Lynda Zuber Sassi has been named director of special sales for Ryland Peters & Small and CICO Books. She was previously a national accounts manager at Chronicle Books.
Effective May 1, Square One Books will be distributed by Thomas Allen & Son. Previously they were distributed by the University of Toronto Press.
At Simon & Schuster Children’s, Andrea Welch has been promoted to senior editor, Beach Lane Books.
Greg Britton will join the Johns Hopkins University Press as editorial director on May 16, where he will also be a senior member of the press’s executive committee. Previously he led the Getty Museum’s publishing program.
Bestselling romance author Beverly Barton, 64, died suddenly last Thursday, of heart failure. Her longtime editor, John Scognamiglio at Kensington, says that she had just completed her recent trilogy and the final book, DEAD BY NIGHTFALL, is in her computer and ready to go. Kensington will publish DEAD BY MORNING in May, the second book in the trilogy begun with the 2010 NYT and USAT bestseller DEAD BY MIDNIGHT, and DEAD BY NIGHTFALL will follow in December.