Sebastian Barry won the UK's Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction for Days Without End, becoming the first author to win the prize twice (he won for On Canaan’s Side in 2012).
Also in the UK, the Queen's annual Birthday Honors list named J.K. Rowling a Companion of Honor, the highest category awarded, for her services to literature and philanthropy. Among others on the list, Virago Press founder Carmen Callil was made a Dame.
Melissa Ashley won the Australian Booksellers Association Booksellers Choice Award for her debut novel The Birdman's Wife.
David Fromkin, 84, author of NBCC and Pulitzer finalist A Peace to End All Peace, died June 11. He was a lawyer, historian, and the author of seven books.
Arsenal Pulp Press has paired author, comedian, and playwright Charles Demers as curator and editor for a new comedy book imprint: Robin's Egg Books, launching in October with Evany Rosen's comic essays, What I Think Happened: An Underresearched History of the Western World.
Black Bird Bookstore has opened in the Outer Sunset neighborhood of San Francisco. Owner Kathryn Grantham described the store as a "community bookstore for all" focus that will include "both local and global authors," highlighting diverse voices and women of color.
The University of Connectitut plans a $3 million renovation of the bookstore at its main campus in Storrs. With students increasingly buying books online, general manager Len Oser said the goal of the renovation will be to create a "gathering place for students, faculty, alumni, and visitors."
Following the absorption of the IDPF into WC3, the parent organization has launched a standards-track Publishing Working Group and is inviting participation, as well as submissions for a conference in November. The publishing group's mission is "to provide the necessary technologies on the Open Web Platform to make the combination of traditional publishing and the web complete in terms of accessibility, usability, portability, distribution, archiving, offline access, and reliable cross referencing."