Next week Jill Scwhartzman will join Dutton as executive editor, reporting to Ben Sevier. She was most recently a senior editor at Hyperion.
Amy Hughes is joining Dunow, Carlson and Lerner as an agent, specializing in non-fiction in the areas of history, wellness and health, cultural studies, and memoir. She was previously an agent at McCormick & Williams.
Ethan Bassoff has joined Lippincott Massie McQuilkin as an agent. He was previously at InkWell Management, after beginning his publishing career as an event host and manager at Brookline Booksmith in Boston. He will continue to focus on literary and commercial fiction, narrative nonfiction, science writing, pop culture, humor and food writing.
Agent and blogger Rachelle Gardner has joined Books & Such Literary Agency. She had been at WordServe Literary Agency since 2007.
Andrew Wetzel has joined Martin Literary Management. He was a junior literary scout at Aram Fox.
Next week, Nicole Judge will join Free Press in the new position of marketing director, overseeing direct-to-consumer marketing efforts. She has been at HarperCollins for the past 7 years, most recently as associate director of marketing for Harper and Harper Business.
Brett Sandusky has joined Macmillan New Ventures as product manager. He was most recently director of product innovation at Kaplan.
In awards news, debut authors were the big winners in the five individual Costa Awards in the UK. Christie Watson won the first novel honors for Tiny Sunbirds Far Away; Andrew Miller's Pure was selected best novel; poet Matthew Hollis's first biography Now All Roads Leads to France: The Last Years of Edward Thomas won in the biography category; debut children's writer Moira Young won the children's book award for Blood Red Road; and UK poet laureate Carol Ann Duffy won the poetry category for her collection, The Bees. The overall winner will be named January 24.
Watson's book was published in the US, by Other Press; Young was published here by Margaret K. McElderry Books; Hollis's book is available as an ebook on Kindle from Faber; and Miller is under contract to Europa Editions.
Readers report that the Barnes & Noble in the Edgewater Commons mall in New Jersey also closed at the end of 2011.