Julius C. Jefferson Jr., section head of the Congressional Research Service at the Library of Congress in Washington, DC, has been elected president of the American Library Association. He will serve as president-elect for one year before becoming president at the 2020 ALA Annual Conference in Chicago.
In Australia, Vicki Laveau-Harvie‘s The Erratics won the Stella Prize, which celebrates women’s writing.
A new location of NYC’s McNally-Jackson has opened in The Shed, a new art and performance space at Hudson Yards. The store will have a “book catalog reflective of the Shed’s programming.”
Bookbook, on Bleecker St. in NYC, will close in May. Carolyn and Chuck Epstein opened the store, previously the Biography Bookshop, in 1984. “It started with the rent, but then we decided it’s just time for us to stop,” said Carolyn Epstein. “I’m 70 years old. I’m just tired.”
Porter Square Books in Cambridge, MA will partner with creative writing nonprofit Grubstreet to open another location in the new literary and cultural center at the Seaport. The store will be 1,700 square feet and contain a cafe.
Madison Books, a new bookstore in the Madison Park neighborhood of Seattle, will open on April 27. The 400 square-foot space is a sister store to Phinney Books in Phinney Ridge/Greenwood, and will carry general interest books.