Executive Editor of Smithsonian Books Elisabeth Dyssegaard will join Hyperion as editor-in-chief on November 16, reporting to Ellen Archer. Archer says in the announcement, “Given Elisabeth’s history of acquiring terrific fiction and narrative nonfiction, and her ability to collaborate with offsite partners, she’s a perfect fit for Hyperion and our multi-platform publishing program.”
Dyssegaard adds, “I love the wide-ranging nature of the list and own food-spattered copies of most of the cookbooks. I have long admired the company’s ability to make bestsellers, and I look forward to working with such a dynamic and enormously talented team.”
TechCrunch reports that an executive headhunter is recruiting a “head of international business” for Barnes & Noble.com–which is interesting since they don’t have one yet. They are told by a candidate it entails “building the international business for BN.com from scratch, hiring the team and ‘building the infrastructure outside the US.'”
CBA ceo Bill Anderson resigned on Friday, after serving as president of the organization since 1985, and board chairman Jim Whittaker of New Life Christian Stores stepped down at the same time, “citing increased time demands that would come along with managing the transition process.” George Thomsen is serving as chair-elect, with a successor for Anderson to be named “at a later time.”
Executive director of the Book Rights Registry-in-formation Michael Healy will also serve as the inaugural David J. Pecker Visiting Professor for Pace University’s Masters in Science in Publishing Program. Healy has long been at the forefront of publishing technology. He will give two annual lectures, mentor students and participate in some corporate training sessions.
Elaboration of Andre Agassi‘s involvement with crystal meth has now moved on to admissions of wearing a hairpiece while playing competitive tennis, as People excerpts the forthcoming book.