Promotion Monday at Little, Brown! Geoff Shandler, the most recent editor in chief at the publishing house, has been named to the new position of editorial director, where he will head an expansion in Little, Brown’s nonfiction program. Mr. Shandler’s replacement in the role of editor in chief will be Judy Clain, who has edited such mega-bestsellers as Julie and Julia by Julie Powell and Room by Emma Donaghue. According to a statement by publisher Michael Pietsch, Ms. Clain will now serve as Little, Brown’s “primary ambassador to agents” and oversee editorial hiring. And everybody gets to be a vice president!
What was most remarkable about Chad Harbach’s book party at the Brooklyn Brewery last night was the bonhomie. An agent pointed it out to The Observer as we stood around the indoor picnic tables drinking lager from plastic cups: it helps that Mr. Harbach is a nice guy from the Midwest (there was a lot of Midwestern pride in the room last night), but it makes everybody in publishing happy when a work of literary fiction by a talented first-time novelist not only gets a big advance but also sells well. For all of publishing’s sometime dysfunction, something actually worked.
Little, Brown can breath easy until the end of 2014, having re-upped with James Patterson for the next three and a half years.
In that time Mr. Patterson will produce 13 adult novels and 13 children’s books, edited by Michael Pietsch (the adult ones) and Megan Tingley (the kids ones), and there will probably be Read More
A few months before the publication of Portrait of an Addict as a Young Man, Little, Brown publisher Michael Pietsch was distressed to learn that the book’s author, literary agent Bill Clegg, had never properly apologized to the business partner he abandoned while in the throes of his crack habit. That business partner, Sarah Burnes, Read More
Chad Harbach, an editor at n+1, has sold his debut novel to Michael Pietsch at Little, Brown. It’s called The Art of Fielding, and it’s about baseball.
Agent Chris Parris-Lamb of the Gernert Company shepherded Harbach’s book through what publishing industry sources say was “an old-fashioned auction”–stretching from Wednesday to Friday and involving eight imprints, Read More
On the evening of Tuesday, June 23, women costumed in Lilly Pulitzer coral and men in pink button-down shirts gathered at Elaine’s to celebrate New Yorker writer Tad Friend’s memoir-cum-WASP history, Cheerful Money: Me, My Family, and the Last Days of WASP Splendor, which will be published by Little, Brown in September.
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For the first time in more than 70 years, Little, Brown and Co. introduced a new logo this morning for its adult and children’s divisions. Comprised of an “L” and a “B” made to look as though taken from the keyboard of an antique typewriter, the new logo was designed by the typographer Read More
Michael Pietsch, Jamie Raab and Megan Tingley all dodged a bullet five years ago. For a moment there, it looked like their owners were going to sacrifice them, and the rest of the Time Warner Book Group, to Bertelsmann Inc., the German-based multimedia company that owns the largest publishing house in the world.
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Earlier this week Media Mob spoke to Gerry Howard, who acquired David Foster Wallace’s first novel and published it as a trade paperback original as part of Penguin’s Contemporary American Fiction line. Wallace stayed with Mr. Howard for his second book, a collection of short stories called Girl With Curious Hair, but when it Read More
The National Book Awards were held last night at the Marriot Marquee, bringing hordes of agents and editors–along with authors like Toni Morrison, Jonathan Franzen, and Joan Didion, who received a lifetime achievement award–to Times Square.
As widely predicted, Denis Johnson won the fiction prize for Tree of Smoke. Mr. Johnson’s wife accepted the Read More