Farrar, Straus is launching an imprint under the Scientific American name, with Hill and Wang publisher Thomas LeBien running the new line as well. They will publish “a select number of titles that extend Scientific American’s 165-year tradition of bringing the insights and developments in science and technology to the widest possible readership.” Scientific American is also part of parent company Macmillan.
Amanda Johnson Moon joins FSG as senior editor on August 9 and will oversee acquisitions for the new imprint. She has editing freelance after working at Basic Books.
Norton has hired Peter Kay for the new position of director, digital marketing and strategy. He was vp, product development in the music and logo group of MTV–before which he was director of interactive media at Random House Audio and Information Publishing. Norton president Drake McFeely says, “Peter will be a key figure in steering our digital marketing efforts and developing new methods of reaching, engaging with, and building our readers.”
Canada’s McClelland & Stewart is retaining Philip Rappaport‘s editorial services. He will acquire and edit “a wide range of literary and commercial non-fiction” from both New York and Toronto. Most recently he had been a senior editor at Bantam Dell.
Weronika Janczuk has joined D4EO Literary Agency, looking in particular for single-title romances as well as commercial and literary fiction. Before working with Bob Diforio, she interned and worked freelance for a number of agencies.
Agent Colleen Lindsay says she is leaving FinePrint Literary Management for an online job at Penguin.
Having taking a lot of flak for Harper’s announcement of the acquisition of his “illustrated memoir,” 16-year-old pop star Justin Bieber has conceded via Twitter that “I’m a little too young to write a memoir.” As he clarifies, it’s a behind-the-scenes picture book from his tour.