Marysue Rucci will move to Putnam on March 15 as editorial director where she will “build her own roster of authors and help the Putnam imprint acquire and develop new bestselling franchises both in fiction and nonfiction.” Rucci will report to president Ivan Held (and editor-in-chief Neil Nyren, Amy Einhorn and Marian Wood will also continue to report to Held). Rucci has been executive editor at Simon & Schuster, where she has worked for 13 years.
Brendan Deneen has joined Thomas Dunne Books as an editor. He was an agent at FinePrint Literary.
Nicole Reardon has been promoted to associate director of marketing at Harper.
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt has the late Louis Auchincloss‘s next book and first memoir, A VOICE FROM OLD NEW YORK, scheduled for publication in December.
Among the many interesting but less obvious stories in remembrance of JD Salinger, 91, consider:
From Vermont, Salinger’s wife Colleen expresses gratitude for the “protective envelope” given the author by his neighbors in Cornish, NH. One resident calls it “one of the most enjoyable municipal conspiracies ever, how to keep everyone guessing where Jerry Salinger lived.” Among other things, “Until last year, Salinger was a regular at the Hartland Congregational Church’s roast beef suppers, arriving more than two hours early for the first seating.” Harold Ober Associates reports that Salinger was in excellent health until a “rather sudden decline” this month.
Orchises Press publisher Roger Lathbury tells the story of how he almost published Hapworth 16, 1924 in book form in 1997–until he gave the info in a Library of Congress filing and a short follow-up interview.
For New Yorker subscribers, they have provided online links to all thirteen Salinger stories published in the magazine.