People Round-Up, Early March 2019


Effective March 25, Wibke Grütjen, formerly VP, Digital Marketing at Macmillan, joins Hachette Book Group as SVP, Chief Marketing Officer. In other company news, Samantha Gentry, previously Associate Editor at Crown Books for Young Readers, has joined as Little, Brown Books for Young Readers as Editor.

Following the restructuring of Macmillan’s sales team, Jeff Capshew, VP, Director of Broadway Sales is departing, as are Becky Wik, Key Account Executive for Mass Merchandise, and Jaime Ariza, VP, Special Markets. Capshew can be contacted at [email protected].

Erin Simpson has been named Director of the Simon & Schuster Speakers Bureau; she was previously Agent Director at the Penguin Random House Speakers Bureau. The bureau will be transitioning into an in-house venture as of April 1. Sarah Armour, lately Associate Director of Marketing and Publicity at Storey Publishing, joins Adams Media as Publicity Manager. At Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing, Amelia Jenkins joins as Production Coordinator. Previously she was Production Assistant at AMACOM Books.

At Ten Speed Press, Kelly Booth joins as Creative Director; she previously held that role at Weldon Owen. Erin Skeen, previously Design Manager at Insight Editions, also joins Ten Speed as Studio Manager. Shaila Muñoz joins Penguin Random House Grupo Editorial as Sales Manager, having worked most recently as Sales Manager for HarperCollins Christian Publishing. Lauren Paley joins DK as Associate Marketing Manager, DK Travel. And at Penguin Random House Audio, Jen Donovan has joined as Acquisitions Editor. She was formerly Assistant Editor at St. Martin’s Press.

At Highlights, Jonathan T. Ackerman joins as Sales Director, beginning March 11. He was most recently VP, Sales and National Accounts Director at Baker & Taylor Publisher Services/Bookmasters.

Kristen Steele is leaving her position as Director of Marketing & Publisher Relations at Baker & Taylor Publisher Services/Bookmasters.

Kelly L. Denson has joined the Association of American Publishers (AAP) as Senior Director of Education Policy and Programs.  She was most recently at Discovery Communications.

In agency news…Lucas Alexander Whitley and Factual Management have formally combined to create The Soho Agency, with LAW’s Philippa Milnes-Smith to serve as Managing Director. Daniel Berkowitz has left his position as Digital Director at Writers House to launch a new consultancy, AuthorPop, which will work with authors on “all things digital.”

The New York Review of Books has named two new co-editors to succeed Ian Buruma: Emily Greenhouse, most recently Managing Editor at The New Yorker, and Gabriel Winslow-Yost, most recently Senior Editor at the NYRB itself.

At the Academy of American Poets, Jeffrey Gleaves has joined as Digital Engagement and Content Director. He was formerly Digital Director at The Paris Review.

Trisha Ping, previously Destination Editor, Eastern US at Lonely Planet, joins BookPage as Publisher and Editor-in-Chief.

Megan Harley moves from her previous position as Promotions Manager at Workman to become Marketing Manager at Algonquin Young Readers.

Allison Hinchcliffe, lately Associate Publicist at Atria Books, has joined William Morrow and Dey Street as Publicist.

At Page Street Publishing, Charlotte Lyman joins as Publicist; she was formerly Digital Marketing Specialist at Chelsea Green Publishing.

At Holiday House, Alyssa Higbee has joined as Associate Publicist. Previously she was Sales & Marketing Associate at David R. Godine.



Macmillan has restructured its sales team, resulting in a number of job moves. John Edwards is now VP, Trade and Canada Sales, while Tom Stouras, SVP, Online Digital Sales Operations and Analysis, expands his position to include oversight of the ebooks sales team. Laura Pennock, VP, Adult Mass Merchandise Sales, is now managing the distribution sales team as well. Brian Heller moves up to the new position of VP, Academic, Library, Wholesale & International, and Alice Baker becomes VP, Special Markets, Premium Retail, Retail, Wholesale.

