Wednesday, April 05, 2017

Publishers Lunch

Today's Meal

At National Geographic, Lisa Thomas has been promoted to publisher and editorial director of adult books, reporting to editorial director of National Geographic Partners Susan Goldberg and evp of consumer products and experiences Rosa Zeegers.

Crown Publishing Group has realigned its marketing department in New York into separate teams. Julie Cepler has been promoted to vp, director of marketing, adding oversight for Crown, Hogarth, Tim Duggan Books, and Broadway in addition to her continuing efforts for Crown Archetype and Three Rivers Press, still reporting to Donna Passannante. Associate marketing director Lisa Erickson takes on additional day-to-day management responsibilities and will report to Cepler. Roxanne Hiatt has been promoted to assistant marketing manager, reporting to Erickson. Kathleen Quinlan, joins the company as marketing manager for Crown Archetype and Three Rivers Press (she was associate market manager at DK Publishing).

Ayelet Gruenspecht has been promoted to director of marketing for Crown Business, Crown Forum, and Convergent, also still reporting to Passannante. Jessica Brown will focus on supporting Convergent as a marketer, and continues to support promotional efforts for Image. Megan Perritt has been promoted to director of publicity for the three imprints; Megan Schumann has been promoted to publicity manager, now reporting to Megan Perritt; and Owen Haney has been promoted to publicist.

Christina Foxley moves up to associate director of marketing for Harmony, newly reporting to Passannante. At Clarkson Potter, Carly Gorga has been promoted to associate director of marketing and partnerships, and will direct marketing strategy for the developing Potter Gift line nontraditional format paper products.

Daniella Wexler has been promoted to editor at Atria Books.

Betsy DeJesu has been promoted to director of publicity and marketing at Basic Books.

Guido Herrmann joins Wiley as managing director and publishing leader for Germany. He was managing director for chemistry at Georg Thieme Verlag. He will be responsible for business operations in Germany and "lead a substantial portion of Wiley's global journal portfolio, with primary responsibility for titles that follow the high-impact in-house editorial model."

Mark Voigt has joined the American Academy of Pediatrics as director of sales. He was formerly evp of sales at IPG.

Stephen Laverick has joined Maverick Publishing Specialists as business development senior associate and XML/digital workflow specialist. Previously, he was integration manager at Edanz Editing.


Imbolo Mbue won the PEN/Faulkner Fiction Award for her debut novel, Behold the Dreamers.

The Astrid Lindgren Award was
given to German picture book illustrator and author Wolf Erlbruch, best known for his illustrations for The Story of the Little Mole Who Knew It Was None of His Business (1994).

In the UK, the Women's Prize for Fiction named its shortlist:

Stay With Me
, by Ayobami Adebayo (Knopf/Canongate)
The Power, Naomi Alderman (Little, Brown/Viking UK)
The Dark Circle, Linda Grant (Virago)
The Sport of Kings, C.E. Morgan (Picador/4th Estate)
First Love, Gwendoline Riley (Melville House/Granta)
Do Not Say We Have Nothing, by Madeleine Thien (Norton/Granta)

Novelist and journalist Hanya Yanagihara has been
named the editor of T: The New York Times Style Magazine (where she had previously worked as deputy editor before stepping aside about a year ago).

Digital Humanities Research Associate at University of Sheffield James O'Sullivan deployed stylometric methods to the works of James Patterson to
conclude that his co-authors do most of the actual writing. "In each of the collaborative novels (we checked all where there was a relevant sample to test against – where the co-author had written individual texts), the dominant style is that of Patterson's co-authors. This is quantitative evidence that, when collaborating with a junior party, Patterson's contributions to the literary process are more concerned with plot than style."

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