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Jane von Mehren has joined Zachary Shuster Harmsworth as an affiliate agent after more than 25 years as an editor and publishing executive, most recently as an svp and publisher, trade paperback at the Random House Publishing Group.

Penguin Group evp for legal affairs Alex Gigante since 1997 has joined Cowan DeBaets Abrahams & Sheppard as special counsel. He will continue his association with Penguin Random House through October 2014 in the part-time role of senior counsel.

At Viking Penguin, Chris Russell and Maggie Riggs have both been promoted to associate editor.

At Random House, Grant Neumann has been promoted to vp, senior director, copy; Erika Greber has been promoted to senior marketing manager; Maggie Oberrender has been promoted to marketing manager; and Nina Shield has moved up to associate editor.

Amy Kaneko is now vp sales and marketing at Weldon Owen, where she has worked for seven years. She was previously vp sales and business development.

Courtney Griffin will join Bloomsbury Children's as a publicist. Most recently, she was an associate publicist at Macmillan Children's.

At Macmillan, Kristina Kadle has been promoted to senior special sales manager; Carol Monteiro has been promoted to sales coordinator, special sales; and Elizabeth Lacks has been promoted to assistant editor at St. Martin's.

Harlequin announced a number of editorial promotions, all effective February 1. In Toronto, Dana Grimaldi has been promoted to assistant editor, Heartwarming and Gold Eagle, while Piya Campana moves up to assistant editor, Superromance and DTC. Dana Hopkins has been promoted to assistant editor, Harlequin American, Blaze, Worldwide Library Programs, BAC. Kate Studer moves up to assistant editor, HQN. In New York, Allison Carroll moves up to assistant editor, Desire and Romantic Suspense. And in the UK, Laura McCallen has been promoted to assistant editor, Harlequin Presents/Modern, while Kathryn Cheshire moves up to assistant editor, Harlequin Historical.

Bethanne Patrick is now books editor at Washingtonian Magazine.

The Today Show Book Club has made Nancy Horan's Under the Wide and Starry Sky their latest pick.