Saturday, July 22, 2017

Publishers Lunch

Today's Meal

Library of America president Cheryl Hurley will retire at the end of 2017, and publisher Max Rudin will succeed her. Current cfo Daniel Baker will become chief operating officer, and lon-time editor-in-chief Geoffrey O'Brien will also retire at the end of 2017. He will continue as consulting editor, and the LOA will conduct a search for a new editorial director.

At Norton, vp and senior editor
Maria Guarnaschelli has retired after almost 17 years at the company.

Barnes & Noble Education ceo Max J. Roberts will
retire, effective September 19, after 21 years with the company. Current BNED executive chairman and former ceo of Barnes & Noble Inc. Mike Huseby will succeed him. (Huseby was given a reward of $15.7 million in severance when Barnes & Noble spun off the college bookstore division as a separate company in 2015. The two companies have gone from a market cap of about $1.9 billion right before the split to a combined value of just over $900 million now.) Lead independent director John R. Ryan says in the release: "The company and board have benefited under Mike's stewardship as executive chairman, and we are pleased to appoint him as CEO. His leadership skills and strategic vision will be crucial assets as we continue to navigate the dynamic educational services market. It is an exciting time in the company's history and we look forward to working with Mike and the strong management team in place at BNED to execute upon the company's strategy."

At the Knopf, Pantheon & Schocken Books marketing group: Katie Burns has been promoted to director of advertising; Sara Eagle and Danielle Plafsky have each been promoted to assistant director of marketing; and Dani Toth has been promoted to marketing manager. Julianne Clancy joins as marketing manager. Emily Murphy has been promoted to associate marketing manager.

Cindy Johnson has been promoted to managing editor for Random House Children's/Golden Books. Megan Williams has been promoted to associate managing editor for Crown Children's.

Joey Paul joined Thomas Nelson and Zondervan as senior editor. Previously, he was executive editor at FaithWords.

Connie Hsu has been promoted to executive editor for Roaring Brook Press.

Elyse Marshall has been promoted to executive director of publicity at Penguin Children's.

Colleen Lindsay joined Amazon Publishing as publicity lead for Montlake Romance, 47North, and Skyscape. Previously, she was marketing director at Open Road Integrated Media.

At Kids Can Press, Adrienne Tang has been promoted to rights director, while Genie MacLeod has been promoted to production editor.

Kristen Radtke
has joined The Believer as art director and New York editor. She was managing editor at Sarabande Books.

At Electric Literature, Lucie Shelly has been promoted to senior editor for Recommended Reading, and Brandon Taylor has been promoted to associate editor. Michael Seidlinger joins as social media editor.

Chris Brookmyre won the Theakston Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year award for
Black Widow.


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