Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Publishers Lunch

Today's Meal

Longtime New York Magazine contributing editor Boris Kachka has been named books editor as parent company New York Media aims to triple book coverage across the magazine and their various blogs. Kachka says, "We haven't really had someone overseeing books and it fell between the cracks too often. Books aren't like a lot of other media; there's the opportunity to seed them through lots of different sections." NY Magazine editor-in-chief Adam Moss adds: "Books have for years been pretty big areas of interest in our universe and on the site, according to all the metrics we have. We thought this was an area we could do a great deal more in, and now we are."

Michelle Herrera Mulligan has joined Atria as senior editor, reporting to Lindsay Sagnette, charged with helping "to champion writers from diverse and unexplored communities." She was the founding editor-in-chief of Cosmo For Latinas.

At Penguin Random House Audio, Sue Daulton has been promoted to senior vice president, operations; Amy Metsch moves up to senior vice president, associate publisher, editorial director; and Dan Zitt becomes senior vice president, content production.

Bridget O'Toole has been promoted to marketing manager at Berkley.

Tiffany Shelton has been promoted to assistant editor at St. Martin's.

Alfred Bertrand has joined Georgetown University Press as director. He replaces Richard Brown, who left in October 2017, and interim director Hope LeGro, who has held the post for the past year. Bertrand spent the last eight years at Princeton University Press, most recently as editor-in-chief.

Laura Usselman has been promoted to literary agent at Stuart Krichevsky Agency.

Author and former editorial director of Publishers Weekly Michael Coffey is joining the OR Books board of directors.

Franklin & Siegal Associates was appointed literary scout for 21. Szazad in Hungary, and Litera in Romania.

Beacon Press has renewed its sales and distribution partnership with Penguin Random House Publisher Services, which originated in 2010.

Casanovas & Lynch Literary Agency will represent Don Congdon Associates' titles in Spain, Portugal and Latin America, including Brazil.

The National Book Foundation announced that Doron Weber, vice president, programs and program director at the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, will receive its Literarian Award for Outstanding Service to the American Literary Community. Weber is being honored for his work running Sloan's program for the Public Understanding of Science, Technology & Economics, which has provided grants to help "commission, produce, and distribute media that connect the public with science in accessible and illuminating ways." Executive director of the NBF Lisa Lucas says, "At the National Book Foundation, we believe that the scope of literature is expansive; that it can and should open up entirely new worlds to its readers. Doron Weber is that principle in action. Firmly committed to the marriage of science and art, Weber has spent his career working to meet readers where they are, connecting them in creative ways to new ideas and modes of thinking."

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