People Round-Up, Early October 2015


Paul Slavin is now President of Open Road Integrated Media. He was most recently EVP, CEO of Everyday Health.

Hannah Gouldstone joined Simon & Schuster as Director of Integrated Marketing, overseeing simonsays and the company’s online learning platform. Previously, she was Founder and CEO at Clever Goats Media.

Additionally at Simon & Schuster, Ira Silverberg is now Senior Editor. He was most recently Literature Director at the National Endowment for the Arts.

Lorin Stein rejoined Farrar Straus and Giroux as Editor-at-Large, editing four to eight books. He will continue to work as Editor of the Paris Review full time. Before joining the Paris Review in 2010, Stein worked at Farrar Straus for 12 years.

David Nussbaum is now CEO of America’s Test Kitchen. He was most recently CEO and Chairman of F+W Media.

Mary Gatsch was named CEO of Springer, succeeding Ted Nardin, who is retiring after 10 years with the company. Gatsch was VP, Global Medical Reference Unit at Elsevier.

Guy Gonzalez joined The Reading Room as VP, Audience Development. Previously, he was Director of Content Strategy and Audience Development at Library Journals, LLC.

Emily Griffin is now Executive Editor at Harper. She was Senior Editor at Grand Central.

Amanda Aleskey is now Marketing and Publicity Manager at Perseus. She was Marketing Coordinator at Knopf.

In children’s publishing, Lauren Burniac joined Disney Publishing Worldwide as Senior Editor. She was previously Editor at the Macmillan imprints Square Fish and Feiwell and Friends. . . Joy Bean joined Little Bee Books as Senior Editor. She was Editor at Marshall Cavendish.

At literary agencies, Tom Miller joined Carol Mann Agency as Literary Agent Affiliate. He was Agent at Sanford J. Greenburger Associates. . . Anjali Singh joined Aysha Pande Literary Agency as Agent of Fiction, Nonfiction, YA, and Graphic Novels. She was previously Editorial Director at Other Press.

Judy McDonough joined Thomas Nelson as Director of Publicity, W Publishing Group. She most recently ran her own independent PR firm, JEMMedia.

At university presses, Cathy Felgar is now Director of Editing, Design, and Production at Columbia University Press. Previously, she was Publishing Operations Director at HarperCollins. . . Sarah Miller joined Yale University Press as Editor for Language, Literature, and the Performing Arts.

Eric Salo joined Baker Academic and Brazos Press as Project Editor.

Karen Anderson is now Acquisitions Editor at Morgan James Publishing.

At Rittenhouse Book Distributors, Lori Anderson is now West Coast Institutional and Digital Territory Manager and Laura Duray is Strategic Marketing and Promotions Manager.


Alison Rich was named VP, Publishing Innovation Development at Penguin Random House. In her new position, she will work to identify and develop new author platform and business and service opportunities. She was previously VP, Executive Director of Publicity at Doubleday and Associate Publisher at Nan A. Talese Books. Additionally, Jen Loja was promoted to SVP, Associate Publisher at Penguin Children’s and Michael Goldsmith to Publicity Manager at Doubleday

At Atria, Hillary Tisman was promoted to Associate Director, Marketing, Jackie Jou to Senior Marketing Manager, and Arielle Kane to Assistant Marketing Manager.

Jason Brockwell was promoted to President of National Book Network.

Rebecca Marsh was promoted to Senior Publicist at Crown Archetype, Harmony, and Three Rivers Press.

Sarah Armstrong is now Sales and Marketing Coordinator at Legato Publishing Group, moving up from Sales Assistant. Grace Fujimoto was promoted to VP of Acquisitions for Avalon Travel and Westview Press and Kevin McLain to VP of Editorial at Avalon Travel.

Kristina Radke was promoted to International Account Director at NetGalley. She will oversee sales and account management in North America, the UK, and Australia.

Chronicle Books promoted Erynn Im-Sato to National Sales Manager, Special Markets and Samantha Steele to Sales Coordinator, Special Markets.

The Reading Room announced the following promotions: Sarah Hill is now VP, Product and Marketing, Sarah Mangiola is Managing Editor, and Nicole Cunningham is Manager of Community and Author Relations.

Yale University Press promoted Joe Calamia to Senior Editor, Science and Technology.

Jeremy Wells was promoted to Marketing Director at Baker Publishing Group and Bryan Dyer to New Testament Acquisitions Editor.


An American memorial service for Man Booker Foundation Literary Director Ion Trewin will be held at The Century Association in New York on Friday, November 13th from 5-7pm. Editors’ Note: This event is invitation only.

Jeremy Tarcher, Founder of Tarcher Books, died on September 20th at age 83 due to complications related to Parkinson’s disease.


Google bought ebook subscription service Oyster. The service will be shutting down and some of the staff will move over to work for Google Play Books¸ including CEO Eric Stromberg and Co-Founders Andrew Brown and Willem Van Lancker.

Mary Belknap was named Director of the Nautilus Book Awards Program.

Knopf VP, Senior Editor Jonathan Segal will be awarded the 2015 Editorial Excellence Award by the Biographers International Organization in a ceremony at Temple Israel in New York at 6:30pm on Wednesday, November 4th.  Tickets are available for purchase online at


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

Nov 4-14
Sharjah International Book Fair
Sharjah Expo Centre, United Arab Emirates

Nov 5-8
World Fantasy Convention 2015
Saratoga Springs, NY

Nov 16-18
The InDesign Conference
Denver, CO

Nov 18-23
Salon du Livre de Montreal
Montreal, Canada

Nov 22
National Council of Teachers of English Conference
Minneapolis, MN

Nov 25-29
Moscow International Book Fair
Central House of Artists, Moscow, Russia

Nov 28-Dec 6
Guadalajara International Book Fair
Guadalajara, Mexico