Former publisher at Atavist Books and Picador Frances Coady will join Aragi Inc. as a literary agent on May 28, representing both fiction and nonfiction.
Fuse Literary has acquired Penumbra Literary and added its principal and owner, Jennifer Chen Tran as an associate agent.
At independent publisher Sarabande Books’ Brooklyn office, Kristen Radtke has been promoted to managing editor, and Ariel Lewiton joined as the marketing and publicity director. Previously she worked at Oxford University Press and McGraw-Hill.
The University of South Carolina will announce this week that they have acquired a substantial collection of letters, photos and publications of the late Dashiell Hammett. The archives have been obtained “through gift-and-purchase agreements” with the Hammett family and Hammett biographer Richard Layman.
Vintage published the 10-title Raymond Carver backlist in ebook form for the first time on Monday. In September, they will publish Beginners, the original, unedited manuscript of Carver’s 1981 collection What We Talk About When We Talk About Love, for the first time in book and ebook form. (It ran in The New Yorker in 2007 along with pieces about the controversial “cutting” of Carver’s work by editor Gordon Lish.)
Running Press announced a global partnership with Turner Classic Movies (TCM) for a series of books inspired by classic films to be published by Running Press. The series will launch in Fall 2015 with Creating the Illusion: A Fashionable History of Hollywood Costume Designers by Jay Jorgensen and Donald L. Scoggins with a foreword by actress Ali McGraw, and Fellini: The Sixties by Manoah Bowman with a foreword by late Hollywood legend Anita Ekberg. They say “multiple new books are to follow annually. The range will encompass large-scale books on specific genres of films, stars, and filmmakers, as well as pop culture guides inspired by silver screen classics.”
Hachette Australia is creating an award in memory of Matthew Richell, their publisher who died last year in a surfing accident. With the support of his family and the Guardian Australia, the Richell prize will give $10,000 to “support and nurture an unpublished author aspiring to a professional writing career.”