People, Etc.

Longtime editor Tom Miller will join Sanford J. Greenburger Associates as a literary agent on September 15. He will represent primarily nonfiction projects in the areas of diet and wellness, psychology and self-help, business, popular culture, spirituality, cooking, and narrative nonfiction. Most recently, he was an executive editor at McGraw-Hill.

Annie Nybo has been promoted to assistant editor at Margaret K. McElderry Books.

In the UK, Bonnier Publishing has hired Justine Smith as publisher of Templar, starting October 20. She was previously a publisher at DK.

Also in the UK, the shortlist was announced for Swansea University's Dylan Thomas Prize to an author 39 or under:

Eleanor Catton, The Luminaries
Joshua Ferris, To Rise Again at a Decent Hour
Eimear McBride, A Girl is a Half-Formed Thing
Kseniya Melnik, Snow in May
Kei Miller, The Cartographer Tries to Map a Way to Zion
Owen Sheers, Mametz
Naomi Wood, Mrs Hemingway

Penelope Niven, 75, author of several notable biographies, a memoir, and an award-winning children's book, died last Thursday, the Winston-Salem Journal reported (link below). She was 75. Niven's books included biographies of Carl Sandburg, Edward Steichen and Thornton Wilder.