People Roundup, Mid-May 2012


Scholastic has named Jenny Frost as ePublisher and SVP, eBook Strategy. She has been consulting since leaving Crown Publishing Group, where she was President and Publisher, in January 2010.

Sara Nelson, book editor for O, The Oprah Magazine, is moving to Amazon where she will be Editorial Director, Books. The press release announces that Nelson “will be leading our editorial vision for books in the print and Kindle bookstores on”  Recently, Liz Egan joined Amazon Publishing’s New York imprint as Senior Editor, focusing on fiction, memoir, and parenting. Previously she was the books editor at Self Magazine for seven years.

Leigh Ann Ambrosi has left Sterling for Crown Publishing Group, where she will be VP, Brand Publishing, reporting to Tina Constable.  She was VP Marketing and Publicity at Sterling.  Kimberly Snead is the new Director, Brand Strategy at Crown, reporting to VP, Business Development Ranjana Wingender. Snead was Director, Consumer Marketing at Nickelodeon/MTV Networks.

Roland Lange has left the Google Books team, where he was Strategic Partner, Development Content Partnerships, and is now Major Accounts Lead at YouTube (also owned by Google).

Retail and marketing consultant Bill Miller has been named President of Galison Publishing, a division of The McEvoy Group, whose properties include include Chronicle BooksPrinceton Architectural Press, and becker&mayer!.

Joshua Kendall will join Little, Brown on May 29 as Editorial Director of Mulholland Books suspense fiction imprint, reporting to Judy Clain. Previously Kendall was Senior Editor at Viking/Penguin, and fills the position held by John Schoenfelder, who left to work for film producer Scott Rudin.

Valentina Rice Head of International Sales for Penguin USA has left to found Many Kitchens, LLC, an online marketplace for artisanal foods.  She may reached at [email protected].

Karen Rinaldi announced that Julie Will is joining HarperCollins starting May 14 as Executive Editor “working closely with me in acquiring and editing titles in the health and wellness area.”  Will was most recently at, and previously at Rodale.

Frances Gilbert announced that she will be leaving Sterling, effective Friday, May 18 and moving to Random House to be Editorial Director of Doubleday Children’s Books, reporting to Mallory Loehr, VP Publishing Director of Random/Golden Books.  She begins mid-June.

Debi Fine recently left the company Direct Brands, the company that runs Book-of-the-Month and numerous other clubs. The new CEO is Daniel Shum; he comes from the Najafi Companies, where he is a Partner. 

Laura Dawson will be starting a new position at R. R. Bowker, handling product management for DOI, ISNI and ISTC.  She was Communications Chief at Firebrand Technologies.

Melville House announced a number of recent new hires. Sal Robinson has joined as an editor from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, where she was most recently an associate editor. Founder and publisher of Dark Sky PressKevin Murphy, has been named Digital Marketing Manager, as well as Managing Editor of the MobyLives blog.

The Overlook Press announced that Jill Lichtenstadter has been appointed Sales Manager. She was previously Director of National Accounts at Hachette Book Group.

Jon Thurber, who has been books editor at the LA Times since 2010—his latest posting in over 40 years at the newspaper—is leaving the company.

Kathy Davis has joined Harlequin as Acquisitions Editor, supporting the newly acquired Heartsong Presents program.  She had been a freelance writer and editor.

Peter Collingridge is the latest well-known epublishing recruit for Safari Books Online, where he will serve as VP of Product Development. He will work out of London initially, but will relocate to the San Francisco Bay area this summer.

Eric Brandt has joined Yale University Press as Senior Editor, Humanities. He was most recently Senior Editor at HarperOne.

Tattered Cover Manager of Operations Neil Strandberg has relocated to New York to join the ABA‘s staff in the new position of director of member technology.


Daniel Nayeri has been promoted to the new position of Digital Editorial Director of the Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Children’s Book Group, where he will oversee the e-book publishing, as well as acquiring e-original content and developing multimedia projects. He was previously editor at Clarion Books, an HMH imprint.

Peter Hubbard has been promoted to Executive Editor at William Morrow, where he started as an editorial assistant in 2004.

Random House Children’s Dominique Cimina was named Director of Publicity and Corporate Communications; Paul Samuelson has joined the company as Senior Publicist. He was most recently at Media Connect (formerly Planned Television Arts.)



Louise Burke, Executive Vice President and Publisher, announced that Pocket Books has re-launched its Pocket Star line as an eBook-only imprint. As it did in print, Pocket Star will continue to feature bestselling and debut authors in popular genres including women’s fiction, romance, thrillers, urban fantasy, and mystery. The imprint will be run by Editorial Director, Lauren McKenna.  She was Executive Editor at Pocket.

The Association of American University Presses ( is looking for an Executive Director to serve as the Chief Operating Officer of the Association, to “provide visionary leadership to the organization and its constituent members.” The position is based in the AAUP New York City office, and the successful candidate will start spring 2013. The position reports to the AAUP Board of Directors.

The American Jerusalem International Book Fair (JIBF) Advisory Committee announced that the deadline for applications for its popular Editor and Agent Fellowships for the 2013 Fair has been set for July 16, 2012.  The Fair dates are February 10-15, 2013, with the Fellows’ week-long program beginning two days earlier, on February 8.  The 2013 JIBF will mark the 26th anniversary of the Fair, which was established in 1973. Applications are available at



May 17 – May 20
Book World Prague 2012
400 exhibitors from more than 30 countries and regions from all over the world are represented at the fair. Guest of Honor: Romania.
Prague Exhibition Grounds, Prague, Czech Republic

May 20 – May 23
National Stationery Show
The world’s most comprehensive collection of stationery and related products.
Javits Center, New York, NY

May 24 –May 27
Thessaloniki International Book Fair
Four day festival focused on books. Guest of Honor: Serbia.
Thessaloniki, Greece

May 29 – May 30
StoryDrive China
The first all-media platform in Asia dedicated to exploring new forms of collaboration and business models across media boundaries.
China National Convention Centre, Beijing

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

Jun 4 – 6
Book Expo America
Guest of Honor: Russia.
Javits Center, New York, NY

June 12 – June 14
Licensing International Expo
“The World’s Brand and Property Marketplace”
Mandalay Bay Convention Center, Las Vegas, NV

June 18 – June 20
AAUP Annual Meeting
“Igniting the Future”
June 21 – 23
National Museum Publishing Seminar
» Both events held back-to-back at the Holiday Inn Mart Plaza, Chicago, IL

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