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1. Amanda Bullock Moves to Literary Arts, Inc.

Amanda BullockLiterary Arts, Inc. has named Amanda Bullock to take on the role of festival and events manager for the Wordstock Festival. Prior to this move, Bullock served as the director of public programming for the nonprofit cultural institution Housing Works Bookstore.

Literary Arts acquired the Wordstock Festival earlier this year. This literary event will be re-launched on November 07, 2015 at the Portland Art Museum. Powell’s Books has signed on to serve as a community partner for this venture.

Bullock gave this statement in the press release: “Wordstock 2015 will reflect the dynamic literary culture of Portland and the Pacific Northwest, as well as attract authors and attendees from across the country and around the world. I am excited to start the next chapter of my career and my literary life. I hope to bring my experience in New York City publishing, literary programming, and community building to reinvigorate Wordstock and collaborate with the amazing literary community to create a festival that will be bigger and better than ever: a destination event that is truly Portland.”

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2. Erin Stein Moves to the Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group

macmillanchildrens130Erin Stein will move from Little, Brown Books for Young Readers to the Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group (MCPG).

Stein will serve as publisher for a yet-to-be-named new imprint. She reports directly to MCPG president and publisher Jon Yaged.

In the past, Stein has worked on several licensed property projects that feature My Little Pony, Despicable Me, and The Muppets. With this new position, she will manage brand publishing ventures and oversee acquisitions for both commercial fiction and picture book manuscripts.

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3. David Kent to Leave HarperCollins Canada

harpercollinsDavid Kent, the president and CEO of HarperCollins Canada, plans to leave the company at the end of this year.

Kent has devoted almost 14 years of his career to this position. Two executives, Iris Tupholme and Leo MacDonald, have received promotions and will henceforth manage the company.

Here’s more from the press release: “This change is concurrent with HarperCollins’ decision to exit the Canadian distribution business. HarperCollins announced earlier today that it will transfer the fulfillment responsibilities for its Canadian titles to RR Donnelley.”

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4. Michelle Aielli Moves to Hachette Books

Hachette LogoMichelle Aielli has been named executive director of publicity at Hachette Books. She will report to publisher Mauro DiPreta.

In new new role, Aielli will oversee the publicity for both the division’s brand and the titles on its list. The start date for her new position has been set for November 17th.

For the past 10 years, Aielli has worked in the Little, Brown PR team. She launched and managed campaigns for James Patterson, J.K. Rowling, Donna Tartt, Keith Richards, Elin Hilderbrand, Jonathan Safran Foer, and more.

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5. 3 Staff Members at St. Martin’s Press Receive Promotions

stmartins130Three staff members at St. Martin’s Press have received promotions. All of them work within the art department.

Mike Storrings has been named vice president and creative director of the imprint. David Rotstein will tackle on the dual role of executive art director at St. Martin’s Press and creative art director of Minotaur. Olga Grlic has been appointed executive art director of the Griffin and mass market paperbacks teams.

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6. Carlos Lozada Named Nonfiction Book Critic at ‘The Washington Post’

The Washington PostCarlos Lozada has been appointed the nonfiction book critic at The Washington Post. His start date is scheduled for the end of this year.

Currently, Lozada serves as the editor of the publication’s “Outlook” section. In his new role, he will write weekly reviews and share in the responsibilities of covering both nonfiction books and long-form nonfiction.

Here’s more from the announcement: “From his perch in ‘Outlook,’ Carlos has already established himself as a fresh voice in Post criticism, writing everything from essays on book-title trends (‘The end of everything’) to reviews of high-profile books on politics, foreign policy, economics and culture, such as Mark Leibovich’s This Town, or William Deresiewicz’s Excellent Sheep. This summer, Carlos developed a detailed proposal on how to reimagine the role of the nonfiction book critic for a digital age – and proceeded to pitch himself for the role. He had a great idea, and we agreed that he’d be perfect for it.”

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7. Liza Baker & Abigail Stahlman Join the Scholastic Trade Publishing Team

scholasticTwo new additions have been made to the Scholastic Trade Publishing team.

Liza Baker has been named vice president and executive editorial director of Cartwheel and Orchard Books. Just before this move, Baker held the executive editorial director position at Little, Brown Books for Young Readers.

Abigail Stahlman will serve as graphic designer of the trade marketing group. Prior to this appointment, Stahlman freelanced for the company.

