People Round-Up, Mid-September 2015


Lorena Jones rejoined Ten Speed Press as VP, Publisher of an unnamed imprint for cooking and lifestyle books. Most recently, she was Publishing Director, Food, Drink, and Lifestyle and was Publisher of Ten Speed Press before that. She will also service as Editor-at-Large for Crown’s illustrated publishing program.

Additionally, Liz Esman joined Crown/Broadway/Hogarth/Tim Duggan Books as Senior Publicist. She was most recently Publicist at HarperCollins.

Quarto will launch a new children’s imprint, Seagrass Press in Fall 2016, overseen by Josalyn Moran. Moran was most recently VP, Publishing at Albert Whitman and Children’s Publishing Director at Chronicle Books.

Jesse Baker will join Audible this fall as Senior Director, Ellen Horne as Executive Producer, and Martha Little as Senior Producer. Baker was Executive Producer of NPR’s Ask Me Another, Horne was Executive Producer of WNYC’s Radiolab and Little was Executive Producer of America Abroad Media.

Margaret Harrison joined Ingram Content Group as Director of Product Metadata, Brette Dorris as Senior Sales Representative for public school libraries in the Midwest and Ed Spade joined as Senior Content Acquisitions Manager. Harrison was previously Ebook Global Supply Chain Manager at Oxford University Press. Dorris was previously Sales Representative at Brodart and Book Wholesalers and Spade was Director of Digital Publishing at Nickelodeon.

Bernard A. Barton Jr. joined the Library of Congress as Chief Information Officer. He was formerly CIO and Deputy Administrator at the Defense Technical Information Center. In January, James Billington, the Librarian of Congress, will retire and President Obama will appoint his successor.

Ralph Munsen is now Managing Partner and Global Head of Development of GroupM, which is the media buying division of advertising company WPP. He was previously CIO at Hachette Book Group, where his successor has not yet been announced.

Wendy Jacobson joined Martingale as Director of Sales. She was previously Account Executive at Quarto.

Richard Lowe is retiring from his position as Senior Account Manager at National Book Network in mid-September.

Sue Berger Ramin is now Associate Publisher at David R. Godine, Publisher. She was previously Director of Business Development at Bibliomotion.

Michael Ballanco will become SVP, CIO at Hachette at the end of September. He was previously CIO at the Warner Music Group. Andy Dodds joined Grand Central as Associate Director of Publicity. He was most recently Associate Director of Publicity at William Morrow. Sarah Clayton joined Hachette as International Sales Manager, Middle East and North Africa. She was previously Senior Buyer at Virgin Megastore Middle East.

Matt Wise was named Director of Publishing of Blumhouse Books, the publishing venture by Blumhouse Productions and Doubleday. Wise was Agent at Foundry + Literary Media.

Mike Towle joined Brown Books Publishing Group as Editorial Director. He was previously General Manager and Editor of the Sumner County Publications at Nashville Tenessean.

Stephanie Hawkins joined Abrams as Contracts Manager. She was most recently Contracts Director at Simon & Schuster. Jonathan Yu joined as Business Intelligence Analyst. Additionally, Patricia McNamara joined Abrams Children’s as Digital and Social Media Marketing Associate. She was previously Senior Editor at Girl’s Life magazine. Additionally, Caitlin Miller joined as Associate Publicist. She was most recently Publicity Assistant at Penguin Young Readers.

At university presses, Alisa Plan is now Editor-in-Chief at University of Nebraska Press. She was Senior Acquisitions Editor at Louisiana State University Press. . . Meanwhile, Kristen Elias Rowley, formerly Acquisitions Editor at University of Nebraska Press, is now Editor-in-Chief at The Ohio State University Press. . . Gene Taft will become Publicity Manager at Johns Hopkins University Press, succeeding Kathy Alexander when she retires in October. . . Jeff Dean is joining Harvard University Press as Executive Editor for Physical Sciences and Technology. Previously, he was Senior Publisher of Focal Press, an imprint of Taylor & Francis. . . Brendan Coyne has joined Pennsylvania State University Press as Director of Sales and Marketing. He was previously Associate Sales Director at Johns Hopkins University Press.

At agencies, Nicole Tourtelot is now Agent at DeFiore and Company. She was Agent at Kuhn Projects. . . Sandy Harding joined Spencerhill Associates as Agent. She was most recently Senior Editor at NAL. . . Albert Lee will join Kuhn Projects and Zachary Shuster Harmsworth as Agent in November. He was previously Executive Projects Director at Wenner. . . Caitlin McDonald joined Donald Maass Literary Agency as Agent. She was previously Associate Agent at Sterling Lord Literistic.

Emily Angell is now Editor at Thomas Dunne Books. She was Editor at Portfolio/Current/Sentinel.

Kate Gales Schafer joined William Morrow as Publicity Manager. Previously, she was Senior Publicist at Simon & Schuster.

Annie Mazes joined Workman as Adult Library Marketing Manager. Previously, she was Senior Library Marketing Associate at HarperCollins.

Amy Webster joined Frankfurt Book Fair as Associate Partner, Rights and License. She was Head of New Business at Edinburgh TV Festival, where she worked at the London Book Fair.

Andy Le Peau announced that he will retire as Associate Publisher for Editorial at InterVarsity Press in February 2016.

