People Roundup, June 2014


The news of Perseus’s sale surprised publishers, but the response both inside the company and from industry observers seems generally upbeat.  No personnel announcements have been made but the sales and distribution staff will become employees of Ingram while all the publishing people report to Hachette. The deal is scheduled to close July 31st.

Hachette has begun to post the names of those laid off on its site, and meanwhile, individuals are beginning to announce their departures.  Pat Strachan is no longer an Editor at Little, Brown, where she worked since 2002. She can be reached at [email protected].  Emi Battaglia and Geoff Shandler have also left, and with the closing of Hachette Business, Rick Wolff has left.

Patricia Bostelman has resigned from Barnes & Noble.  She can be reached at [email protected].

Sonali Fry has moved to Bonnier as Editorial Director for Little Bee Books.  She had been promoted that the position of Editorial Director at S&S Children’s Little Simon imprint shortly beforehand.

Robin Adelson, Executive Director of Children’s Book Council (CBC) and Every Child a Reader, will resign her posts at the end of 2014 after heading both organizations for the last eight years.

Margot Schupf has joined Time Home Entertainment (THEI) in the newly created position of VP and Associate Publisher.  Most recently, she was with Archetypes, a new media start up. She has also worked at Rodale, HarperCollins and Sterling. In this new role she will manage the Oxmoor House imprint. Leah McLaughlin, Editorial Director for Oxmoor House, will report directly to her, along with the Business Development team, led by Megan Pearlman.

Camille McDuffie has left her position as President of Goldberg McDuffie Communications to join the newly-created Columbia Global Reports as Publisher, under Director Nicholas Lemann. It’s a Columbia University-based publishing project “dedicated to the production of sustained, original reporting and analysis on under-reported global issues for audiences that extend beyond the academy,” and they will produce four to six short books a year, for publication beginning in fall 2015. Also joining the unit as Editor is Jimmy So, who was a Culture and Books Editor at The Daily Beast.

Executive Director of Publicity, Paul Crichton, has left S&S Children’s, after more than nine years. Crichton plans to take some time off this summer before deciding on next steps. President and Publisher of S&S Children’s Jon Anderson said “we will begin the difficult task of filling [Crichton’s’] sizable shoes.”

Sarah Dickman has joined Barnes & Noble as Manager, Business Operations for NOOK Press. Previously, she was Director of Business Development at Odyl/Riffle Books.

The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) has appointed Amy Stolls as the Director of Literature.  Stolls has been acting Director of Literature for the last year, following the departure of a Ira Silverberg. In her official appointment, she will continue to oversee the NEA’s grant awards in literature.

Kelly Rudolph has joined HarperCollins as a Publicity Director, reporting to Shelby Meizlik. She was at Amy Einhorn Books and Putnam.

Carolyn Foley has joined Penguin Random House as VP, Associate General Counsel, with primary responsibility for legal work on behalf of the Random House Publishing Division. Foley spent the past dozen years as a partner at Davis Wright Tremaine.  Meanwhile, Random House is offering buyouts to its sales staff.

After nine years at Liza Dawson Associates, Anna Olswanger has formed her own agency, Olswanger Literary.  And Sandra Bishop, a VP at MacGregor Literary is leaving the agency after more than seven years, to set up her own company.

Sara Ortiz joins Scholastic as Marketing Manager, Education/Library Marketing; she was most recently at Penguin.

Allison Finkel has joined Perseus Books Group as Academic Marketing Manager. Previously, she was Assistant Marketing Manager at Oxford University Press.

Penguin President and Director of Paperback Sales, Norman Lidofsky, will retire at the end of 2014 after more than 32 years with the company.  Penguin VP, Director of distributor sales Ken Kaye will retire at the end of 2014 after more than 45 years in the industry.

Carl Bromley will join The New Press as Editorial Director. Previously, he was Editorial Director at Nation Books. In addition, Marc Favreau has been promoted to Executive Editor at The New Press.

At Ten Speed Press, Julie Bennett has been promoted to VP, Editorial Director; Jenny Wapner moves up to Executive Editor; and Kelly Snowden has been named Editor, moving over from the Marketing and Publicity department.

Penguin Random House UK has created a single children’s division, led by Francesca Dow.  Dow will be MD, Penguin Random House UK Children’s, reporting to Tom Weldon, CEO, Penguin Random House UK. Philippa Dickinson, currently MD of Random House Children’s Publishers, takes on the new role of Consultant Children’s Publisher with editorial responsibility for key projects and authors. She plans to retire in 2015.

Karen Shapiro joins Sourcebooks in the newly created position of Publishing Manager for the Entertainment Group. Previously, she was General Manager of Publishing & Development Manager for Hinckler Books in Australia.

Heather Alexander has joined Pippin Properties as an Agent. Previously, she was an Associate Editor at Dial  Books for Young Readers.

Kempton Mooney has joined the Nielsen Book America group as Director, Research and Analytics. Mooney has worked for several publishers over the last 13 years, including Random House and Hachette.


