Elizabeth DeMeo has been promoted to associate editor at Tin House Books, reporting to Masie Cochran. In addition to overseeing the poetry and paperback programs, she will acquire both fiction and nonfiction.
Emily Canders has been promoted to senior publicity manager at Dutton.
Hannah Wood joined Apple recently, working as content development editor on the Apple Books team.
Rachel Beck is no longer with Holloway Literary.
At Curtis Brown UK, Becky Brown has been promoted to agent in the division that represents literary estates, and Lucy Morris has been promoted to agent in the books department.
Author Robert Caro‘s extensive collection of papers has been acquired by the New-York Historical Society, which will create a permanent installation in the museum to show how he works. President and chief executive of the society Louise Mirrer says, “This is an archive that will illuminate the 20th century through two outsize figures, Lyndon Johnson and Robert Moses. It’s also the record of an extraordinary writer and thinker. Bob Caro is a historian whose methodology is of equal importance to the actual materials in his archive.”
Author Elizabeth Wurtzel, 52, best known for her memoir Prozac Nation, died on January 7 of complications from cancer.
In early December Barnes & Noble Education announced they would hire a financial advisor to “review strategic opportunities” — e.g. help try to sell the company — following yet another disappointing quarter. Now the company confirms that they have hired Morgan Stanley. “The Board’s review is designed to accelerate the execution of customer-focused strategic initiatives and enhance value for BNED shareholders, including, but not limited to, continued execution of the Company’s current business plan, new partnerships, joint ventures and other potential opportunities.”
For all their lamentations of crisis because Macmillan has started an eight-week embargo on library ebook lending for anything more than a single copy of their new release ebooks, libraries continue to engage in vigorous lending of digital materials. OverDrive — which is being sold to KKR at a significant profit based on its commanding position in servicing libraries for digital lending — happily reports that “libraries and schools around the world enabled their patrons and students to check out 326 million ebooks, audiobooks and digital magazines in the past 12 months, a 20% increase over the previous year.” The Los Angeles Public Library became the top US library for ebook loans, with 5.9 million.