Friday, January 13, 2017

Trade news from Publishers Lunch

Former Register of Copyrights Maria Pallante will join the Association of American Publishers on January 17 as the new president and ceo of the organization, taking over following the planned retirement of Tom Allen. She says in the announcement: "I am deeply inspired by the values of the American publishing industry. Publishers promote literature, literacy, education, and research around the world, while advocating for free speech, creating jobs, and making considerable contributions to the global marketplace. It will be a privilege to represent these interests in matters of policy, trade and business."

AAP board chair YS Chi comments, "Maria is a creative, forward-thinking leader who has earned the deep respect of Members of Congress as well as intellectual property experts around the world."

Pallante was moved out of her position abruptly by new Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden in October and resigned rather than accept a diminished position. Considered friendly to industries that create and control copyrighted property, Pallante drew support from numerous organizations.

Workman announced a number of recent promotions and new hires across several imprints. At Workman, Rebecca Carlisle has been promoted to director of publicity for the imprint, while Laura DiNardo moves up to assistant manager of digital marketing for the imprint. Jenny Lui has been promoted to associate director of field sales, responsible for all book retail field reps with an eye to growing the independent bookstore business. At Algonquin, Jackie Burke has been promoted to publicity manager for both the adult and young readers imprints. And at Artisan, Allison McGeehon has been promoted to associate publisher, while Michelle Ishay-Cohen moves up to creative director.

Jaime Nelson Noven has joined The Monacelli Press as Publicity and Marketing Manager. Previously she was a publicist at Princeton Architectural Press.

At Penguin, Shannon Kelly has been promoted to assistant editor.

At Chronicle Books, Chelsea Masquelier has been promoted to sales coordinator, national specialty.

In the UK, Anne Perry will move to Simon & Schuster UK on January 30 as editorial director of adult fiction. She has been a commissioning editor at Hodder.

Emily Griffin will become deputy publisher at Arrow. She was senior commissioning editor at Headline.

In France, following a staff protest, editorial director of children's books at La Martiniere Beatrice Decroix (who is also married to the group's head Herve de la Martiniere) will leave the company on February 15.

Finally, we misspelled Mary McAveney's name in announcing her promotion to evp, marketing at Open Road.

The Jewish Book Council's Jewish Book Award winners and finalists were named; the full roster is here.

In scouting news, Daniela Schlingmann Literary Scouting is now acting as UK scout for China South Booky Culture Media.

The Marsh Agency will handle translation rights for Idea Architects.

Clare Mackintosh's sophomore suspense thriller I See You tops the February 2017 Library Reads list. The list also includes Elan Mastai's debut All Our Wrong Todays and A Piece of the World by Christina Baker Kline, excerpts of which you can read right now in our February Buzz Books Monthly. Download it now for free (at Amazon, iBooks and Google Play, or get it from NetGalley where it's a Spotlight Pick) and share it with your reader communities to help build buzz for all of publishing in February.

The rest of the February Library Reads includes:

Norse Mythology, by Neil Gaiman (Norton)
My Not So Perfect Life, by Sophie Kinsella (The Dial Press)
Gilded Cage, by Vic James (Del Rey)
The Chilbury Ladies' Choir, by Jennifer Ryan (Crown)
Setting Free the Kites, by Alex George (Putnam)
We Were the Lucky Ones, by Georgia Hunter (Viking)
Garden of Lamentations, by Deborah Crombie (William Morrow) 

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