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8. Rick Horgan Named Executive Editor at Scribner

ScribnerRick Horgan has been hired to serve as vice president and executive editor at Scribner, an imprint at Simon & Schuster.

Here’s more from the press release: “In a distinguished career that has spanned decades, Rick Horgan has worked with more than 400 authors and edited—across a variety of genres—more than ninety national bestsellers, including the recently published The Good Spy by Kai Bird. Horgan’s books have won numerous awards and honors, such as the Pulitzer Prize for Tom Reiss’ The Black Count, and the PEN Literary Award for Marshall Jon Fisher’s A Terrible Splendor.”

Some of the authors he has worked with in the past include Bill Gates, Condoleezza Rice, Jay Leno, Maria Shriver, Pete Sampras, David Baldacci, Jeffrey Archer, and John Lescroart. With this new role, Horgan will acquire both commercial fiction and nonfiction manuscripts. In nonfiction, Horgan will focus on memoirs, politics, sports, current events, biographies, and business books.

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9. Eric Price Moves to Melville House

melville house logoEric Price has been named vice president of new business development at Melville House.

Price will be responsible for overseeing the growth of the publishing house. Prior to this move, he served as director of sales and marketing at Quercus and COO at Grove Atlantic.

Price had this statement in the press release: “I’m thrilled to work with Dennis, Valerie, and the entire Melville House staff. As the publishing landscape consolidates, it is exciting to be able to work for a publisher that continues to have a strong independent voice and has a growth strategy that is committed to publishing books that add to our cultural discourse.”

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10. Kat Meyer Joins Publishers Weekly as Events Director

unnamedKat Meyer, former conference chair for O’Reilly Media’s Tools of Change conference and the Frankfurt Book Fair’s CONTEC Frankfurt, has joined Publishers Weekly as Director, Events and Community Engagement.

In this newly created position, Meyer is tasked with managing and expanding the publication’s events which include podcasts, sponsored webcasts and live events. She will work with PW‘s digital, social media, sales and marketing teams on these various events and will report to Publishers Weekly publisher Cevin Bryerman.

“Kat brings business intelligence and expertise to Publishers Weekly. Expanding events programs and deepening community outreach will amplify the PWxyz brands, including Publishers Weekly, PubMatch and BookLife, worldwide,” stated Bryerman.

A graduate of the University of Arizona, Meyer has worked with the Bologna Children’s Book Fair, Books in Browsers, Sourcebooks, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Net Galley, Communication Skill Builders, the University of Arizona Press and Rio Nuevo Publishers.

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11. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Hires Rick Wolff to Lead New Business Book Line

2bf32fcHoughton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH) has hired book editor Rick Wolff to launch a line of business books. In his new role as Senior Executive Editor, Wolff will develop and edit about 10-15 titles a year. He starts in HMH’s New York office on September 15th.

Wolff comes to HMH from Hachette Book Group where he has spent 23 years publishing business books. In his tenure, Wolff has served as the Editor-in-chief/publisher of Warner Business Books and Grand Central’s Business Plus imprint. He has been instrumental in editing and publishing many bestsellers including Robert Kiyosaki’s Rich Dad Poor Dad.

“I have long wanted to expand our business publishing here at HMH, and Rick is the perfect person to lead that effort.  His experience is unparalleled, and his track record speaks for itself,” stated Bruce Nichols, Senior Vice President and Publisher at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

 

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12. Dori Weintraub Named VP of Publicity at St. Martin’s Press

Dori Weintraub has been named vice president of publicity at St. Martin’s Press at Macmillan, Inc. She will oversee campaigns for both fiction and nonfiction titles.

Weintraub has devoted fourteen years of her career to this imprint. Prior to this appointment, she served as the vice president of marketing, communications, and audience development.

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13. Julia MacKay & Greg Freed Join Content Acquisition Team at Scribd

Julia MacKay and Greg Freed have joined the Content Acquisition team at eBook subscription company Scribd. MacKay will serve as the Manager of Content Acquisition based in Scribd’s New York office and Freed will serve as Content Operations Specialist in Scribd’s San Francisco headquarters.

MacKay comes to Scribd from Janklow & Nesbit Associates, where she spent 3.5 years working in foreign rights. Prior to her stint at the literary agency, she was an intern at Stephanie Dolgoff/Fletcher & Company. She has a BA in Government, Law & Society from Cornell University.

