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Publishing Industry News: Dec. 4, 2020

Curious about what’s happening in the world of books and publishing? Catch up on the biggest acquisitions, news, adaptations and more here!

compiled by Grace Johnson

• Joy Harjo, an enrolled member of the Muscogee Creek Nation, is the first Native American poet to serve as U.S. poet laureate. Now she’ll take on the role for a third term, having been reappointed as only the second poet laureate to serve three terms in a row during the position’s 77 years of existence.

• Scottish author Douglas Stuart has earned the 2020 Booker Prize for his debut novel, Shuggie Bain.

• Amazon’s editors have selected their best of books of 2020, including the best book, A Knock at Midnight: A Story of Hope, Justice, and Freedom by Brittany K. Barnett. Amazon’s top 20 and best books by category include children’s books, romance, cookbooks and many more.

• The late actor Alan Rickman kept diaries starting in the early 1990s as his acting career took off, with the intent of one day publishing them. Now readers and fans can look forward to The Diaries of Alan Rickman, to be published in 2022.

• Rochester Institute of Technology students enrolled in an Innovative Freshman Experience course found a hidden text thanks to a class assignment, the objective of which was to create a multispectral imaging system. It turns out a 15th-century medieval manuscript leaf contained hidden text that required a UV light to uncover.

• A documentary about Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library will debut Dec. 9. Directed by Nick Geidner and narrated by Danica McKellar, The Library That Dolly Built will stream live worldwide for free on Facebook, with a performance by Parton to follow.