HarperCollins UK has announced that David Roth-Ey, formerly VP and Editorial Director of Harper Perennial and Harper Paperbacks in the US, has moved to the UK office as the new Director of Audio and E-books.
Cal Morgan, VP and Executive Editor at Harper, has been appointed VP, Editorial Director of Harper Perennial and Harper paperbacks.
With Quayside’s acquisition of Motor Books International (MBI), CEO Randy Roland has left the company, which will remain in St. Paul, Minnesota. Quayside CEO Ken Fund estimates that annual revenues will double, to about $75 million.
Dick Robinson announced that Beth Ford, who had been SVP, Global Operations and IT, is leaving Scholastic to become EVP and Chief Operating Officer at Hachette Book Group USA and Hachette’s press release, explained that “With the retirement of both Maureen Egen and Rick Hall earlier this year there was a clear need for HBGUSA to bring in a new chief operating officer, and in Beth we have found the right mix of skills and experience that that role demands.” She begins September 10 and reports to David Young.
Jennifer Bergstrom, VP and Publisher of Simon Spotlight Entertainment announced that Carl Raymond has been named Associate Publisher for SSE. Raymond was most recently consulting for Scholastic, and previously was Publishing Director for adult lifestyle titles at DK Publishing.
Leyah Jensen has joined Little Simon as Associate Art Director. Leyah was most recently at Scholastic.
Lisa Dolin has left Abrams, where she was Director of Special Sales, reporting to VP of Sales, Mary Wowk.
Julie Will has joined Rodale Books in their New York office as an editor. She was at Bantam Dell. David Kang has been named SVP and General Manager, online subscription services at Rodale. He had been SVP and COO, entertainment, at Major League Baseball Advanced Media.
Matthew Benjamin has left Collins to go to Workman as Senior Editor. Ben Loehnen is joining Collins Business as a Senior Editor in September. He’s been working as a freelance writer and editor, after working at Random House and Hyperion.
Anne Sullivan has joined The New Press as Publicity Director. She was Publicity Manager for Nation Books/Avalon for two years prior. . . . Andy Heidel has joined Houghton Mifflin as Assistant Director of Publicity. . . . Campbell Wharton has joined HarperCollins as Associate Director of Publicity. . . . Books & Such Literary Agency announced that Kathleen Y’Barbo has joined the agency as in-house Publicist.
After 22 years at Viking and six at Roaring Brook Press, Deborah Brodie is starting her own business as a freelance editor for children’s, teen, and adult books. She may be reached at Deborahbro@ aol.com or 212-932-9506.
The NYC offices of Hay House are up and running, with Patricia Gift as the Director of Acquisitions, Cheryl Woodruff as President of SmileyBooks, a joint venture between Hay House and Tavis Smiley, and Laura Koch as Associate Editor. Hay House is at 33 W. 19th Street, 4th floor New York, NY 10011; 646-619-1314.
Jennifer Daniels has been named VP General Counsel and Secretary of the Board of Directors of Barnes & Noble.
At Borders Group, Susan Harwood has joined the company as the new Chief Information Officer.
John Molish has joined Tantor Media as VP Sales & Marketing. He was formerly Executive Sales Director at Brighter Minds Media.
Following his move into the Touchstone/ Fireside group of imprints, EVP Publisher John Howard now reports to Mark Gompertz, EVP and Publisher of Touchstone/Fireside. Howard will remain in West Monroe, Louisiana.
At Running Press, Director of Marketing and Publicity Craig Herman has been promoted to Associate Publisher. Jennifer Kasius has been promoted to Executive Editor.
And at sister company Basic Books, Lara Heimert has been promoted to VP and Editorial Director, responsible for overseeing the editorial staff, and Executive Editor William Frucht has been promoted to VP.
Tina Bennett and Eric Simonoff have both been promoted to Directors at
Janklow & Nesbit.
Jared Kieling has been promoted for Publisher at Bloomberg. He was Editorial Director, a position that Executive Editor Mary Ann McGuigan will now fill.
Andrea Sheehan has been promoted to the position of VP, Director of Online Sales and Merchandising at S&S, reporting directly to Larry Norton.
Watson Guptill has promoted Joy Aquilino to Executive Editor. She handles crafts titles and has two senior editors, Julie Mazur and Abigail Wilentz, reporting to her.
At the Hachette Book Group USA, Little, Brown Publisher Michael Pietsch and Warner publisher Jamie Raab were both promoted to EVPs, and Megan Tingley has been promoted to SVP. Maja Thomas has been promoted to SVP of Hachette Book Group USA Audio and Digital Publishing.
With the promotion of Gary Gentel as Interim President of Houghton Mifflin Trade & Reference, Maire Gorman has been promoted to VP, Director of Sales.
At Workman, Page Edmunds has been promoted to Associate Publisher. Edmunds, who has been Director of National Account sales, will continue to sell to Ingram and the warehouse clubs and will continue as in-house liaison with HighBridge Audio.
Julie Strauss-Gabel has been promoted to Associate Editorial Director of the Dutton Children’s Books.
Giuseppe Castellano has been promoted to Art Director for Simon Spotlight.
The French-American Foundation, German Book Office and the Cultural Services of the French Embassy have joined forces to organize three days (Sept. 16-18) of public, professional, and networking events in New York City “in an effort to strengthen ties between French, German and American publishers and to encourage interest in foreign literature and translation.” For further information contact Margaret Bensfield at 212.255.8455×214 or mbensfield@ groupsjr.com. Weekend events will be tied in with The Brooklyn Book Festival (see below). On September 17, a variety of discussions are scheduled, including a luncheon panel on “Publishing Trends,” with Harold Augenbraum, Executive Director, National Book Foundation, Rachel Deahl, Senior News Editor, Publishers Weekly, Peter Mayer, Publisher of Overlook, and Eric Banks, Editor-in-Chief, Bookforum. All events take place at Deutsches Haus, 42 Washington Mews.
The National Book Critics Circle is opening the fall season in New York with a week-long symposium, The Age of Infinite Margins: Book Critics Face the 21st Century. Panelists will include leading authors, publishers, and critics. The first three panels are being held at the Housing Works Bookstore Café, while the final event is being held at the Brooklyn Historical Society, in conjunction with the Brooklyn Book Festival (see below). For more information, please go to http://www.bookcritics.org/. For further information at the events listed above, please contact John Freeman at email@example.com (646-246-8565).
The National Book Foundation will once again participate in this year’s second annual Brooklyn Book Festival, to be held in downtown Brooklyn on Sunday, September 16, 2007 from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. The festival will present National Book Award authors Rajiv Chandrasekaran, Paula Fox, Mary Gaitskill, Gloria Naylor, and Jacqueline Woodson. Other authors scheduled include Jim Carroll, Mike Farrell, Kimiko Hahn, Philip Lopate, Alisa Valdes-Rodriguez, and Colson Whitehead. For more information on the festival, visit visitbrooklyn.org.
The Club for Unesco of the Department of Piraeus & Islands is organizing an International Poetry Competition. Greek and foreign citizens from all over the world can participate. Any language can be used for participating in the competition. The final evaluation of the 100 poems will be made by a special committee and the results will be published in the daily press. Each participant will take part with two poems from which one will be chosen. The selected participations will be subject of a special compound publication.
Submissions may be sent to Post Restant, Piraeus Central Post Office, 185 01 Piraeus, Greece by October 12, 2007. For further information, call: 210 4110212; 6977238764