People Roundup, Mid-April 2012


Chris Barba will retire as executive VP, sales for Hachette Books Group after 33 years  with the company. Meanwhile, Evan Schnittman, newly named EVP, Chief Marketing and Sales Officer, officially starts on May 7.

Stephen Morrison has left Penguin to become VP Publisher of Picador, succeeding Frances Coady.  He reports to Jonathan Galassi and Stephen Rubin. Meanwhile, Patrick Nolan has been promoted to VP, Editor-in-chief and Associate Publisher at Penguin Books, reporting to Kathryn Court. He fills the position being vacated by Morrison. Nolan has spent the past 12 years as Director of Trade Paperback Sales.

Ryan Chapman will join the Penguin Press as Marketing Director on April 23. He has been online marketing manager at FSG since 2010.  Nicholas Courage will join FSG as Online Marketing Manager on April 30, replacing Chapman. Courage was most recently with Picador, where he has been Online Marketing Manager since 2009.

Pam Roman, VP, Director Special Markets announced  Sarah Rucker will join Random House as Senior Director, Specialty Sales.  She will be starting on April 30. She was Sales & Marketing Director at Hyperion.

Timothy Travaglini has been named Director of Children’s Acquisitions at Open Road Integrated Media. He was former Senior Editor at G. P. Putnam’s Sons.

Anwesha Basu joins Workman Publishing on April 25 as a Publicity Manager.  She was at Sterling. 

Maggie Sivon has joined Amazon Publishing New York as Lead Publicist. She was previously with Henry Holt.


Alan Harvey will replace Geoffrey Burn as Director of Stanford University Press as of July 1,. Harvey, SUP’s Deputy Director and Editor-in-Chief, has been with the company since 2002, when he came from Cambridge University Press.

Adam Silverman was promoted to Director, Digital Business Development at HarperCollins.  He was previously Senior Manager, Business Development.

Amy Baker has been promoted to Associate Publisher of Harper Perennial and Harper Paperbacks, assuming overall responsibility for marketing and publicity for both paperback imprints. In addition, Erica Sussman moves up to Executive Editor of Harper Children’s, reporting to Tara Weikum.  Kevin Callahan has been promoted to Associate Publisher of It Books at HarperCollins.  He joined It Books as Associate Director of Marketing and was involved in the  launch of the imprint.  Matt Harper has been promoted to Executive Editor of the creative development team, reporting to Lisa Sharkey.

Allison McGeehon has been promoted to Director of Publicity and Marketing for Artisan. Laura Keefe has been promoted to Director of Digital & Trade Marketing for Bloomsbury’s  adult group, and Jonathan Kroberger has been promoted to Associate Publicist. For Bloomsbury Children’s and Walker Children’s, Katy Hershberger has been promoted to Director of Publicity.

Ron Hussey has been promoted to Director of Permissions at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.  Peter Bohan has been promoted to Associate Director of Marketing at HMH Children’s.

Melanie DeNardo has been promoted to Associate Director of Publicity at Holt, reporting to Pat Eisemann.

Jessica Napp has been promoted from Publicity Manager to Associate Director of Publicity for Rizzoli; she joined Rizzoli in 2007.


OUP President Niko Pfund announced on April 2 that: “In response to the ever-changing marketplace and in order to increase efficiency, reduce customer and staff frustration, create better customer experiences, and otherwise better enable us to further the University’s scholarly and educational objectives, we are implementing a new simplified structure. As of April 1, 2012, OUP, Inc. has agreed to transfer its entire business to OUP. Oxford University Press USA (or ‘OUP USA’ for short) will now be the name for Oxford University Press’s operations in the US.” The U.S. office was originally established in 1896.


A memorial service for Barney Rosset will be held on Wednesday, May 9, in New York at The Great Hall at Cooper Union (7th St. between 3rd and 4th Avenues). The ceremony will begin at 5:30.


Apr 16 – 18, 2012
London Book Fair
Making Words Go Further
Earls Court, London, UK

Apr 19 – May 7, 2012
Buenos Aires International Book Fair
La Rural, Predio Ferial de Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Apr 25 – 26, 2012
Digital Kids
Formerly the Engage! conference and expo
Los Angeles, CA

Apr 30 – May 6, 2012
PEN World Voices Festival
New York, NY

Apr 25 – 29, 2012
Geneva Fair for Books & Press
Palexpo Exhibition Centre, Geneva, Switzerland

Tue, May 8 – 10, 2012
ASI New York
Javits Convention Center, New York, NY

May 17 – 20, 2012
Book World Prague 2012
Guest of Honor: Romania
Czech Republic

May 20 –  23, 2012
National Stationery Show 
Javits Center, New York, NY

May 21 – 25, 2012
Virginia Festival of the Book
Charlottesville, VA

May 24 – 27, 2012
Thessaloniki International Book Fair
Thessaloniki, Greece

May 30 – June 2, 2012
Canadian Library Association National Conference and Trade Show
Ottawa Convention Centre, Ottawa, ON