The Final Chapter for GalleyCat

Dear Readers, We are sad to report that we are closing the book on GalleyCat. We thank you for your support and readership over the years. Over the past decade, it’s been our mission to keep you informed with news from publishers, authors, booksellers and libraries. We’ve had the pleasure of reading thousands of fantastic books and reviewing many of them along the way. It has been an honor to know so many of the people in this community from authors and book editors to literary agents and book store owners, and the associations supporting every corner of the business. We hope that you’ll continue to support authors, publishers and book stores, who will continue to need your support in 2017 and beyond. Keep reading! Dianna and Maryann

The Final Chapter for GalleyCat

Dear Readers, We are sad to report that we are closing the book on GalleyCat. We thank you for your support and readership over the years. Over the past decade, it’s been our mission to keep you informed with news from publishers, authors, booksellers and libraries. We’ve had the pleasure of reading thousands of fantastic books and reviewing many of them along the way. It has been an honor to know so many of the people in this community from authors and book editors to literary agents and book store owners, and the associations supporting every corner of the business. We hope that you’ll continue to support authors, publishers and book stores, who will continue to need your support in 2017 and beyond. Keep reading! Dianna and Maryann

The Final Chapter for GalleyCat

Dear Readers,

We are sad to report that we are closing the book on GalleyCat.

We thank you for your support and readership over the years. Over the past decade, it’s been our mission to keep you informed with news from publishers, authors, booksellers and libraries. We’ve had the pleasure of reading thousands of fantastic books and reviewing many of them along the way. It has been an honor to know so many of the people in this community from authors and book editors to literary agents and book store owners, and the associations supporting every corner of the business.

We hope that you’ll continue to support authors, publishers and book stores, who will continue to need your support in 2017 and beyond.

Keep reading!

Dianna and Maryann

The Final Chapter for GalleyCat

Dear Readers,

We are sad to report that we are closing the book on GalleyCat.

We thank you for your support and readership over the years. Over the past decade, it’s been our mission to keep you informed with news from publishers, authors, booksellers and libraries. We’ve had the pleasure of reading thousands of fantastic books and reviewing many of them along the way. It has been an honor to know so many of the people in this community from authors and book editors to literary agents and book store owners, and the associations supporting every corner of the business.

We hope that you’ll continue to support authors, publishers and book stores, who will continue to need your support in 2017 and beyond.

Keep reading!

Dianna and Maryann

The Final Chapter for GalleyCat

Dear Readers, We are sad to report that we are closing the book on GalleyCat. We thank you for your support and readership over the years. Over the past decade, it’s been our mission to keep you informed with news from publishers, authors, booksellers and libraries. We’ve had the pleasure of reading thousands of fantastic books and reviewing many of them along the way. It has been an honor to know so many of the people in this community from authors and book editors to literary agents and book store owners, and the associations supporting every corner of the business. We hope that you’ll continue to support authors, publishers and book stores, who will continue to need your support in 2017 and beyond. Keep reading! Dianna and Maryann

Children’s Book Week Will Be Expanded

Nonprofit Every Child a Reader is expanding Children’s Book Week in 2017. The event, now in its 98th year, focuses on the best in children’s books. Next year’s event, which takes placed May 1-7, includes an update to the book awards, a new website, and the hopes to triple the number of participants from libraries, schools and bookstores. Participants will also be able to vote for where the Children’s and Teen Choice Book Awards will be hosted. The award winners will be announced in conjunction with the ABC Children’s Group/ABFE art auction on May 31 at BookExpo. “We’re going to energize the entire children’s book world this spring, thanks to the enthusiastic support of teachers, parents, librarians, booksellers, authors, illustrators, CBC committees, publishing employees, the media, other literacy groups — and kids and teens! — for this wonderful annual tradition known as Children’s Book Week,” stated Carl Lennertz, executive director at CBC and Every Child a Reader.

