Ken Brooks, Bill Kasdorf, Thad McIlroy, Bill Rosenblatt and Bill Trippe are coming together in a powerhouse alignment of "independent consultants with complementary expertise," forming Publishing Technology Partners. They are calling it a "one-stop destination for addressing your publishing technology challenges and opportunities at a strategic level and implementing practical, effective solutions tailored to fit your needs." Their announcement notes: "We recognized that no one of us could solve all of the technology problems of every publisher. But together we're convinced that we've got the answers you need."
Pat Glynn, long-time executive assistant to Simon & Schuster president and ceo Carolyn Reidy, is retiring on April 30. Glynn joined the company in 1991 and started working as Reidy's assistant the following year. Reidy says, "For all the many years we have worked together, she has been my ever-reliable right hand, while also acting as a helpful source of information and insight to countless others throughout the company. Although she will be missed by everyone who has had the pleasure of working with her, she has certainly earned her well-deserved retirement, during which she looks forward to spending more time gardening, traveling and enjoying her grandchildren."
Owners of California bookstore Diesel are putting their Marin County location up for sale. Diesel's other location is in Brentwood and co-owner John Evans cited "the pressures and challenges of managing two stores 400 miles apart from each other."
Sharon Solwitz won the Center for Fiction's Christopher Doheny Award -- for work by a writer who has personally dealt or is dealing with life-threatening illness -- for her manuscript Abra Cadabra, a novel in stories centered on a family coping with a son's illness and based on the author's own experiences.
The Chautauqua Prize named its seven-title shortlist, with the winner to be announced in mid-May:
Salt Houses, by Hala Alyan (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
High Noon, by Glenn Frankel (Bloomsbury)
The Futilitarians, by Anne Gisleson (Little, Brown)
The Wanderers, by Meg Howrey (G.P. Putnam's Sons)
The Signal Flame, by Andrew Krivak (Scribner)
The Fact of a Body, by Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich (Flatiron Books)
The Worlds We Think We Know, by Dalia Rosenfeld (Milkweed Editions)