Saturday, April 01, 2017

Publishers Lunch

Today's Meal

Ed Spade has joined Houghton Mifflin Harcourt as director of digital sales and strategy. Previously he was senior account manager for content acquisition for Ingram Content Group.

At Harper Christian,
MacKenzie Howard has been promoted to associate publisher of Tommy Nelson children's books and Thomas Nelson gift books; Jennifer Gott has been promoted to editorial director of specialty publishing; and Holly Halverson joins as editor for specialty publishing. Previously, she managed her own freelance editorial business.

Katy Lynch was promoted to senior publicist for children's and young adult at Sourcebooks.

Eric Myers has left Dystel, Goderich, & Bourret to start his own agency, Myers Literary Management. He may be reached at

Open Road has expanded and restructured its technology and marketing teams. On the marketing side, Gregg Fleischman has been promoted to executive director of consumer newsletters, while Sarah Janet is now director of marketing analytics. Rachel Krupitsky and Colleen Lindsay have both been promoted to director of marketing.

On the technology side, Tamal Roy joins as senior data engineer, while Wolfgang Criollo joins as web engineer. Eddie Lopez has been promoted to senior web engineer. Other recent hires include Joe Zarro, web engineer and Garon Benner, senior product manager.


The April Pennie's Pick at Costco is The Nest by Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney.


Gui Minhai, a Hong Kong-based publisher and bookseller currently detained in mainland China, will receive the 2017 Jeri Laber International Freedom to Publish Award. The award recognizes a book publisher outside the United States who has demonstrated courage in the face of restrictions on freedom of expression, and will be presented to Minhai's daughter at the PEN Literary Gala in New York on April 25.

In the UK, the Waterstones Children's Book Prize has named its winners. Kiran Milwood Hargrave's The Girl of Ink and Stars (Chicken House) won both the overall prize and the younger fiction category. Lizzy Stewart’s There’s a Tiger in the Garden (Frances Lincoln's Children's Books) won for illustrated books; Orangeboy by Patrice Lawrence (Hodder Children's Books) took the older fiction category.

The Association of Author's Representatives (AAR) has created a Diversity Internship Initiative in partnership with the Publishing Certificate Program at the City College of New York. The AAR will award grants of $2500 to $5000 for summer internships to two students who have demonstrated interest in pursuing a career working in a literary agency.

HarperCollins and the Columbia University Rare Book and Manuscript Library have announced an exhibition celebrating the publisher's 200th anniversary. Open now through July 21 in the library's Kempner Gallery, "Harper & Brothers to HarperCollins Publishers: A Bicentennial Exhibition" highlights continuity and change in the publishing industry. The exhibit includes, among other things, the contract for Herman Melville's Moby Dick, Thomas Nast's political cartoons for Harper’s Weekly, and correspondence with historical figures like John F. Kennedy and Richard Wright.

As a part of the launch, they will hold a
panel discussion on Wednesday, April 12, moderated by Columbia Publishing Course director Shaye Areheart and featuring: Josh Marwell, president of sales for HarperCollins; Katherine Tegen, vice president and publisher of Katherine Tegen Books; and Hugh Van Dusen, former editor of Torchbooks and Perennial.

Harper spokesperson Erin Crum says in the release, "This exhibition is a physical expression of the incredible authors and passionate employees who have helped HarperCollins grow from a small, family-run printing company into the global publisher we are today." Outside of the company, Columbia is the primary holder of HarperCollins-related historical materials from Harper & Brothers, Harper & Row, and the papers of James Harper.

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