Rachel Zugschwert will join Lerner Publishing Group as group marketing director starting January 1. She was most recently director of marketing for Sparkhouse Family. Jill Braithwaite moves over from group marketing director to the role of publishing director, trade. Jenny Krueger has been promoted to publishing director, school & library. Mark Budde has been promoted to executive vice president, chief operations officer.
Jaymie Stewart Wolfe will join Ave Maria Press as senior editor, trade books on January 3. She has been acquisitions editor at Our Sunday Visitor.
After years of considering a change, the annual UJA Publishing Division dinner will move to a less formal format in 2018. The "elaborate" cocktail reception will be extended, and dessert will be served while the awards are presented instead, in place of a sit-down dinner. Scheduled for April 25, the event will honor Macmillan president Don Weisberg, and will present the Harry Scherman Service Award to Ingram Content Group executive Matty Goldberg.
Recently-issued Best Books of 2017 lists include selections from Maureen Corrigan at NPR, People Magazine, and critics Katy Waldman and Laura Miller at Slate.
Baileys Prize finalist Stay with Me by Ayobami Adebayo is the new Sarah Jessica Parker pick for the ALA's Book Club Central.
NYC bookstore group Book Culture opened its fourth store, on Jackson Avenue in Long Island City, Queens. The 2,300 square foot space is their first location outside of Manhattan.