Round Up: Greenpeace, Declining Sales, and the National Endowment for the Arts

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From publishers urged to address the practices of a logging company to $84.06 million dollars in NEA grants, here’s the latest literary news:


Major publishers have found themselves in the middle of a dispute between a logging company and Greenpeace. The environmental company claims that Resolute Forest Products, a US logging company, is destroying vast areas of Canada’s boreal forest, which is home to indigenous peoples and endangered species. At BookExpo, more than one-hundred authors signed a petition that called for major publishers using Resolute, including Penguin Random House and HarperCollins, to address the company’s logging practices.


The Association of American Publishers’ reported that total industry revenue declined 6.6% in 2016 when compared to the previous year. The industry reported that total revenue in 2016 was $14.25 billion, which was down from the $15.26 billion reported in 2015. There were two points of growth in the year’s report: sales from small religious presses increased, as did children’s and YA literature. The steepest drops in revenue came from professional and educational publishing.


The National Endowment for the Arts announced its second round of grants for the year. The organization, which may lose its funding under the current administration, issued 1,195 grants totaling $84.06 million. “The American people are recognized for their innovative spirit and these grants represent the vision, energy, and talent of America’s artists and arts organizations,” said NEA Chairman Jane Chu. “I am proud of the role the National Endowment for the Arts plays in helping advance the creative capacity of the United States.”