Claire Potter will join Basic Books on January 14 as editor. Most recently, she was associate editor at Crown.
Andy Ward has been promoted to senior vice president of the Random House imprint, and Molly Turpin moves up to editor. At Ballantine Bantam Dell, Sara Weiss has been promoted to executive editor; Emily Hartley and Elana Seplow-Jolley to editor; Bridget Kearney to publishing coordinator, business insights; and Thomas Yuhas to senior analyst, business insights.
At Ten Speed Press, Kaitlin Ketchum has been promoted to associate editorial director, primarily guiding the gift book list, and Kelly Snowden also moves up to associate editorial director, primarily steering the food and drink list. In the marketing and publicity departments, Chloe Rawlins has been promoted to art director; Lizzie Allen moves up to senior designer; and Eleanor Thacher is now marketing and publicity associate.
At Clarkson Potter, Amanda Englander has been promoted to executive editor and Angelin Borsics to senior editor.
Andrea Posner-Sanchez has been promoted to editorial director of Little Golden Books and Sesame Street. Tracy Heydweiller has been promoted to senior manager of production, Random House Children's.
Carl Engle-Laird has been promoted to editor at the Tor.com imprint.
At New Press, Tara Grove is being promoted to associate editorial director, zakia henderson-brown is now editor, and Jessica Yu moves up to senior publicist.
Martin Rouse has been promoted to foreign rights manager at Trident Media Group, and Adrienne Santamaria is now foreign rights agent. Lucinda Karter joins the agency as senior foreign rights agent. She was most recently with the Jennifer Lyons Agency, where she was both agent and foreign rights manager.
At Brown Books Publishing Group, chief operating officer Tom Reale was promoted to president.
Kurestin Armada has been promoted to agent at P.S. Literary Agency.
Announced last month, Joumana Khatib moves over to the Books desk at the NYT as audience editor, where she "will help the desk grow and engage audiences, and meet their needs around books. She will be charged with making sure our reviews, recommendations, features, profiles, columns and reported stories reach our dedicated readership. More important, she will help us find new audiences across all platforms. She will also help us conceive of new kinds of stories and new forms of digital storytelling to bring more Times (and non-Times) readers into the world of books."
Longtime Dallas Morning News books editor Michael Merschel was among 43 staffers laid off earlier this week, after 25 years with the newspaper. "The past 12 years, I got to cover books. The Dallas Morning News let me spend many thousands of dollars over the decade to work with the best critics I could find, which let me introduce a decade's worth of great books and writers to a great city."
Amazon ceo and founder Jeff Bezos and his wife, novelist MacKenzie Bezos, announced on Twitter that they getting divorced: "After a long period of loving exploration and trial separation, we have decided to divorce and continue our shared lives as friends."
New Hope Publishers will launch Ascender Books (for a grace-inspired audience, with resources developed from within the Spirit-led community) and New Hope Kidz (picture and board books for preschool and early readers) later this year.
Abrams' Amulet Press will publish Jeff Kinney's first book outside of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series on April 9, with an announced 3-million copy first printing. Diary of an Awesome Friendly Kid: Rowley Jefferson's Journal features Greg Heffley's best friend Rowley Jefferson, who aims to tell Greg's story as his biographer, "But it turns out Rowley is a poor choice for the job, and his 'biography' of Greg says more about himself than it does about his best friend." They will publish the fourteenth Wimpy Kid book in fall 2019.
The three finalists for the 2017 Story Prize are: A Lucky Man, by Jamel Brinkley; Your Duck Is My Duck, by Deborah Eisenberg; and Florida, by Lauren Groff.
The National Jewish Book Awards were presented in multiple categories, with Hunting the Truth: Memoirs of Beate and Serge Klarsfeld by Beate Klarsfeld and Serge Klarsfeld named Jewish Book of the Year.