Co-founder of Worthy Shorts and longtime book publishing and printing veteran Gene Schwartz, 91, died in his sleep on Monday. Schwartz's long career included serving as a consultant to a variety of publishers and manufacturers, and he was editor at large for ForeWord Magazine for many years.
At Louise Allen-Jones Associates in the UK, Lucy Bushell has been named assistant scout. The agency has added Czarna Owca in Poland and Piratforlaget in Sweden as clients.
Sebastian Barry's Days Without End won the overall Costa Award. The judges called it, "A miracle of a book – both epic and intimate – that manages to create spaces for love and safety in the noise and chaos of history." It's his second Costa win, following The Secret Scripture in 2008.
Separately, the shortlist was announced for this year's edition of Canada Reads.
The shortlist for Barnes & Noble's Discover Great New Writers Award was also announced, with the winners to be named at a ceremony on March 1:
Homegoing, by Yaa Gyasi (Knopf)
The Lightkeepers, by Abby Geni (Counterpoint)
Shelter, by Jung Yun (Picador)
Blood at the Root, by Patrick Phillips (Norton)
Evicted, by Matthew Desmond (Crown)
Lab Girl, by Hope Jahren
Swedish publisher Storytel continues to grow through acquisitions, buying management audiobook publisher Kontentan through their Storyside subsidiary and adding to their core streaming audiobook business. (Last year they acquired streaming service Mobifo and bought publisher Norstedts.)
The IDPF has completed its merger with the larger WC3 and no longer exists as a standalone organization. The announcement says that "an unprecedented number of organizations" (we're not sure what the precedent would be here) that includes "most IDPF members and several large publishers who are not IDPF members...have made Royalty-Free commitments to ensure that the future of EPUB and the Open Web Platform for publishing is not patent encumbered."
Addressing at least some concerns from those who opposed the merger, W3C said it is setting up an EPUC Community Group that "is free and open to anyone to participate," which will "ensure EPUB's maintenance and advance EPUB's further adoption." They are also forming a W3C Publishing Business Group "open to IDPF and W3C members, and other interested organizations who wish to join this group," that will have its first meeting at the London Book Fair in March. That group "will be the focal point for the community to address new needs and requirements and serve as a forum for industry discussions." Beyond that, they are also "planning to explore meeting the next generation of EPUB requirements in a proposed Publications Working Group." The next EPUB Summit will take place in March in Brussels.
Universal Harvester, John Darnielle
Homo Deus, Yuval Noah Harari
Insomniac City, Bill Hayes
Lincoln in the Bardo, George Saunders
Norse Mythology, Neil Gaiman
Swimming Lessons, Claire Fuller
Pachinko, Min Jin Lee
Separately, the February Pennie's Pick at Costco is Elizabeth Poliner's As Close to Us As Breathing. For our full list highlighting notable February releases, as a supplement to five excerpts from new titles, download our free February Buzz Books Monthly on Amazon, iBooks, Google Play and NetGalley. Buzz Books releasing in February are:
All Our Wrong Todays, Elan Mastai
A Piece of the World Kline, Christina Baker Kline
The Orphan's Tale, Pam Jenoff
Rebels Like Us, Liz Reingardt
Things We Have in Common, Tasha Kavanagh
The Edge of Everything, Jeff Giles
On Second Thought, Kristan Higgins