Stephanie Gorton has joined The Overlook Press as editor. She was previously managing editor at Canongate UK. Tom Willshire has joined Overlook as national accounts manager. He was previously at Continuum.
At St. Martin’s, Monique Patterson has been promoted to executive editor.
At HarperCollins, May Chen has been promoted to senior editor. Also at the company, John Jusino has been promoted to director of production editorial for the Harper, Harper Business, and Collins Reference imprints.
Joan Slattery is joining Pippin Properties as an agent and contracts manager. She has been at Random House for 20 years, most recently as senior executive editor for Knopf Children’s.
Donald Rumsfeld‘s memoir will be released by Sentinel on January 25, titled KNOWN AND UNKNOWN. Publisher Adrian Zackheim promises that “this memoir pulls no punches.” The imprint indicates that they will display thousands of pages of previously not disclosed documents on a website that will accompany the book.
Wiley announced board approval for a stock repurchase program of up to 4 million shares, drawing on the company’s “strong cash flow.” (They have approximately 60 million shares outstanding.)
Crain’s ran a piece yesterday recognizing Wiley’s building of a “multifaceted business that is widely recognized as both stable and cutting-edge” as well as “consistently profitable.” Alas Crain’s finds the company “unexciting” and even “boring,” but “Wiley is in a far better place than many of its peers in trade publishing, not least because it stopped publishing fiction before the Civil War. Its niche titles targeting specific communities are easier to market online–and rely less on brick-and-mortar bookstore displays–than the general-interest books that make up the bulk of what Random House or HarperCollins produces.”