People Round-Up, Early March 2018

PEOPLE

Fritz Foy has become the new President and Publisher of Tom Doherty Associates, while Tom Doherty moves into the role of Chairman. At Holt, Michael Signorelli has left his position as Senior Editor and can be reached at [email protected]. And Holly Ingraham, formerly Editor at St. Martin’s, is leaving that role to launch Holly Ingraham Editorial.

Richard Johnson has stepped down from his position as Group CEO of UK-based Bonnier Publishing, a subsidiary of Sweden’s Bonnier Books, after nearly nine years in the role. Jim Zetterlund, who is currently COO and CFO of Bonnier Books, has been named Acting CEO. Bonnier Publishing USA, headed by Shimul Tolia, reports into the UK company.

Rachel Rosenfelt will join The New Republic as VP, Publisher on March 12. She has worked as Creative Director for Verso Books and is the cofounder of The New Inquiry.

Michael Green will leave his position as President and Publisher of Philomel on March 12 to pursue his own writing. He has worked with Penguin for twenty-seven years. At Random House Children’s, Shaughnessy Miller joins as School & Library Marketing Coordinator.

Michelle Montague joins Holiday House as Director, Trade Marketing. She was previously Executive Director, Marketing & Publicity, Adult at Abrams Books.

At Eriksen Translations, Will Lach joins as Director of Sales. Most recently, he was Editorial Director at Abbeville Press.

In agency news, Carrie Pestritto has joined Laura Dail Literary Agency as Agent. She was previously Agent at Prospect Agency. And Kevin Lewis, formerly Executive Editor at Disney-Hyperion, joins Erin Murphy Literary Agency as Agent.

Amanda Pelletier joins Scribner as Senior Publicist on March 12. She was most recently Publicist at HarperCollins.

Sarah Stanton joins Shambhala Publications as Editor, having worked previously as Executive Editor at Rowman & Littlefield.

At Chronicle Books, Emily Malter has joined as Sales Assistant, Special Markets. Previously, she was Research Assistant at Sunset Magazine.

 

PROMOTIONS

At Tor Books, Devi Pillai has been promoted to VP, Publisher. Patrick Nielsen Hayden becomes VP and Editor-in-Chief. Irene Gallo, Creative Director of Tom Doherty Associates, will take on the additional responsibility of Publisher for Tor.com.

Jessica Schmidt has been promoted to VP, Associate Publisher for Running Press, while Frances Soo Ping Chow moves up to Creative Director for all Running Press imprints. Frank Sipala is now Senior Production Manager and Manager of Product Development, Shannon Connors Fabricant becomes Senior Editor, Amy Cianfrone moves to Marketing and Publicity Manager, and Kara Thornton is now Senior Publicist, focusing on Black Dog & Leventhal. At Viking Penguin, Sara Chuirazzi, Jessica Fitzpatrick, and Theresa Gaffney have all been promoted to Associate Publicist. Kristen Fisher becomes Associate Publicist at DK. At Portfolio/Sentinel, Merry Sun has been promoted to Associate Editor; Vivian Roberson, to Assistant Editor; and Katherine Valentino, to Assistant Marketing & Social Media Manager.

Shawn Foster has been promoted to Executive Director, Children’s Sales for Hachette Book Group. At Orbit, Alex Lencicki moves to VP, Marketing and Publicity Director, while Ellen Wright has been promoted to Associate Publicity Director. Ann Kirchner becomes Designer at Basic Books, in addition to the promotions of Connie Capone to Associate Publicist, Brian Distelberg to Senior Editor, and Carrie Napolitano to Assistant Editor. At Da Capo Press, Justin Lovell and Miriam Riad have both been promoted to Assistant Editor. At Little, Brown, Lauren Harms has become Art Director, Nicky Guerreiro has become Assistant Editor, and Lauren Passell has become Director of Social Media. Sabrina Benun is now Associate Marketing Director, James Patterson/Jimmy Patterson, while Sasha Henriques moves up to Assistant Editor for the same. At Little, Brown Children’s, Deirdre Jones moves up to Senior Editor; Nikki Garcia and Daniella Valladares, Associate Editor; Stefanie Hoffman, Senior Marketing Manager; Jen Keenan, Associate Art Director; and Angela Taldone, Assistant Designer.

At Andrews McMeel, Patty Rice has been promoted to Executive Editor, while Julie Phillips moves to Executive Design Director, Ben Accardi to Senior Editor, Calendars, and Melissa Rhodes to Associate Editor. Lucas Wetzel moves over from AMU’s syndication division to become Editor.

Accompanying the integration of shared production, marketing, and publicity services for Chicago Review Press and Triumph Books are a number of promotions. Andrea Baird has become Director of Marketing, Chicago Review Press and Triumph Books, and Allison Felus is now Director of Production for the same. Caitlin Eck becomes Director of Publicity for Chicago Review Press and Trafalgar Square Publishing. Noah Amstadter becomes Associate Publisher of Triumph Books. Mitch Rogatz, Publisher at Triumph, has stepped down to pursue other opportunities.

