Editors At Large
Anthony Bourdain knows how he can come off. The chef-turned-TV personality has written that it would be “entirely fair and appropriate” were he described as “a loud, egotistical, one-note asshole who’s been cruising on the reputation of one obnoxious, over-testosteroned book for way too long and who should just shut the fuck up.” But it takes only one meeting with Mr. Bourdain—the man who likes to pepper his prose with words like “fucktard” and who made “bad boy chef” a resplendent cliché—to reveal that he is a perfect gentleman.
Get his friends to start talking about him and it becomes very clear that if Mr. Bourdain wants to preserve his louche reputation, he should probably engineer another appearance on TMZ, “running buck-naked down some Milwaukee street with a helmet made from the stretched skin of a butchered terrier pulled down over my ears” (as he once envisioned it).
Instead, Mr. Bourdain—who has long suppressed his inner nerd—has recently been tapped to start an eponymous line of books at the HarperCollins imprint Ecco.
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
Leigh Haber, who has been running her own nonfiction imprint at Rodale Books since last year, has left the company amid tension with general manager and publishing director Karen Rinaldi. Ms. Rinaldi, who spent nine years as the founding publisher of Bloomsbury USA, became Ms. Haber’s boss in April.
Ms. Haber, who made Read More
Liz Perl has resigned her post as the publisher of Rodale Books and taken a senior marketing position at Simon & Schuster’s adult publishing group. Ms. Perl, who served at the helm of Rodale from the spring of 2006 until last March when former Bloomsbury USA head Karen Rinaldi was installed as general manager 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 journalist Michael Capuzzo’s book on shark attacks, Close to Shore: A True Story of Terror in an Age of Innocence , published by Broadway, spent most of the summer of 2001 floating up the New York Times nonfiction best-seller list, Mr. Capuzzo did what a lot of writers are tempted to do when buoyed Read More
If you can wipe from your mind the notion that this is a slice of autobiography–difficult, since the book jacket is so emphatic that this is what it is; if you can stop brooding about the legitimacy or otherwise of passing real life off as art, or what effect the public dissection of parental sexuality Read More