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Penguin Random House CEO Markus Dohle Steps Down

In a December 9th announcement, Penguin Random House CEO Markus Dohle has stepped down from his position at the head of the publisher. This news comes just weeks after a federal judge blocked the publisher’s attempt to acquire rival Big Five publisher Simon & Schuster. “Following the antitrust decision in the U.S. against the merger of Penguin Random House and Simon & Schuster, I have decided, after nearly 15 years on the Executive Board of Bertelsmann and at the helm of our global publishing business, to hand over the next chapter of Penguin Random House to new leadership,” Dohle said in a statement. “I have led our global book business with great enthusiasm and passion and I am proud of what we have achieved together.” Penguin Random House president and COO Nihar Malaviya will succeed Dohle on an interim basis.

NYC Public Libraries Say Proposed Budget Cuts Might “Push Us Over the Edge”

New York City Public Libraries face potential multi-million-dollar budget cuts as a part of Mayor Eric Adams’ so-called Program to Eliminate the Gap. According to a report released on Thursday, NYC public libraries are looking at total of $13.6 million in reductions for the current fiscal year (ending in June 2023) and $20.5 million in each of the next three fiscal years. Library officials are still calculating exactly how the cuts will affect their services. Linda Johnson, president of the Brooklyn Public Library, says wages and salaries will likely be cut, which will in turn lead to a decreased number of hours the library can remain opened and programs they can offer.

Announcing the 2023 Tournament of Books

Tournament of Books has just announced their 19th edition for the year 2023. For the tournament, two books from the shortlist are read and evaluated by one of the judges on each weekday in March, starting March 8. One of those books is then chosen to advance to the next round. This goes on through the month of March until one book wins. This year’s judges are Abayomi Animashaun, Ahsan Butt, A. Cerisse Cohen, Adam Dalva’s, Nathan Deuel, Summer Farah, Torsa Ghosal, Calvin Kasulke, ML Kejera, Lauren Markham, Christina Orlando, Aminah Mae Safi, Santiago Jose Sanchez, Nicola Twilley, Olivia Waite, Katy Waldman, and Xuan Juliana Wang. You can see the full list of shortlisted books and participate in the tournament’s Zombie Poll here.

These Are Goodreads Users’ Most Anticipated Books of 2023

Here are the 2023 new releases Goodreads users are most excited to get hands their hands on, from romance to horror to nonfiction and more.