People Roundup, Mid-October 2012


Chris Lloreda, VP, Associate Publisher of Atria Books, is retiring at the end of this year, though she will continue to work on projects through February.

Following the announcement of a distribution deal with Random House Publisher Services, for the launch of Quercus U.S., Publishing Director Richard Green tells Publishing Trends “we will be making further announcements shortly about the start-up and staff.”

Robert Marsh will join Rowman and Littlefield as EVP of Finance and Operations when he departs from his CFO position at Bloomsbury at the end of the year.

Jennifer Klonsky, Editorial Director at Simon & Schuster/Simon Pulse, has moved to HarperCollins Children’s as Editorial Director.  Farin Jacobs has left to pursue freelance editorial work. 

Yassine Belkacemi has joined Dystel & Goderich Literary Management as Project Manager for their ebook program.  She had been an intern at the agency and was previously at the National Health Service in Scotland.

Adrianna Dufay joins HarperCollins on October 22 as Director of Digital Product Development. She was at JPMorgan Chase and previously in various positions for AOL. Dufay will support the Avon, William Morrow, Morrow trade paperbacks, Voyager, and HarperOne imprints.  Brian Perrin has joined HarperCollins in the same role.  He comes from NBC Publishing where he was Director of Digital Development. Prior to NBC Publishing, he held positions at Rodale, B&N, and Running Press, where he was Associate Publisher and Editorial Director for five years. He will support Amistad, Ecco, Harper, Harper Business, Harper Design, Harper Perennial, Harper Trade Paperbacks, and It Books imprints. Both hires will report to HarperCollins VP Marketing Carrie Bloxson.  And Ana Maria Allessi has been named VP Digital Innovation, a newly created role, reporting to Chantal Restivo-Alessi, Chief Digital Officer.  She will be responsible for planning and executing global digital innovation strategies across all divisions of the company. Alessi, who joined HarperCollins in 2001 as Audio Editor, was most recently VP Publisher of HarperMedia.

Julia Pastore has left Crown, where she was Senior Editor, Crown Archetype and Harmony Books, and she may be reached at [email protected] or  917-856-2822.  Meanwhile, Crown has hired Wade Lucas as Agent Director of the Random House Speakers Bureau; he will report to Publicity Director David Drake. Lucas was previously at the HarperCollins Speakers Bureau.

Tom Miller has moved to McGraw-Hill, as of October 8, as Executive Editor.  He was Executive Editor at Wiley.

Brenda McLaughlin will join Lonely Planet on October 22 as SVP, General Manager of Lonely Planet Americas, reporting to Stephen Palmer. McLaughlin, who was previously at Antenna International, will be responsible for defining and executing the strategy in the US, Canada, and Latin America.

At Open Road, former Pocket Books Editorial Director Maggie Crawford joins the company as a strategic advisor, focusing on commercial fiction, including romance, women’s fiction, thrillers and mysteries, and reporting to Tina Pohlman.


Karen Rinaldi, who joined HarperCollins in May, will be overseeing a new health and wellness imprint called HarperWave, which will be housed within the Harper group.  HC said that Rinaldi has been readying the imprint since she arrived six months ago, and her team will include Julie Will, as Executive Editor, and Jake Zebede, as Editorial Assistant.

At Basic BooksTJ Kelleher has been promoted to Senior Executive Editor, Tisse Takagi and Alex Littlefield move up to Editor, and Katy O’Donnell has been promoted to Assistant Editor.

Following Evan Schnittman’s appointment as Hachette Book Group’s executive VP Chief Marketing Officer last May, he has created a new structure for HBG’s sales force. The goal of the realignment, HBG said, “is to bring the sales and marketing functions in line with the changing book market – unifying print and digital sales, and integrating research and analytics into HBG’s overall sales strategy.”

The department is now divided into three groups: Chris Murphy will serve as SVP of Retail Sales, comprising sub-departments for national accounts, CBA, Clients and Nashville, young reader sales, and the national field force.  David Bowers, VP Global Business Development at OUP, has been hired as SVP of the new Strategy & Operations group. The third group, International, Canada, & Special Markets, will continue to be led by Jean Griffin.  In other promotions: Rick Cobban is VP of National Accounts; Mike Heuer is Executive Director of a unified national field force that brings together the ID and Field Sales teams; Rich Tullis is Channel Director, Online Retail & Jobbers; Karen Torres is VP, Account Marketing & Retail Operations; Andy LeCount is Channel Director, Chains; and Linda Jamison is Channel Director, Merch & Clubs.

Crown Publishing has named Campbell Wharton, who was Publicity Director for Crown Paperbacks and Crown Forum and worked with the Speakers Bureau, as Associate Publisher of Three Rivers Press and Crown Forum. She will report to Mauro DiPreta, VP and Editor-in-Chief.


A tribute for Tony Schulte will be held on Tuesday, October 30, at 5:30 at the Quaker Meeting House, 15 Rutherford Place (near E. 15 Street) in New York City.


Oct 24
Novelists, Inc. 2012 Annual Conference
“Profitable Partnerships: Publishing a la Carte”
Crowne Plaza Hotel, White Plains, NY

Oct 29
Goddard Riverside Gala
Benefiting the Goddard Riverside Community Center, an evening honoring Michael Jacobs, President & CEO of ABRAMS Inc.
Capitale, New York, NY

Oct 30
The Place to Bee!
A Spelling Bee to benefit the Counsel of Literary Magazines and Presses
The Standard Hotel, New York, NY

Nov 1 – 4
World Fantasy Convention 2012
The dual themes of World Fantasy 2012 are Northern Gothic and Urban Fantasy.
Toronto, ON, Canada

Nov 11 – 18
Miami International Book Fair
Miami, FL

Nov 14
National Book Awards 2012
Presentation of the 2012 National Book Awards
New York, NY.

Nov 14 – 19
Montréal Book Fair
The 2012 Salon du livre de Montréal is the 35th edition of this Canadian book fair.
Place Bonaventure, Montréal, Canada

Nov 16 – 18
Goddard Riverside New York Book Fair
Goddard Riverside Community Center, New York, NY

Nov 17 – 25
Istanbul Book Fair
Guest of Honour–the Netherlands
TÜYAP Fair and Convention Center, Büyükçekmece, Istanbul, Turkey

Nov 24– 30
Guadalajara International Book Fair
Guest of Honor: Chile
Centro de Exposiciones, Guadalajara, Mexico

Dec 3
The BookSeller’s FutureBook 2012 Conference
The Queen Elizabeth Conference Centre II, London, UK

Dec 4 – 5
AllFacebook Marketing Conference
New Yorker Hotel, New York, NY

Dec  7 – 8
Publishing App Summit
Two-day, four-track event that will teach how to build apps. The conference will provide book and magazine publishers, developers, digital content strategists, editors, authors, and entrepreneurs with an extensive look at publishing app design, demographics, and distribution.
New Yorker Hotel, New York, NY

Jan 3 – 6
MLA Annual Midwinter Convention
Boston, MA

Jan 15
Publishers Launch: Children’s Publishing Goes Digital
A full-day conference addressing the digital opportunities and challenges for children’s publishers as ereading tablets take off
McGraw Hill auditorium, New York, NY.

Jan 15 – 17
Digital Book World Conference and Expo 2013
Hilton New York, New York City.

Jan 25 – 29
ALA Midwinter Meeting
Washington State Convention Center, Seattle, WA.

Feb 1 – 2
SCBWI Annual Winter Conference
Hyatt Regency Grand Central, New York, NY.

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