People Roundup, January 2014


Barnes and Noble has moved Michael Huseby, former CEO of the Nook division, into the top CEO spot left by William Lynch, who vacated in July.

Craig Bauer, SVP Publishing Operations and Strategic Planning at Hachette, will be leaving HBG to become SVP of Global Publishing Operations at Macmillan Science and Education. His last day at HBG will be Friday, January 17.

As part of Macmillan’s acquisition of Cookstr, Will Schwalbe will continue in his current role, while taking on the additional title of VP, Editorial Development and Content Innovation for Macmillan, where he will acquire books to be published across Macmillan’s publishing imprints. Kara Rota, Director of Editorial and Partnerships for Cookstr, continues in her existing role.

Shannon O’Neill, previously Editorial Director and Agent at The Sagalyn Agency, has joined Lippincott Massie McQuilkin as Agent. O’Neill will remain based in DC, focusing on projects in narrative nonfiction, popular science, current affairs, and the history of ideas, as well as literary and upmarket fiction. She can be reached at: [email protected]

At the start of 2014, Jim Becker stepped down as President of becker & mayer!  Becker founded the book packager more than 30 years ago with Andy Mayer, and was succeeded by Mike Oprins who had been COO of the company. Becker is moving into the new role of Creative Director of SmartLab, becker & mayer!’s educational toy division.

At Scholastic, Durya Aziz has been promoted to SVP, International Education Publisher in the International Division.

Cathy Gruhn has left Hilsinger Mendelson East to become the Associate Director of Lifestyle Publicity at Little, Brown and Company.

Neil Levin has become the VP, Strategic Alliances at Librify; previously, he was President of EverPub LLC.


At Harper Children’s, Erica Sussman has been promoted to from Executive Editor to Editorial Director.

Nicole De Jackmo has been promoted to the position of Associate Director of Publicity and Marketing at Quirk Books.

Elyse Marshall has been promoted to Director of Publicity from Publicity Manager at Penguin Young Readers Group.

At Putnam, Sara Minnich has been promoted to Editor from Associate Editor.

At Macmillan, Malati Chavali has been promoted to Ebook Channel Director.

At St. Martin’s Press, Yaniv Soha and Sara Goodman have both been promoted to Editor.

Brianne Johnson has been promoted to Senior Agent at Writers House.


2014 starts off with some big news from Cookstr (see above) and Bookish:

Zola has bought Bookish and Joe Regal, founder and CEO of Zola, told PW this week that both the Bookish name, and the URL, will stay intact in the coming months, and that he hopes to “keep the best parts of Bookish alive in one form or another long after that.” Regal said he expects to keep “about half” of the company’s existing employees, and confirmed that Bookish CEO  Ardy Khazaei will be leaving.

Kensington Publishing has acquired the e-book house, Lyrical Press. Lyrical, which was founded in 2007, and specializes in contemporary, paranormal and erotic romance; thrillers; and science fiction. Through the deal, Lyrical retains its name and will continue publishing as a digital first imprint at Kensington.

Kate DiCamillo, Newbery Medal Award winner and honoree, was named National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature by Librarian of Congress James H. Billington.


Tom Rosenthal, former Managing Director of Secker and Warburg in the UK, has died at the age of 78.


Click here to see our full calendar of publishing events


Jan 13
Launch Kids
Sheraton Hotel and Towers, New York, NY

Jan 13 – 15
Digital Book World Conference & Expo
Sheraton Hotel and Towers, 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 21 – 24
American Booksellers Association Winter Institute 2014
The Westin Seattle, Seattle, WA

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 the Book
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

May 7 – 9
Westin Kierland Resort & Spa, Scottsdale, AZ

May 9 – 12
International Reading Association Annual Convention
Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, New Orleans, LA

May 12 – 14
Worldwide Media Marketplace 2014
Bangkok, Thailand

May 15 – 18
Book World Prague
Guest of Honour: Hungary
Palace of Industry, Prague Exhibition Grounds

Jun 2 – 6
CUNY Publishing Institute 2014
CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, New York, NY

Jun 12 – 14
16th National Museum Publishing Seminar
Boston Park Plaza Hotel & Towers, Boston, MA

Jun 22 – 25
International Christian Retail Show 2014
Georgia World Congress Center, Atlanta, GA

Jul 2 – 5
Tokyo International Book Fair
Tokyo, Japan

Jul 23 – 26
Romance Writers of America Conference
San Antonio Marriott Rivercenter & Marriott Riverwalk, San Antonio, TX

Aug 27 – 31
Beijing International Book Fair
Guest of Honor: Turkey
Beijing, China

Aug 28 – Sep 7
São Paulo Book Fair
São Paulo, Brazil

Aug 30
National Book Festival
Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Washington, D.C.

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One Comment

  1. Jan 13, 201411:50 pm
    Ralph Aldori

    2014… if one adds the numbers it equals “7” which promisses to be a good year. IF, however, American Publishing Industry would retreat from being so insulated and facilitate new talent who can’t penetrate it will probably gain much more than lose. So, the talent leaves for other shores, where everybody in the industry abroad think American Publishers & Lit. Agts. are stupid for not allowing creativity to come direct from the street.
    True, we are a Continent and so many people, but so is Europe and Asia, so there’s no real excuse for such culture which, perhaps, has been adopted from the Film/TV Industry where they behave the same. But then, they’re led by lawyers and not filmmakers!

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