Laura Dawson has joined Firebrand Technologies as content chief and head of their content services group. Most recently she has been a consultant specializing in publishing technology issues and she is co-chair of the Book Industry Study Group’s Identification and Rights Committees. Dawson replaces Daniel Lee, who is leaving Firebrand to become managing editor at the Bard Graduate Center in NYC.
At Simon & Schuster, Lynnette Spence has been promoted to HR Director, staffing.
Former senior editor art, design and photography books at Chronicle for 10 years Alan Rapp has started ARstudio, packaging visual books.
The Houston Chronicle says an autopsy is to be performed to determine why bookseller and publisher David Thompson, 38, died suddenly. Sarah Weinman has gathered links to dozens of tributes and postings.
Links (Confessions of an Idiosyncratic Mind)
Nelson Johnson, about to enjoy renewed attention for his book BOARDWALK EMPIRE thanks to the HBO series that it inspired, has been “required to cancel all appearances related to his writing,” the Observer reports. As a New Jersey Superior Court trial judge, his “extrajudicial activities” require the approval of the court and must conform to a state code of ethical conduct.
Johnson is due to argue his case with the court’s Advisory Committee on Extrajudicial Activities, but publisher Plexus Publishing indicates a final decision from the court could take months. They have printed 85,000 copies of the tie-in paperback.