People Roundup, December 2012


Anthony Ziccardi left his position as Deputy Publisher of Gallery Books, Threshold Editions and Pocket Books. His last day was December 3.

Julia Pastore has joined Demos Health as executive editor where she will help grow their list of trade health and self-help titles. She was a Senior Editor at Crown Archetype and Harmony Books. She can be reached at [email protected] or 212-845-9985.

Anna deVries has been named Senior Editor at Picador. She has been in publishing for over 10 years, including seven years in the editorial department at Scribner.

Michael Cairns, Chief Revenue Officer and Head of Research Development at SharedBook, left the company. He is the author of the blog Personanondata and can be reached at his consulting company, Information Media Partners, at: [email protected]

Patrick Mulligan has left Gotham Books to focus on his own business, Pop Chart Lab, where he is Co-founder and Editorial Director.  He may be reached at [email protected]

ICM Partners has set a strategic alliance with the Sagalyn Agency which will be renamed ICM/Sagalyn.  As Variety noted: “Sagalyn is a prosperous boutique run by Raphael Sagalyn, who reps a roster of more than 100 authors. The agency largely focuses on non-fiction writers, including journos, academics and business leaders, though it does rep some fiction heavyweights as well.”

Amazon announced it will launch Amazon Publishing in Europe from its EU headquarters in Luxembourg. Victoria Griffith, who headed Amazon Publishing in Seattle, will move to Luxembourg in early 2013, and in her place, Larry Kirshbaum, Publisher of Amazon Publishing New York,  now assumes editorial leadership for Seattle and New York.  Daphne Durham,  was promoted to Editor-in-Chief, reporting to Kirshbaum.  Philip Patrick now heads business development, rights and sales across all imprints. 


Robert Thomson will be named CEO of the division of News Corp, which is dividing its assets into two separate offspring companies. Thomson’s new position will oversee the division that will include the newspaper and other publishing assets. Thomson is currently Editor in Chief of Dow Jones and Managing Editor of The Wall Street Journal. Gerard Baker will succeed him in his editorial roles.

Patrick Price has just been named the Editorial Director of Simon Pulse. Patrick started at Simon & Schuster with the launch of SSE in 2003. Previously, Patrick worked at ICM and Random House/Ballantine in publicity.

At Random House, London King has been named Deputy Director of Publicity, Alison Masciovecchio has been promoted to Publicity Manager, Greg Kubie has been promoted to Senior Publicist, and Steve Boriack has been promoted to Associate Publicist.


Christopher Davis, Former DK Cofounder and Publisher has died at age 71. He spent 33 years with the company and wrote about it in Eyewitness: The rise and fall of Dorling Kindersley.

Literary Agent Robert P. Lescher died on November 28 at the age of 83.  He is survived by his wife and partner in Lescher & Lescher, Susan, daughters Katie, Margaret and Susannah and granddaughter.


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

Dec 5
Copyright & Technology NYC Conference
The Manhattan Penthouse, 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

Feb 23 – 25
ABA Winter Institute
Kansas City, Missouri

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

Mar 19 – 24
Abu Dhabi International Book Fair
Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre, Abu Dhabi, UAE

Mar 21 – 24
Toyko International Anime Fair
Tokyo Big Sight, Toyko, Japan

Mar 22 – 25
Salon du Livre (Paris Book Fair)
Guests of Honor: Romania and Barcelona
Porte de Versailles, Paris, France

Mar 25 – 28
Bologna Children’s Book Fair
Bologna Fair Centre, Bologna, Italy

Mar 28 – Apr 8
Bangkok International Book Fair
Bangkok, Thailand

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