Hachette have told employees that they’ve learned the lessons of the Capitol siege of Jan. 6: no hate speech, no incitement to violence, no false narratives.”

New Ways of Surviving: Writing Through a Global Pandemic
Poets & Writers
Poet and writing professor Tiana Clark talks about what it is like to try to keep writing during a pandemic.

WNDB Launches Black Creatives Fund
Publishers Weekly
“We Need Diverse Books (WNDB) is partnering with Penguin Random House on a series of programs designed to get more books by Black writers published under the Black Creatives Fund.”

Literari Gets Big Money for Book Boxes
Publishers Weekly
A profile of Texas-based Literari, a books-in-boxes delivery service that aims to be a literary social network focused on selling books for book clubs.

Facebook Blocks News in Australia, Diverging with Google on Proposed Law
The New York Times
“At the heart of the fight is whether the tech giants should pay news organizations for the news articles that are shared on their networks.”

The Book and Film Globe Publishing Power 30
Book and Film Globe
The list of the book business’s most influential gatekeepers for 2021

Ravi Zacharias’s Books Pulled by HarperCollins After RZIM Investigative Report
Christianity Today
“The biggest Christian publisher in the United States will no longer offer resources by the late Ravi Zacharias following the final report of an investigation confirming his years-long pattern of abuse.”