In its first international co-publishing agreement, Atria will publish approximately 12 titles annually in print and digital formats from UK publisher Short Books' list under the banner Marble Arch Press. The fall list will launch with The J M Barrie Ladies' Swimming Society by Barbara J Zitwer, The House on Paradise Street by Sofka Zinovieff, and For the Love of Letters by John O'Connell.
Atria executive vp and publisher Judith Curr said in the announcement: "Even as digital distribution and marketing take on ever-greater importance in our industry, quality content remains the driving force in successful publishing. The Short Books list reflects the varied interests and impeccable editorial taste of its founders and it is a privilege for Atria to be able to introduce such a delightful collection of books and authors to American readers." Short Books co-founder Aurea Carpenter added: "This is a huge opportunity for our authors....We are thrilled to be linking arms with a publishing house of this size and quality."
At Crown, Karin Schulze has been promoted to associate director, foreign rights, while Rachel Berkowitz moves up to senior manager. In addition, Courtney Snyder has been promoted to assistant director, domestic rights.
The Romance Writers of America announced its Golden Heart and RITA Award winners at its annual conference in Anaheim, CA last Friday.
In an essay for the Globe & Mail Michael Redhill finally admits publicly, after years of the news being something of an open secret, that he has been writing crime novels as Inger Ash Wolfe. (Coincidentally, Wolfe's third book, A DOOR IN THE RIVER, has just been published in Canada.) Redhill said he was perfectly happy leaving "Wolfe" to her own life and fate (making more money that the author ever did under his real name) until the recent economic crisis: "by 2010, it became evident that Inger couldn't carry on in her happy aerie. If she wanted to keep going, someone needed to speak for her, and seeing as she was nonexistent, I got the job."