Johanna Gustavsson has joined Politikens as head of foreign rights, based in Sweden and running Politiken Literary Agency along with responsibility for sales/exports of Politikens in Denmark and Polaris in Sweden. She was previously vp, senior scout at Maria B. Campbell Associates, which scouts for Politikens.
Hachette UK ceo David Shelley has taken over as president of the Publishers Association in the UK, with Bloomsbury ceo Nigel Newton serving as vice president.
Rhoda Ackerson Weyr, 83, the first woman literary agent hired by William Morris Agency in 1972, died on April 25 in Palm Beach, FL. Weyr created her own eponymous literary agency in 1982, which she sold to Jennie Dunham in 2002 when she retired. Her clients included Mark Bowden
The 2021 Women’s Prize announced its shortlist:
The Vanishing Half, by Brit Bennett
Piranesi, by Susanna Clarke
Unsettled Ground, by Claire Fuller
Transcendent Kingdom, by Yaa Gyasi
How the One-Armed Sister Sweeps Her House, by Cherie Jones
No One Is Talking about This, by Patricia Lockwood