Meredith Vilarello has been promoted to Associate Publisher at Touchstone, while at Simon & Schuster Children’s Jasmine Ye has been promoted to Associate Production Editor.

Jenna Homen has been promoted to Content and Community Manager at Chronicle Books.

At Wattpad Studios, Ashleigh Gardner moves up to Deputy General Manager, Publishing.

 

DULY NOTED

Amazon Publishing has announced a new imprint, Topple Books, which will publish “the voices of women of color, gender-nonconforming, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and queer writers.” Jill Soloway, writer, filmmaker, and creator of Transparent, will serve as Editor-at-Large.

In light of global market volatility, Springer Nature is accelerating plans for their IPO. Reuters reports that, rather than the planned July listing, Springer will announce their IPO for listing on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange and May and will launch the offering itself in June. Proceeds are expected to go towards paying down the company’s €3 billion debt.

Jennifer Egan will succeed Andrew Solomon as President of PEN America. She will be the first to oversee the newly-consolidated PEN America and PEN Center USA.

Sizzle Press, an imprint of Bonnier Publishing USA, has changed its name to BuzzPop.

Beginning September 1, Longleaf Services will provide fulfillment, marketing, and publishing services to Baylor University.

America’s Test Kitchen has extended their global sales and distribution partnership with Penguin Random House Publisher Services.

Chelsea Green Publishing has moved its warehouse operations to Books International. Its new return address is Chelsea Green Publishing, c/o Books International, Attn: Returns Department, 22841 Quicksilver Drive, Dulles, VA, 20166. After March 31, returns will no longer be accepted at the old warehouse. The office and remittance address in White River Junction, VT remains the same.

 

EVENTS

March 1-10
Emirates Airline Festival of Literature
Dubai, UAE

March 7-10
AWP 2018
Tampa, FL

March 8-11
The ABAA New York Antiquarian Book Fair
New York, NY

March 9-13
SXSW Interactive
Austin, TX

March 10-11
Tucson Festival of Books
Tucson, AZ

March 10-13
International Home + Housewares Show
Chicago, IL

March 13
Future of Media & Publishing
London, UK

March 15-18
Leipzig Book Fair
Leipzig, Germany

March 16-19
Paris Book Fair
Porte de Versailles, France

March 18-20
Digital Innovators’ Summit
Berlin, Germany

March 21-23
BookNet Canada Technology Forum and ebookcraft
Toronto, Canada

March 21-25
Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival
New Orleans, LA

March 22-24
The Write Stuff Writers Conference
Bethlehem, PA

March 21-25
Virginia Festival of the Book
Charlottesville, VA

March 22-25
AnimeJapan 2018
Tokyo, Japan

March 22-April 4
Alexandria International Book Fair
Alexandria, Egypt

March 23-25
WonderCon Anaheim
Anaheim, CA

March 26-29
Biennial SCBWI Bologna Showcase
Bologna, Italy

March 26-29
Bologna Children’s Book Fair
Bologna, Italy

March 28-April 8
46th National Book Fair and 16th Bangkok International Book Fair
Bangkok, Thailand

March 29-April 1
Norwescon
SeaTac, WA

April 5-9
Quebec International Book Fair
Quebec, Canada

April 6
IBPA Publishing University
Austin, TX

April 8
San Antonio Book Festival
San Antonio, TX

April 9-12
MIPTV
Cannes, France

April 10-12
London Book Fair
London, UK

April 11-13
State of Maryland International Reading Council (SoMIRAC) Conference
Hunt Valley, MD

April 12-15
UW-Madison Writers’ Institute
Madison, WI

April 13-15
Wizard World Comic Con
Portland, OR

April 17-May 2
Bogotá Book Fair
Bogotá, Colombia

April 18-28
Sharjah Children’s Reading Festival
Sharjah, UAE

April 19-22
International Book Festival Budapest
Budapest, Hungary

April 20
Unbound Book Festival
Columbia, MO

April 20-21
Southern Kentucky Book Fest
Bowling Green, KY

April 21
Alabama Book Festival
Montgomery, AL

April 21-22
LA Times Festival of Books
Los Angeles, CA

April 25-29
Geneva Book and Press Fair
Geneva, Switzerland

April 25-May 1
Abu Dhabi International Book Fair
Abu Dhabi, UAE

April 26-29
Arkansas Literary Festival
Little Rock, AR

April 26-May 14
Buenos Aires Book Fair
Buenos Aires, Argentina

April 27-28
Newburyport Literary Festival
Newburyport, MA

April 28
The Self-Publishing Conference
Leicester, UK

April 28-29
Bay Area Book Festival
Berkeley, CA