People Roundup, November 2013


Scribner President Susan Moldow announced that Stacy Creamer, VP and Publisher of Touchstone, will be leaving the company and that Moldow would serve as Interim Publisher.

Yale University Press announced that it has appointed Benjamin Schwarz as Consulting Editor, based in LA, where he will acquire books in the areas of history, biography, and cultural affairs.  Previously, Schwarz was the Literary and National Editor for the Atlantic.

Larry Kirshbaum will leave his position as Publisher of Amazon‘s US trade publishing imprints on January 17, and will return to life as a literary agent.  Daphne Durham has been named Publisher, Adult Trade and Children’s Books, at Amazon; she was previously Publishing Editor in Chief.  According to Publishers Lunch, a few editors have left Amazon’s various imprints during 2013, with the departures of Tim Ditlow, Eleni Caminis (for Samsung), David Moldawer (for an education company), and Liz Egan (for Glamour Magazine), and Editorial Director of Amazon Publishing in New York Julia Cheiffetz currently out on maternity leave. But Amazon Publishing’s website still lists 27 editors from across the company’s sprawl of imprints.

Mary Ann Zissimos has joined Disney Publishing Worldwide as Publicity Manager. She formerly worked at HarperCollins, Abrams, Penguin, and Random House.

Former Crown Deputy Publisher Michael Palgon has joined Open Road as SVP, Distribution & Business Development. He will lead their distribution arm and will also “build new editorial verticals including religion and business.”  Also at Open Road, Charlotte Greig has been named Strategic Advisor for Acquisitions.  She was previously Editor at Picador UK. Laura Ferguson will join as Open Road as VP, Special Markets. Previously, she was Director of Premium, Corporate and Customer Driven Publishing at S&S. 

Mobifusion has hired Michelle Lewy as Director of Publisher Accounts, based in New York. Most recently, she was Director of Digital Media Services at Baker and Taylor.

Blaise Base has been named Associate Director of Online Marketing at HarperCollins. He had been Consumer and Social Media Marketing Manager at Manning Publications.

Longtime Reed Exhibitions Executive with oversight for BEA, SVP Courtney Muller has resigned from her position. BEA has been under the supervision of Greg Topalian, a former BEA Show Director.

Simon & Schuster Children’s is planning a new sci-fi, fantasy and horror imprint for “YA and above.” Justin Chanda will be Publisher, and Joe Monti has moved from the Barry Goldblatt Literary Agency to become Executive Editor. Navah Wolfe moving over to work as Editor for the new line. Meanwhile, Dana Trocker has joined S & S as Associate Marketing Manager. Previously, she was Speaker Relations Coordinator at Macmillan Speakers Bureau.

St. Martin’s publisher at large Dan Weiss has resigned  after 4 years with the company. He can be reached at Weiss will focus on consulting, strategic investment and philanthropy.

Jeff Alexander has joined The Penguin Press as a Senior Editor. Previously he was an Editor at Vintage/Anchor.

Kathy Daneman has joined the Portfolio, Sentinel, and Current imprints as Publicity Director. She spent the past seven years at FSG, where most recently she was Assistant Director of Publicity. She also founded FSG’s online reading community, Book Keeping.

Dan Gerstle has joined Basic Books as Associate Editor. Previously he was Assistant Editor at FSG.

Emily Keyes has joined Foreword Literary as an Agent. Previously she was an Agent at the L. Perkins Agency.


Suzanne Herz, Senior Vice President, Publishing, Doubleday, is being named Executive Vice President, Executive Director of Publishing, Doubleday.

Associate publisher of Thomas Dunne Books, Pete Wolverton has taken on the additional title of Editor in Chief.

Macmillan Publishers also announced that it was expanding its in-house film and TV efforts by forming Macmillan Entertainment. Brendan Deneen, who has been an Editor for the past three years at Thomas Dunne Books, will head up the new division.

At S&S Children’s, Siena Koncsol has been promoted to Publicist.

