Dan Ehrenhaft has joined Harper Children’s fiction team as director of intellectual property development, developing and commissioning original projects primarily for the teen and tween market in both print as well as emerging digital formats. He was a senior editor at Sourcebooks, where he launched their teen imprint Sourcebooks Fire and acquired for Jabberwocky.
Mary Anne Thompson Associates has been appointed the US literary scout for Croatian publisher Znanje.
The ABA membership ratified the nominated officers and board members. Michael Tucker and Becky Anderson will serve second one-year terms as president and vce president, respectively. Sarah Bagby of Watermark Books in Wichita, Kansas will joing the board in June for a three-year term, as Cathy Langer of Tattered Cover Book Store leaves after two terms as a director.
Forbes Asia has a profile of Luc Kwanten and Lily Chen at the Big Apple Agency, “mainland China’s first and largest literary agency…licensing 4,000 titles a year to Chinese publishers.” Forbes says they had $12 million in revenue and a $1.5 million profit last year, with Kwanten predicting sales of $14 million this year.
The Time 100 list includes author Suzanne Collins, along with other authors including Michael Pollan and Atul Gawande. On Collins they write:
“She’s a natural, lighting from thriller to bodice ripper to fantasy in the space of a few chapters, churning out a powerful, innovative oeuvre without making a big deal about it. Her literary dexterity lends itself to marketingspeak — call it Children of Men meets The Clan of the Cave Bear — but Collins is not pastiche. She’s a literary fusioneer, that rare writer who is all things to all readers.”
The Edgar winners were announced last night in over a dozen categories, including:
The Last Child, by John Hart (Minotaur)
Best First Novel
In the Shadow of Gotham, by Stefanie Pintoff (Minotaur)
Best Paperback Original
Body Blows, by Marc Strange (Dundurn Press – Castle Street Mysteries)
Yesterday’s WSJ analysis notwithstanding, Hart won the Edgar for best novel two years ago for Down River.