Freed has spent more than 8 years working in the publishing industry. He comes to Scribd from RosettaBooks, where he spent more than three years as the company’s  Director of Production and Distribution. He has also worked for Penguin and Scholastic. Freed has a BA in Great Texts of the Western Tradition from Baylor University and Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from Emerson College.

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14. Donalyn Miller Hired to Join the Scholastic Book Fairs Team

Donalyn Miller has been hired as the manager of independent reading and outreach at Scholastic Book Fairs.

Here’s more from the press release: “In this newly created role, Ms. Miller will serve as the national ambassador for independent reading, speaking at employee and parent trainings, book fair chairpersons’ workshops and professional learning seminars for educators to raise awareness of the importance of independent reading for all children. In addition, she will be responsible for tracking research on the role of independent reading in children’s growth and development through data collection and in-depth interviews with childhood literacy thought-leaders.”

Miller will report to the vice president of program development, Anne Lee. In the past, she devoted twelve years of her life to a career in education. In addition to teaching, she has also established herself as a speaker, author, and blogger.

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15. Veteran Book Reviewer Carolyn See is Retiring

Book reviewer Carolyn See is retiring from her post writing book reviews for The Washington Post‘s Book World section.

The 80-year old is the author of five novels herself and has been writing book reviews for decades. Ron Charles, the fiction editor of The Washington Post, penned a tribute to See, announcing her retirement. Here is an excerpt:

Every few months, she’d weary of e-mail, and I’d hear her soft, laughter-filled voice on the phone: “Hello, Sweetums.” In a moment, we’d drift away from books, and she’d be regaling me with another unbelievable story about the Life and Times of Carolyn See. Even the harrowing ones were always — in her telling – hilarious. It was like getting my own personal update on her celebrated 1995 memoir, “Dreaming: Hard Luck and Good Times in America.” I’m hoping our phone conversations continue for a long time, but her reviews in The Post, alas, have come to an end.

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16. Scholastic Education Has Appointed Lee Peters as SVP of Strategic Marketing

Lee Peters has joined Scholastic Education as Senior Vice President of Strategic Marketing. In his new role, Peters is tasked with helping to shape the strategic direction of the division. He will guide the imprint’s marketing and messaging across multiple major product lines, working closely with the Scholastic Education leadership team, as well as marketing and sales teams.

The position is based in New York and Peters will be reporting directly to Margery Mayer, President of Scholastic Education.

Peters brings 20 years of experience in education and technology to his new post. He has worked for Pearson, Microsoft, Certiport, Adobe, Sun Microsystems and ETS.  He comes to Scholastic from Pearson Education, where he served as Vice President of Strategic Marketing, North America, setting the vision and executing on marketing, data, and product.

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17. Rachel Bressler Joins Plume as Editorial Director

Rachel Bressler has been named editorial director at Plume, an imprint at Penguin Random House.

Bressler has devoted more than two decades to working in the book publishing industry. Her career history includes positions at Barnes & Noble, the Park Literary Group, and Ecco, an imprint at HarperCollins.

Clare Ferraro, the president at Plume, gave this statement in the press release: “We are happy to have Rachel join Plume as our new Editorial Director. Her extensive experience in sales and marketing as well as editorial will help us to carry out our mission to continue publishing strong paperbacks in a supportive environment for authors.”

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18. Nick McWhorter Named VP of Media Licensing at Dark Horse Comics

Nick McWhorter has been promoted to vice president of media licensing at Dark Horse Comics.

McWhorter has been with the company for ten years. Prior to this advancement, he served as the director of custom projects.

According to the press release, “McWhorter was instrumental in facilitating and building industry wide support to kick off Dark Horse Comic’s licensed video game lines with BioWare’s Mass Effect. To date, Nick McWhorter has inked publishing deals with such notable properties as EVE, Halo, Tomb Raider, The Last of Us, Plants vs. Zombies, as well as #1 Bestseller – The Legend of Zelda: Hyrule Historia!”

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19. Jill Freshney Receives Promotion at Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group

Jill Freshney has been promoted to senior executive managing editor at the Macmillan Children's Publishing Group. Freshney has been with the company for more than six years. In this newly-created position, she will report directly to associate publisher and vice president Angus Killick. In her new role, Freshney will oversee the managing editorial and copy editing department for the entire children's books division. She will also supervise freelance copy editors and focus on consolidating the managing editorial team.

