Parisa Embrahimi joins the Crown and Hogarth fiction team today as editor. She moves over from Chatto & Windus in London and reports to Lindsay Sagnette.
Rebecca Marsh has joined Viking/Penguin Books as publicity manager. Previously, she was a senior publicist for Crown Archetype, Harmony, and Three Rivers Press.
The 6,000-square-foot Amazon Books store in Chicago's Lakeview neighborhood opens on Tuesday. Amazon Books vp Jennifer Cast tells the Chicago Tribune of their growing bookstore efforts ,"We just believe that we can do this well, and we believe that if we do it well, we will have an even stronger relationship with our customers." This location includes a coffee shop (serving Stumptown) and will have outdoor seating in the summer.
Publisher George Braziller, 101, died on Thursday in Manhattan. The NYT notes his "small, independent publishing house introduced Americans to groundbreaking novelists, poets and new voices from abroad, including those of Jean-Paul Sartre and Orhan Pamuk, and the works of 20th-century and classical artists in fine reprints." His son Joel Braziller told the paper: "That was his driving goal and ambition — to bring good writers and artists to the American public. He was not interested in money. He published great writers and series of books on great artists and architects, and he did it in affordable editions."
Poet, playwright, and Nobel laureate Derek Walcott, 87, died Friday, at his home in St. Lucia. The author of numerous books and plays, including his best-known work Omeros, he was also a MacArthur Fellow, among other accolades.
Also, journalist and author Jimmy Breslin, 88, died on Sunday.