Friday, January 19, 2018

Publishers Lunch

Today's Meal

Carolyn Bresh will join Quarto as chief financial officer starting April 9, and also join the board as executive director. Previously, she was a partner at consultancy Everymind. CEO Marcus Leaver said, "She brings considerable sector and international experience, an increased commercial focus as well as strategic planning and analysis--all of which we need as an ambitious pure-play publishing business."

Also at Quarto, Nanette Gibb has joined as group director of people. She has worked in human resources roles for 25 years, including at Hearst Magazines UK and for CBRE UK.

Anne-Lise Spitzer has joined the Philip Spitzer Literary Agency as executive vice president and literary agent. She was previously vice president and director of marketing at Knopf, Pantheon, and Schocken Books.

Tim Murray has joined Bonnier Publishing USA as vice president of sales for all children's imprints, including Little Bee Books and Sizzle Press. Previously, he was senior vice president of business development and sales at BookShout and director of premium, corporate, custom & proprietary sales at Simon & Schuster.

Katie Henderson Adams was promoted to senior editor at Liveright Publishing.

Slate staff writer Katy Waldman will join the New Yorker next month, where she will continue to write about books and contribute “regular essays on culture, language, and the politics of language” to the magazine's website.

Aram Fox has begun scouting for Dutch publishing group Overamstel, including its Hollands Diep, Lebowski, House of Books, Carrera and Horizon imprints.

The National Book Foundation elected three new members to its board of directors: Lucia Ferreira, managing director and head of the nonprofit department at Russell Reynolds Associates; Michael Lynton, chairman of the board at Snap; and Michelle Weiner, head of the books department at Creative Artists Agency.

The MacDowell Colony announced the 85 recipients of winter-spring fellowships, including 15 fiction writers and 11 nonfiction writers.

In a significant shift, Regnery Publishing will move their distribution from Two Rivers/Ingram Publisher Services to Simon & Schuster starting July 1. Regnery will continue to handle sales of its titles in the US, while Simon & Schuster will handle sales in Canada and export markets.

Gallic Books will be distributed internationally by Ingram Publisher Services.

China's Tencent has led a $51 million round of funding for Wattpad. Bloomberg says the company is valued at about $400 million, and has raised $118 million in financing to date.

Our Buzz Books 2018 Spring/Summer sampler excerpts an array of great forthcoming literary and debut fiction from authors including Patrick DeWitt, Aminatta Forna, Sheila Heti, Ottessa Moshfegh, and more. As usual, we begin our free ebook with an exhaustive overview of the upcoming publishing season featuring hundreds of notable titles on the way.

Did you download your copy yet? Get the "trade edition" from NetGalley or Edelweiss, or find the consumer editions from Kindle, Nook, iBooks (where they are being promoted on a number of high-profile pages), and Kobo, among other online retailers.

With Winter Institute 13 set for next week in Memphis, we'll be presenting extracts from that seasonal preview over the coming days. (Please note: Because we prepared this preview many months in advance, titles, content, and publication dates are all subject to change.)

Here is our complete list, alphabetically by author. Titles excerpted in Buzz Books are noted with an asterisk:

The Notables
Megan Abbott, Give Me Your Hand (Little, Brown, 7/17)
Julian Barnes, The Only Story (Knopf, 4/17)
Kate Christensen, The Last Cruise (Doubleday, 7/10)
Rachel Cusk, Kudos (FSG, 6/5)
Patrick deWitt, French Exit (Ecco, 8/28)*
Richard Flanagan, First Person (Knopf, 4/10)
Lauren Groff, Florida (Riverhead, 6/5)
Sheila Heti, Motherhood (Holt, 5/1)*
Alan Hollinghurst, The Sparsholt Affair (Knopf, 3/13)
Catherine Lacey, Certain American States (FSG, 8/7)

Edouard Louis, History of Violence (FSG, 6/19)
Rachel Kushner, The Mars Room (Scribner, 5/1)
Lydia Millet, Fight No More: Stories (Norton, 6/12)
Ottessa Moshfegh, My Year of Rest and Relaxation (Penguin Press, 7/10)*
Michael Ondaatje, Warlight (Knopf, 5/8)
Joseph O'Neill, Good Trouble: Stories (Pantheon, 6/12)
Chuck Palahniuk, Adjustment Day (Norton, 5/1) – a follow-up to Fight Club
Anna Quindlen, Alternate Side (Random House, 3/20)
Curtis Sittenfeld, You Think It, I’ll Say It (Random House, 4/24)
William Trevor, Last Stories (Viking, 5/15)

