Another busy month of musical chairs, Geoff Kloske has been named VP Publisher of Riverhead, replacing Julie Grau and Cindy Spiegel, who moved to Doubleday in November. Kloske was VP, Executive Editor of the Adult Trade Group at S&S.
Linda Kennedy has resigned as President of Globe Pequot Press “to pursue other interests,” according to a statement from parent company, Morris Communications. She was at the company for 28 years, the last twelve as president. When she started at the company, it published and distributed 25 titles a year. This number has risen to 550, with over 4000 backlist titles.
Chris Hudson, who moved from The Getty Museum to MoMA in September, has hired his former colleague Kara Kirk as Associate Publisher replacing Larry Allen who left last summer. She starts in March.
Carlo De Vito, the former Editor in Chief of Running Press, and Publisher of Chamberlain Brothers, has joined Sterling in a consultancy role to develop and acquire a wide range of books and ‘book plus’ product. He will report to Charlie Nurnberg.
Greg Brandenburgh has been named Director of Bible Publishing at Harper San Francisco. He was most recently VP Sales & Marketing at Thorsons/Element.
Jack St. Mary has left McGraw Hill, where he was VP of Group Sales for the Professional Division.
At Crown, John Glusman has joined Harmony as Executive Editor, reporting to publisher Shaye Areheart. He was Editorial Director at FSG. And Doris Cooper has been hired as Editorial Director of Clarkson Potter. She was Senior Editor at Fireside/S&S.
Pam Dorman has gone to Hyperion as VP Editorial Director of a new imprint, “in partnership” with Hyperion publisher Ellen Archer.
David Allender has joined Scholastic Book Club as VP and Editorial Director. He was Director of children’s publishing at Workman, where he has been since 2002. And Jean Feiwel has joined Holtzbrinck as SVP and Publisher in charge of starting a children’s publishing division. She will also work on other children’s properties already published by the company. Feiwel, who was previously at Scholastic, will report to Alison Lazarus.
And former Rodale trade books VP Publisher Amy Rhodes has moved to Watson Guptill as Publisher and GM.
Claudia Gabel has moved from Alloy Entertainment, to become an editor at BDD children’s books.
In publicity, Jean Anne Rose has become Director of Publicity at Pocket Books reporting to Publisher Louise Burke. She was Publicity Manager at Gotham and Dutton. . . .At Atria, Kathleen Schmidt takes over as director of publicity, reporting to publisher Judith Curr. She was Director of Publicity for Dutton and Gotham. . . .BEA named Roger Bilheimer to oversee all special events, publicity and public relations for the convention, taking over many of the responsibilities of Tina Jordan, who has left for the AAP following Kathryn Blough’s departure. He will, however, remain as an independent consultant. . .
Jennifer Brunn has been named Publicity Manager, ReganBooks, reporting to recently named SVP of Marketing and Publicity, Justin Loeber, and based in New York. Brunn was most recently at Bullfrog & Baum Public Relations firm, and had also worked at Running Press. . . . Judi Powers has joined DK Publishing as Director of Marketing and Publicity. She made the move to DK from Viking Penguin, where she was Associate Director of Publicity.
Scott Shannon, VP, Associate Publisher at Pocket Books, has been named VP, Deputy Publisher, Del Rey, Mass Market and Licensing, reporting to Libby McGuire.
Jack Perry, has rejoined Random House as VP Director of Sales Marketing. He left Scholastic, where he was Trade Sales Director, in September.
Bill Clegg has returned to the agenting world, joining William Morris. Burnes & Clegg was dissolved last year.
Paul Harrington has left Muze for Continuum as National Accounts Manager.
President of Bowker, Michael Cairns, has left the company, and Bowker executive Gary Aiello will oversee operations in the meantime. Cairns can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hyperion Senior Editor Kelly Notaras is joining Colorado-based multi-media publisher Sounds True as editorial director beginning March 1. The company, which “serves as an interfaith university that embraces the world’s major spiritual traditions and the arts and humanities,” is expanding its book division, launched in 2004.
George Pyne, COO at NASCAR, has been named President of IMG‘s sports and entertainment business.