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20. Job Moves at Scholastic

Ellen Duda will come on board at Scholastic Trade as a designer. In addition, several staff members at the company have received promotions recently. Julie Amitie is now executive director of marketing. Beth Noble has been named associate marketing manager. Emelia Zamani will serve as the editorial manager for the Chicken House and David Fickling Books imprints. Nina Goffi now holds the position of senior designer. Rachel Hicks has been promoted to managing editor of the trade hardcover and paperback division.

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21. Chris Grimm Joins Kensington as Director of Sales

Chris Grimm has been hired as director of sales at Kensington Publishing Corp. He will report to CEO Steven Zacharius. In Grimm's new role, he will manage and oversee the sales department. The team works on to sell the 500 hardcover, trade paperback and mass market titles that the company publishes on a yearly basis. Here's more from the press release: "Chris has been at Globe Pequot since 2006, most recently as VP of Sales. In 2013 he won the B&N Rep of the Year Award for mid-sized publishers. He started at Globe Pequot as Director of Field Sales, and was promoted to Director of National Accounts, handling: BGI, Ingram, the Clubs and B&N. Prior to working at Globe he was at Simon & Schuster for several years as a Director of National Accounts."

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22. Heather Alexander Joins Pippin Properties

Heather Alexander has been hired as a literary agent at Pippin Properties, Inc. For six years, Alexander served as an editor at Dial Books for Young Readers. Some of the authors and illustrators she has worked with include Anne C. Voorhoeve, Jeanne Ryan, and Sophie Blackall. According to the agency's email announcement, Alexander "is looking for new talent from a broad range of children’s book authors and illustrators, from picture books through young adult, including graphic novels. She’s most interested in unique characters, strong voices, and quirky humor."

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23. Stacy Lellos Joins Scholastic

Stacy Lellos has been named senior vice president and general manager for the Scholastic brand, Klutz.

With her new position, Lellos will assemble a team and oversee all of the operations within Klutz. She reports directly to Ellie Berger, the president of Scholastic’s trade publishing division. Though she is no stranger to the company, prior to this appointment she served as a vice president of marketing at Toys ‘R’ Us.

Here’s more from the press release: “Stacy Lellos originally joined Scholastic in 2000 as senior brand manager and soon became director, brand management and retail marketing. She led the strategic direction for the management and marketing of the Harry Potter series across the company from 2000 to 2006 and drove cross-divisional promotions for other large franchises. In 2006, Lellos added responsibility for licensed publishing, before briefly leaving Scholastic.”

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24. Allison Baker Named Director of Operations at IDW Publishing

Allison Baker has been hired as director of operations at IDW Publishing. In her new position, Baker will oversee the company’s production schedule which involves working directly with the editorial and production teams.

Baker gave this statement in the press release: “IDW publishes so many fantastic comics for so many different kinds of readers, and really strives to discover new ways to deliver them to audiences. A diverse comics field is a healthy one, and I’m delighted to be a part of that in any way I can.”

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25. Paul Whitlatch to Join Hachette as Senior Editor

Paul Whitlatch is leaving Simon & Schuster’s Scribner imprint to join the Hachette Books as Senior Editor later this month. He will be reporting to Hachetter Publisher Mauro DiPreta.

The editor has worked with a number of  bestselling authors including: actor James Franco, Harvard education expert Tony Wagner, novelist David Goodwillie and former CIA attorney John Rizzo. Here is more about his latest work from the press release: “His recent projects include Enough, a book on gun violence by former U.S. Representative Gabrielle Giffords and her husband Mark Kelly; Consumed, the debut novel by film director David Cronenberg; and MIT scientist David Rose’s Enchanted Objects, a book about the future of technology.”

According to his LinkedIn page, Whitlatch spent six years at Scribner as an editor. Prior to that he was an editorial assistant at W.W. Norton & Company. He also serves as an adjunct instructor at New York University, as well as a moderator at the Frankfurt Book Fair. In 2011, Whitlatch was a Frankfurt Fellow and in 2013 he was named a Visiting International Publisher by the Australian Council for the Arts. He will begin his new post will join Hachette July 21st.

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