Algonquin Books will start publishing young adult and middle grade books by the end of 2012 and has hired Elise Howard, formerly svp and associate publisher of HarperCollins Children's Books, to oversee the program. Howard plans to start the new list with up to a half dozen titles next year and build "gradually" from there. She will work out of Algonquin’s New York office, starting in mid-November.
Anthony Cheetham newest start-up as Head of Zeus is now public. The line is set to debut next summer in the UK with Robert Massie's CATHERINE THE GREAT biography. Cheetham, who is funding the new venture himself along with "close associates" for now, plans for another 10 titles of "general books with a slightly upmarket feel" in print for 2012, along with a separate list of commercial fiction released in ebook first.
Cheetham says, "this is not a blueprint for some huge group. This time I prefer to retain ownership and management, so one is not forced to sell it. I'd like this one to stick around for a while."
Rowland White will return to Penguin UK, where he worked for 12 years, as publishing director for Michael Joseph after two years as nonfiction publishing director for Orion. White will concentrate on nonfiction and thrillers and report to managing director Louise Moore.
As of January, Chris Gillespie is being promoted to svp, associate publisher for Knopf, Pantheon and now Schocken.
Nancy Miller has been promoted to editor-in-chief at the Bloomsbury imprint at Bloomsbury USA, reporting to publishing director George Gibson. Executive editors Anton Mueller and Kathy Belden and senior editor Ben Adams will report to Miller.
Chris Calhoun, who was a vp at Sterling Lord Literistic, has left to start his own company. He will represent a select list of author and poets, but will also work on selling literary archives and rare manuscripts in association with James Goldwasser.
Jennifer Heddle has joined Lucas Books, the publishing division of Lucasfilm, as senior editor, overseeing the adult fiction in their Star Wars publishing programs with Random House and Dark Horse Comics. She was at Gallery and Pocket Books.
Literary scout Lucy Abrahams has been hired by Suhrkamp/Insel in Germany.
Angus Killick is joining Macmillan Children's in the new position of vp, associate publisher, reporting to president Jon Yaged. Killick will coordinate publishing programs across the group's imprints, lead the children's marketing team, oversee key marketing campaigns, and pursue business development opportunities. He was associate publisher and director of marketing at Kingfisher.
Karyn Marcus will join Simon & Schuster as a senior editor starting on October 31, focusing on non-fiction and suspense fiction. She spent the past three years as an editor at Thomas Dunne Books.
At Douglas & MacIntyre, Jesse Finkelstein has been promoted to the new position of director, publishing services and operations, and will continue to be responsible for D&M’s digital and foreign rights programs as well. In addition, Trena White moves up to associate publisher, responsible for the imprint's day-to-day activities in addition to acquiring non-fiction titles.
Agent and author Jeff Herman is launching a social network at waenet.com in November, for writers, agents and editors.
Joseph Calamia joins Yale University Press as an editor, reporting to the executive editor for science and medicine, Jean Thomson Black. Calamia recently earned a master’s degree in science writing from MIT and will acquire for the science list.
HarperCollins has acquired "the majority of titles" published by Esther Margolis's Newmarket Press. The publisher's list comprises over 200 books on film (particularly screenplays and "making of" books that tie in to award-winning movies), theater, and performing arts, as well as over 100 titles on parenting, psychology, health, biography, history, and business as well as some fiction. The only titles not included in the agreement are inactive ones that will revert back to the rightsholders. At one point, HarperCollins had served as Newmarket's distributor.
Barnes & Noble's chief financial officer Joseph Lombardi has resigned his position, and corporate controller Allen Lindstrom will act as interim CFO while the company conducts an executive search. Lombardi will stay on as a non-officer employee until the middle of next year "to assist in the transition."