Lil Copan has joined Abingdon Press as senior acquisitions editor for the Christian Living Line. Previously she was an editor with Paraclete Press. In addition, Ramona Richards has been promoted to senior acquisitions editor.
At Princeton University Press, Seth Ditchik has been promoted to executive editor, responsible for economics and finance, and Rob Tempio has been promoted to executive editor, responsible for philosophy, political theory, and ancient history.
Tisse Takagi has joined Basic Books as associate editor. Previously she was at Oxford University Press.
Larissa Edwards, currently associate publisher at Random House Australia, will join Simon and Schuster Australia this July in a newly created role as head of publishing, reporting to managing director Lou Johnson.
Canadian publishing veteran and literacy advocate Tom Best has been appointed executive director of First Book Canada. (First Book distributes books to programs and schools serving children from low-income families.) His publishing jobs have included roles at Harper Canada, Raincoast Books, CDG Books, Key Porter Books and H.B. Fenn.
Columbia University Press has acquired UK publisher of peer-reviewed books in film studies Wallflower Press Books. The unit had been a distribution client of Columbia's in the North and South America. Columbia acquired world rights to nearly 170 backlist titles and will continue to publish approximately 15 new titles a year under the Wallflower Press imprint.
Bloomsbury's director of children's rights Rebecca Mancini has left the company.
Kristin Ostby has joined Albert Whitman & Company as senior editor. She has been a freelance editor, and previously worked at Grosset & Dunlap/Price Stern Sloan.
Headline publisher for non-fiction Carly Cook will join Simon & Schuster UK as deputy editorial director of non-fiction, reporting to editorial director Mike Jones. She starts at S&S UK in early September and will focus on popular memoirs, humor, music, pop culture and comedy.
Murdoch Books owner Matt Handbury moves into the role of ceo, the company has restructured to grow its UK-based business, while reducing title count to "on doing the best job possible on fewer books."
Sales and marketing director Christine Jones will become managing director of Murdoch Books UK; a new marketing department under ex-Warner Music executive Mark Ashbridge which will focus on "innovative product and marketing strategies"; former art director of Penguin Australia Deborah Brash joins Murdoch Books Australia as creative director; Lynn Lewis has been appointed publisher – lifestyle; and Melanie Ostell has been appointed publisher for the Pier 9 list.
Rosetta Books is launching a contest to discover science fiction writing talent, in conjunction with the ebook release of selections from the classic science fiction magazine Galaxy. The winner will receive a modest $1,000 advance and "guaranteed e-book publication as part of The Galaxy Project collection." Judges include author Robert Silverberg.
In the UK, publishing director of Transworld's crime and thriller books Selina Walker will move over to become publisher for Cirnerstone's Century and Arrow, starting in mid-July. At Century and Arrow, she steps into Kate Elton's shoes, who is moving to HarperCollins.
At Transworld, editorial director Sarah Adams will take over Walker's role; Cat Cobain is being promoted to publishing director of the women's fiction list; and nonfiction editor Sarah Emsley is moving up to senior editorial director.
At HarperCollins, Leah Wasielewski has been promoted to senior director of marketing for Harper, Harper Business and Broadside Books.
Bloomsbury sub-rights manager since 2006 Lauren Shekari has left the company.
Ingram has now opened Lightning Source Australia, with over 1.3 million titles available for printing and sale to Australian customers. It's their third international facility (with a large operation in the UK, and a joint-venture with Hachette in France).