Thursday, March 15, 2018

Publishers Lunch

Today's Meal

Leslie Meredith has joined Mary Evans as a literary agent, representing memoirs and works on psychology, science, health, nature, animal behavior, spirituality, and mind-body-spirit. She was most recently an editor for 15 years at Simon & Schuster imprints Atria and Free Press.

Flatiron Books publisher
Amy Einhorn has been promoted to executive vice president, now with all of editorial, both fiction and nonfiction, reporting to her.

Melissa Edwards will provide consultation services under MLE Consulting, her new publishing contract service for literary agents and authors, while continuing as literary agent at Stonesong.

Serena Longo has been promoted to marketing and events manager for Harvard Book Store, succeeding Alex Meriwether, who is now general manager.

Larry Finlay at Transworld is among the many
paying tribute to the late Stephen Hawking: 76, who died at home early Wednesday: "It is truly our privilege to have been Stephen Hawking's publisher for the last three decades. He has increased the popular understanding of scientific theory like no-one else since Einstein. Not only was he one of the world's greatest thinkers, he was also a man with an infectious sense of mischief and wit."


The Book Thief
author Markus Zusak's BRIDGE OF CLAY will be published on October 9, 2018 in an announced 500,000-copy first printing from Knopf Children's. The book's acquisition was first announced in 2006. Zusak says in the announcement, "BRIDGE OF CLAY was never meant to be easy. It's a boy in search of a miracle, and that’s how I feel about finishing." The publisher says Zusak will tour 12 cities in the US. The Book Thief is reported to have sold 16 million copies worldwide.

The Audio Publishers Association's Author Tea at Book Expo on Friday, June 1 will feature Laini Taylor (Strange the Dreamer), Gayle Forman (If I Stay), Jason Fry (Star Wars: The Last Jedi), and actor Kathryn Hahn (My Wish for You).


The London Book Fair's Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented to founder and executive chairman of SAGE Publishing Sara Miller McCune.

Anne Applebaum will
receive the Lionel Gelber Prize for RED FAMINE: Stalin's War on Ukraine.


Today's Meal

Stephanie Smirnov has joined Scholastic as evp, head of global corporate communications, reporting jointly to chairman, president, and ceo Richard Robinson and chief strategy officer Iole Lucchese. Smirnov was previously managing director, brand practice at Edelman New York and ceo for the US region of DeVries Global.

The Authors Guild elected Monique Truong, author of The Book of Salt and Bitter in the Mouth, as vice president. D.T. Max, author of Every Love Story Is a Ghost Story, has joined the governing council as a member.

Chelsea Handler and Daniel Novack have each been named senior counsel for Penguin Random House.

Publisher and editorial director at Parallax Press Rachel Neumann is leaving that position. She will join Shambhala Publications as associate publisher on April 23. Based in Berkeley, she will focus on acquisitions and the publishing programs of the Shambhala, Roost Books, and upcoming Bala Kids imprints.

Former vp and general manager of Disney Publishing Worldwide Jonathan Symington has launched The Lantic Group based in Los Angeles, a consultancy focusing on "building brands through product launches, licensing strategies, and international expansion." Clients include Deer Little Forest, an arts & lifestyle brand created by Jo Rose.

With Amazon's planned 10,000-square-foot bookstore opening today in the Georgetown neighborhood of Washington, DC, the news is that the company has leased a space in the new Palisades Village mall in Pacific Palisades, CA, set to open September 22. The neighborhood was formerly home to Village Books, and Amazon Books vp tells the LAT the new location is "in an area that we know is full of readers." It will be Amazon's second store in the Los Angeles area.

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