Another publisher cuts back: Macmillan, the Holtzbrinck subsidiary that owns Farrar, Straus & Giroux, St. Martin's Press, Holt, Picador and others, is laying off 46 people, about 4% of its staff, and various children's imprints will be consolidated into one company-wide children's division, to be called the Macmillan Children's Publishing Group, the New York Times reported.
"Book sales are markedly slower this Christmas than they were last Christmas," Macmillan CEO John Sargent told the paper. "This is a recognition of the times that we are in this Christmas and the times that we will be in at least through the first half of next year."
Kaldi's Coffeehouse & Bookstore, Cincinnati, Ohio, will close its current location at the end of this month. The bookshop's blog
noted that while owner "Jeremy Thompson has been searching for a new
location for some time, it has not yet been decided where the concept
Cape Cod Today details the difficulties faced by the Bookstore Restaurant, Wellfleet, Mass., which has been operating this year without a town business license because its septic system has not been upgraded. Among other things, the lack of a business license can affect the store's ability to get insurance and maintain its liquor license.
More than a year after New York's
landmark Gotham Book Mart closed, its collection of "some 200,000
items" has found a home at the University of Pennsylvania Libraries, MarketWatch
reported, adding that the collection "includes many first editions,
books from small presses, experimental literary magazines, outsider
literature published by Black Sparrow Press, poetry published by St.
Mark's Church, books from the personal libraries of Truman Capote and
Anais Nin, proofs, advance copies, pamphlets, photographs, posters,
reference works and catalogs, broadsides, prints, postcards, and items
signed by Arthur Miller, Tennessee Williams, Robinson Jeffers, Woody
Allen, Wallace Stevens, and John Updike."
Dave Steidel received a holiday gift pass from ESPN, which included his Remember the AFL: The Ultimate Fan's Guide to the American Football League (Clerisy Press, $29.95, 9781578603237/1578603234) in its online gift guide, writing, "Expect to see lots of throwback uniforms and historical retrospectives next fall because the NFL will be celebrating the 50th anniversary of the founding of its one-time rival and merger partner, the AFL. But you don't have to wait until then because Dave Steidel's new book, Remember the AFL, offers more than 400 pages of old-school AFL goodness. Smartly written, gorgeously designed, and packed with archival photos, it's an ideal primer for AFL novices and a great trip down memory lane for fans old enough to remember the most successful upstart league in sports history."
Kathy Dawson, who was most recently the editorial director of fiction at Harcourt Children's Books, will return to Penguin in the newly created position of associate publisher of Dial Books for Young Readers.
While Dawson was at Putnam, she edited the Newbery Honor-winners Getting Near to Baby by Audrey Couloumbis and Al Capone Does My Shirts by Gennifer Choldenko. At Harcourt, Dawson edited Graceling by Kristin Cashore and Life as We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer. In a statement (which reflects her literary acumen), Dawson said, "I keep thinking of T. S. Eliot's The Four Quartets: 'And the end of all our exploring/ Will be to arrive where we started/ And know the place for the first time.' "