Andrew Welham, deputy ceo of Octopus Publishing Group, will retire at the end of the year after 12 years with Hachette UK.
Macmillan will publish Edward Snowden‘s memoir PERMANENT RECORD globally on September 17, with Metropolitan as the US imprint. “Edward Snowden decided at the age of 29 to give up his entire future for the good of his country,” Macmillan CEO John Sargent said in a statement. “He displayed enormous courage in doing so, and like him or not, his is an incredible American story. There is no doubt that the world is a better and more private place for his actions. Macmillan is enormously proud to publish Permanent Record.”
Literary Hub reports that Chicago-based small press Curbside Splendor has effectively shuttered, after founder and publisher Victor David Giron was unable to pay author royalties. Giron responded, “In hindsight I should have stopped publication much sooner, but I kept believing that what we were doing was going to pay off. I have spent lots of time spinning around in what-ifs, replaying the past few years, but I’ve finally come to peace with that and am just working to move forward.” Giron added that he plans to relaunch the press “when the time is right,” with a smaller list of one or two books a year.
In Australia, Melissa Lucashenko’s Too Much Lip won the Miles Franklin Literary Award.
Judith H. McQuown, 78, author of twelve books, including Inc. Yourself: How to Profit by Setting Up Your Own Corporation, died on July 19, at her home in Manhattan. A memorial service will be announced in The New York Times at a later date.