Christie Henry was named director of Princeton University Press, effective early September. She will succeed Peter Dougherty, who is retiring in December. Henry has been editorial director for the sciences, social sciences, and reference at the University of Chicago Press since 1993.
In the UK, Lennie Goodings will step aside as publisher of Virago after 20 years running the imprint, taking on the new position of chair and working three days a week. Sarah Savitt will move up to publisher as of July 3, reporting to Charlie King, and will join the Little Brown UK board. Goodings comments, "Virago is dear to my heart and it's important that I see into place a publisher with the right sensibility and talent who can take Virago forward. Sarah Savitt is that publisher."
Publisher Holt announced that the next book in Bill O'Reilly's "Killing..." series, already planned for September publication, will be called KILLING ENGLAND: The Brutal Struggle for American Independence, co-written again with Martin Dugard. They will tell the story of the Revolutionary War "through the perspectives of many American heroes including George Washington, Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Jefferson and their foe across the sea, King George III, as they lead the fight for a new nation's independence." The book releases on September 19.
Ann Birstein, 89, died last Wednesday. A Fulbright Scholar, she was the author of ten books of fiction and nonfiction.
IPG has added several new publishers to its roster: UK children's publishers Troika Books and Ragged Bears will be distributed by Trafalgar Square starting June 1; Bocconi University Press will be distributed by the academic and professional publishing program starting June 1; and Nostra Eidciones: Panorama Editorial will be distributed with IPG Spanish Books starting August 1.
James Patterson announced increased funding for his annual holiday bonuses for booksellers, this year giving away $350,000 (up $100,000 from last year). The revised program will give smaller gifts of $750 to $1,250 to more people. (Last year the bonuses ranged from $1,000 to $5,000.)
Simon & Schuster is among the first publishers to participate in a new program from OverDrive that will allow libraries the option of purchasing ebooks on a cost-per-circulation basis. The new access option will launch later this year, with announced participation from Baker Publishing and Lerner Publishing as well.