Spain and Spanish publishing will be the focus of BEA’s Global Market Forum program in 2010. Programs will include a day of educational sessions, and BEA is “seeking cooperation with numerous literary and cultural institutions in New York City to provide programming which extends beyond the convention center and will be open to the public.” They say they are in discussions with the 92nd St. Y, the New York Public Library, the Brooklyn Public Library, and others. The Ministry of Culture of Spain, the Federation of Spanish Publishers and the Spanish Trade Commission are partners in the Spanish exhibition.
Separately, Oxford University Press has announced an agreement with Mayo Clinic Scientific Press to publish medical reference and textbooks authored by Mayo Clinic physicians and researchers. (Kaplan has a general trade publishing agreement with Mayo.)
Vook‘s latest initiative is a line of enhanced classic “designed to motivate young readers to engage with the classics that have transformed literature over time.” To promote the first release, The Sherlock Holmes Experience (priced at $2.99), they are offering a free copy to educators and any accredited school or public library in the US and UK.
In People news, Paul Kozlowski will join the Other Press as director of marketing and sales on January 1. He has worked as a bookseller, a retail manager, a sales rep, a marketing director and, most recently, director of Sales marketing at Random House.
In the UK, Octopus has hired Stephanie Jackson as publishing director for Hamlyn, where she will commission “across a range of areas including business, wellbeing, brands and new business development, and acquire US-focused titles and authors.” She was previously publisher at DK, responsible for special projects, sex, business, TV and UK custom publishing.