Jill Schwartzman is joining Hyperion as a senior editor, acquiring pop culture, humor, memoir, biography, narrative nonfiction, popular history, and up-market commercial fiction. She was senior editor at Random House Trade Paperbacks.
Former Barnes & Noble director of digital content Mike Ferrari has joined Borders, as merchandising director, trade books. Reporting to svp, merchandising Larry Norton, he will oversee categories including mystery/thriller, fiction, romance, science fiction, graphic novels, sports, local titles, business, computers, literary fiction, poetry, performing arts as well as Spanish books. (Before he joined B&N many years ago, Ferrari had worked for Walden.)
Paris Review co-founder and former president of Viking Press (which his father Harold co-founded) Thomas Guinzburg, 84, died of complications of heart bypass surgery on Wednesday. As the NYT points out, “Guinzburg was known for his editorial staff,” and hired such people as Corlies Smith, Aaron Asher, Elisabeth Sifton, and Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis.
PGW is taking over distribution for comic artist and BONE creator Jeff Smith’s publishing company Cartoon Books in October. Other recently-signed clients include: the UK’s MP Publishing; Breadpig; Bazillion Points; Verse Chorus Press; Tinderbox Press; and Wise Parenting Press.