Ayesha Pande has officially announced the change of what’s left of Collins Literary to Ayesha Pande Literary, now with a new mailing address and web site as well.
Westwood Creative Artists agent John Pearce is relocating to Victoria, BBC in May 2010, where he will establish a new presence for the agency. Pearce also become a shareholder in the company.
Curtis Brown svp Emilie Jacobson, 85, died April 14 “after a short illness.” A brief notice says “a fall memorial service is to be announced.” Emily St. John Mandel remembers Jacobson at The Millions.
Kendra Harpster is joining the Random House imprint in May as a senior editor, reporting to Susan Kamil.
Seth Russo will rejoin Simon & Schuster as vp, director of international sales on May 10. He held the same title at the company from 1992 to 1997. Russo is currently the principal of Edureach International Consulting, serving both trade and educational publishers in the international marketplace.
At Rodale, Gena Smith has been promoted to assistant editor.
Among those who helped bring the spotlight to Paul Harding’s TINKERS are events coordinator at RiverRun Bookstore Michele Filgate. The store hosted an early reading with Harding, and she reviewed the book online for The Quarterly Conversation and interviewed Harding for Bookslut. According to today’s NYT, Filgate is also the one who “first told” Pulitzer fiction jury chair Rebecca Pepper Sinkler about the book last April.
Amazon has given the Lambda Literary Foundation a $25,000 grant to suppor their Writers’ Retreat for Emerging LGBT Voices this August at the American Jewish University in Los Angeles.