Bloomsbury will launch a new popular science imprint, Sigma, in October 2014 that will publish up to 15 titles per year globally and will be overseen by Jim Martin, previously an editor on the adult trade division's natural science list. The first Sigma list include Sex on Earth by Jules Howard, The World's Smallest Mammoth by Victoria Herridge, and additional titles by Amy Teitel, David Hone and Kat Arney. Martin said in a statement: "It's very exciting to be able to bring new and dynamic authors to a broad audience with Sigma. The books will combine the very best writing and the latest research from across the sciences, while sharing one common feature – the delivery of a rattling good read."
At the Overlook Press, Mark Krotov has been promoted to editor.
Alice Munro will not travel to Stockholm to accept her Nobel Prize for Literature on December 10 due to poor health, according to a note sent by permanent secretary Peter Englund. It's not yet clear who will represent Munro at the ceremony.
Finally, we incorrectly stated which publishing house Brenda Chin is joining as editorial director on December 1. It is BelleBooks, not BenBella.