Elsewhere in the company: Serena Jones moves up to become Editor-in-Chief at Henry Holt, the position vacated by Gillian Blake in December. Sara Bershtel becomes SVP, while Maggie Richards becomes VP. Emma Campion has been named Deputy Creative Director at Ten Speed Press. At Putnam, Gabriella Mongelli moves up to Assistant Editor.

Alyson Forbes has been promoted to VP, Executive Director of Marketing Strategy at Hachette Book Group. At Hachette Audio, Kim Sayle becomes VP, Associate Publisher, while Elece Green has been promoted to Producer and Nita Basu become Assistant Manager, Marketing & Publicity. Alex Logan moves up to become Executive Editor of Grand Central Publishing and Forever. At Grand Central, Elizabeth Kulhanek and Morgan Hedden have both been promoted to Associate Editor, while Jordan Rubenstein becomes Publicist and Danielle Egnozzi becomes Marketing Designer. At Forever, Estelle Hallick becomes Manager, Marketing & Publicity, and Monisha Lakhotia becomes Assistant Marketing Manager. At Little, Brown, Katharine Myers has been promoted to Director of Publicity, Lena Khidritskaya Little has been promoted to Associate Director of Publicity, Alyssa Persons becomes Publicist, and Julie Guacci becomes Marketing & Publicity Associate. Also at Little, Brown, Tim Harrington has been promoted Senior Art Director, Lucy Kim moves up to Art Director, Ashley Marudas moves up to Senior Marketing Manager, and Alexandra Hoopes becomes Assistant Editor. At Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, Saho Fujii moves up to Senior Art Director and Karina Granda has been promoted to Associate Art Director. Katharine McAnarney becomes Publicity Manager, Nikki Garcia becomes Editor, and Hannah Milton has become Assistant Editor. Betsy Hulsebosch has added the title of Director, Ad and Sales Promotion, Running Press and Black Dog & Leventhal to her existing title of Marketing Director, Black Dog & Leventhal. At Running Press, Britny Brooks is Assistant Editor; Jess Fromm Riordan, Editor; and Dan Cantada, Senior Marketing Designer, Digital Brand Manager. Val Howlett is now Senior Publicity and Marketing Manager, Running Press Kids. At Black Dog & Leventhal, Katie Benezra has been promoted to Associate Design Director and Kara Thornton moves up to Publicity Manager. And at Orbit, Alex Lencicki is now VP, Associate Publisher; Bradley Englert and Priyanka Krishnan are now Senior Editors; Laura Fitzgerald is now Senior Marketing Manager; and Paola Crespo is now Senior Marketing and Publicity Associate.

At Simon & Schuster, Lisa Erwin has been promoted to Director of Production, Adult. Leora Bernstein has been promoted to National Accounts Manager. Alissa Nigro is now Marketing Manager for Aladdin and Simon Pulse.

Tessa Woodward is now Executive Editor at William Morrow/Avon. At HarperOne, Sydney Rogers is now Associate Editor and Kathryn Renz Hamilton is now Senior Editor.

Salma Yaqubi has been promoted to Director of Data Management at Independent Publishers Group.

At Princeton University Press, Meagan Levinson has been promoted to Head of Paperback Publishing and will continue her work as Senior Editor, Sociology.

At Chronicle Books, Lisa Bach has been promoted to Director of Special Sales. Vanessa Navarrete moves up to Sales Manager, Independent Specialty, while Emily Malter is now Sales Coordinator, Independent Specialty. Allison Weiner has been promoted to Art Design Manager and Neil Egan has been promoted to Entertainment Design Manager.

Sydney Jarrad moves up to the position of Content Director at the American Booksellers Association. In addition, Daniel O’Brien has been promoted to Senior Membership Manager.

At Counterpoint Press, Dan Smetanka has been promoted to Editor-in-Chief. He takes over for Jack Shoemaker, who founded the publisher in 1994 and has now become SVP, Founding Editor. Additionally, Kendall Storey is being promoted to Associate Editor and Foreign Rights Manager at Catapult/Counterpoint/Soft Skull Press.

