Crawford Doyle Booksellers will close its Upper East Side store on January 10 after more than 21 years in business. In an email to customers, owners Judy Crawford, John Doyle, and Thomas Talbot explained the store exceeded expectations — “our hope was to operate the store for ten years.” The operation is “not going out of business” entirely, as Doyle will “continue to sell first editions of Modern American and British Literature and other unique volumes” at his library on 21 E. 90 Street.
PEN America is releasing its award longlists daily over the course of this week, beginning Monday with the PEN/Bingham for Debut Fiction and the E.O. Wilson Literary Science Writing award. (We will note the remaining award category longlists on Friday.)
Laura J. Burns has joined Open Road as executive editor. In addition, Garon Benner has joined as product manager.
Former CEO of Veen Bosch & Keuning in Holland Bert de Groot, 71, died on November 22 from the consequences of ALS, Maria Campbell Associates reports. Under his leadership VBK became the largest publishing group in the Netherlands. De Groot was known as the publisher of Dutch author Gerard Reve, and was among those who published Salman Rushdie’s The Satanic Verses in 1989 despite the fatwa against the author.
Counterpoint Press administrative assistant Nick Gomez-Hall, 25, was among those to die in the Oakland warehouse fire over the weekend. The company noted on their Facebook page: “Counterpoint is devastated over the loss of our co-worker and dear friend due to the Oakland Ghost Ship fire. From the second Nick started at Counterpoint, he became part of our family. Whether he was recommending new music to listen to (and it was always so good), regaling us with tales of the bowling alley, offering his beloved truck for a ride if anyone needed it, or sharing his much appreciated opinions about a book jacket or manuscript, he made everyone feel like they were his friend.”