Will Bois Sauvage, the fictional Mississippi town created by the novelist Jesmyn Ward, one day reach the status of William Faulkner’s Yoknapatawpha County? Time will tell, but Ms. Ward has signed a deal with Bloomsbury for a third novel set in the Gulf Coast hamlet of her invention. Her most recent book, Salvage the Bones, won the 2011 National Book Award for fiction.
Maria Rodale announced yesterday that Karen Rinaldi, who left her job as publisher at Bloomsbury USA in 2008 to head Rodale’s book division, has now left the company, reports the Post.
The Penguin Press, which has been one pair of hands short since Vanessa Mobley’s departure at the end of January, has hired Nick Trautwein of Bloomsbury to edit nonfiction.
Mr. Trautwein, who came to publishing from magazines, has been at Bloomsbury since 2006; while there, he edited such titles as Edmund White’s A Read More
There was a moment earlier this year when it looked like all was lost for Bloomsbury USA—when practically every major editor and executive associated with the company had quit or been fired amid budget cuts, and none who remained could claim ownership of the house they were now charged with running. All year, the principals Read More
Henry Holt’s flagship imprint has a new editor in chief. Who it is we don’t know yet, nor will we for two or three more weeks unless the wrong person hears about it and sings. Apparently, whoever it is hasn’t quite gotten up the nerve to give notice yet at his or her old job, Read More
Anton Mueller, who was laid off from Houghton Mifflin last month, has found a new job at Bloomsbury USA, a house that recently suffered an upheaval when founding President Karen Rinaldi resigned and went to work for someone else.
Mr. Mueller’s firing was greeted with furrowed brows across the publishing community, but Read More
Bloomsbury USA announced this afternoon that Richard Charkin, executive director of its UK-based parent company, will take over for recently departed president Karen Rinaldi, while Colin Dickerman, Ms. Rinaldi’s old No. 2, will serve as publisher of the house’s adult trade operation.
The announcement comes just over a week after Ms. Rinaldi announced that she Read More
After a devastating year that saw U.S. sales plunge 14.9%, Bloomsbury has fired its publishing director, Annik LaFarge.
Ms. LaFarge joined Bloomsbury in November 2005, Bloomsbury said in an announcement at the time that Ms. LaFarge–who had been working at Crown– would be serving as a “liaison between editorial and marketing/publicity, coordinating Read More
Reading Mary Gaitskill is like having a flock of birds fly straight at your face: You register the beauty, but you still want to cover your eyes.
Alison Owen, the heroine of Ms. Gaitskill’s second novel, Veronica, is a 46-year-old former fashion model reduced to a modest early retirement in San Rafael, Calif., through Read More
Mongo: Adventures in Trash , by Ted Botha. Bloomsbury, 243 pages, $23.95
This is the ideal time to release Mongo: Adventures in Trash , Ted Botha’s paean to the garbage foragers of New York. All summer long, as students vacate their dorms and prosperous young families head to the beach, the city’s curbs fill Read More