Lynn Klika joined St. Benedict Press as VP, Sales. She was Director of Sales at Ascension Press.

Sarah Salomon joined House of Anansi and Groundwood Books as Print Production Manager, Cross-Media.


Juliette Shapland will be promoted to SVP, Director Domestic and Foreign Rights for General Books at HarperCollins when current SVP, Director Brenda Segel leaves in November. LeeEric Fesko is now Associate Publisher, Special Imprints at Thomas Nelson.

Bloomsbury Children’s promoted Cindy Loh to VP, Publishing Director and Lizzy Mason to Director of Publicity.

Josie Kals was promoted to Associate Director of Publicity at Knopf and Pantheon. Chris Jackson was promoted to VP, Executive Editor at Spiegel & Grau. Hannah Rahill was promoted to VP, Publishing Director of Ten Speed Press. Morgan Carattini is now Publishing Manager at Crown, Archetype, Hogarth, Tim Duggan Books, Broadway Books, and Three Rivers Press. Lily Rudd is now Manager, Business Development at Penguin.

Nicole Deming was promoted to COO at the Children’s Book Council and Every Child a Reader.

Alex Lewis was promoted to VP, Publishing Director of Cider Mill Press Book Publishers.

Jon Malysiak was promoted to Director at Ankerwycke Books.

At House of Anansi and Groundwood Books, Gillian Fizet was promoted to Rights Director, Erin Mallory to Director, Cross-Media Group, and Jenna Simpson to Sales and Marketing Manager, National Accounts.

Peter Blackstock was promoted to Senior Editor at Grove Atlantic. Additionally, John Mark Boling is now Senior Publicity Manager and Justina Batchelor is Publicity Manager.

Chronicle Books promoted Sarah Billingsley to Senior Editor, Food and Drink, Laura Lee Mattingly to Senior Editor, and Genna McAuley to National Accounts Manager. Casie Kolbeck was promoted to Trade Sales Coordinator.

At Scholastic, Emily Clement was promoted to Editor of Arthur A. Levine Books, Marisa Plansky to Editor, Nonfiction, Celia Lee to Editor, Cartwheel Books, and Beth Noble to Marketing Manager.

Michael Strother was promoted to Editor at Simon Pulse. Kyle Radler is now Publicist at Scribner.

McFarland & Company, Inc. promoted Karl-Heinz Roseman to VP, Sales and Marketing, Lisa Camp to Executive Editor, Sheila Baldwin to Chief, Order Operations, and Layla Milholen to Editor.

Jennifer Rofe is now Senior Agent at Andrea Brown Literary Agency.

Carolina Alvarez-Mathies was promoted to Head of Communications at El Museo del Barrio.


Marjorie Braman, former VP, Editor-in-Chief at Henry Holt and SVP, Publishing Director at HarperCollins, died on July 2nd. She was 60. A memorial service is planned for October 1st at 5:30 at The Center for Fiction in New York City.


Penguin will combine the imprints Perigee and Tarcher with the retirement of the former’s Publisher, John Duff, at the end of September, after 23 years. Joel Fotinos, current Publisher of Tarcher, will become Publisher of Tarcher Perigee and all other members of the imprints will retain their current titles.

Ingram Industries named Beth R. Chase and Brian A. Napack to its Board of Directors. Chase is Founder and CEO of c3/consulting and Napack is the former President of Macmillan and current Advisor at Providence Equity Partners.

Canadian editing and publishing services company Colborne Communications acquired crowdfunding book platform Pubslush after it had announced that it was closing its doors. Colborne Communications Founder Greg Ioannou will become President.

The Wylie Agency is launching a new venture, The Wylie Agency España, in September. It will be overseen by Director Cristóbal Pera, who was previously Editorial Director at Penguin Random House Mexico.

Robert Martin is now Director of Operations of the Midwest Independent Booksellers Association.


Sep 14-21
Brooklyn Book Festival
Brooklyn, NY

Sep 25-27
Göteburg Book Fair
Gothenburg, Sweden

Sep 30-Oct 4
NINC World
TradeWinds Island Grand Resort, Saint Pete Beach, FL

Oct 2-4
Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association (PNBA) Tradeshow
Holiday Inn, Portland, OR

Oct 4-6
DMA 2015
Boston, MA

Oct 8-10
Mountains and Plains Independent Booksellers Association Fall Discovery Show
The Renaissance Denver Hotel, Denver, CO

Oct 8-11
Bouchercon Mystery Convention 2015
Raleigh, NC

Oct 8-11
New York Comic Con
The Javits Center, New York, NY

Oct 9-11
27th Annual Southern Festival of Books
War Memorial Plaza, Nashville, TN

Oct 9-11
Heartland Fall Forum
The Westin Lombard Yorktown Center, Lombard, IL

Oct 13
Worldwide Media Marketplace
Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel, Toronto, ON

Oct 13-15
Brand Licensing Europe 2015
London, UK

Oct 14-18
Frankfurt Book Fair
Frankfurt, Germany

Oct 15
Man Booker Prize 2015
The 2015 prize winners are announced.

Oct 16-18
Texas Book Festival
Austin, TX

Oct 19-20
13th International Conference on Books, Publishing, and Libraries
Vancouver, BC

Oct 22-Nov 1
International Festival of Authors
Harbourfront Centre, Toronto, ON

Oct 23-24
Boston Book Festival
Copley Square, Boston, MA