People Roundup, Mid-February 2013


The big news of the last few weeks is the ascension of Reagan Arthur, current Editorial Director of her eponymous Little, Brown imprint to SVP Publisher in April when Michael Pietsch moves up to CEO of Hachette Book Group USA. Arthur will also join the company’s management board.

Atria announced that Dawn Davis will join the company on April 1 as VP, Publisher of a new imprint, reporting to Judith Curr. Davis was most recently Publisher at Amistad/HarperCollins.

Kevin M. O’Connor, Director of eBook Sales Programs for Nook, has left the company and will shortly announce his new position.  Meanwhile, he may be reached at [email protected]

Alexis Gargagliano has left Scribner after more than 11 years and will work as a freelance editor. She has launched a new website and may be reached at [email protected].

Hannah Rahill has joined Ten Speed Press as VP, Associate Publisher, reporting to Aaron Wehner. She was most recently VP Publisher at Weldon Owen‘s Food & Drink division. VP of Marketing and Publicity Patricia Kelly will leave the company after more than seven years.

Rebecca Strauss has joined DeFiore and Company as an agent. She was most recently an agent at McIntosh and Otis, where she was Director of Subsidiary Rights. 

Karen Forster, Director of Standards and Best Practices, has left BISG and is moving to Berlin with her husband.

Jonathan Ackerman has been named National Account Manager at Bookmasters. He will oversee the company’s relationships with wholesalers and retailers like Barnes & Noble and Baker & Taylor.

Jim Hanas will be joining HarperCollins as Director of Audience Development, reporting to Angela Tribelli. He was at The New York Observer, and previously was Strategy Director of Sonnet Media.

Daniel O’Connor has joined The Experiment, in the newly created position of Associate Publisher, reporting to Matthew Lore; previously he was Managing Editor at Melville House. In addition, Karen Giangreco has been promoted to Digital Publishing Manager.

Brandi Larsen has joined Penguin as Director of Book Country. Previously she was at the Chicago Tribune, where she worked on adapting the paper’s content for mobile devices and tablets, and expanding the scope of their business and their relationship with their readers.

Effective September 1, James Jordan is retiring as President and Director of Columbia University Press. He joined the press in 2004 and previously had been Director of Johns Hopkins University Press.


Colleen Lindsay has moved to the position of Associate Director of Marketing, Social Media and Reader Experience at Penguin. Ashley Fisher-Tranese has been promoted to Associate Director of Advertising and Promotion. Craig Burke has been promoted to Director of Marketing for Riverhead trade paperbacks and Perigee Books. Erica Colon Martirano has been promoted to Associate Director of Marketing and Promotion. Jodi Rosoff has been promoted to Associate Director of Marketing and Publicity.

With Harlequin’s announcement of Valerie Gray’s retirement, Tara Parsons will move into the role of Executive Editor of Harlequin in addition to her duties as Executive Editor for HQN and Luna.  Nicole Brebner has been promoted to Senior Editor at Mira, and Susan Swinwood has been promoted to Executive Editor at HQN and Luna, while Margo Lipschultz moves up to Senior Editor. Emily Martin has been promoted to Director of Overseas Publishing for the company.

Kate Stark has been promoted to Associate Publisher for Putnam and Riverhead in addition to her role as VP, Director of Marketing. She has been with the company since 2007.

Michael Tamblyn was promoted to Chief Content Officer for Kobo. 

Angela Baggetta has been named Managing Director of Goldberg McDuffie.  Baggetta has also been made partner in the firm, as have her colleagues Megan Beatie and Kathleen Zrelak.


Dorling Kindersley’s Christopher Davis’ memorial service will take place at 3 pm on Wednesday, March 20th. It will be at St James’s Church, 197 Piccadilly, London.


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, 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, NY

Mar 14– 16
Great American Bargain Book Show
AmericasMart building, Atlanta, GA

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

Apr 12
New York Antiquarian Book Fair
The Park Avenue Armory, New York, NY

Apr 13 – 15
Museum Store Association Conference and Expo
Los Angeles Convention Center, Los Angeles, CA

Apr 14
LBF Digital Minds Conference 2013
Queen Elizabeth II Conference Center, London, UK

Apr 15 – 17
London Book Fair
Earls Court, London, UK

Apr 25 – May 13
Buenos Aires International Book Fair
Guest of Honor: Amsterdam
Buenos Aires, Argentina

May 1 – 5
Geneva International Book Fair
Palexpo, Geneva, Switzerland

May 16 – 19
Bookworld Prague 2013
Guest of Honor: Slovakia
Prague-Holesovice Exhibition Grounds, Prague, Czech Republic

May 19 – 22
National Stationery Show
Javits Center, New York, NY

May 29 – Jun 1
BookExpo America
Javits Center, New York, NY

Jun 12 – 15
Annual Conference on the State of Higher Education
Mayflower Hotel, Washington, DC

Jun 18 – 20
Licensing Expo
Mandalay Bay Convention Center, Las Vegas, NV

Jun 27 – Jul 2
ALA Annual Conference and Exhibition
Chicago, IL

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