Houghton Mifflin Harcourt has hired Jack Lynch as President and CEO. L. Gordon Crovitz will continue as interim CEO while Lynch wraps up his work as CEO of Renaissance Learning and relocates to Boston.
Cal Morgan has returned to publishing as VP, Executive Editor of Riverhead. He was previously Editorial Director for Harper Paperback and Perennial and had been with HarperCollins for sixteen years when he left in November 2015.
Nicole Dewey has been appointed Managing Director at Shreve Williams Public Relations, effective May 1. Dewey was most recently VP, Associate Publisher and Executive Director of Publicity for Little, Brown and Company.
Kristen Nobles has joined Page Street Publishing as Publisher to launch its new children’s book list. She was most recently Group Art Director for Candlewick Entertainment and Walker Entertainment.
Dark Horse Comics has hired Karen Berger, founder of the DC Comics Vertigo imprint, to start a new line of creator-owned comics and graphic novels, Berger Books.
At Bookmasters, Shawn Metts has been named VP of Sales, replacing Deb Keets, who retires after seventeen years with the company. Metts was most recently VP of Sales at F+W Media, where he worked for twelve years.
Denise Silvestro is joining Kensington’s Citadel Press imprint as Executive Editor, starting February 27. Silvestro was with the Berkley Publishing Group for twenty-one years, most recently as Executive Editor.
At Audible, Rose Hilliard has joined as Executive Editor in the Original Publishing division. She was previously Senior Editor at St. Martin’s.
Lauren Jackson has joined Tor as Senior Publicist. She had been Assistant Marketing Manager at Oxford University Press.
At agencies…Monika Woods has joined Curtis Brown as Literary Agent, moving over from the same position at InkWell Management. Molly Jaffa, currently Subsidiary Rights Manager and Literary Agent at Folio Literary Management, will join Mary Anne Thompson Associates as Senior Scout on March 7. Chris Wellbelove is moving to Aitken Alexander Associates as Agent, having previously worked in that role at Greene & Heaton.
At the Children’s Book Council/Every Child a Reader, Audra Boltion has joined as Media Consultant and Shifa Kapadwala has joined as Publicity Manager. Boltion is President and CEO of The Boltion Group Public Relations, and Kapadwala was previously Publicity Assistant at Simon & Schuster.
At Random House Children’s Books, Tara Greico has joined as Marketing Coordinator, Licensed & Proprietary Brands. She had been Marketing Assistant at Simon & Schuster.
At Abrams, Carmen Àlvarez has joined as Assistant Manager, Wimpy Kid brand marketing. She was previously Integrated Marketing Assistant at HarperCollins Children’s Books.
At Princeton Architectural Press, Susan Hershberg and Wes Seeley have joined as Publicity Managers. Hershberg was previously Associate Director of Publicity at America’s Test Kitchen, while Seeley was Publicity and Marketing Manager at Hal Leonard.
Amy Nathanson Heaslip is now Managing Editor at Highlights for Children Retail Group. She had been Executive Editor at Studio Fun International.
Dustin Kurtz has joined Catapult, Counterpoint, and Soft Skull as Social Media Editor. He was most recently Manager of Books & Books in the Cayman Islands and has previously worked at Melville House, McNally Jackson, and WORD Brooklyn.
At Sasquatch Books, Richael Best has joined as Marketing and Publicity Coordinator for adult titles. She was previously Bookseller at the Elliott Bay Book Company in Seattle. In addition, Micah Nemerever has joined as Sales and Marketing Assistant. She was previously a librarian in Jefferson County Rural Library District.
James Magnuson will retire from his position as Director of the Michener Center for Writers at the University of Texas in May. Magnuson became the program’s first (and, so far, only) full-time director in 1994. A search for his replacement is underway.