Wednesday, April 25, 2018

The Roundup with PW

Sexism Strikes the Book Biz—Again: A study of more than two million books published in North America found that books by women are priced 45% less than those by men.

Alibaba's 'Unmanned' Store in Shanghai: The Chinese e-commerce giant launched a bookstore with its "unmanned" or "cashier-less" checkout system in the city on April 23.

U.K. Authors Fight Plastic: 50 authors and illustrators have pledged their support for a campaign encouraging the book industry to ditch plastic.

Encounters with Shakespeare: 'New Yorker' writers share their experiences of reading, watching, studying, performing, memorizing, and falling in love with the work of the Bard.

Poetry Is Alive and Well: Is poetry dead, too slow for our wired, sound-bitten world? Even if poetry is no more—and it isn't—it still leaves its DNA lying around.

Today's Meal

Liz Parker has joined Los Angeles-based talent agency Verve, to lead the launch of a new publishing division there. Parker will represent authors as well as "helping source intellectual property for clients looking to develop." The company said in a statement, "When she told us that her guiding principle is to 'make unheard voices heard,' we knew we had found someone who shares both our personal and our professional values. Liz's addition will allow us to represent new kinds of people and stories and gives us yet another means to bring those stories out into the world."

Parker has been an agent at Inkwell Management, prior to which she was publishing director at Counterpoint and Soft Skull Press, and a scout at Maria Campbell Associates.

Bridget Matzie has been named a partner at Aevitas Creative Management.

Cara Coggins has been promoted to senior director, publishing operations at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

At Sourcebooks, Claudette Soriano joins as accounts payable associate and Lauren Dombrowski joins as production editor.

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