Chad Beckerman has moved to Abrams as Associate Art Director, fiction, for Amulet and Abrams Children’s. He has been Senior Designer at Greenwillow. Celina Carvalho has been promoted to Assoc. Art Director, nonfiction, for the same divisions, and Vivian Cheng moves up to studio design manager. Tamar Brazis has been promoted to senior editor.
Anjali Singh has moved from Vintage/Anchor to Houghton’s NY office, as Senior Editor.
Katie McHugh joins the Avalon Publishing Group, Inc., as an editor at its Marlowe & Company imprint, reporting to Matthew Lore. She was at Three Rivers/Crown.
Anne Brooks National Accounts Director at Kensington is leaving the company effective February 10. She may be reached at ABrooks9@nyc.rr.com
Karen Cross has left PGW and will announce her plans shortly.
As previously announced, Tina Pohlman will not be leaving Harcourt for Houghton Mifflin after all. Instead, she will remain at Harcourt in the new position of Editorial Director for Harvest.
Katie Finch has been promoted to director of publicity for Miramax Books and the Weinstein Company books program, reporting to publisher Rob Weisbach.
Chip Franzak has been promoted to MD at National Book Network, but continues as CFO.
At Random Audio, Amy Metsch has been promoted to Editorial Director. Tom Perry, RH VP Publicity Director has taken on the additional title, Associate Publisher.
Ann Godoff has promoted Scott Moyers to Editor in Chief of The Penguin Press. He has been with The Penguin Press since its inception.
AOL has named Janet Rollé as VP & general manager of AOL Women’ s & Lifestyle Programming. In her new role, Rollé will oversee the direction and development of editorial content for AOL Coaches, Beauty & Style, Books, Diet & Fitness, Food, Health, Home, Horoscopes, Organizing, Parenting and Weddings. Rollé will continue to oversee the AOL Black Voices service as VP and General Manager.
Knopf announced that Gabrielle Brooks has been named VP Director of Promotion and serial rights, and Sheila O’Shea has been named Deputy Director of Publicity.
Erin Crum has been promoted to Director, Corporate Communications for HarperCollins Publishers.
Poets & Writers Celebration takes place February 28 at the Ritz Carlton at Battery Park. Individual tickets cost $500 and inquiries may be addressed to 212.226.3586 or go to www.pw.org.
Books for a Better Life takes place on February 27th at the Millennium Broadway Hotel. Go to www.msnyc.org and click on “Events.”
On Tuesday, February 21, at 6:30pm NYT‘s Cultural Editor Sam Sifton (son of publisher Elisabeth) will speak at the Small Press Center. March 2006 is the tenth anniversary of Small Press Month and is co-sponsored by the Small Press Center, PMA, The Independent Book Publishers Association and CLMP. Additional support has been provided by Book Sense and ABA. For details go to www.smallpressmonth.org.
At the Brooklyn Academy of Music‘s “Eat, Drink & Be Literary,” Jonathan Safran Foer is scheduled for February 23 and his wife, Nicole Krauss, is up on June 1. For a full listing go to the National Book Foundation, BAM’s partner in this series, at www. nationalbook.org.
Book Tech sent out two different sales brochures this month for up-coming March conferences – one featuring on-line, interactive media for magazine publishers under the Print Media moniker, and one highlighting marketing and distribution under the Book Tech name. While the exhibitors for both conferences are the same, and there is some overlap between the speakers, both conferences exist in parallel universes. Refreshingly, the presenters on the book publishing side (including Richard Sarnoff and Carl Lennertz) are a livelier bunch that the magazine personnel. For information go to: booktechexpo.com, or pubxpo.com.
Eric Major died of cancer on 14th January age 68. He spent most of his career at Hodder & Stoughton and his last position was at Doubleday in New York where he was in charge of religious publishing from 1996 to 2002.
Helen Barrow, a pioneer for women in publishing died January 16. She joined S&S in 1938 working the switchboard. After leaving in 1974, she formed her own company where she was the head of production for over 20 years. A memorial is planned some time in the future. She was 87.