On Friday, Library Journal abruptly announced the immediate departure of editor-in-chief Francine Fialkoff, after 15 years of running the magazine. Executive editor Michael Kelley has taken over as interim editor-in-chief. "Fialkoff plans to stay in the library world."
At Harlequin, Emily Rodmell has been promoted to editor at the Love Inspired imprint.
Ellen Gerstein will join Grand Central as vp, director of marketing, starting September 10 and reporting directly to Jamie Raab. She was the director of marketing in the professional/trade division at Wiley for almost two decades.
Alice Rahaeuser has joined Random House Children's as production associate, reporting to Timothy Terhune. Most recently she worked at Neuwirth and Associates, managing book production for customers including Tor, The Experiment and Pegasus Books.
Christina Rodriguez has joined Hudson Street Press as associate editor. She was previously an assistant editor at Little, Brown.
Former Bertelsmann chief executive Hartmut Ostrowski is joining the Frankfurt office of boutique investment bank Greenhill & Co. as a senior advisor, "to assist in the expansion of the firm's client relationships in Germany."
Jonathan Livingston Seagull author Richard Bach, 76, suffered a head injury and broken shoulder on Saturday when the amphibian plane he was piloting in the San Juan Islands off of the Seattle coast clipped a power line and crashed on landing. By Sunday he was still listed in serious condition but his son said he was improving.
An investigation by Charles Seife of Jonah Lehrer's pieces written for Wired.com from 2010 to 2012 found additional--and extensive--"evidence of plagiarism, dodgy quotes, and factual inaccuracies." Wired said in a statement that "Lehrer's failure to meet Wired editorial standards leaves us no choice but to sever the relationship. As we've said previously, we have found no issues to date with Lehrer's magazine articles, which were subject to the usual thorough fact-checking process."
The 2012 Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers' Awards are being given to fiction writers Julia Elliott, Christina Nichol, and Rachel Swearingen; nonfiction writers Kim Tingley and Inara Verzemnieks; and poet Lauren Goodwin Slaughter.
The Hugo Awards were presented at the World Science Fiction Convention. Among the winners, the honoree for best novel was Jo Walton's AMONG OTHERS (Tor).
Canada's Giller Prize announced their 2012 longlist (and the finalists will be named October 1):
Marjorie Celona, Y
Lauren Davis, Our Daily Bread
Cary Fagan, My Life Among the Apes
Will Ferguson, 419
Robert Hough, Dr. Brinkley's Tower
Billie Livingston, One Good Hustle
Annabel Lyon, The Sweet Girl
Alix Ohlin, Inside
Katrina Onstad, Everybody Has Everything
CS Richardson, The Emperor of Paris
Nancy Richler, The Imposter Bride
Kim Thúy, Ru
Russell Wangersky, Whirl Away
Bookmasters will distribute historical fiction publisher Knox Robinson in the US, Canada, New Zealand, Australia, and Latin America.