People Roundup, October 2013


Nancy Mercado will Scholastic as Editorial Director, effective October 14, after serving as Executive Editor at Roaring Book Press. Also at Scholastic, Alexis Lunsford has been named National Accounts Manager, B&N/Nook. She was most recently Account Manager for B&N at Penguin Young Readers Group. Michael Barrett has been named Senior Publicist, Corporate Communications; he was previously a Publicist at Discovery.

Nook Media has appointed two outside executives to its management team: Mahesh Veerina, previously at Motorola Mobility, will become COO on October 7 and Doug Carlson, recently at Zinio, has been named Executive VP of Digital Content and Marketing. Both will report to Michael P. Huseby, President of Barnes & Noble, Inc. and CEO of Nook Media.

Jeremy Grainger, currently National Account Manager at Quayside, will be moving to Aperture Foundation as Sales & Marketing Manager for their rapidly expanding books program.

Alana Heiss has joined Oyster as Customer Experience Manager; she was previously Northeast Sales Rep at Taschen.

Samantha Howard will be joining Market Partners International/Publishing Trends starting October 10th as Research/Editorial Associate; she was previously Office Manager at Waxman Leavell Literary Agency.

Director of Technology for the B&H Publishing Group Aaron Linne is leaving to join Logos Bible Software as Director of Church Products.

Martin Literary & Media Management has announced that Clelia Gore will head up their new Children’s Division.


Some of the anticipated effects of the PRH merger have begun to be announced over the last few weeks:

Cyrus Kheradi was appointed to SVP, Director, International Sales and Marketing for Penguin Random House (PRH), overseeing all of the newly-merged company’s U.S-originated activities in his area.  PRH also formed a cross-company audio group in the US, with Amanda D’Acierno running the group as SVP, Publisher of Penguin Random House Audio, Fodor’s, and Living Language. Patti Pirooz has been named Senior Executive Producer, and Dan Zitt has been named VP, Content Production.

Little, Brown Books for Young Readers’ Andrew Smith has been promoted to SVP, Deputy Publisher, Executive Director of New Business Development.

Jennifer Weltz has become President of JVNA, succeeding Jean Naggar, who is moving to the new position of Chair.

At Scholastic, April Chorba has been promoted to Product Director, Art Department and Eva Steele-Saccio has been promoted to Product Director, Editorial at Klutz.

Rachel Rokicki has been promoted to Associate Director of Publicity, Crown, Hogarth, and Broadway Books.  She was Assistant Director of Publicity.

Tor Books Art Director Irene Gallo  has been promoted to Associate Publisher at  She will continue in her  current role as well.

At Simon & Schuster, Anne Tate has been promoted to Senior Publicity Manager, Leah Johanson has been promoted to Senior Publicist, and Erin Reback moves up to Publicist.

Annie Stone has been promoted to Editor for Harlequin Teen.


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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 8
Publishers Launch Frankfurt 2013
The trade publishing strategy and tactics conference for consumer publishing executives, agents, retailers – and those who wish to do business with them
Frankfurt Book Fair, 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

Apr 30 – May 5
Abu Dhabi International Book Fair
Abu Dhabi, UAE

Apr 30 – May 4
Geneva International Book Fair
Palexpo, Geneva, Switzerland