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Here’s what’s happening this week in the book industry:

Reed Exhibitions has decided to return to a BookExpo with a full day of educational programming on Wednesday, May 27, followed by two days of exhibits. The company announced the news in a letter to industry members that stated the three-day 2019 show had been “challenging and costly” for many participants.

The New York Times reported on a rash of Amazon delivery drivers who have caused accidents in the race to provide fast shipping. According to the Times, an investigation by ProPublica found more than 60 accidents since June 2015 involving Amazon delivery contractors that resulted in serious injuries, including 10 deaths.

Random House publisher Susan Kamil died on Sunday at age 69 “from a sudden illness...after complications from lung cancer.” In her publishing career, she personally edited major authors including Salman Rushdie, Elizabeth Strout, Sophie Kinsella, and Ruth Reichl. Kamil started out at Macmillan, served as executive editor Random House’s Turtle Bay imprint, led the Dial Press imprint, and joined Random House as editor-in-chief in 2008. Most recently, she was executive vice president and publisher of Random House.

Oasis Family Media is launching Paperback Classics, a new audiobook imprint featuring vintage pulp paperbacks from the 1930s to the 1970s. The imprint will offer works of gothic romance, science fiction, fantasy, mystery, and more.

Next fall, Abrams will become the North American publisher of Magic Cat, an independent, London-based publisher of children’s books founded by Rachel Williams and Jenny Broom. According to Abrams, Magic Cat will focus on illustrated nonfiction and gift books that “encourage children to dream big and celebrate the art of storytelling in innovative formats.”

Jennifer M. Brown has rejoined Shelf Awareness as a senior editor, where she will oversee the newsletter for readers, along with other projects. Brown, who founded Shelf’s children’s/YA section and was the publication’s children’s/YA editor from 2007 to 2015, had most recently served as a librarian at the Bank Street College of Education and publisher of Knopf Books for Young Readers.

Hisae Matsuda has been promoted to publisher at Parallax Press.

At Random House Children’s Books, Judith Haut has been promoted to executive vice president and deputy publisher. She was previously senior vice president and associate publisher.

At Penguin Young Readers, Jocelyn Schmidt has been promoted to executive vice president and associate publisher.

At Simon & SchusterChris Wagner has been promoted to vice president, operations and distribution services, responsible for all domestic distribution operations in Riverside, New Jersey, and Milan, Tennessee.

The American Literary Translators Association has revealed the longlists for the National Translation Awards. The winning translators will each receive $2,500 each and will be announced at the association’s annual conference in November.

The Academy of American Poets has announced the winners of the 2019 American Poets Prizes, which this year awarded $1,250,000 to poets at various stages of their careers. Winners included Rita Dove, who received the Wallace Stevens Award, and Ilya Kaminsky, who received the Academy of American Poets Fellowship.

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