Tuesday, March 07, 2017

Publishers Lunch

Today's Meal

Little, Brown Children's announced a number of promotions: Jenny Choy has been promoted to associate director, school and library marketing, while Kristina Pisciotta moves up to publicity manager. Kheryn Callender is now assistant editor, Nicole Brown becomes junior designer, and Russ Busse has been promoted to associate editor, licensing, brand and media tie-ins.

Timothy Cheng has been appointed to the new position of digital marketing manager, education at Penguin Random House. Previously, he was director of sales at Simon & Schuster.

At Beacon Press,
Rachael Marks and Will Myers have both been promoted to editor.

Ursula Cary has joined Globe Pequot as executive editor of Falcon. Previously, she was senior editor at Rodale.

At Chronicle Books, Ashley Despain starts March 6 as associate production developer, children's (he was a children's book buyer at Green Apple Books), and Sarah Lin Go has been promoted to marketing and publicity associate manager, art, stationery and formats.

Former executive editor of DC Entertainment's Vertigo imprint Shelly Bond will join IDW Publishing as senior editor, special projects,
launching Black Crown, a creator-owned imprint of titles that will start publishing in October.

Newbery winner for
The Slave Dancer as well as author of Desperate Characters, Paula Fox, 93, died in Brooklyn on Wednesday. The NYT writes, "What united her output was a cool, elegant style that was haunting in its pared-down economy; minute observation; masterly control of tone and pacing; and an abiding concern with dissolution — of family, of home, of health, of trust."

Author of the Giller Prize-winning debut
A Good House, Bonnie Burnard, 72, died on Saturday. She was 72 years old. Her longtime editor and publisher Phyllis Bruce said, "She was wonderfully gifted, a revelatory writer. Nobody could understand the emotional ties and demands of family as she could.
I will miss her very much."

Ed Victor Ltd's foreign rights will be handled exclusively by United Agents as of April 1. Victor's head of rights Georgina Le Grice will move over to United Agents as well. United Agents
took over exclusive representation of Victor's film and television rights in 2013.

The IACP presented their extensive set of cookbook awards at their annual conference on Sunday. The full list has not been posted yet so their
hashtag is the easiest way to review the winners; Vivian Howard's Deep Run Roots was the event's big winner, collecting 4 awards, including cookbook of the year, best general cookbook, and the prize for a first book.

HarperCollins announced a campaign to commemorate its 200th anniversary -- beginning with the creation of J. & J. Harper, Printers in 1817 -- focused around a new website. Anniversary events will include a campaign to support literacy and reading, charity projects, and an exhibition of historical items at the Columbia University Rare Book and Manuscript Library in New York City.

The site is organized into five sections, including:
The HarperCollins 200 is a collection of Harper titles curated by booksellers and librarians from around the world; Inside the Archives, presenting images of story notes from authors, correspondence, photographs, original manuscripts, and more; and Why I Read, short responses from Harper authors including Michael Chabon, Neil Gaimon, Hillary Mantel, Emma Donaghue, and others.

CEO Brian Murray said of the anniversary, "We’re excited to celebrate this milestone anniversary and give thanks to the employees, authors, librarians, booksellers, and consumers who’ve been instrumental in helping HarperCollins become a part of the global literary culture over the last 200 years."

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