Don Fehr joins Trident Media Group as a literary agent. Most recently he was editorial director at Kaplan Publishing. Agency chairman Robert Gottlieb calls it “a wonderful opportunity to combine his extraordinary experiences in publishing, his unique relationships with authors, and his ability to create new business opportunities.”
At Free Press, Leah Miller has been promoted to associate editor, reporting to editor-in-chief Dominick Anfuso and continuing to work with Dominick on his books as well as those of other editors, while also acquiring for her own list.
At PublicAffairs, Tessa Shanks has been promoted to publicity manager.
At Harlequin, executive editor of HQN and Luna Tracy Farrell has resigned after 25 years with the company. Farrell has been working closely with Tara Parsons to help her transition into her expanded role as head of HQN and Luna. Editorial Director Margaret Marbury notes that “Tracy’s contributions to the company have been invaluable.”
In the UK, Lucinda Capel has joined Lucy Abrahams Literary Scouting as assistant scout. Her clients are Dutch Media in The Netherlands, Books in the Attic and Yedioth Books/ Miskal in Israel and Sonia Draga in Poland.
Ian Brown has won Canada’s Charles Taylor Prize for Literary Non-Fiction for The Boy in the Moon: A Father’s Search For His Disabled Son. (Published by Random House Canada, it has not been listed for sale by US retailers yet.)
FT Press has officially announced their FT Press Delivers imprint, which presents short pieces sold electronically. Elements sells pdfs focused on “one simple idea relating to work and life” derived from existing books. Shorts are original 4,000 to 5,000-word pieces, sold via major ebook retailers (at $2.99 each). The program also includes selected FT Press books as iPhone apps.
The University of Nebraska Press has been awarded a $20,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to support publication of translated works in 2010 and 2011. Among the titles the grant will help support are a short story collection by J. M. G. Le ClÃ©zio.