Penguin Random House Gave Away 100K Books in 3 Days

penguinPenguin Random House gave away 100,000 books in 3 days as part of its #GiveaBook campaign, which kicked off on Giving Tuesday. The publisher invited readers to claim up to five books for their hometown as part of a 50,000 book giveaway. After the publisher gave away all of these books on day one, they upped their donation to 100,000 books. The books were distributed through First Book, a nonprofit dedicated to increasing literacy in low-income families. To keep up the momentum, Penguin Random House is matching donations to First Book and tripling them through the end of the year.

Hookline Books Lets Book Clubs Select Titles: Interview

UK publisher Hookline Books lets book clubs decide which books to publish. GalleyCat caught up with Hookline CEO Yvonne Barlow to discuss this process and how it works. GC: Why are you letting book club members decide what to publish? YB: Book groups are made up of keen readers who love to dissect the novels they read. They are the bread and butter of the industry as they buy more books than the average reader – why not draw them in and ask their opinion? Being in a book group means that they are used to sharing their opinion of a read, therefore they will tell you whether a character works or a plot strays. All feedback from book groups goes back to the writer, and many writers have contacted me afterwards to say that rather than feel rejected the feedback made them realize where they had gone wrong. GC: ...

Washington Independent Review Reveals Top 25 List

Collage435_400_600The nonprofit Washington Independent Review of Books has revealed its 25 favorite books of 2016. “There are so many great books out there that we didn’t want to declare any ‘the best,'” said Holly Smith, the site’s managing editor in a statement. “But these 25 — a mix of novels and nonfiction — are our favorites. They each stuck with us long after we turned the final page.” We have the whole list for you after the jump. Washington Independent Review of Books’ 25 Favorite Books of 2016
  • At the Existentialist Café: Freedom, Being, and Apricot Cocktails by Sarah Bakewell (Other Press)
  • Thomas Murphy: A Novel by Roger Rosenblatt (Ecco)
  • A Meal in Winter: A Novel of World War II by Hubert Mingarelli; translated by Sam Taylor (The New Press)
  • Chicago: A Novel by Brian Doyle (Thomas Dunne Books)
  • A Field Guide to Lies: Critical Thinking in the Information Age by Daniel J. Levitin (Dutton)
  • ...

How Much Do Amazon Interns Earn?

Amazon interns earn an average of $7,634 a month, plus $2161 a month for living expenses, as well as a $22,538 signing bonus, according to new data from a undergraduate computer science student. Purdue University student Jesse Collins has been collecting self reported information on the salaries of interns and recent grads at major tech companies and has created a Google spreadsheet with the results. Tech Crunch has more:
For example, Collins found that, according to 19 survey respondents so far, Facebook is offering an average annual salary of $109,526 with a massive signing bonus of $79,737 for employees in technical roles like iOS or full stack developer, or software or network engineer.

By comparison, according to 31 survey respondents, Google is paying recent graduates in tech roles an average of $107,000 annualized salary with an average signing bonus of $27,327.

Executives Share Favorite Books on Facebook

Facebook is running a campaign this week in which well-known business executives are sharing their favorite books. The #ReadtoLead runs throughout the week. Participating business people are posting a video or picture of one of their favorite titles of 2016. Nicholas Kristof from The New York Times selected Evicted by Matthew Desmond (among others. Devin Wenig from eBay selected Chaos Monkeys: Obscene Fortune and Random Failure in Silicon Valley by Antonio García Martínez. Chris Nassetta from Hilton Worldwide chose Delivering Happiness: A Path to Profits, Passion, and Purpose by Zappos CEO Tony Hseih. Additional participants include: Mad Money host Jim Cramer, Bumble founder Whitney Wolfe, Shark Tank host Robert Herjavec, as well as Hint water CEO/Founder Kara Goldin and New York Times bestselling author Wes Moore.

