Wednesday, January 25, 2017

The Roundup with PW

Reidy Explains Decision Behind Yiannopoulos Deal
In a letter, S&S CEO Carolyn Reidy looked to assure those concerned about the signing of controversial author Milo Yiannopoulos that the company will not publish books that contain hate speech. Yiannopoulos's proposal was for a book “that would be a substantive examination of the issues of political correctness and free speech," Reidy wrote. more »

The Bad News About E-books
E-book unit sales fell 16% in 2016. We take a closer look at the numbers. more »

'Completely Gobsmacked': Kelly Barnhill on Her 2017 Newbery Medal
Some time ago, one of Kelly Barnhill's children changed the ringtone on her cell phone to play the theme song from 'Wonder Woman,' the 1970s TV show. She was “dead to the world" when that phone rang very early on Monday morning. more » »
'A Very Incredible Day': Javaka Steptoe on His 2017 Caldecott Medal
“This has been a very incredible day,” said Javaka Steptoe, referring to the hours following the announcement that he had won the 2017 Caldecott Medal for his picture book 'Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat,' a biography of the 1980s street artist. more » »

White House Arts Petition Errors: A petition on calling for the preservation of the NEA and NEH does not appear to be registering signatures.
New Amazon E-book Proposal in Europe: Amazon has offered to remove controversial "most favored nation" clauses in European e-book contracts and is asking for feedback.
Marching With Virginia Woolf: Participants in the Women's March carried signs with the words of writers including Audre Lorde, Virginia Woolf, Langston Hughes, and Jane Austen.
Philip Roth E-mails On Trump: In 2004, the writer published “The Plot Against America,” about an election that upends the country. Has it happened here?
The US-Mexico Border in Fiction: A look at a host of books that explore the border between the two countries from a range of perspectives.

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