Author and journalist Gita Mehta, 80, died on September 16. She was the widow of longtime Knopf editor-in-chief and Knopf Doubleday chairman Sonny Mehta.
Title IX: A Bookstore in New London, CT will close on October 1. Bank Square Books in Mystic, CT, which is under the same ownership, will continue to operate. Both are owned by Anne Philbrick, who also owned Savoy Bookshop & Cafe in Westerly, RI, which shut down over the summer. Title IX launched as a popup in November 2020. The Bookstore Community Fund, started by Philbrick and the bookstore in 2022 to help make books more accessible for the New London community, will continue. Philbrick writes in a letter to customers, “We want to thank the community for all […]
Evil Eye. (Harper, September 5, 2023. Editor: Emily Griffin. Agent: Julia Kardon, Hannigan Getzler Literary.) Etaf Rum was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY by Palestinian immigrants. She lives in North Carolina with her two children and owns a coffee shop and bookstore called Books and Beans. Her first novel, A Woman Is No Man, was a New York Times bestseller and a Read with Jenna Today Show Book Club pick. How did you find your agent? Julia Kardon was kind enough to respond to my Twitter message telling her how much I loved Brit Bennett’s The Mothers and whether […]
The National Book Awards announced its Fiction and Nonfiction longlists, with the finalists to be named on October 3.
Penguin Young Readers has partnered with Lion Forge Entertainment to develop TV and film projects based on their titles. The first titles include Brian McCann’s Wannabe Farms, Tyler Knott Gregson and Sarah Linden’s North Pole Ninjas, M.D. Payne’s Monster Juice series and Francesco Sedita and Prescott Seraydarian’s The Pathfinders Society series. “Lion Forge is the perfect partner to bring some of Penguin’s most exciting properties to screens worldwide,” PYR president Jen Loja said. “With their expertise in engaging diverse audiences with unique yet universal stories, we couldn’t be more excited to see how these projects develop.” Lion Forge Entertainment president […]