Longtime Holt executive editor Barbara Jones will leave the company on October 16, “first to dedicate a few weeks to getting out the vote and thereafter to apply her editorial pencil elsewhere.” Editor-in-chief Sarah Crichton wrote to staff, “An active member of Holt’s D&I Council from its early days, and a dear friend as well as a colleague, Barbara will be sorely missed.”
The expanding ABA board is adding Black booksellers Jake Cumsky-Whitlock at Solid State Books in Washington, DC and Melanie Knight at Books Inc. in San Francisco, CA immediately. For now they will serve until the next election, in April 2021, and will be eligible for election to full three-year terms.
Adrienne Vaughan has joined Bloomsbury USA as chief operating officer. She previously held positions at Trustbridge, OUP, Scholastic and Disney.
Emily Ohanjanians has been promoted to senior editor at Mira Books.
Georgia Bodnar has been promoted to senior editor at Viking Penguin.
Recently shortlisted for the Booker Prize, author Tsitsi Dangarembga faces trial in Zimbabwe after her arrest earlier this summer while participating in a peaceful protest. Due in court tomorrow, her UK publisher Faber & Faber says in a statement that they “demand her acquittal and we urge others to support her cause. By joining together and raising our voices, let the power of our collective call effect change.”
Author, essayist and critic Stanley Crouch, 74, “who elevated the invention of jazz into a metaphor for the indelible contributions that Black people have made to American democracy,” died on Wednesday from complications of a long, unspecified illness.
Ecco announced that they will publish the second novel by author of The Nest Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney, Good Company, on May 4, 2021.