Laura van den Berg, The Third Hotel (FSG, 8/7)
Kevin Wilson, Baby, You’re Gonna Be Mine (Ecco, 8/7)
Meg Wolitzer, The Female Persuasion (Riverhead, 4/3)
James Wood, Upstate (FSG, 6/5)

Highly Anticipated
Rumaan Alam, That Kind of Mother (Ecco, 5/8)
Flynn Berry, Double Life (Viking, 8/7)
Judy Blundell, High Season (Random House, 5/22)
Melissa Broder, The Pisces (Hogarth, 5/1)
Jonathan Evison, Lawn Boy (Algonquin, 4/3)
Aminatta Forna, Happiness (Atlantic Monthly, 3/6)*
Keith Gessen, A Terrible Country (Viking, 7/10)*
Elisabeth Hyde, Go Ask Fannie (Putnam, 4/10)
Charles Johnson, Night Hawks: Stories (Scribner, 7/10)
Ariel Lawhon, I Was Anastasia (Doubleday, 3/27)

Rebecca Makkai, The Great Believers (Viking, 6/19)
Madeline Miller, Circe (Little, Brown, 4/10)
Chris Offutt, Country Dark (Grove, 4/10)*
Mallory Ortberg, The Merry Spinster: Tales of Everyday Horror (Henry Holt, 3/13)
Gunnhild Oyehaug, Wait, Blink: A Perfect Picture of Inner Life (FSG 6/5)
Caryl Phillips, A View of the Empire at Sunset (FSG, 5/8)
Hannah Pittard, Visible Empire (HMH, 6/5)
Tom Rachman, The Italian Teacher (Viking, 3/20)
Lori Roy, The Disappearing (Dutton, 7/17)
Leah Stewart, What You Don’t Know About Charlie Outlaw (Putnam, 3/27)

Simon Rich, Hits and Misses: Stories (Little, Brown, 7/24)
Tatjana Soli, The Removes (Sarah Crichton, 6/12)
William Trevor, Last Stories (Viking, 5/15)
Luis Alberto Urrea, The House of Broken Angels (Little, Brown, 3/6)
John Edgar Wideman, American Histories (Scribner, 3/20)
Tim Winton, The Shepherd’s Hut (FSG, 6/19)

Emerging Voices
Ramona Ausubel, Awayland: Stories (Riverhead, 3/6)
Kenneth Bonert, The Mandela Plot (HMH, 5/22)
Paolo Cognetti, The Eight Mountains (Atria, 3/20)
Elizabeth Church, All the Beautiful Girls (Ballantine, 3/6)
Jennifer Clement, Gun Love (Hogarth, 3/6)
Adrienne Celt, Invitation to a Bonfire (Bloomsbury, 6/5)
Thomas Clerc, Interior (FSG, 7/10)
Sergio de la Pava, Lost Empress (Pantheon, 5/8)
Maria Dahvana Headley, The Mere Wife (MCD, 5/22)
Carys Davies, West (Scribner 4/24)

Ceridwen Dovey, In the Garden of the Fugitives (FSG, 5/8)
Nick Dybek, The Verdun Affair (Scribner, 6/12)
Susan Froderberg, Mysterium (FSG, 8/14)
Rebecca Harrington, Sociable (Doubleday, 3/27)
Emma Healey, Whistling in the Dark (Viking, 7/24)
Silas House, Southernmost (Algonquin, 6/5)
Vanessa Hua, A River of Stars (Ballantine, 8/14)
Debra Jo Immergut, The Captives (Ecco, 6/5)
Joanna Luloff, Remind Me Again What Happened (Algonquin, 6/26)
Eliza Kennedy, Do This For Me (Crown, 5/15)
Andrea Kleine, Eden (HMH, 7/10)

