Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Publishers Lunch

Today's Meal
At Random House, Caitlin McKenna and Anna Pitoniak have both been promoted to senior editor, while Emma Caruso moves up to assistant editor.

Stephanie Doig has been promoted to associate editor at Harlequin.

Michelle Meade has been promoted to the associate editor at Mira Books.

At Graywolf Press, Casey O'Neil has been promoted to sales director. Caroline Nitz has been promoted to senior publicity manager.

Mary Anne Thompson Associates has been appointed US scout for Greek publisher Metaichimio.

In the UK, Jenny Savill has joined the board of directors at Andrew Nurnberg Associates.


Books-A-Million named Matt Haig's novel How to Stop Time as its most recent President's Pick, chosen by ceo and president Terrance Finley.


The finalists for the 2018 Story Prize are:

The King Is Always Above the People, by Daniel Alarcon
Homesick for Another World, by Ottessa Moshfegh
Anything Is Possible, by Elizabeth Strout


Maui's Barnes & Noble, the only retailer of new books on the island, will move to a temporary space in Kahului while they look for a new permanent location. Store officials announced in October that they would close at the end of 2017 when their lease expired, but changed their minds after an outpouring of community support. The Kahului store opens on March 12.

The Toronto Chapters store in North York
closed on January 2 after 18 years of operation. Indigo Books & Music, which owns Toronto Chapters, is opening a new location nearby in summer or early fall.
In a long-overdue move, the two separate PEN chapters in the US -- PEN America, based in New York, with over 5,700 members, and PEN Center USA, based in Los Angeles, comprising about 900 members -- will merge into a single entity going forward under the PEN America name. Suzanne Nossel, director of the New York office, will lead the newly-combined PEN America, while Michelle Franke will continue to direct the Los Angeles office. The current board of trustees, overseen by Andrew Solomon, will incorporate PEN USA's board of directors, including chair Marvin Putnam, vp Jamie Wolf, and director Franklin Leonard. The merger has been approved by PEN's board of directors but is still subject to a final vote by membership.

"The combination of our New York and Los Angeles offices and membership strongholds will provide tent poles on each coast, enabling us to accelerate efforts to build a truly national organization," PEN said in a statement issued Monday morning. "The logic to join forces is compelling: we share a common mission, complementary programs, and an overlapping membership base. Together, we will be able to consolidate and strengthen administrative functions, communications capabilities, digital platforms, and membership services. In so doing, we will free up resources and energies for the continued expansion of our programs, centered on both the celebration and the defense of freedom of expression."

According to
PEN's FAQ on the merger, PEN USA's own separate annual literary awards will continue unchanged in 2018, however the organization "will consider how best to bring the two awards programs together, with special attention to continuing recognition of the achievements of scriptwriters and writers in the west" over the course of the year.

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