People Roundup, November 2012


Sandy disrupted our office (and schedule), so here’s an update on the last few weeks’ news:

It has been announced that Steve Perrine, Publisher of Books, is leaving Rodale. Also as part of the announcement, it has been said that he and David Zinczenko, SVP and Editor-in-Chief of Men’s Health and General Manager of Rodale’s Healthy Living Group, are leaving to to team  up on a new venture.

Wendy Bronfin, who was Director, Product Management for Nook at Barnes & Noble, is leaving to become SVP Consumer Products and Marketing at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt on November 26.

Former Crown Executive Editor Heather Jackson has rejoined the company as consulting Editor-at-Large for the relaunched Harmony imprint and Sydny Miner has been moved into the position of Executive Editor for Harmony (after acquiring in the past for Archetype and Three Rivers Press).  Leah Miller has been hired as Editor (she was previously at Free Press).

Longtime Crown Editor and Executive Charlie Conrad was laid off earlier this week, after 22 years at the company (first Bantam Doubleday Dell and then Random House Inc.). Spokesperson David Drake tells us “the change did not involve a broader reassignment of responsibilities or roles within the Crown trade publishing editorial team led by Molly Stern.” Conrad’s titles have been reassigned to other editors. He’s looking for a new editorial position and can be reached at [email protected].

Peter Berkery, Jr. has been named Executive Director of the Association of American University Presses (AAUP), starting March 1st. Berkery was VP, Publisher of the US Law division of Oxford University Press (OUP)  and will succeed long-time AAUP Director Peter Givler.

Maria Modugno will join Random House Children’s on November 26 as Editorial Director, Picture Books, for the Random House and Golden Books group. She was VP, Editorial Director at Harper Children’s.

Martha Levin, EVP and Publisher of Free Press, who left Free Press in early November, may be reached at [email protected]Dominick Anfuso, VP Editor in Chief, has left as well may be reached at [email protected] Free Press comes under S&S and Jon Karp. Stacy Creamer, VP Publisher of Touchstone, now reports to Susan Moldow. 

James Attlee has joined the University of Chicago Press as UK Editor-at-Large. Previously he was Sales and Rights Director at Tate Publishing.

Ben George has joined Penguin as an Editor. He was co-founder and Editorial Director at Lookout Books of Wilmington, NC and Editor of the literary magazine Ecotone.

Clay Smith has joined Kirkus Media as Features Editor, reporting to COO Meg Kuehn. Most recently he was Literary Director of the Texas Book Festival.

Allison Hollett has joined Osprey as US VP, Sales and Marketing, where she will develop and manage all aspects of the company’s marketing and publicity efforts working out of Osprey’s New York offices. Hollett, was previously Director of Trade Sales and Marketing for the Taunton Press replaces John Tintera, who will now oversee US sales and marketing for Watkins Publishing.

Liate Stehlik announced that Catherine Felgar has joined HarperCollins as Publishing Operations Director, managing the Morrow and Ecco lists in both digital and print.  She was at Cambridge U. Press and succeeds Kim Lewis. Ashley Garland has joined the Ecco as Publicity Manager. She was previously with Ballantine.

Jeff Pinsker has been named VP, Scholastic Inc., and President of Klutz a division of Scholastic, Pinsker will assume his new responsibilities December 3, 2012, and will report to Ellie Berger, President of Scholastic Trade.  Pinsker was most recently CEO of INFINITOY.

Kirsten Neuhaus has been hired as Director of Foreign Rights for adult titles at Foundry. For the past three years, she has been running her own agency. Also at Foundry,Rachel Hecht, who joined the agency in 2011, has been promoted to Director of Foreign Rights for children’s books. She was previously a YA scout for Mary Anne Thompson Associates.

Macmillan announced that Dominic Knight has been appointed Chairman of Palgrave Macmillan UK and US and takes on a new role of Executive Director, Business Programs for the Macmillan Group.  Sam Burridge has also been promoted to Managing Director, Palgrave Macmillan Scholarly, effective 1 November 2012.  Burridge joined Macmillan in 1995. Burridge will report to Dominic Knight, who moves into the new role of Executive Director, Business Programmes, with responsibility for corporate change strategy within Macmillan.

Ginger Curwen is returning to publishing, joining Julia Lord Literary Management as an agent representing mysteries and thrillers. Curwen previously worked at HarperCollins, the American Booksellers Association, Bantam, and Random House.

John Groton has left Innodata. He can be reached at [email protected].

University of North Carolina Press Editor-in-Chief David Perry intends to retire in March 2013. He was named Editor-in-Chief in 1995.


Abrams Publisher Steve Tager has taken on the new role of Chief Marketing and Business Development Office with oversight of digital strategy.  The marketing and publicity departments report to him. Executive Editor Deborah Aaronson takes over as VP, Publisher for the adult trade group.  Elisa Urbanelli returns to the company as Associate Publisher for the adult group. She was most recently a freelance editor and previously Managing Editor for the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.  

David Highfill has been promoted to Vice President, Executive Editor of Morrow.

Jon Anderson has been promoted to President and Publisher of S&S Children’s.

Chris Lynch has been promoted to President and Publisher of Simon & Schuster Audio.

Kristen Fritz has been promoted from Director to Senior Director, Content Marketing, Digital Marketplace Development at Random House, Inc.

Riverhead publicity has made the following promotions: Claire McGinnis is now Publicity Manager; Liz Hohenadel is Senior Publicist; Glory Plata is Publicist.

Melissa Bullock has been promoted to Senior Manager, Author Events for Macmillan.


Nov 11 – 18
Miami International Book Fair
Miami, FL

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.

Feb 10 – 13
American International Toy Fair
Javits Center, New York, NY

Feb 10 – 15
Jerusalem Book Fair 2013
Jerusalem International Convention Center, Binyaney Ha’ooma, Israel

Feb 12 – 14
O’Reilly Tools of Change for Publishing Conference
New York, NY

Feb 13 – 16
College Art Association Annual Conference
Hilton New York, New York, NY

Feb 21 – 24
Vilnius Book Fair
Vilnius International Book Fair / Baltic Book Fair
Lithuanian Exhibition and Congress Centre, Vilnius, Lithuania

Feb 22 – 26
Campus Market Expo
Kansas City Convention Center, Kansas City, MO

Mar 2 – 5
International Home and Housewares Show
Palmer House Hilton, Chicago, IL

Mar 8 – 12
South by Southwest Interactive
Austin, TX

Mar 11
Books for a Better Life
The Times Center, New York, New York


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