Former Weidenfeld & Nicolson publisher Kirsty Dunseath will become publishing director for Doubleday UK, starting March 25 and reporting to fiction publisher Sarah Adams.
As of January 1, Nation Books will be renamed Bold Type Books, as the Nation Institute itself is changing its name to Type Media Center.
Jon Krakauer has moved to Gersh for representation (while continuing to work with attorney Becky Hall).
And correcting yesterday’s representation item on Rupi Kaur, she remains with Suzanne Brandreth at CookeMcDermid for literary representation; ICM will represent Kaur for film, television and theater.
Robert Caro‘s next book is about himself rather than Lyndon Johnson, with WORKING: RESEARCHING, INTERVIEWING, WRITING coming from Knopf in April. The book is not a full length memoir, which he still hopes to write one day, but as he writes in the introduction, “some scattered, almost random glimpses of a few encounters I’ve had while doing the research on the Moses and Johnson books” and also “a few things I’ve learned or discovered…about the writing of biography and indeed nonfiction in general which I’d like to share or pass along.”
Caro, 83, says that his next Johnson book is still “several years” from completion. In the introduction to Working he writes: “I am quite aware that I may never get to write the memoir, although I have so many thoughts about writing, so many anecdotes about research, that I would like to preserve for anyone interested enough to read them. I decided that, just in case, I’d put some of them down on paper now.”
Tommy Orange‘s There There won the Center for Fiction’s First Novel Prize. The Tuesday evening ceremony included an appearance by Oprah Winfrey, honoring Nobel laureate Toni Morrison (who was unable to attend), her friend of 20 years. Winfrey said, “It’s impossible to actually imagine the American literary landscape without a Toni Morrison. She is our conscience, she is our seer, she is our truth-teller.” Winfrey called Morrison “the empress supreme of doing language,” adding, “and I’m here tonight simply to say … Long. May. She. Reign.”
Kobo released annual stats on their bestselling ebooks and audiobooks in Canada in 2018 — and provided a list of the 10 “most completed” books from their top 100 — which has no overlap with their 10 top sellers.
Esquire posted its 2019 preview, highlighting 25 titles.