John Crutcher, who co-founded Bloomberg Press and was most recently global director of trade sales, has left Bloomberg LP following the press’s partnership with Wiley and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Toby Press laid off editor Deborah Meghnagi Bailey, who will now work for them freelance, and has canceled three books from its fall list of six or seven titles. Owner Matthew Miller says that following the acquisition of Koren Publishers Jerusalem and Maggid Books, “because we’ve got so many things going on, we can’t afford to do the kind of things we were doing before, when we could take more risks.”
Josalyn Moran will join Albert Whitman & Company as vp, publishing on May 24, 2010. She has been children’s publishing director at Chronicle, as well as vp of children’s books at Barnes & Noble and associate publisher at North-South Books previously.
Conville & Walsh agent Ben Mason is leaving after two years to set up his own agency, as of June 1.
At Scholastic’s trade publishing division, they have hired Nick Eliopulos as editor (he was at Random House Children’s); Laurie Mirch as Klutz Sales Manager, specialty independent (she was sales manager at Playroom Entertainment); Caryn Kaminker as senior financial analyst; and Charlie Young as southeast district sales manager (he was at Simon & Schuster).
And they have promoted Stacy Lellos has been promoted to vp, trade marketing; Rachel Coun to executive director, hardcover marketing; Julie Amitie to the new position of director, cross channel marketing; Gavin Brown to manager, multi-platform publishing; and Emily Sharpe to assistant marketing manager.
At becker&mayer!, Jessica Eskelsen has been promoted to photo researcher.
Academic publisher Continuum International will move its customer service, fulfillment, billing and collection functions to National Book Network‘s distribution center as of July 1. They will continue to maintain their own sales and marketing.
Carlyle Group executive (and fellow original Baltimorean) David Rubenstein has s pledged $5 million to the Libary of Congress to ensure the continuation of the annual National Book Festival on the mall in Washington, DC, though the Library must raise an additional $2.5 million annually for the event. The five-year grant also supports expanding the festival “into a full program promoting books and reading.”