People Roundup, Mid-September 2013


Former Farrar, Straus Executive Editor Courtney Hodell will take over as Director of the Whiting Writers’ Awards as of November 1. Hodell succeeds Barbara Bristol, who has run the awards for sixteen years.   Daniel Reid will become the Whiting Foundation’s new Executive Director, taking over from Kellye Rosenheim. Reid is currently Director of Strategic Planning at the CUNY Institute for Education Policy.

Julie Blattberg will join Open Road on October 1 in the new position of Executive Director, Consumer Engagement, reporting to Rachel Chou. Most recently, Blattberg was Director of Marketing Content at HarperCollins.

Sally Kim has joined Chronicle as Senior Marketing Manager. Previously, she was Marketing Manager at Penguin Children’s.

Liese Mayer has moved to Scribner as Editor; she was most recently Associate Editor at Overlook Press.

Sara Hartman-Seeskin will join Sourcebooks as Rights and Exports Manager. Previously, she was International Rights Manager for Free Spirit Publishing. In addition, Liz Kelsch has been promoted to Publicity Manager and Nicole Komasinski moves up to Associate Graphic Designer.

Chelsea Lindman has joined Sanford J. Greenburger Associates as a Literary Agent. She was previously Director of Foreign Rights for Nicholas Ellison Agency/SJGA.  Claire Anderson-Wheeler has joined Regal Literary as an Agent. Previously she was an Agent at Anderson Literary Management. Peggy Boulos Smith has joined the Jane Rotrosen Agency in the Subsidiary Rights Division as Global Rights Director; she previously held positions at Penguin Group (USA) and Workman Publishing.

Sean Concannon is moving to Taylor & Francis as Medical Sales Specialist, beginning September 30.  He was previously Sales & Marketing Manager at CN Times.

Emma Boys Campion has joined Ten Speed Press as Creative Director, reporting to Hannah Rahill. Most recently, she was Creative Director at Weldon OwenNatalie Mulford joined Ten Speed Press as Associate Marketing Manager, reporting to Michele Crim. She was most recently Marketing and Publicity Director for Heyday BooksPatrick Barb joined Ten Speed Press on August 1 as Editor.   He was previously at Watson-Guptill.  Emily Timberlake has been promoted to Editor.

Karyn Marcus has left Simon & Schuster, where she was Senior Editor, to join the Office of Communications for the New York City School System as Editorial Manager.  She may be reached at [email protected].

Publishing Trends‘ Editorial Assistant and International Editor, Elisabeth Watson, is moving to S&S as Subsidiary Rights Associate for Gallery/Touchstone/Scribner. In her time at PT, she also founded and managed Publishing Trendsetter, our site for young publishing professionals.


As PW put it, “After multiple reorganizations of the Crown Publishing Group at Random House, another shuffling at the division has been implemented,” this time in Marketing at Crown Archetype.  Meredith McGinnis has been named Director of Marketing for Harmony Books; Julie Cepler has been promoted to Director of Marketing for Archetype, Crown Forum, and Three Rivers Press. Tara Gilbride remains VP, Director of Marketing and Publicity for Crown Business.

Jennifer Enderlin has been promoted to SVP, Publisher for St. Martin’s Griffin and St. Martin’s Paperbacks, the role previously held by Matthew Shear, who died last month.

Ben Hyman has been promoted from Editorial Assistant to Assistant Editor at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

At the Jane Rotrosen Agency, Danielle Sickles has been promoted to Global Rights Manager.


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Sep 16 – 22
Brooklyn Book Festival
Brooklyn, New York

Sep 17 – 22
SIBA Fall Trade Show
Sheraton New Orleans, New Orleans, LA

Sep 18 – 19
Digital Kids Summit + Digital Kids EDU
Children’s Creativity Museum, San Francisco, CA

Sep 19 – 22
Empire State Plaza, Albany, NY

Sep 21 – 22
National Book Festival
“Books that Shaped the World”
National Mall, Washington, DC

Sep 23 – 25
39th Annual FIPP World Magazine Conference
Hilton Cavalieri Hotel, Rome, Italy

Sep 23 – 25
Publishing Business Conference and Expo
NY Marriott Marquis, New York, NY

September 26
The Bookseller Children’s Conference
Purcell Room, Southbank Centre, London

Sep 30 – Oct 2
NAIBA Fall Conference
Somerset Doubletree, Somerset, NJ

Oct 2 – 4
Liber International
Guest of Honor: Chile
Madrid, Spain

Oct 3 – 4
NCIBA Fall Trade Show
South San Francisco Conference Center, San Francisco, CA

