Friday, 17 December 2010

People in Publishing

In the US David Rosenthal begins getting the old team back together for his new imprint at Penguin Group, hiring Sarah Hochman as senior editor, starting January 10. Hochman was a senior editor at Simon & Schuster until August.

At Harper's Avon/Morrow division, Kristine Macrides has been promoted to director of marketing and sales development.

In Harper UK's digital team under David Roth-Ey, Jo Forshaw moves up to director of audio; Isabella Steel becomes digital key account manager, responsible for marketing and promotion of digital titles across the group; Katy Whitehead the new role of head of interactive products; and Friday Project and Fourth Estate editor Robin Harvie adds the role of Digital PR to his portfolio.

Poet, critic, and translator Ilya Kaminsky will take over as director of the Poetry Foundation's Harriet Monroe Poetry Institute on January 1 for a two-year term. Kaminsky will remain on the faculty at San Diego State University, where he will continue to serve as director of the MFA program in Poetry.

In the UK, Gillian Slovo has been elected the new president of English PEN.

Touchstone editor-in-chief Trish Todd will leave that division after 15 years to move over to the Simon & Schuster adult trade imprint at the beginning of February. She will be executive editor, reporting to publisher Jon Karp. She will acquire works of popular fiction, practical nonfiction and autobiography.

Katie Shea has joined Johnson Lit Agency, focusing on literary fiction, commercial fiction, with a strong and sassy voice, heartfelt memoirs, narrative nonfiction, diet, and health & wellness. She was a reader at FinePrint Literary Management and an assistant at Folio Literary Management and Langtons International Agency.


Former Bookseller publisher John Kilcullen has joined the board of directors of the Copyright Clearance Center, the global rights broker. Kilcullen is joined on the board by literary agent Wendy Strothman.

The board now comprises 16 executives. "We're fortunate to have such talented individuals join our board of directors," said Tracey Armstrong, c.e.o. of CCC. "We look forward to leveraging their knowledge and unique perspective on copyright as we carry our 30 years of licensing experience into new markets and services."

Kilcullen is a founding member of IDG Books Worldwide. He is also the former publisher of the Hollywood Reporter and was group publisher of the Nielsen Music and Literary Group which included The Bookseller and Kirkus Reviews. Strothman is a literary agent and the founder of the Strothman Agency. Previously, she was the publisher of trade & reference books at Houghton Mifflin and publisher at Beacon Press.

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