Laura Crockett has been promoted to associate agent at TriadaUS.
At Sourcebooks, Kelly Lawler has being promoted to associate creative director, as Brittany Vibbert moves up to art director.
Duquesne University is determined to close its well-regarded press after 90 years of operations, having rejected a budget proposal that would have trimmed the press’s operating deficit by two-thirds. The Association of America University Presses persists in trying to rally support for the press, and joins others in contrasting the low-six-figure deficit at the press with the “unveiling of plans to invest $40 million in the refurbishing of the basketball arena.” They note: “In AAUP’s view – and indeed in the view of many other observers both on- and off-campus – these consumption choices seem inconsistent with the institutional mission and aspirations of a national research university.”
Judy Blume will receive the American Academy of Arts and Letters’ E. B. White Award, a lifetime achievement award for young people’s literature. Elizabeth Kolbert will receive their nonfiction prize; Dana Spiotta won the John Updike Award for a midcareer writer; and Karan Mahajan won an award for a young writer of “considerable literary talent.” Paul Beatty, Ayad Akhtar, Chris Bachelder, Kathleen Graber, Jennifer Haigh, Dominique Morisseau, Richard Sieburth and Luis Alberto Urrea all are receiving prizes for literary excellence.
Alec Baldwin welcomed visitors to the Facebook page for his just-released Nevertheless by complaining about his publisher: “The published edition contains SEVERAL typos and errors which I was more than a little surprised to see. The editors at Harper Collins were, I imagine, too busy to do a proper and forensic edit of the material. Therefore, the first posting here, in the coming weeks, will be an index of corrections and amendments to the text in order to bring it more in line with my original intent.”
That makes for some sensational coverage, but note that the first error he needs to clarify seems to stem simply from his own writing: “Now, my first correction/amendment: When I write that I am ‘in love’ with Megan Mulalley or Kate McKinnon or Tina Fey, I mean that I am in love with their talent. As a happily married man who wants to stay that way (ahem), I wanted to clarify that.”