Saturday, December 10, 2016

The Roundup with PW

Congressional Committee Backs Independent Copyright Office
The House Judiciary Committee has backed the creation of an autonomous Copyright Office, just weeks after new Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden abruptly ousted Register of Copyrights Maria Pallante, who had strongly urged lawmakers to make just such a move toward U.S. copyright reform.
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Mahoney to Succeed Jensen at Chronicle Books
Tyrrell Mahoney, currently v-p of sales and marketing, will take over as president of the publisher on January 3, at which time current president Jack Jensen will devote more time to his role as president of Chronicle parent company the McEvoy Group.
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Authors United Absorbed by Authors Guild
In a letter, Authors United founder Douglas Preston urged AU writers “to throw their support behind the Authors Guild either by joining or making a contribution.”
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New University of Cincinnati Press Hires Director
Scholarly publishing veteran Elizabeth Scarpelli has been named the University of Cincinnati Press's first director. The press, launched this summer, will publish both scholarly and regional titles with social justice themes.
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Penguin and CBC Launch Award Honoring Anna Dewdney
To commemorate the rich picture-book legacy of Anna Dewdney, Penguin Young Readers, Children’s Book Council, and Every Child a Reader have partnered to establish a prize in honor of the late author and illustrator.
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Jerusalem International Book Fair Sets Dates, Opens Applications
The dates for the 28th biennial Jerusalem International Book Fair has been set for June 11-15, 2017, and applications for the Zev Birger Editorial and Agent Fellowships are now open.
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The 2017 PEN Literary Awards Longlists: Announcing the completed longlists for PEN's annual literary awards, which will be presented in March.
Libraries Become Sites of Hate Crimes: Authorities say a spate of hate crimes targeting libraries, their books, or patrons is occuring—something rarely seen before.
Latin American Authors vs. Trump: Some of Latin America’s leading authors gathered at the Oaxaca International Book Fair to discuss Trump and what lies ahead.
Death Comes for the Quaalude King: T.C. Boyle turned his best friend’s life into fiction and, after he died, realized it was far bigger than any page could hope to contain.
When Robots Read Books: Artificial intelligence sheds new light on classic texts, and literary theorists who don’t embrace it face obsolescence.


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