Industry & Advocacy News
March 25, 2022
The National Book Critics Circle announces the winners of its 2022 awards, a first-time Lambda Prize nominee gets “canceled” for tweeting a defense of her friend’s allegedly transphobic book, the effect of Book of the Month Club on book sales, a new media company will also serve as a literary agent for its staff journalists, and more.
The Effect of Book of the Month Club on Book SalesBook RiotThis article looks at the 100-year-history of Book of the Month and its impact on the success of books chosen for the club today.
Lauren Hough Loses Lambda Prize Nomination After a Twitter FeudThe New York TimesLambda Literary rescinded first-time author Lauren Hough’s nomination for an award—despite rave reviews for her essay collection—after she wrote a series of tweets demonstrating what they believed to be “a troubling hostility toward transgender critics and trans-allies.”
Justin and Ben Smith Pick a Name for Their Media StartupThe New York TimesIn addition to operating an online news service, Semafor will also offer a “talent agency and booking services,” “literary agency services, namely, representation of journalistic talent,” and “arranging personal appearances by persons working in the field of news journalism and public affairs.”
Ukraine’s Vivat Publishing House Fights to SurvivePublishers WeeklyAn email interview with Vivat’s C.E.O. Julia Orlova about how the company is trying to continue to publish books while under constant bombardment from Russia.
AAPI Authors Respond to Anti-Asian ViolencePublishers WeeklyA discussion with nine editors of Asian American and Pacific Islander books and how they and their authors are responding to the continued wave of anti-Asian violence in the U.S.
What Book Royalties Can’t BuyLit HubA Native American novelist reflects on the role of money in her life.
Here Are the Winners of this Year’s National Book Critics Circle AwardsLit HubThe National Book Critics Circle unveiled nine awards during a virtual event.