Thursday, April 26, 2018

Publishers Lunch

Today's Meal

Interim director of English PEN since August 2017 Antonia Byatt has been made the organization's standing director.

Lena Moses-Schmitt
was promoted to publicity manager for Catapult, Counterpoint and Soft Skull.

Kate Hutchison has joined LSC Communications as director of business development and strategy, publisher services, focusing on creating digital solutions within the publishing industry. She was most recently at BookShout.

On Twitter, Ginger Clark at Curtis Brown offers "
an incomplete list of [30] literary agent nightmares."

Ibrahim Nasrallah won the International Prize for Arabic Fiction for his second novel, The Second War of the Dog (Arab Scientific Publishers. The $50,000 prize also provides funding for an English translation of winning work.

Just like real bookstores, the small footprint Amazon Books outlets are apparently in line to start stocking more non-book merchandise. A recent job listing seeks a senior product manager "to lead categories in our growing general merchandise businesses (all non-books, non-Amazon devices in the stores including toys, home, kitchen, electronics, and more).

Opening Sales
Following yesterday's announcement about opening week sales for James Comey's A HIGHER TRUTH from Flatiron Books, today's update of Bookscan data shows hardcover sales of approximately 360,000 copies in the first week on sale, ending April 22.

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