Thursday, March 09, 2017

Publishers Lunch

Today's Meal

Sarah Bowlin and Ariel Foxman have joined Aevitas Creative Management as affiliate agents. Bowlin was most recently a senior editor at Holt, and will be working from her home in Los Angeles. Foxman was previously the editorial director of InStyle and StyleWatch.

At Portfolio/Sentinel, Niki Papadopoulos has been promoted to editorial director, Stephanie Frerich moves up to executive editor, and Leah Trouwborst is now associate editor.

In the UK, at the Blake Friedmann Agency, Julian Friedmann will become chairman of the company and Conrad Williams becomes head of the media department, with Juliet Pickering moving up to vice head of the book department. The agency's head of rights, Louise Brice, returns from parental leave in May and will join the board later in the year. Daisy Way has recently returned to the agency from Rogers, Coleridge and White to take on the new role of joint finance manager, sharing that position with Samuel Hodder, who continues in a contracts role as well.

Leah Stecher has been promoted to editor at Basic Books.

The UK's Women's Prize for Fiction named their 16-person longlist -- and the actual nominees will be announced on April 3.

Australia's Stella Prize, also honoring women writers, has announced their shortlist of six titles. The winner will be announced on April 18. The nominees:

Between a Wolf and a Dog, by Georgia Blain
The Hate Race, by Maxine Beneba Clarke
Poum and Alexandre, by Catherine de Saint Phalle
An Isolated Incident, by Emily Maguire
The Museum of Modern Love, by Heather Rose
Dying: A Memoir, by Cory Taylor

Jenna Bush Hager and Barbara Pierce Bush are telling "stories from our wild and wonderful life" in SISTERS FIRST, which Grand Central will publish October 24, with a foreword by their mother Laura Bush.

Albany store Book House of Stuyvesant Plaza is downsizing, due to the economy and online competition. They will close the children's store next door, Little Book House, and move children's books into the back area of their main space. In an email the owner also cited "the relentless impact of Amazon on the publishing industry."

Seattle's Wide World Books and Maps, saved from closure in February 2016 by a crowd-funding campaign, will leave its current location by the end of April. In an email announcement, the owners noted that they are exploring options including changing locations, becoming web only, or partnering with a cafe. The announcement explains, "While it was a good rally and we've been able to keep the store open for another year, we're just not able to sufficiently turn the store around in its current location." Over forty years, the store has had a number of different owners and three different locations.

The Booksmith in San Francisco "has decided to become an overtly political organization — and from its sales receipts, it appears the surrounding neighborhood is appreciative," the San Francisco Chronicle writes. Co-owner Christin Evans tells the paper, "The idea is to turn to books to feel empowered, to feel like we can do this, we can resist."

Great American Group announced that it is conducting the liquidation of the 237 Family Christian book and merchandise stores across 36 states. The store closing sales started February 25, with prices initially discounted by 30 percent.

Facebook had deleted the years-old page for Oak Park, MI's Book Beat with no warning, but then restored it late Monday and apologized for the inconvenience. Facebook messages had claimed the page violated intellectual property rights held by another company, though the bookstore has been in business for over 35 years and their Facebook page is over ten years old.

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