At Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Children’s, Jenny Groves and Jenn Taber have been promoted to publicity manager, and Jean Thrift has been promoted to marketing associate.
Cambridge University Press has hired Peter Phillips as chief operating officer, joining the publisher in early October, the Bookseller reports. He will join the board of the press as well. He was at the UK’s Office of Communications (an independent regulator and competition authority in the communications industries.)
A group of people with connections to trade publishing, including agent Rafe Sagalyn, author and editor of the New Republic Franklin Foer and others have held informal discussions for some time with Politics & Prose owners Barbara Meade and Carla Cohen about bidding for the store, now made public in a NYT piece.
Meade says that “about 20 potential buyers” have approached them and indicates that sale process could take up to a year. Meade thinks the store is worth “somewhere in the neighborhood of $2 million.” She adds, “we’re not going to sell unless it’s a person we feel completely comfortable with and would be as devoted to books and our customers as we have been.”