Oct 6 – 8
NEIBA Fall Conference
Rhode Island Convention Center Ballroom, Providence, RI

Oct 6 – 8
PNBA Tradeshow
Airport Holiday Inn, Portland, OR

Oct 8
Redefining the experience of publishing
Frankfurt Marriott Hotel, Frankfurt, Germany

Oct 9 – 13
Frankfurt Book Fair
Guest of Honor: Brazil
Frankfurt, Germany

Oct 10 – 12
MPIBA Fall Trade Show
Renaissance Denver Hotel, Denver, CO

Oct 10 – 13
New York Comic Con
Javits Center, New York, NY

Oct 11 – 13
Southern Festival of Books
Legislative Plaza, Nashville, TN

Oct 16 – 18
Brand Licensing Europe
Olympia, London, UK

Oct 20 – 27
Belgrade Book Fair
Guest of Honor: Poland
Belgrade, Serbia

Oct 27 – Nov 3
The Chicago International Remainder & Overstock Book Exposition
Hilton Chicago, Chicago, IL

Oct 30
Goddard Riverside New York Book Fair Gala
Honoring Jane Friedman, Cofounder and CEO of Open Road Integrated Media.
Capitale, New York, NY

Nov 3 – 5
13th Annual Dust or Magic Institute on the Design of Children’s Interactive Media
The Inn at Lambertville Station, Lambertville, NJ

Nov 13 – 17
Dublin Book Festival
Dublin, Ireland

Nov 17 – 24
Miami Book Festival International
Miami, FL

Nov 20 – 25
Montreal Salon du Livre
Place Bonaventure, Montreal, Quebec

Nov 30 – Dec 8
Guadalajara International Book Fair
Guadalajara, Mexico


Jan 4 – 6
New Media Expo
Rio All-Suit Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, NV

Jan 8 – 9
CBA Next 2014
AmericasMart, Atlanta, GA

Jan 9 – 12
129th MLA Annual Convention
Chicago, IL

Jan 9 – 12
Key West Literary Seminar: Chapter One
“The Dark Side: Mystery, Crime & the Literary Thriller”
Key West, FL

Jan 12 – 16
Key West Literary Seminar: Writers’ Workshop Program
Key West, FL

Jan 13 – 15
Digital Book World Conference & Expo 
Javits Center, New York, NY

Jan 16 – 19
Key West Literary Seminar: Final Chapter
Key West, FL

Jan 17 – 21
Jaipur Literature Festival
Diggi Palace, Jaipur, India

Jan 22 – Feb 7
Cairo International Book Fair
Cairo, Egypt

Jan 24 – 27
ALA Midwinter Conference
Pennsylvania Convention Center, Philadelphia, PA

Jan 31 – Feb 5
Taipei International Book Exhibition
Taipei World Trade Center, Taiwan

Feb 5 – 7
PSP 2014 Annual Conference
Ritz Carlton Hotel, Washington, DC

Feb 12 – 15
College Art Association 102nd Annual Conference
Chicago, IL

Feb 17 – 21
Social Media Week
Various locations

Feb 21 – 23
SCBWI 15th Annual Winter Conference
Grand Hyatt New York, New York, NY

Feb 25 – 27
ASCI/AAP Joint Meeting
The Fairmont Chicago, Chicago, IL

Mar 7 – 9
The Great American Bargain Book Show (GABBS)
AmericasMart, Atlanta, GA

Mar 7 – 11
South by Southwest Interactive Festival
Austin, TX

Mar 15 – 18
International Home and Housewares Show
Palmer House Hilton, Chicago, IL

Mar 19 – 23
Virginia Festival of the Book
Charlottesville, VA

Mar 24 – 25
FIPP 7th Digital Innovators’ Summit
Deutsch Telecom Center, Berlin

Mar 28 – Apr 7
Bangkok International Book Fair
Bangkok, Thailand

Apr 2 – 4
State of Maryland International Reading Council (SoMIRAC) Conference
Hunt Valley Inn, Baltimore, MD

Apr 7
Digital Minds Conference
London, England

Apr 8 – 10
The London Book Fair
Earls Court Exhibition Centre, London, England

Apr 11 – 14
Museum Store Association Conference and Expo
Houston, TX

Apr 12 – 13
LA Festival of Books
USC Campus, Los Angeles, CA