Brian Murray Still Wants S&S at HarperCollins

The government’s final full day in the driver’s seat of its case to block the merger of Penguin Random House with Simon & Schuster saw the last of its major witnesses take the stand. HarperCollins CEO Brian Murray’s testimony followed the format of those of HBG CEO Michael Pietsch and Macmillan CEO Don Weisberg before … Read more

Don Weisberg, Government’s Economist Raise Concerns over PRH-S&S Merger

“Less competition is going to change the dynamic. Two of the major players becoming one—the prices, the advances, the type of competition at the auctions—I think it’ll have impact across the board,” Macmillan CEO Don Weisberg testified in federal court on August 8. “If I’ man an agent and there’s one player that’s bigger than … Read more

Book Club Picks for August 2022

The latest from Jamie Ford, a debut novel by Anthony Marra, and two Jane Austen classics are among the many lucky titles selected by book clubs across the country for the month of August. To submit titles for inclusion in this roundup, email us. Amerie’s Book Club and Read with Jenna, the Jenna Bush Hager … Read more

Yiyun Li’s Latest Reveals The Reader’s Writer

Each day since Covid-19 forced Americans indoors, the writers Yiyun Li and Edmund White have booted up Skype at five o’clock in the evening to engage in a two-person book club. White, whom Li calls “a very good performer,” reads passages of the books aloud, and the two compare their marginalia, often finding that they … Read more

Jonathan Karp and Stephen King Take the Stand

The second day of the DOJ’s trial to block Penguin Random House from acquiring rival Big Five publisher Simon & Schuster featured little star power: bestselling author Stephen King took the stand, telling the court about his rise from struggling freelance writer to mega-bestselling author , and bemoaning the continued consolidation of the publishing industry—which, … Read more

Penguin Classics Adds Marvel to the Literary Canon

In a groundbreaking addition to the Penguin Classics series—long noted for enshrining superlative works of literature—the venerable line is including classic superhero comics for the first time with the publication of the first three volumes of the Penguin Classics Marvel Collection, The Amazing Spider-Man, Black Panther, and Captain America. The titles were released June 14. … Read more

JIBF Holds Memorable Week-Long Book Forum

Several hundred international book publishing professionals and authors gathered in mid-May for the newest edition of the biennial Jerusalem International Book Forum. Originally started as the Jerusalem International Book Fair, the event was reconstituted in 2019 into its current form, but still featured panel discussions, literary talks, workshops, and a fellowship program that had been … Read more