Friday, January 20, 2017

Trade News with Publishers Lunch

Ben Sevier will join Grand Central Publishing on February 27 as svp, publisher, reporting to Michael Pietsch. Sevier spent the past decade at Dutton, most recently as vp, publisher, and will join Hachette Book Group's executive management board. He succeeds Jamie Raab, who is leaving the company at the end of this month.

Pietsch said in the announcement: "I have admired Ben Sevier's work for many years. He is a superb publisher of commercial fiction and nonfiction both, and combines acquisitions acumen with strong marketing, team-building, financial, and leadership skills. I know he will work excitingly with Grand Central Publishing's excellent staff and with HBG's superb sales team. I'm excited to welcome Ben to HBG's Executive Management Board and to the writers and literary agents GCP works with. I'm confident that they will value the energy, quality of thought, and close partnership that Ben is renowned for."

Sevier added: "Grand Central is doing some of the most dynamic and effective publishing in the business, and taking the helm there is a rare opportunity to lead an already superb publishing program to greater heights. I'm thrilled to join GCP's extraordinary and talented editorial and publishing teams. And I'm especially excited to begin working with GCP's spectacular writers, many of whom I've been reading with pleasure for years, to help them achieve their goals."

Avideh Bashirrad has been promoted to vp, deputy publisher, fiction at Random House, reporting to Susan Kamil.

Kelsey Horton has joined Delacorte Press as associate editor. Previously, she was an associate editor at Katherine Tegen Books.

At Doubleday, Michael Goldsmith has been promoted to assistant director of publicity and Mark Lee moves up to associate publicist.

Matthew Martin has been promoted to the new position of svp, deputy general counsel at Penguin Random House.

Target's February Club Pick is All the Missing Girls by Megan Miranda.

Mystery Writers of America announced the slate of Edgar Award nominees, with the winners to be named at a ceremony on April 27. Best Novel nominees are The Ex by Alafair Burke; Where it Hurts by Reed Farrel Coleman; Jane Steele by Lyndsay Faye; What Remains of Me by Alison Gaylin; and Before the Fall by Noah Hawley.

With Al Gore's new film An Inconvenient Sequel opening the Sundance Film Festival tonight, Rodale announced that they will publish the companion book later this year. Timed to the broad release of the movie from Paramount, spring publication is likely but the date will not be set until the film's rollout is finalized. The book "will recount and contextualize the critical issues and moments in the climate change movement since the release of An Inconvenient Truth more than 10 years ago, while highlighting the real solutions we have at hand."

Holt will publish a new book from Bill O'Reilly -- co-authored by humorist Bruce Feirstein -- on March 28: OLD SCHOOL: Life In The Sane Lane. The book looks at the culture wars over values, comparing TV personality O'Reilly's "old school" approach to Feirstein's Snowflake, Hollywood values

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