Jason Wells has joined Rodale Children’s as associate publisher, director of marketing and publicity. Most recently he was vp, marketing and publicity at Simon & Schuster Children’s, after 14 years at Abrams Children’s.
Frank Radell has joined Houghton Mifflin Harcourt as sales representative for the trade division’s office and school supply channel. He was previously at Norwood House Press.
Author Brian Aldiss, called the “Grand Old Man of British science fiction” by the Guardian, died on Saturday, one day after marking his 92nd birthday. (19th August) after celebrating his 92nd birthday the previous day.
Toad Hall bookstore in Rockport, MA, which has been open for 45 years, will close this fall.
Stirling Books & Brew reopened in Albion, MI under new ownership, despite an accident during renovation that left new co-owner Staci Stuart paralyzed from the waist down. The new owners aim to “stress diversity” and “reach all the demographics.”
Lauren Groff‘s next book, FLORIDA, a collection of stories, will be published next year by Riverhead. The New Yorker has a story, Dogs Go Wolf, that will appear in that collection. She says in an interview: “The collection is a portrait of my own incredible ambivalence about the state where I’ve lived for twelve years. My feelings for Florida are immoderate, and I love the disappearing natural world, the sunshine, the extraordinary and astonishing beauty of the place as passionately as I hate the heat and moisture and backward politics and the million creatures whose only wish is to kill you. I wrote this collection very slowly and was surprised when it came together to find that the stories built into a ferocious protracted argument.”