• July 23, 2018

    Elisabeth Thomas Catherine House

    Elisabeth Thomas

    Ta-Nehisi Coates is leaving The Atlantic, where he has been on staff since 2008. 

    Darin Webb, a longtime accountant at the literary agency Donadio & Olson, has been charged with stealing more than $3.4 million from the company and its clients. According to the Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York, Webb has been arrested for “cook[ing] the firm’s books to conceal a multimillion-dollar embezzlement.” He has been arrested and is facing prosecution. Now, cult writer Chuck Palahniuk—best known for his novel Fight Club—is alleging that Webb’s crimes have wiped out his savings: The author says he might have to “sell his house to stay afloat.” But in an a profile posted at the Guardian, Palahniuk is more interested in talking about Adjustment Day—his new novel about American segregation—and why the incel (involuntary celibate) movement has chosen Fight Club as its bible. “It shows,” says Palahniuk, “how few options men have in terms of metaphors.”

    Jonathan Gold, the Pulitzer-winning restaurant critic for the Los Angeles Times and the author of Counter Intelligence: Where to Eat in the Real LA, has died. In her moving appreciation, food writer Ruth Reichl states that Gold “gave us the keys to a hidden city.” More tributes can be found here.

    After an “eight-way auction,” William Morrow has bought the North American rights to the debut novel by Elisabeth Thomas, a Yale alumnus who is currently an archivist for the Museum of Modern Art. Morrow says that Catherine House, a contemporary fairy tale set at a university in a forest, is a“gothic-infused” tale “told through the eyes of Ines, a dangerously curious, rebellious first-year who uncovers a dark secret beneath the school’s promise of prestige.” A German rights deal has also been closed, and a number of other international publishing deals reportedly are in the works.  

    Publisher’s Weekly has a roundup of Trump staffers’ (and ex-staffers’) book deals and, for those who haven’t published yet, rumored book deals.

    W.W. Norton will publish Jeff Sharlet’s next book, The Darkness Show: A Memoir of Other People’s Lives, in 2019. According to Sharlet, the book is “a reported book on poverty of the ordinary, extraordinary, and spiritual varieties, an attempt at making visible that which power attempts to render invisible. It is a book borne of despair—that of everyday men and women working bad jobs or living without jobs; that of the destitute and the soon-to-be-killed and the families of the already-murdered; that of all those who live in fear of powers far greater than they can muster; and that of the roughly two years in my own life documented within, a period that began with my father’s heart attack and ended with mine. My father survived, as did I, obviously. Not everyone in The Darkness Show does. But most of them—most of us—endure.”