Deb Futter has moved to Grand Central Publishing as VP, Editor-in-Chief. She was VP, Deputy Editorial Director at Doubleday. Michelle Rapkin has joined Hachette’s Center Street imprint as Executive Editor, reporting to Rolf Zettersten. She had been VP, Director of Doubleday Religion before leaving there in 2005. Amy Pierpont has been named Editorial Director at Forever and Senior Editor at Grand Central. She had been at Clarkson Potter.
Reed Boyd VP, Sales Director International and Special Sales, has left Random House but may still be reached at rboyd[at]randomhouse.com.
Daisy Kline has been named Director of Marketing and Brand Management at Scholastic Media. Ann Forstenzer has joined Scholastic as Director, Cross-Channel, reporting to Jazan Higgins, VP, Cross-Channel Strategy. She had been at Learning Resources. Chris Stengel has joined Scholastic as Associate Art Director.
Douglas Pocock, EVP Egmont USA, which will launch in January 2008, has hired Elizabeth Law as VP and Publisher. She was previously at Simon & Schuster. Egmont will be distributed by Random House.
Angela Bole is moving to John Wiley & Son’s Professional & Trade division as Events Manager. She was previously at BISG. She may be reached at angelabole[at]gmail.com. Karen Forster, previously at SPi Publishing, succeeds her.
Following Neil Bogaty’s desparture for Adobe, Michael Smith has been named Executive Director of the International Digital Publishing Forum (IDPF). Prior to joining the IDPF Smith was at Harlequin Enterprises where he managed eBook and book production services.
Deb Brody has been named Executive Editor at Harlequin. She had been most recently at McGraw-Hill. . . . Furaha Norton has moved to The New Press as Editor. She was most recently an editor at Vintage/Anchor. Joseph Williams is the new CFO of The New Press. He previously held positions at The New York Times Company, the Reader’s Digest and McGraw-Hill.
After 21 years, Nancy Hall closed her business last summer but has reopened as The Book Shop, Ltd., offering full-service book development. Contact info@thebookshop ltd.com or 917-388-2493.
Kevin Hamric has been named VP Sales & Marketing for the Quayside Group. He was at The Taunton Press. Mike Hejny has left Motorbooks, which was recently acquired by Quayside.
Darcy Cohan has joined Chronicle Books as Director of Publicity. Cohan was most recently Publicity Manager for Avalon Publishing Group and, prior to that, ran her own publicity firm. She replaces Andrea Burnett who is returning to her own pr firm.
Judy Pray has moved to Clarkson Potter as an Editor. She was at Black Dog & Leventhal. . . . Ann Treistman has joined Skyhorse Publishing as Senior Editor. Most recently she was a freelancer at STC and Abrams Image.
Scott Lubeck has joined NewsStand as VP and General Manager of its newspaper and magazine digital publishing service division. He was most recently at Harvard Business School Publishing.
Alex Clark has been named Deputy Editor at Granta. She had been Deputy Literary Editor at the New York Observer.
Krupp Kommunications (K2) announces that Tiffany Alvarado has joined the agency as Senior Account Executive. She comes to the agency from Planned Television Arts.
HarperCollins announced that Larry Nevins has been promoted to the newly created position of Chief Supply Chain Officer and Senior Vice President of Global Digital Operations. He joined the company in 2001 as SVP of Operations and Supply Chain and established the Digital Publishing Services department in 2005.
Sanyu Dillon, Associate Publisher and Director of Marketing at Random House, has been named VP.
Rachel Bender has been promoted to Director of Consumer Products at Scholastic. Abigail McAden has been promoted to Publishing Director, Paperbacks for Scholastic Paperbacks and Point. She was previously Editorial Director for Point. Cheryl Klein has been promoted to Senior Editor, Arthur A. Levine Books. She was previously Editor. AnnMarie Harris has been promoted to Senior Editor, Licensed Publishing. She was previously Editor.
Lizette Serrano has been promoted to Associate Director for Trade Conventions, Conferences, Events and Author Programs at Scholastic. She was previously Senior Manager. Barrie Reinhold has been promoted to Associate Manager of Sales and Marketing Operations. She was previously Assistant Manager.
Beryl Needham and Kathryn Popoff have both been promoted to VP, Merchandising, at Borders, reporting to EVP Merchandising and Marketing, Rob Gruen.
Michael Homler has been promoted to Editor at St. Martin’s, reporting to Charlie Spicer. . . . Erica Sanders-Foege has been promoted to Senior Editor, books at The Taunton Press. She had been Editor.
Laura Pillar has been promoted to Director of Publicity at Goldberg McDuffie. In addition to continuing to work on general non-fiction and fiction titles, she now heads up GMC’s Business Division.
Leslie Hulse has been named to the new role of VP, Digital Business Development at HarperCollins. Rachel Chou has been named to the position of VP, Online Product Development and Operations. Both report to Carolyn Pittis. And Mumtaz Mustafa has been promoted to Art Director of Avon Trade and Rayo. Milan Bozic has been promoted to Art Director of Harper Perennial and Harper paperbacks.
Michael Campbell has been named Director of Sales and Marketing at Graphic Arts Center Publishing Company. He was Corporate and Specialty Sales Manager and replaces Mike Jones who’s moving to Keen Communications, LLC.
Recorded Books announced the promotion of Scott Williams to President. He replaces David Berset, who has left the company “to pursue other interests.” Williams joined Recorded Books in 1992 as a Public Library Sales Representative.
Promotions at American Booksellers Association include: Jill Perlstein has been named Director of Member Services; Kristen Gilligan has been named Director of Meetings and Events; Mark Nichols has been promoted to Senior Director of Publishing Initiatives; Dan Cullen has been named Senior Director, Editorial Content; Meg Smith has been named Chief Marketing Officer; Len Vlahos has been named Chief Program Officer, and will continue to oversee BookSense.com.
The 20th Independent and Small Press Book Fair will take place on December 1-2 at the New York Center of Independent Publishing (NYCIP), at 20 West 44th Street. More than 100 presses from the U.S. and abroad will exhibit. For more information contact the NYCIP at 212-764-7021, visit www.nycip.org, or e-mail Christopher de la Torre at christopher[at]nycip.org.
In conjunction with the Book Fair, the New York Center for Independent Publishing hosts its first Mini-Rights Fair on Friday, November 30th at 2pm. This event is designed to provide publishers with information regarding sub-rights and foreign rights sales. Activities include an educational panel and a keynote address from Pat Schroeder, President of the American Association of Publishers.
On December 13 from 6-8 Peter Mayer and The Overlook Press will be honored at the NYCIP Annual Benefit. Ed Victor will present the Poor Richard Award and Sara Nelson will host. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.
Brooklyn Academy of Music’s Eat, Drink & Be Literary program starts again in January, with George Saunders talking on January 17, and Deborah Eisenberg on February 7th. For details go to: http://www.bam.org/ events/readings.aspx
What has briefly been called Direct Group North America will now be known as Bertelsmann Direct North America.
A memorial service for Jane Pasanen will be Friday, November 30 at 3:00pm, at the Church of St. Luke in the Fields, 487 Hudson Street, New York City. Pasenen was founder of the Chelsea Forum.
And from Workman comes The Bad President Countdown Calendar. It contains 488 days of quotes and quips that will make you laugh and/or cry right through January 20, 2009, when George W. Bush vacates the White House. If you’d like a free copy, send an email to James Wehrle (james[at]workman.com).