Friday, March 09, 2018

Publishers Lunch

Today's Meal

Faber & Faber publisher for adult publishing Mitzi Angel, 43, will return to the US to take over as publisher and senior vice president of Farrar, Straus "later this year," as Jonathan Galassi, 68, relinquishes that position. (The Bookseller says she will leave Faber at the end of June, but FSG tells us the exact timing of her start there is still being discussed.) Galassi will remain as president, with Angel reporting to him, and he will still acquire and edit books. Publisher of the MCD imprint Sean McDonald will still report to Galassi, too.

Galassi tells the NYT, "Publishing has changed radically in the last 15 years, and we need to hold to the core of what we're doing, but change what we're publishing and how we publish." He says of Angel, "She has an independent sensibility, and that's half the game in publishing."

Angel worked at FSG for seven years, serving as publisher of the US Faber imprint jointly owned by FSG and Faber until it was
terminated and then spent a few months as executive editor for FSG before leaving in mid-2015. She is not quoted in the NYT's posted story, but reporter Alexandra Alter quotes her on Twitter saying, "I hope to continue the excellence but also refresh it with new talent." In the press release Angel says, "I'm delighted to rejoin my friends and colleagues at FSG. They and the publishing house they work for, led by Jonathan Galassi, represent the best in publishing worldwide."

At Touchstone, Kelsey Manning has been promoted to assistant director of marketing and Isabel DaSilva is now marketing coordinator.

Sarah Murphy Mannheimer joins lecture agency The Tuesday Agency as a senior agent, in charge of overseeing corporate accounts, recruiting authors, and managing events. She was previously at the Leigh Bureau.

At Hachette Book Group USA, Matt Hooban has been promoted to associate director of communications and Becky Llewellyn to communications associate.

IDW Publishing chief creative officer and editor-in-chief Chris Ryall
told staff he was leaving the company.

Scott Gast joined the University of Chicago Press this week as editor for the life sciences. He was previously features editor at Orion magazine.

Digital publisher Shebooks has been acquired by She Writes Press owner SparkPoint Studio.

The Barnes & Noble Discover Awards were given to Patty Yumi Cottrell for her novel Sorry to Disrupt the Peace (McSweeney's) and to Jessica Bruder for her nonfiction book Nomadland (Norton).

Australia's Stella Prize
named their shortlist, and the UK's Women's Prize has started with a 16-title longlist.


Long self-distributed, Hay House will work with Penguin Random House Publisher Services beginning in August to sell and distribute their entire catalog in North America. Hay House ceo Reid Tracy said in the announcement, "We have been working with Penguin Random House in the UK, Australia, and India for many years, and we look forward to expanding that relationship to North America." The company's backlist comprises over 1,600 titles.

Rutgers University Press will distribute their print books through the University of Chicago Press and the Chicago Distribution Center as of July 1, 2018.

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