Our round-up of key news affecting authors. In this week’s edition: Lit Hub launches CrimeReads, FSG names a new publisher, #kidlitwomen and more...
The New York Times
Mitzi Angel has been named as the successor to Jonathan Galassi at Farrar, Straus & Giroux. As the new publisher and senior vice president, Angel will oversee the company’s editorial and marketing operations and says she will pay special attention to recruiting young, emerging writers.
Lit Hub is launching a new website called CrimeReads. The new site, dedicated to crime, mystery, and thrillers, will be a collaboration between Lit Hub and a variety of publishers, booksellers, nonprofits, festivals, and authors groups. A number of authors will act as advisors, including Megan Abbott, Lee Child, Lyndsay Faye, Meg Gardiner, Alison Gaylin, Rachel Howzell Hall, Carl Hiaasen, Joe Ide, Craig Johnson, Ausma Zehanat Khan, Laura Lippman, Attica Locke, Val McDermid, Kyle Mills, Walter Mosley, Lori Rader-Day, Ruth Ware, and Daniel Woodrell.
A group of children’s book authors and illustrators are encouraging people to use the hashtag #kidlitwomen during the month of March to celebrate Women’s History Month and “also to consider solutions for eradicating social and gender inequality in the industry.”
Elizabeth Bluemle, author and co-owner of the Flying Pig Bookstore, shares her thoughts on book cover redesigns and what works and what doesn’t when it comes to sales after a redesign.
The Washington Post
Madeleine L’Engle was rejected by publishers 26 times before A Wrinkle in Time was finally printed in 1962. “If I’ve ever written a book that says what I feel about God and the universe, this is it,” L’Engle wrote in her journal about A Wrinkle in Time. “This is my psalm of praise to life, my stand for life against death.”
The poetry community is mourning the loss of Lucie Brock-Broido, who passed away on March 7 at the age of 61. A professor of poetry at Columbia University School of the Arts, Brock-Broido was the author of four books of poetry, including the 2013 National Book Award finalist Stay, Illusion. She was also the winner of two National Endowment for the Arts fellowships and a Guggenheim fellowship.