The PEN American Center has named Steven Isenberg as executive director. For the past six years, he was a visiting professor of humanities at the University of Texas, Austin). His many previous positions include stints as publisher of New York Newsday, evp of the Los Angeles Times, and chief of staff to New York Mayor John Lindsay.
Susannah McFarlane, former co-owner, managing direct and publisher of Hardie Grant Egmont in Australia has launched a new company, Lemonfizz Media. She will “focus on fully developing a small number of publishing projects that we are passionate about and really investing in them. That means marketing investment but also working to develop the concepts across all possible platforms to deliver great stories and content for kids.” Their first three book series have been signed by Scholastic in Australia and New Zealand.
Publications International is moving sales and distribution to gift and independent bookstore accounts to Perseus Distribution, effective immediately.