Samantha Edelson has been promoted to Marketing Manager for Macmillan Audio.

At Penguin Children’s, Shanta Newlin has been promoted to Executive Director of Publicity. She will continue to oversee all publicity efforts for the division, and will also focus on communications and long-term PR strategy.


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Nov 13 – 17
Dublin Book Festival
Dublin, Ireland

Nov 17 – 24
Miami Book Festival International
Miami, FL

Nov 20 – 25
Montreal Salon du Livre
Place Bonaventure, Montreal, Quebec

Nov 30 – Dec 8
Guadalajara International Book Fair
Guadalajara, Mexico


Jan 4 – 6
New Media Expo
Rio All-Suit Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, NV

Jan 8 – 9
CBA Next 2014
AmericasMart, Atlanta, GA

Jan 9 – 12
129th MLA Annual Convention
Chicago, IL

Jan 9 – 12
Key West Literary Seminar: Chapter One
“The Dark Side: Mystery, Crime & the Literary Thriller”
Key West, FL

Jan 12 – 16
Key West Literary Seminar: Writers’ Workshop Program
Key West, FL

Jan 13
Launch Kids
Sheraton Hotel and Towers, New York, NY

Jan 13 – 15
Digital Book World Conference & Expo 
Sheraton Hotel and Towers, New York, NY

Jan 16 – 19
Key West Literary Seminar: Final Chapter
Key West, FL

Jan 17 – 21
Jaipur Literature Festival
Diggi Palace, Jaipur, India

Jan 22 – Feb 7
Cairo International Book Fair
Cairo, Egypt

Jan 24 – 27
ALA Midwinter Conference
Pennsylvania Convention Center, Philadelphia, PA

Jan 31 – Feb 5
Taipei International Book Exhibition
Taipei World Trade Center, Taiwan

Feb 5 – 7
PSP 2014 Annual Conference
Ritz Carlton Hotel, Washington, DC

Feb 12 – 15
College Art Association 102nd Annual Conference
Chicago, IL

Feb 17 – 21
Social Media Week
Various locations

Feb 21 – 23
SCBWI 15th Annual Winter Conference
Grand Hyatt New York, New York, NY

Feb 25 – 27
ASCI/AAP Joint Meeting
The Fairmont Chicago, Chicago, IL

Mar 7 – 9
The Great American Bargain Book Show (GABBS)
AmericasMart, Atlanta, GA

Mar 7 – 11
South by Southwest Interactive Festival
Austin, TX

Mar 15 – 18
International Home and Housewares Show
Palmer House Hilton, Chicago, IL

Mar 19 – 23
Virginia Festival of the Book
Charlottesville, VA

Mar 24 – 25
FIPP 7th Digital Innovators’ Summit
Deutsch Telecom Center, Berlin

Mar 28 – Apr 7
Bangkok International Book Fair
Bangkok, Thailand

Apr 2 – 4
State of Maryland International Reading Council (SoMIRAC) Conference
Hunt Valley Inn, Baltimore, MD

Apr 7
Digital Minds Conference
London, England

Apr 8 – 10
The London Book Fair
Earls Court Exhibition Centre, London, England

Apr 11 – 14
Museum Store Association Conference and Expo
Houston, TX

Apr 12 – 13
LA Festival of Books
USC Campus, Los Angeles, CA

Apr 30 – May 5
Abu Dhabi International Book Fair
Abu Dhabi, UAE

Apr 30 – May 4
Geneva International Book Fair
Palexpo, Geneva, Switzerland

May 7 – 9
Westin Kierland Resort & Spa, Scottsdale, AZ

May 9 – 12
International Reading Association Annual Convention
Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, New Orleans, LA

May 12 – 14
Worldwide Media Marketplace 2014
Bangkok, Thailand

May 15 – 18
Book World Prague
Guest of Honour: Hungary
Palace of Industry, Prague Exhibition Grounds

Jun 12 – 14
16th National Museum Publishing Seminar
Boston Park Plaza Hotel & Towers, Boston, MA