Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Publishers Lunch

Stephen Brayda will join the Harper One Group on April 24 as art director for Harper Via, Amistad and Harper Espanol, reporting to Judith Curr. He was previously with Riverhead.

Director of events at Copperfield's Books Barbara Lane debuts a column for the San Francisco Chronicle, Chapters and Verse, where she will "discuss what I love about the literary world, often focusing on our rich Northern California scene, personalities, trends, controversies and more."

As agent Esther Newberg had indicated in an interview a year ago, the unfinished memoir by the late Prince Rogers Nelson will be published October 29 by Random House, still listed as a Spiegel & Grau book even though that imprint was recently discontinued. The portion Prince had already written, "pages that brings us into Prince’s childhood world through his own lyrical prose," comprises the first of four parts. The rest of the book features "a scrapbook of Prince's writing and photos," another set of images showing his evolution, and "his original handwritten treatment for Purple Rain." New Yorker writer Dan Piepenbring, whom Prince had selected as a collaborator for the book, writes an introduction.

The Barnes & Noble in the Virginia Beach, VA's Town Center will close for renovation on April 28, reopening in late fall. The renovation will include a redesigned children's section and a space for author visits, based on "one of Barnes & Noble's latest prototypes."

In Daytona Beach, FL, the company opened a new 15,000-square-foot store at Tomoka Town Center, their 11th new format store. It replaces their store on W. International Speedway.

Separately, BN also announced its Discover Great New Writers list for summer.

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