Christopher Carduff will join the WSJ as books editor, responsible for the daily book reviews and the weekend Review section, relocating to New York. Since 2006 he has been an editor and publishing consultant at the Library of America, and he has served as the estate-appointed editor of posthumous works by Penelope Fitzgerald, William Maxwell, and John Updike, among others.
Leila Siddiqui has been promoted to marketing coordinator for Dutton.
At Amazon Publishing, Hai-Yen Mura has been named associate publisher, overseeing the Little A and Two Lions imprints.
The British book industry celebrated itself on Monday night with a variety of book awards and trade awards. The Waterstones book of the year The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry was their "book of the year" as well, and What Belongs To You by Garth Greenwell was their "debut of the year."
Maple Street Book Shop in New Orleans will close June 17, after 53 years in business. Owner Scott Gladin first planned to close in 2015, but was able to stay open with the support of the community. Gladin said, "In 2017, business continued to decline sharply. As much as the shop means to me, I don't have the resources to keep it going anymore."
BookBub is offering paid pre-order alerts by email to an author's BookBub followers, saying that tests users have "seen success across multiple preorder price points, from $0.99 to $14.99."
The American Writers Museum, a new museum celebrating literature, will open in Chicago on May 16. The museum will feature interactive displays, including touch screens and multimedia installations, as well as whimsical touches like a Julia Child exhibit that smells like cookies. The museum was founded by retired executive Malcolm O'Hagan and funded by $10 million in privately raised money.