Christian Kracht, The Dead (FSG, 7/17)
Amitava Kumar, Immigrant, Montana (Knopf, 7/31)
Stephen McCauley, My Ex-Life (Flatiron, 5/8)*
Jonathan Miles, Anatomy of a Miracle (Hogarth, 3/20)
Marina Perezagua, The Story of H (Ecco, 8/14)
Michael Farris Smith, The Fighter (Little, Brown, 3/20)
Margaret Bradham Thornton, A Theory of Love (Ecco, 5/8)
Katie Williams, Tell The Machine Goodnight (Riverhead, 6/19)
Sarah Winman, Tin Man (Putnam, 6/5)*
Koren Zailckas, The Drama Teacher (Crown, 8/7)
Sofka Zinovieff, Putney (Harper, 8/21)

Spring and summer are prime time for new authors. We expect great things from new novels by Ecco associate publisher Miriam Parker, Kate Greathead, Christine Mangan, Alice Feeney, Blair Hurley, and Jana Casale, and expect to hear similar plaudits about works from these others listed below.

Luke Allnut, We Own the Sky (Park Row Books, 4/3)*
Amy Bonnafons, The Wrong Heaven (Little Brown, 7/17)
Jamel Brinkley, A Lucky Man: Stories (Graywolf, 8/1)
Bryan Camp, The City of Lost Fortunes (HMH, 4/17)
Jana Casale, The Girl Who Never Read Noam Chomsky (Knopf, 4/17)
Elaine Castillo, America Is Not the Heart (Viking, 4/3)
Elisabeth Cohen, The Glitch (Doubleday, 5/22)
Jane Delury, The Balcony (Little, Brown, 3/27)
Katharine Dion, The Dependents (Little, Brown, 6/19)
Rebekah Frumkin, The Comedown (Henry Holt, 4/17)

Aja Gabel, The Ensemble (Riverhead, 5/15)
Kate Greathead, Laura & Emma (Simon & Schuster, 3/13)
Alice Feeney, Sometimes I Lie (Flatiron, 3/13)*
Julia Fine, What Should Be Wild (Harper, 5/8)
Caz Frear, Sweet Little Lies (Harper, 8/7)
Lexi Freiman, Inappropriation (Ecco, 7/24)
DeSales Harrison, The Waters and the Wild (Random House, 4/3)
Jack Heath, Hangman (Hanover Square Press, 8/7)
Rachel Heng, Suicide Club (Holt, 7/31)
JM Holmes, How Are You Going to Save Yourself (Little, Brown, 8/21)
Blair Hurley, The Devoted (Norton, 8/7)

Caleb Johnson, Treeborne (Picador, 6/5)
Steve Kistulentz, Panorama (Little, Brown, 3/6)
Randall Klein, Little Disasters (Viking, 5/22)
Akil Kumarasamy, Half Gods: Stories (FSG, 6/5)
Nova Jacobs, The Last Equation of Isaac Severy (Touchstone, 3/6)
Caleb Johnson, Treeborne (Picador, 6/5)
Lillian Li, Number One Chinese Restaurant (Holt, 6/19)
Ling Ma, Severance (FSG, 8/14)
Will Mackin, Bring Out the Dog: Stories (Random House, 3/3)
Ian MacKenzie, Feast Days (Little, Brown, 3/13)

Andrew Martin, Early Work (FSG, 7/3)
Christine Mangan, Tangerine (Ecco, 3/1)
James A. McLaughlin, Bearskin (Ecco, 6/1)*
Aimee Molloy, The Perfect Mother (Harper, 5/1)*
Miriam Parker, The Shortest Way Home (Dutton, 7/31)
Neel Patel, If You See Me, Don’t Say Hi (Flatiron, 7/10)
Jen Silverman, The Island Dwellers: Stories (Random House, 5/1)
Zoje Stage, Baby Teeth (St. Martin’s, 7/17)*
Charles Soule The Oracle Year (Harper Perennial, 4/1)*
Zulema Renee Summerfield, Every Other Weekend (Little, Brown, 4/17)
Lucy Tan, What We Were Promised (Little, Brown, 7/10)

August Thomas, Liar’s Candle (Scribner, 4/17)
Nafissa Thompson-Spires, Heads of the Colored People: Stories (Atria/37 Ink, 4/10)
Meghan McLean Weir, The Book of Essie (Knopf, 6/12)
Julia Whicker, Wonderblood (St. Martin’s, 4/3)
Chris White, The Life List of Adrian Mandrick (Touchstone, 4/17)
Spencer Wise, The Emperor of Shoes (Hanover Square Press, 6/5)*

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