Thursday, July 20, 2017

Publishers Lunch

Today's Meal

New Barnes & Noble ceo Demos Parneros continues to pus his mark on the company's executive ranks with the hiring of a new vp, real estate development, James Lampassi, who starts July 31 and reports to Parneros. (BN hired a vp, stores earlier in the month.) The company calls it a new position and says Lampassi "will have responsibility for developing and executing the real estate strategy as well as lead store development and construction initiatives." He replaces vp, development David Deason, who has had similar responsibilities and has been at BN for 27 years. Deason will serve as a consultant to the bookseller at least through the end of the year.

Lampassi has been vp, real estate and construction at Petco Animal Supplies Stores. Parneros says in the announcement, "I strongly believe that we have the best possible person to help take our stores into the future and grow the business."

Director, business strategy at Crown Publishing Group Philipp Bartscher is relocating to London and will strategy director at Penguin Random House UK in September, reporting to ceo Tom Weldon. Additionally, Rebecca Sinclair will return to PRH UK in September as head of communications, filling the position vacated when Hannah Glenny departs for a job at Google at the end of August. Sinclair is currently vice president of brand at Pearson.

Lauren Smulski has been promoted to associate editor for Harlequin Teen.

Erica Finkel has been promoted to editor for Abrams Children's.

Nicole Caputo has joined Counterpoint Press and Catapult as creative director and art director, respectively. Previously, she was creative director at Basic Books.

Mekisha Telfer has joined Glasstown Entertainment as associate editor. She was previously editorial assistant for Simon & Schuster.

Jamia Wilson has been named executive director and publisher of the Feminist Press at CUNY, succeeding Jennifer Baumgardner. Previously, she was was executive director of Women, Action & the Media.

Real News (Sales)
Last week Milo Yiannopoulos revised his "sales" account to say he had printed and shipped to accounts 105,000 copies of his self-published Dangerous, which to his mind is the same as selling through. Bookscan recorded actual sales to consumers of a little over 18,000 print books in the first week, including pre-orders, and today's update shows sales falling to a little more than 10,600 units in second week.

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