IDPF executive director Michael Smith will leave the organization shortly “to pursue other opportunities in the digital book space.” He will stay on during the search procress and transition to a replacement, which the organization hopes “will be completed by early January 2011.”
At Random House UK, Cornerstone managing director Susan Sandon, Ebury managing director Fiona MacIntyre, Random House UK Children’s managing director Philippa Dickinson, and human resources director Neil Morrison have all been appointed to the company’s main board. CEO Gail Rebuck says in the announcement “this new structure ensures that we harness the strengths and talents at Board level of all those with P&L responsibility for our major UK profit centres and aligns us with the board structure of our colleagues at Random House Inc. It also highlights our commitment to talent management; recognising the importance that people and culture play in our business planning and organisational strategy.”
CEO of Australia/New Zealand bookselling giant REDgroup Retail Dave Fenlon has resigned for personal reasons, and he will serve as an advisor to the company. with his departure, executives will report directly to chairman Steve Cain.
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Next March’s THE LAND OF PAINTED CAVES was supposed to be Jean Auel‘s sixth and final book in her Earth’s Children series. But the 74-year-old author told the AP in an interview, “To be honest, I don’t feel like I’m through. I still have some material and I’m going to keep on writing. It’s what I do.” The new book has been eight years in the making.
David Vann won France’s 2010 Prix Medicis etranger for SUKKWAN ISLAND, published in the US as a novella, along with several other stories, in LEGEND OF A SUICIDE (first by the University of Massachusetts Press, then in paperback by Harper.) His first novel CARIBOU ISLAND will be published in January.