Heather Fain has been given a new role as SVP, Director of Marketing Strategy at Hachette, in addition to continuing her important work as Deputy Publisher of Little, Brown and Company.  She will continue to report to Little, Brown Senior VP and Publisher Reagan Arthur in her role as Little, Brown’s Deputy Publisher.

At Penguin Random House in the US, Tom Cox has been promoted to VP, adult mass merchandise and distributor sales, the company’s newly formed cross-company division, reporting to Jaci Updike.

At the National Book FoundationLeslie Shipman has been promoted to Assistant Director.

Lynn Grady announced that Carrie Thornton has been promoted to Editorial Director, Dey Street Books; she joined HarperCollins in 2011. Jessica Williams has been named Editor at William Morrow; she has been at the company for 3½ years.

Hollis Heimbouch announced that Colleen Lawrie has been promoted to Editor after three and a half years at HarperCollins/Harper Business..  Emilia Rhodes joined Harper Children’s on June 9 as Senior Editor for the Harper Teen imprint. Previously, she was an Editor at Alloy Entertainment.

In promotions at Scholastic, Lizette Serrano is now Director of Education/Library Marketing and Conventions, taking over from John Mason, who is retiring on July 3 after 28 years at the company and more than 43 years in publishing. Samantha Schutz has been promoted to Associate Publisher, Licensing & Nonfiction; Sheila Marie Everett is now Associate Director of Publicity; Becky Amsel moves up to Publicity Manager; and Alexandra Wladich has been promoted to Senior Publicist, Corporate Communications.


Founded in 1974 in London by Christopher Dorling and Peter Kindersley as a book packaging company, DK celebrates its 40th anniversary this year.  The company is now part of Penguin Random House.


Paul Kozlowski passed away suddenly on June 25th.  He had recently left Other Press, where he was Associate Publisher.  Previously he had been at Random House for many years.  The wake took place on June 29th, with a family funeral scheduled for June 30.


Click here to see our full calendar of publishing events

Jul 2 – 5
Tokyo International Book Fair
Tokyo, Japan

Jul 10 – 12
Harlem Book Fair
New York, NY

Jul 16 – 22
Hong Kong Book Fair
Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, Wan Chai, Hong Kong

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

Jul 24 – 27
Comic-Con International: San Diego
San Diego Convention Center, San Diego, CA

Aug 1 – 4
Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators Summer Conference
Hyatt Regency Century Plaza, Los Angeles, CA

Aug 9 – 25
Edinburgh International Book Festival
Charlotte Square, Edinburgh, United Kingdom

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.

Sep 3 – 8
Moscow International Book Fair
Moscow, Russia

Sep 15 – 21
Brooklyn Book Festival
Borough Hall, Brooklyn, NY

Sep 19 – 21
NAIBA Fall Conference 2014
Hyatt Regency Crystal City at Reagan National Airport, Arlington, VA

Sep 26 – 28
Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association Fall Show
Hotel Murano, Broadway, Tacoma, WA

Sep 30 – Oct 2
NEIBA Fall Conference
Providence, RI

Oct 1 – 3
LIBER 2014
Fira de Barcelona Gran Via, Barcelona, Spain

Oct 7 – 9
Brand Licensing Europe 2014
Hilton London Olympia Hotel, London, United Kingdom

Oct 8 – 12
Frankfurt Book Fair
Guest of Honour: Finland
Frankfurt, Germany

Oct 9 – 11
Mountains and Plains Independent Booksellers Association Conference
Denver, CO

Oct 9 – 12
New York Comic Con
Javits Center, New York, NY

Oct 14
Man Booker Prize for Fiction 2014
Announcement of the winner on 10/14/14.

Oct 21 – 22
Digital Kids Summit
San Francisco, CA

Oct 25 – 26
Texas Book Festival
Austin, TX

Oct 25 – 30
DMA 2014
San Diego Convention Center, West Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA

Nov 6 – 9
World Fantasy Convention
Washington, DC

Nov 8
Twelfth International Conference on Books, Publishing and Libraries
Simmons College, Fenway, Boston, MA

Nov 13 – 16
Bouchercon Mystery Convention 2014
Long Beach, CA

Nov 13 – 16
Toronto Book Fair
Metro Toronto Convention Centre, Toronto, Canada


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  1. Jul 1, 20142:39 pm
    Ralph Aldori

    Why is it that the U.S. major publishers, especially, are so hungup with demanding new authors to come with Literary Agents -thus supporting another filter of mis-relations, when outside the U.S. there are no such demand? When asked, the foreign Chief Editors or Publishers comment how stupid this is, given that no one can predicta what “diamond” can come direct from the street! No wonder that foreign literature and filmed stories are so valued forcing the Americans to seek refuge via self-publishing and the likes of Amazion distribute it! Let alone the selections mentality! If the European or Asian publishers would have considered only content that teens/YA may understand, we would not have today the great classics and wisdom! Come on, book publishing people, stop the American marketing paranoia and allow new modern American literature to florish!!!

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