David Drake is promoted to the new role of evp, Crown Publishing, publisher, Crown, responsible for Crown, Crown Archetype, Hogarth, Tim Duggan Books, Three Rivers Press, and Broadway Books. (Those are now the Crown Trade group, and Blake will report to Drake.) He will also "take an active role in helping to direct the acquisition and publishing strategy for the imprints" under Aaron Wehner, who is promoted to evp, Crown Publishing, publisher, Clarkson Potter, Ten Speed Press, Harmony and Rodale Books. (These lines comprise "illustrated and prescriptive non-fiction.") Tina Constable continues to lead Christian, business and conservative book publishing, now as evp, publisher, WaterBrook, Multnomah, Image, Convergent, Currency, and Forum, and Drake, Wehner and Constable all report to Centrello.
Poet Ailey O'Toole's debut collection was cancelled by Rhythm and Bones Press last week, after the publisher received an email detailing plagiarism accusations. Kristina Conrad, a former Barnes & Noble coworker of O'Toole's noticed similarities between lines from O'Toole's Pushcart prize-nominated poem and another poem by Rachel McKibbens, and alerted the publisher on November 29. Rhythm and Bone Press said, "Please know we do NOT accept or tolerate plagiarism. We are hurt, we feel the pain & anger of those who have had work stolen." In a statement to the Guardian, O'Toole said, "As a writer myself, I understand the importance of the written word, and the creativity and ownership that goes into both poetry and prose...It was a mistake, and I have learned a lot from having made it."
A new Barnes & Noble concept store is opening in the Woodbury suburb of St. Paul, MN. The $1.4 million store in CityPlace will be 21,000 square feet, and is set to open in May 2019. Another Barnes & Noble location in Woodbury has been there since 1992 and "will probably close when the new one opens."
Amazon's permit for a planned bookstore in Meridian, ID expired. The city finished its review of the retailer's application for a store in the Village at Meridian in April, but never received the cost estimate for work necessary to issue a permit. Planning division manager for the city Caleb Hood said the company was informed the permit was about to expire and never responded.
Patricia Lockwood's Priestdaddy won the 2018 Thurber Prize for American Humor.
Adam Weymouth's Kings of the Yukon won the Sunday Times/Peters Fraser + Dunlop Young Writer of the Year Award in the UK.