HarperCollins reorganized and announced some layoffs. First, the Collins imprint lavishly launched just three months ago got the ax. The entire imprint is being swallowed into HarperCollins with the president and publisher being let go. Bowen Press, YA imprint started in 2007 and set to launch this spring, is also shuttered. All Bowen titles will be released under the HarperCollins Children or HarperTeen imprint. Brenda Bowen, the president and founder, left after the reorg. Among the personnel changes, Lisa Gallagher, senior v-p, and publisher of William Morrow, left and Liate Stehlik, the Avon publisher, was promoted to be Publisher of William Morrow/Eos/Avon. Other layoffs occurred but were not announced including publicity department and editorial changes. One big name YA author, Sarah Prineas, announced that her spring tour and the tours of most authors were being cancelled.
Shepherd Fairey is suing the AP for a declaratory judgment as to whether his iconic “HOPE” poster of Obama is fair use. Fairey used an AP photograph as the basis of the poster and while he has not earned any money off of it, many vendors have. AP threatened to sue Fairey twice before Fairey took pre-emptive action. This will be a fascinating suit given that Fairey used the entirety of the photograph but transformed it.
Jane Litte is the founder of Dear Author, a lawyer, and a lover of pencil skirts. She self publishes NA and contemporaries (and publishes with Berkley and Montlake) and spends her downtime reading romances and writing about them. Her TBR pile is much larger than the one shown in the picture and not as pretty.
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