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June 06, 2015

HarperCollins USA cuts 5% of workforce

HarperCollins, which laid off a "small number" of workers last fall, is taking more drastic steps to reduce its workforce, and plans to cut 5% of its employees in North America by the end of the current fiscal year, which ends June 30. Some jobs were eliminated today. In a memo to...

I'm a Florida teacher who's been forced to cover up the books in my classroom. Here's why I'm suing Ron DeSantis

This year I'm teaching government and economics. I've taught just about every subject in social studies over the course of my 38-year career. I love teaching. And I love it every day. Florida Governor Ron DeSantis openly said in his swearing-in inauguration that this is the state where...

This woman combats a White-dominated book industry by printing her own

Native Washingtonian Kelsea Johnson realized many of the stories she was exposed to through books, TV shows and movies did not resonate with her lived experiences. When a story did center a person from a marginalized community, she said, it often included that person overcoming a feat. She...

HarperCollins, striking workers agree to federal mediation

HarperCollins Publishers and the union representing some 250 striking employees have agreed to enter into federal mediation, the first sign of a possible settlement since the work stoppage began in early November. "We are excited to have this opportunity to continue bargaining with...

Little Free Library launches Indigenous Library Program

Little Free Library continues to fulfill its mission of providing access to books to underserved communities. Its latest initiative, the Indigenous Library Program, which launches this spring, will provide book-sharing boxes for installation on tribal lands, as well as in other Indigenous...

YA author Meg Medina is the country's first Latina ambassador for young people's literature

The Library of Congress named Meg Medina the national ambassador for young people's literature for 2023-24. Medina is the first Hispanic named to the position, which will take her around the country to libraries and classrooms to encourage reading. Medina, 59, has plenty of stories to tell,...

Digital Book World 2023: The future of AI writing and audio

Digital Book World, a conference focusing on publishing innovation, offered insight into how technologists, and some publishers, are planning to implement AI into their workflow. Asked about AI and the use of ChatGPT, which automates writing, Mary McAveeney, CEO of Abrams, was skeptical of its...

Who wins in the HarperCollins Union labor dispute?

As the HarperCollins labor dispute rolls into a new year, the company's unionized employee strike is now the longest in the union's more than 80-year history at the top publisher. Since the initial employee walkout on November 10, the dispute has caught the attention of all publishing...

Debut author talks about conflicted feelings being published by HarperCollins while employees are on strike

Today, my first novel is being published. It's the culmination of seven years of work and, uh, a large number of years of dreaming of writing a novel. Publication day for a debut novel can be a little overwhelming, I'm told—you've got all those TV news producers begging you for...

The HarperCollins Strike Approaches 50 Days: '$45K Is Just Not Enough to Live on in NYC'

When Wednesday arrives, 200-odd members of the HarperCollins union will have been on strike for 50 days, the latest action in an industry that has in recent years seen workers call for (and sometimes win) higher pay, amidst a broader push for racial equity within publishing. The demands of the...

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