To Kill a Mockingbird Banned in School

A school in Virginia has removed To Kill a Mockingbird and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn from the curriculum, after a parent complained about racial slurs used in the text. The copies of the Harper Lee and Mark Twain’s classics were pulled from the school in Accomack County, after the parent of a biracial teen lodged a formal complaint about the use of the N-word in these books. The district has formed a committee to review the titles and decide if they should continue to be taught. The Washington Post has the scoop:
The parent, Marie Rothstein-Williams, made an emotional plea at a school board meeting Nov. 15, saying the works had disturbed her teenage son, a biracial student at Nandua High School on Virginia’s Eastern Shore.

“I’m not disputing this is great literature,” Rothstein-Williams said. “But there is so much racial slurs in there and offensive wording that you can’t get ...

Perseus Books is Moving Into Hachette Offices in NY

Perseus’ New York based staffers are moving into Hachette’s New York offices this week. Beginning Wednesday December 7, Perseus’ New York-based employees including publishers at Basic Books, Public Affairs and Weinstein Books will be located at 1290  Avenue of the Americas, NYC 10104.  In addition, all Perseus staff are now using Hachette email addresses (firstname.lastname@hbgusa.com). In addition, these employees have new phone numbers and can be reached through HBG’s main number in New York 212-364-1100. Hachette closed its acquisition of the Perseus Book Group’s publishing business in April. Susan Weinberg has joined the firm as senior vice president and publisher.

Nation Books Acquires The New York Kidnapping Club

Nation Books has acquired The New York Kidnapping Club by University of Michigan historian Jonathan Daniel Wells. The book chronicles “the frighteningly effective network of corrupt judges, lawyers, police officers, and bankers who kept the illegal slave trade alive and well in antebellum New York City, told through the stories of the judge who sanctioned the kidnappers and the black activist who worked tirelessly to bring these outrages to light.” Katy O’Donnell at Nation Books acquired the world rights to the English language edition from Geri Thoma at Writers House.

Amazon Employees Attempts Suicide at Work

An employee at Amazon attempted suicide this week by jumping from the roof of the company’s Seattle headquarters. Before doing so, the unnamed individual sent a farewell email to CEO Jeff Bezos and hundreds of co-workers. According to reports, he had recently tried to change departments but was denied the transfer and was put on the company “improvement plan.” Bloomberg has the scoop:
The man had recently put in a request to transfer to a different department, but was placed on an employee improvement plan, a step that can lead to termination if performance isn’t improved, said the person, who asked not to be identified discussing company personnel matters. More than 20,000 people work in multiple buildings at Amazon’s headquarters.

The man survived the fall and is now being treated at a hospital in Seattle. Amazon responded with the statement: “Our thoughts are with our colleague as he continues to ...

Donate to Literacy Charities for #GivingTuesday

Today is #GivingTuesday, the day that comes after Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday, that reminds shoppers to give a little back this season. There are plenty of great charities that deserve support. As a publishing professional, you may be interested in donating to charities that promote reading and literacy. We’ve done a number of previous posts on great organizations to support. Check out our posts: 10 Charities That Promote Literacy, 10 Charities That Encourage Reading and 5 Charities That Promote Literacy. You can also support reading while doing a little holiday shopping. For instance, Penguin Random House is running a promotion in which you buy a children’s book today, then the publisher will donate a book to another child (through a zulily/First Book partnership).

PEN America Challenges Professor Watchlist

PEN America has condemned the launch of  Professor Watchlist, new website where students can accuse college professors of being too left wing or discriminating against conservative students. Turning Points USA launched the site on Monday November 23 and the site has already generated accusations against almost 200 college professors. “While no credible university administrator will take seriously a website so clearly intended to bait and sow divisions on college campuses,” stated Suzanne Nossel, executive director of PEN America. “PEN America condemns the so-called ‘Professor Watchlist.’ While claiming to stand up against bias, this list is a noxious purveyor of precisely what it claims to deride: the intimidation and osctracization of those who express controversial views on campus.”