Sarah Bowlin and Ariel Foxman have joined Aevitas Creative Management as affiliate agents. Bowlin was most recently a senior editor at Holt, and will be working from her home in Los Angeles. Foxman was previously the editorial director of InStyle and StyleWatch.
In the UK, at the Blake Friedmann Agency, Julian Friedmann will become chairman of the company and Conrad Williams becomes head of the media department, with Isobel Dixon becoming head of the book department and Juliet Pickering moving up to vice head of the book department. The agency’s head of rights, Louise Brice, returns from parental leave in May and will join the board later in the year. Daisy Way has recently returned to the agency from Rogers, Coleridge and White to take on the new role of joint finance manager, sharing that position with Samuel Hodder, who continues in a contracts role as well.
Leah Stecher has been promoted to editor at Basic Books.
The UK’s Women’s Prize for Fiction named their 16-person longlist — and the actual nominees will be announced on April 3.
Australia’s Stella Prize, also honoring women writers, has announced their shortlist of six titles. The winner will be announced on April 18. The nominees:
Between a Wolf and a Dog, by Georgia Blain
The Hate Race, by Maxine Beneba Clarke
Poum and Alexandre, by Catherine de Saint Phalle
An Isolated Incident, by Emily Maguire
The Museum of Modern Love, by Heather Rose
Dying: A Memoir, by Cory Taylor
Jenna Bush Hager and Barbara Pierce Bush are telling “stories from our wild and wonderful life” in SISTERS FIRST, which Grand Central will publish October 24, with a foreword by their mother Laura Bush.