People, Etc.

At Gotham/Avery, Lindsay Gordon has been promoted to associate director of publicity.

Beth Ineson has been appointed to the new role of executive director, book marketing, sales, and operations at Boston Common Press, starting March 3. Most recently she was head of field sales at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Ineson will oversee expansion of the marketing and distribution of efforts of the Cook's Illustrated, America's Test Kitchen, and Cook's Country lines of cookbooks.

Annie Kelley has returned to Schwartz & Wade Books as senior editor. Previously she was youth editor at Booklist.

Simon & Schuster UK will combine its adult and children's rights departments into a single entity, headed up by Tracy Phillips, who has been promoted to group rights director (after previously overseeing the children's rights department.) She will report to Russell Evans, and adult rights manager Sarah Birdsey will now report to Phillips. Company ceo Ian Chapman writes in a memo that "by bringing these two teams together we will be delivering a consistent approach and efficiencies within this key business area."

Winner of the Pulitzer and the Ruth Lilly Prize for poetry Maxine Kumin, 88, died on Thursday. The SF Chronicle notes that she was "called "Roberta Frost' by some," — "which is not a bad thing," she acknowledged.

McGraw-Hill Education has acquired adaptive learning company Area9 outright. They have worked together on "personalized learning experiences through technology" since 2007 and McGraw-Hill bought a 20 percent stake in the company in 2013. They say in the announcement that "this acquisition marks McGraw-Hill Education's ongoing transformation as a leader in digital learning and growth as a standalone, global company, while it continues to build its capabilities in adaptive learning."