At Milkweed Editions, Joey McGarvey has been promoted to Senior Editor.

Sarah Alpert has become Associate Editor at Algonquin Young Readers.

At Albert Whitman & Company, Jon Westmark is now Editor.



Longleaf Services now provides US sales, marketing, and fulfillment services for the University of Manitoba Press. Texas Tech University Press will join as a full-service fulfillment and publishing services client on May 1.

MIT Press has begun handling worldwide sales, marketing, and fulfillment for no place press.

Sheldon Press and Hachette Book Group are partnering on the North American sales and distribution of all printed and digital Sheldon titles, beginning September 2. Currently, Sheldon Press is distributed by the Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge.

Liz Gately now scouts for Harper France.



March 1-9
Emirates Airline Festival of Literature
Dubai, UAE

March 6-9
Lit & Luz Festival
Mexico City, Mexico

March 7-10
The ABAA New York Antiquarian Book Fair
New York, NY

March 8-10
Wizard World Comic Con
Cleveland, OH

March 8-12
SXSW Interactive
Austin, TX

March 12-14
London Book Fair
London, UK

March 14-17
Boca Raton, FL

March 15-16
Palm Beach Book Festival
Palm Beach, FL

March 15-18
Paris Book Fair
Paris, France

March 18-20
BookNet Canada Technology Forum and ebookcraft
Toronto, ON

March 20-24
PLA Conference
Philadelphia, PA

March 20-24
Virginia Festival of the Book
Charlottesville, VA

March 21-23
The Write Stuff Writers Conference
Bethlehem, PA

March 21-24
Leipzig Book Fair
Leipzig, Germany

March 23
Deckle Edge Literary Festival
Columbia, SC

March 23-26
AnimeJapan 2019
Tokyo, Japan

March 25-26
Digital Innovators Summit
Berlin, Germany

March 25-April 7
Alexandria International Book Fair
Alexandria, Egypt

March 27-30
AWP 2019
Portland, OR

March 27-31
Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival
New Orleans, LA

March 28-31
Festival Neue Literatur
New York, NY

March 28-31
Left Coast Crime
Vancouver, BC

March 29-April 8
Bangkok International Book Fair
Bangkok, Thailand

March 29-31
WonderCon Anaheim
Anaheim, CA

April 1-4
Bologna Children’s Book Fair
Bologna, Italy

April 2
Long Island LitFest
Rockville Centre, NY

April 4-7
UW-Madison’s Annual Writers’ Institute
Madison, WI

April 5-6
IBPA Publishing University
Chicago, IL

April 5-7
Wizard World Comic Con
St. Louis, MO

April 6
San Antonio Book Festival
San Antonio, TX

April 10-13
Association of College & Research Libraries Conference
Cleveland, OH

April 10-14
Quebec International Book Fair
Quebec City, QC

April 13
Alabama Book Festival
Montgomery, AL

April 13-14
L.A. Times Festival of Books
Los Angeles, CA

April 15-18
Texas Library Association Conference
Austin, TX

April 17-27
Sharjah Children’s Reading Festival
Sharjah, UAE

April 18-21
SeaTac, WA

April 19
Unbound Book Festival
Columbia, MO

April 22-23
North Texas Teen Book Festival
Irving, TX

April 24-30
Abu Dhabi International Book Fair
Abu Dhabi, UAE

April 24-May 4
Tehran International Book Fair
Tehran, Iran

April 25-27
Idaho Writers Conference
Boise, ID

April 25-28
Arkansas Literary Festival
Little Rock, AR

April 25-28
International Book Festival Budapest
Budapest, Hungary

April 25-May 6
Bogotá International Book Fair
Bogotá, Colombia

April 25-May 13
Buenos Aires Book Fair
Buenos Aires, Argentina

April 26-27
Newburyport Literary Festival
Newburyport, MA

April 26-27
Southern Kentucky Book Fest
Bowling Green, KY

April 27
The Self-Publishing Conference
Leicester, UK

April 30-May 1
ECPA Leadership Summit
Washington, DC

For literary events, see Book Your Calendar.

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