Thursday, December 07, 2017

Publishers Lunch

 Today's Meal

Kim Thornton has been promoted to senior agent director for Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Penguin Random House Speakers Bureau.

At Waterbrook Multnomah,
Andrew Stoddard has been promoted to the new position of lead acquisitions editor.

​​Amara Hoshijo has been promoted to associate editor and rights manager at Soho Press.

The Fred Rogers Company has appointed Rachel Hecht Children's Scouting as literary scout for television.

Harassment Files
Executive art director of the Penguin Workshop imprint Giuseppe Castellano resigned from the company, following accusations of sexual harassment by actor Charlene Yi. Castellano posts: "As a result of her online campaign against me, an untenable disruption of business arose—making it difficult for me to continue at Penguin. So, it was with a heavy heart that I decided to resign." He
writes, "Ms. Yi's story is false. I deny every accusation made by her."

Yi, who had complained to Penguin Random House's human resources department and says she provided them with some of her emails, responded on Twitter to Castellano's post, and reproduced some of those emails. PRH said in a statement provided to PW that it conducted an internal investigation and hired an outside law firm to conduct a separate investigation: "These two investigations have concluded. In the end, it became clear to [Castellano] that his presence at the company had the potential to impact the day to day workings of the Penguin Workshop imprint. As a result, he resigned.”

The Center for Fiction First Novel Prize went to Julie Lekstrom Himes for
Mikhail and Margarita.

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