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.”
While you were at the beach this weekend, Gay and Nan Talese moved out of their summer house in Ocean City, New Jersey to join Graydon Carter in Roxbury, Connecticut.
More from Publisher’s Weekly on Robert Weil’s new imprint at Norton, Liveright & Company (see our article from last week, too.)
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Robert Weil has answered some key questions about the recent news that he will be heading the revival of W.W. Norton & Company’s storied literary imprint, Liveright.
First, is he hiring? Yes, “a very small staff.”
Will books still need approval from Norton’s notoriously difficult-to-please editorial board? No, but Liveright will have its own Read More
As the host of NPR’s On the Media, Brooke Gladstone gets a lot of books in the mail about the crisis in journalism. Most of them she finds tedious and predictable, and they pile up in her office unread. So when literary agents and editors started calling her up a few years ago asking if Read More
The American Museum of Natural History was occupied by writers, editors, and agents on Tuesday night, April 28, for the PEN Foundation’s annual black-tie gala.
During the pre-dinner cocktail hour in the museum’s spacious rotunda, Norton editor Bob Weil said softly that he hoped the big dinosaur skeleton mounted in the middle of the room Read More
Paula Fox leaned out of her ground-floor entrance and said: “Down here. We tend not to use that entrance.” It was early afternoon on an unusually balmy winter day, and the street in front of her brownstone was empty and quiet. Much of the house was dark, but she didn’t turn on the lights.
The History of Love, by Nicole Krauss. W.W. Norton, 252 pages, $23.95.
There was a little girl,
Who had a little curl,
Right in the middle of her forehead.
When she was good,
She was very good indeed,
But when she was bad she
I present Read More
James McCourt doesn’t see New York the way the rest of us do. You think the Frick Collection is just a place to go on a Sunday afternoon to soak up some culture? To Mr. McCourt, it’s 1950′s gay-pickup central, particularly, for some reason, among the Fragonards. Greenwich Avenue isn’t just a diagonal Village street Read More
Sappho’s Leap, by Erica Jong. W.W. Norton, 316 pages, $24.95.
The Nile isn’t the only sodden delta in the ancient world. No. As she trips about the Mediterranean, tricky-fingers Sappho-that peerless crooner-leaves behind a trail of damp deltas that would give Anaïs Nin pause.
But this isn’t Anaïs Nin-it’s the fearless Erica Jong, whose Read More
In the City: Random Acts of Awareness , by Colette Brooks. W.W. Norton & Company, 111 pages, $23.95.
To be a critic is to be a snob, but to do the job right, the critic must stifle his snobbery, or at least disguise it. The reviewer’s noble aim is to evaluate books on the Read More