Tracy Behar‘s new nonfiction imprint will be named Little, Brown Spark. She says in the announcement that the name was chosen “to reflect our mission to publish books that spark ideas, feelings, and change.” As previously announced, launching in fall 2018, the line is focused on health, lifestyle, psychology, and science. Alongside senior editor Marisa Vigilante, Behar is joined by associate editor Ian Straus, and associate director of marketing Jessica Chun.
Steven Wallace has joined the University of Georgia Press as director of marketing and sales. Previously he was business development manager at New Leaf Distributing.
Shortlists were announced for the UK’s Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Medals, their top honors for books for young readers. Two-time winner Patrick Ness has a chance to become the first three-time Carnegie winner for RELEASE, up against works including debut author Angie Thomas’s THE HATE U GIVE.
Separately, David Levithan will receive the Chicago Tribune’s Young Adult Literary Award.
After failing to sell a tell-all-ish proposal, Anthony Scaramucci‘s THE BLUE COLLAR PRESIDENT: How Trump Is Reinventing the Aspirational Working Class has been acquired by Center Street, for publication in September.
After UK publisher Jonathan Cape announced plans to publish a standalone paperback edition of Kristen Roupenian‘s viral short story “Cat Person” in May, a spokesperson for Scout Press confirmed they will not be following suit: “We are not publishing a stand alone. The story will be part of the collection,” YOU KNOW YOU WANT THIS, which is scheduled for publication in February 2019.
Co-owners of Porter Square Books in Cambridge, MA David Sandberg and Dina Mardell will sell 50 percent of the equity in the store to a management group of nine employees, payable over 10 years. That share is based on the same price Sandberg and Mardell paid when they bought the store in 2013.
Whenever Sandberg and Mardell decide to retire, they will offer to sell the remaining 50 percent to the management group, though they “haven’t nailed down the terms for buying the second half of the store yet.”