Hai-Yen Mura has expanded her role to associate publisher, Amazon Publishing US.
At Tom Doherty Associates, Rebecca Yeager has been promoted to advertising and promotions manager; Sara Di Blasi to marketing assistant, Tor Teen, Starscape, and school & library marketing; and Renata Sweeney to digital marketing manager, Tor, Forge Books, Tor Teen, Starscape. Anthony Parisi joins as associate director Tor Teen, Starscape, and school & library marketing (he was formerly senior marketing manager at Simon & Schuster). Isa Caban is marketing manager, Tor Teen, Starscape, and school & library marketing (formerly YA associate marketing manager at Scholastic).
Bonnie Rice has been promoted to associate publicist at Putnam.
Edmison Harper Literary will scout fiction for the New York Times Magazine starting November 1.
After 13 years as an agent, most recently at Empire Literary, Carrie Howland has formed her own agency, Howland Literary.
Poet Tony Hoagland, 64, died on October 23 at his home in Santa Fe. Hoagland was the author of seven poetry collections, including Priest Turned Therapist Treats Fear of God, published this year by Graywolf Press. Graywolf posted on Twitter, “We are deeply saddened to hear of Tony Hoagland’s passing. Tony was a longtime Graywolf poet and essayist, and our thoughts are with his loved ones.”
The Drama Book Shop in NYC says it will have to move from its 40th Street location due to a rent hike. The store’s vice president Allen Hubby said the they can’t afford to pay much more than the current rent of $20,000 but “plans to move to another location in the neighborhood and to remain in the theater district.” The store was founded in 1917 and has had a few different locations.
In the UK, The Orwell Foundation is launching a new prize, the £3,000 Orwell Prize for Political Fiction, sponsored by Orwell estate’s literary agency, A. M. Heath, and Orwell’s son Richard Blair. The Orwell Book Prize, previously open to both nonfiction and fiction, has been renamed The Orwell Prize for Political Writing and will become nonfiction only.