Gillian Blake has been promoted to editor-in-chief at Henry Holt, effective September 1. She has been with the imprint since 2009, and before then held editorial positions at Bloomsbury and HarperCollins. She replaces former B&N Discover Great New Writers Program chair Jill Lamar, who exits Holt on August 31 after just six months with the imprint. Blake reports to president and publisher Stephen Rubin, and senior editor Aaron Schlechter and editor Sarah Bowlin will report to her.
Anne Tate will join Simon & Schuster as a senior publicist on August 29. Previously she was a senior publicist at HarperCollins.
At Avery, Miriam Rich has been promoted to associate editor.
Ravi Singh will join David Davidar's start-up Aleph Books on September 1 as publishing director. His most recent position was as publisher and editor-in-chief of Penguin India. Singh "will develop his own list" at Aleph, reporting to Davidar.
Robert Podrasky has joined AudioGo as senior acquisitions editor. He was previously senior manager of domestic rights at St. Martin's.
Dan Crissman has joined The Overlook Press as editor, focusing on nonfiction. He was most recently an assistant editor at Hill and Wang.
Trailer Park Publishing has promoted Scott Tobin to senior vice president, and he will run the unit as a standalone division of entertainment marketing agency Trailer Park.
Random House India is launching a speakers' bureau for "international, influential, corporate and celebrity speakers" in India, South East Asia, China and Hong Kong under the Random House Knowledge banner.
Tor/Forge and NASA are joining to create a series of science-based commercial fiction titles under the umbrella NASA inspired Works of Fiction. The idea is to team up authors and NASA experts to boost scientific accuracy in their books and to "raise awareness and inspire the study of science, technology, engineering and mathematics, in line with the President’s Technology Agenda." Goddard Space Flight Center's Innovative Partnerships Program Office will host a group of Tor/Forge authors for a two-day workshop in November, where they will interact with NASA experts.
World Book Day has appointed Kirsten Grant as director, with Cathy Schofield stepping down from her position as co-ordinator which she has held since October 2000.
Grant, who was previously Puffin marketing and campaigns director, will lead the strategic planning and execution of WBD, as well as building relationships with partners to broaden its reach. She will also oversee all marketing and communications activities.