Don Sedgwick is stepping down as chairman, director, and shareholder in the Transatlantic Agency after fifteen years. He explains in a statement that "most of my days are now taken up as executive director of the new MFA in Creative Nonfiction at the University of King's College (Halifax). I need to ensure that these MFA students are given independent and unbiased advice about how to get their work published."
Louise Fury is joining The Bent Agency as an agent in their New York office. She represents young adult, new adult,romance, commercial fiction, pop culture and select nonfiction. Fury was previously at the L. Perkins Agency.
Jill Corcoran has left The Herman Agency after 4 years to create the Jill Corcoran Literary Agency. She notes, "I am lucky to be starting not only with Ronnie's support and blessings but also with the clients that I signed while at Herman Agency."
Emma Boys Campion joins Ten Speed Press next week as creative director, overseeing the design department. Most recently, she was creative director at Weldon Owen in San Francisco. Emily Timberlake has been promoted to editor, and Patrick Barb moved over to Ten Speed from Watson-Guptill in August as editor. Earlier in the summer, Natalie Mulford joined the line as associate marketing manager. She was most recently marketing and publicity director for Heyday Books.
Hector Martinez will join Little, Brown Children's as children's national account manager on September 9. Previously he was purchasing account rep for Follett Educational Services.
The Book Industry Study Group (BISG) will honor Ingram executive Wendell Lotz with their first lifetime achievement award ("for outstanding work on behalf of BISG over the course of their career"). The organization has also listed the nominees for new awards for a friend of the industry; industry innovation; and top disruptor.
Bloomsbury has acquired the natural history list of New Holland Publishers, comprising over 200 titles. They will integrate into the their existing natural history list, which includes the Christopher Helm ornithology list, the T&D Poyser imprint and the RSPB books.
In bookselling briefs, Diesel will hold a grand opening party at their new bookstore in Larkspur, CA on Sunday, September 29.
Philadelphia's LGBT store Giovanni's Room is for sale, and might close in the absence of a buyer.