Chip Rolley joined PEN America as director of the PEN World Voices Festival, and also serves as senior director of literary programs. Most recently he was artistic director of the Sydney Writers' Festival.
Abigail Welhouse has been promoted to senior publicist for Scott Manning & Associates.
In the UK, Harim Yim and Rachel Richardson have both been promoted to rights director for Rights People. Alex Webb is leaving the company and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Libro.fm has a deal with Pottermore to offer for sale the eight Wizarding World digital audiobook series.
Thinkingdom Media Group in Beijing joined the Shanghai Stock Exchange late last month, rising quickly from its IPO price. The shares nearly tripled within the first two weeks, and have now settled back to about twice the initial offering price, giving the company a market capitalization of just over $800 million.
At the same time, however, the organization was forced to submit a fiscal 2018 budget appropriations request that asks Congress for a pared down $42 million "to begin the orderly closure of the agency." But Plympton said in a separate press release that, "As NEH awaits Congressional action on the President's proposed budget, the agency is continuing normal operations and will be making the next round of FY 2017 awards following the meeting of the National Council in July."
The NEA is in a similar position, required to submit a modest 2018 budget request of $29 million to begin their own orderly closure. As a spokesperson explained to artnet News: "As all federal agencies and departments are part of the executive branch and led by the president, we work in close coordination with the White House and the Office of Management on budget requests. In addition, agencies and departments are forbidden from lobbying on their own behalf. So the NEA can educate, but we cannot advance our own cause."