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Weekly Round-Up: October 19, 2018

weekly round up - oct 19 - The Authors Guild

weekly round up - oct 19 - The Authors Guild

Our round-up of key news affecting authors. In this week’s edition: writers talk about their favorite libraries, PEN America sues President Trump, the Booker Prize is announced, and more…

The Random House and Crown Publishing Groups Merge
Publishers Weekly
Penguin Random House US CEO Madeline McIntosh announced that the Crown Publishing Group and Random House Publishing Group are merging into in a newly-combined division, which will report to current Random House president and publisher Gina Centrello. The imprints will retain their distinct editorial identities, as well as their names for the time being.

Anna Burns Wins the 2018 Man Booker Prize
Anna Burns has won the 2018 Man Booker Prize for her novel, Milkman. The winner was announced this past Tuesday. She is the first Northern Irish author to win the Booker and will receive £50,000.

Here Are Your 2018 National Book Awards Finalists
The National Book Awards finalists were announced last Thursday. Among the finalists were members Lauren Groff for Florida and Sigrid Nunez for The Friend.

12 Authors Write About the Libraries They Love
The New York Times
Neil Gaiman, Amy Tan, Julia Alvarez and more were asked to write about their local public library or to share a memory of a library from their past.

How to Create the Perfect Reading Nook
Book Riot
Over at Book Riot, Olivia Paez shares tips on how to create the perfect cozy space to get the most reading done ahead of these chilly months.

Feel Like You Haven’t Hit Your Peak Yet? It’s Never Too Late
The New York Times
A recent study found that about “90 percent of people will experience a “hot streak” in their career,” but that it “can appear at any point in your working life, meaning that it’s never too late (or too early) to hit your peak.”

Literary Group Sues Trump, Alleges Free Speech Stifling
AP News
PEN America is suing President Trump, citing that while he “has First Amendment rights and is free to criticize the press vehemently…he is not free to use the power and authority of the United States government to punish and stifle it.”

5 Writing Tips: Barbara Kingsolver
Publishers Weekly
Author Barbara Kingsolver offers five tips for writing a book, including giving yourself permission to write a bad one.