Over the course of an intimate, two hour lunch with Andy Cohen at the Palm West End Steakhouse, the Bravo celebrity and producer (not to mention celebrity producer) added a new notch in his grey, dapper Hugo Boss suit. Mr. Cohen, whose talk show Watch What Happens Live just moved into its five night a week spot–”You should come tomorrow, we’re having a Ralph Fiennes Pajama Party…with Ralph Fiennes!” he had gushed over a meal of Atlantic salmon and Southwest steak salad–was now officially an author, giving us his first reading of his upcoming memoir Most Talkative: Stories from the Front Lines of Pop Culture.
Press release just came in from Henry Holt and Company, the Macmillan imprint, saying that they’ve signed actor Rob Lowe to write a memoir. Great! Except, wait. Hasn’t this happened before?
As The Observer reported in February 2008, Mr. Lowe got a million-dollar book deal with Jonathan Karp at Twelve during the writer’s strike, Read More
Though prayers this week should undoubtedly be with the editors of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, who were told a few days ago by their CEO that they can no longer afford to acquire new books, it should not go unremarked that editors at other houses are being forced to give up something almost as essential: lunch! Read More
Webb Younce lost his job at Houghton Mifflin last February along with fellow editors Anton Mueller and Jane Rosenman. Mr. Mueller was the first to land on his feet, joining Bloomsbury USA as an editor the following month. Ms. Rosenman came in second when she started at Algonquin shortly after Labor Day.
Today, it Read More
Henry Holt and Company has a new editor-in-chief. According to Publishers Lunch, Marjorie Braman, formerly an executive editor at HarperCollins, will begin September 8th. Earlier this month, The Observer‘s Leon Neyfakh wondered "Who’s Editing Holt?" Soon enough, it will be Ms. Braman.
PL quotes Holt President Dan Farley as saying:
She is Read More
With the Olympic Games about to begin in China, Felix Gillette, John Koblin, and Tom Scocca look at the press descending on Beijing and note, "When President Hu Jintao held a press conference with selected foreign journalists on Aug. 1, it was not clear whether getting an invitation to attend had been a mark 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
John Sterling will leave his position as president and publisher of Henry Holt to become an executive vice president at Holt’s parent company Macmillan, it will be announced later today. In his new job, according to a release that will be issued later today, Mr. Sterling will acquire and edit books for Holt and other Read More
When the German conglomerate Bertelsmann swept all 100-plus imprints of its publishing division, Random House, into one corporate mothership in late 2002, bookworms were marched from all over town and installed in cubicles in a gleaming new skyscraper with a lobby lined with books and a corporate logo outside announcing the company’s one-big-happy-family status.
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Oracle Night , by Paul Auster. Henry Holt, 243 pages, $23.
Remember the moment early on in The Great Gatsby when Daisy tells Nick how cynical she’s become? “Sophisticated,” she says, “God, I’m sophisticated!” Nick doesn’t buy it: “The instant her voice broke off, ceasing to compel my attention, my belief, I felt Read More