Wait, did you say Amazon is publishing books? So The New York Times has discovered! And on the front page no less. Publishers Marketplace referred to today’s story as “Things You Know About Amazon’s Publishing, Rounded Up Into an Article.” On Twitter, Knopf publicity director Paul Bogaards had a small outburst Read More
Publishing’s biggest annual international event, where book people from around the world go to Frankfurt to buy and sell foreign rights to their books (and drink beer and eat kuchen), officially started today. Read More
Amazon has added to its stable of genre fiction imprints with 47North, an imprint specializing in Sci-Fi, Fantasy and Horror. Like the company’s Montlake romance imprint and Thomas & Mercer thriller imprint, 47North’s name derives from a Seattle-specific location, in this case the the city’s latitude. Read More
When Barbara Epler received the news last week that Swedish poet Tomas Tranströmer had won the Nobel Prize for literature, she had one reaction: “I said, ‘Call the printers!’” she recalled.
Ms. Epler is the president of New Directions, publisher of Mr. Tranströmer’s The Great Enigma: New Collected Poems, an anthology translated by the Scottish poet Robin Fulton. For New Directions, Mr. Tranströmer’s win was big news — by Friday its book was ranked #12 on Amazon, a rarity for the independent publisher, which is known for its commitment to publishing difficult poetry and literature in translation. Read More
Matt Weiland announced yesterday that he will be leaving his job at HarperCollins imprint Ecco to take a position as senior editor at W.W. Norton on October 24. It’s an exciting move for Mr. Weiland, whose books at Ecco have included Padgett Powell’s conceptual novel The Interrogative Mood and Philip Connors’s nature memoir Fire Season. A native of Minnesota and a Columbia alumnus, Mr. Weiland came to Ecco in 2008 by way of The Paris Review and Granta Books in London. He fills a vacancy left by Robert Weil, whom Norton tapped earlier this year to revive its dormant imprint Liveright & Co.
“I’ve just loved it these past three years at Ecco,” said an exuberant Mr. Weiland on the phone with The Observer yesterday. “[Publisher] Dan Halpern and everyone at Ecco are the best colleagues I’ve ever had and I’d never imagined leaving.” He said the unexpected offer from Norton “feels like some crazy good bank shot.” Read More
Esi Edugyan’s Man Booker shortlisted novel Half-Blood Blues is narrated by an African-American jazz musician from Baltimore. Through a mix of flashbacks and first-person narration, the story recounts the mysterious disappearance of a black German jazz musician – son of a French-African father and a German mother – against a backdrop of Nazi Germany and Nazi-occupied Paris. Ms. Edugyan is Canadian, and her book is a story of Americans in Europe, but her novel failed to interest U.S. publishers as a first draft. Read More
Gillian Blake has been named editor-in-chief at Henry Holt, replacing Jill Lamar, who held the position for only six months. Ms. Lamar left her job heading Barnes & Noble’s Discover Great New Writers Program to work at Holt, but since arriving made only one acquisition (according to Publisher’s Marketplace). In a statement, Stephen Rubin, publisher at Henry Holt, wrote that “after much thought and consideration, Jill and I mutually agreed that her fit as editor-in-chief here was not as natural as we had hoped.” Read More