People in Publishing

Karen Ball is joining the Steve Laube Agency. For nearly 30 years she has worked on successful fiction lines at Tyndale, Multnomah, Zondervan, and, most recently, the B&H Publishing Group, where she was an executive editor. She will work from her office in Oregon.

Publishing veteran Elizabeth Van Doren joined Highlights for Children and Boyds Mills Press as executive editor, book publishing.

At Vintage UK, Victoria Murray-Browne has been named editor and Kate Watson joins as press officer. Previously Murray-Browne was an editor at John Murray and Watson was acting press officer at Dorling Kindersley.

Michael Barber has joined Pearson in the newly created position of chief executive adviser, reporting to Marjorie Scardino. Barber is currently a partner at McKinsey & Company and head of its global education practice.

John Bond is leaving HarperCollins UK at the end of June by "mutual agreement." Bond was managing director of Press Books, which will now be run by ceo Victoria Barnsley, assisted by special projects director Katie Fulford, until a replacement is found.

Thomas Nelson Gift & Children's division has announced a number of new hires. Jennifer Barrow joins as editor, Micah Walker moves up to assistant editor, Jessica Ward joins as administrative assistant and Kristin Baird will take on the role of marketing coordinator for the specialty division.

Random House UK digital director Fionnuala Duggan is leaving the company to join CourseSmart as managing director, international, the Bookseller reports. Duggan's hiring is part of CourseSmart's global expansion, and they will open offices in London.

Antoinette de Alteriis has joined Pelican Publishing Company as promotion director. She was formerly general manager of Ripley's Believe It or Not! Museum in New Orleans.

Publishing Communication Group has opened a new office in New Delhi, with Dilip Jha Kumar joining as country manager and Sunita Lal as country liaison officer for India.
Eamon Dolan will leave Penguin Press for Houghton Mifflin Harcourt to become VP and Editorial Director of his own imprint, Eamon Dolan Books, starting on June 13.The new imprint will concentrate on narrative and serious non-fiction, aiming to publish 10 titles a year.
At Random House Children's Books' Delacorte Press, Rebecca Short has been promoted to Assistant Editor.

Larry Kirshbaum will become VP and Publisher of Amazon Publishing in New York. Kirshbaum has been an agent since he left Time Warner Books as it was merged with Hachette in 2005.

Amazon has also seen the launch (through its Audible division) of ACX (Audiobook Creation Exchange); the private sale site, and several new imprints including Montlake (romance) and Thomas & Mercer (mysteries and thrillers).

Scott Moyers has returned to Penguin as Publisher. Ann Godoff, former President and Publisher has taken the titles of President and Editor-in- Chief (the latter currently held by Eamon Dolan). Meanwhile David Rosenthal, who recently brought Aileen Boyle (his former AP from Simon & Schuster) in as Associate Publisher, has named his new imprint Blue Rider Press. Earlier this month, Former Penguin Canada Publisher David Davidar and Rupa Publications India, a leading Indian publisher and distributor, announced a partnership to start a new literary publishing firm, the Aleph Book Company. Aleph will be head-quartered in New Delhi.

Chris Schluep has been named Senior Editor, Books. He was a senior editor with Ballantine/Del Rey.

Jennifer Hunt has joined Penguin Children’s Dial Books as VP of Acquisition and Development, and Editor-at-Large, reporting to Lauri Hornik. Hunt was most recently Editorial Director at Little, Brown Children’s

Elizabeth Van Doren is Executive Editor, Book Publishing at Highlights for Children and Boyds Mills Press, where she will report to Mary-Alice Moore, VP and Editorial Director.

PublishersLunch reported that Chris Lotts and Christopher Schelling have left Ralph Vicinanza Ltd to open new agencies: The Lotts Agency and Schelling’s new firm, Selectric Artists.