Chris Labonté is leaving Douglas & McIntyre, where he has been fiction acquisitions editor, "to pursue his own writing and other endeavors." Following his departure, the acquisition and editing of fiction will be integrated into the broader editorial department.
Masie Cochran has joined Tin House Books as an associate editor, acquiring high-end women’s fiction, literary fiction, crime, narrative nonfiction, memoirs, and southern fiction. Most recently she worked for Inkwell Management.
CEO of yet-to-be-launched Bookish Caroline Marks was relieved of duty the week before last, according to one source. Otherwise, we're continuing our standing policy that reporting on the venture or tracking ever-changing promises of when the site might launch isn't worth it. You'll know when it's really live.
William (Billy) Clark will join Hachette Book Group on October 1 in their Nashville office as vp of client sales and services/Nashville sales. In this new role, he will oversee client services, manage the newly-formed client sales team, and act as Nashville sales liaison/sales director. He was at Anderson Merchandisers for over 18 years, most recently as vp of merchandising sales and marketing.
The Bookseller warns that layoffs are likely in Penguin UK's travel publishing lines (which include Rough Guides and DK Eyewitness Travel), with the company having begun the required 30-day consultation period. "The review will look at what is published and how it is published, with pressure from the rise of digital and a changing market understood to be the catalyst behind the review."
We goofed on Friday; Anica Rissi has moved from Simon & Schuster Children's to the Harper Children's imprint, Katherine Tegen Books.