In what has to be considered a case of turnabout being fair play, Eamon Dolan will leave Penguin Press for Houghton Mifflin Harcourt to become VP and Editorial Director of his own imprint, Eamon Dolan Books, starting on June 13. Before he’d moved to Penguin Press as editor-in-chief in 2007 – a title removed with Scott Moyers’ return earlier this month as publisher, with Ann Godoff taking on editor-in-chief duties – Dolan held the same title at what was then Houghton Mifflin, editing books by Eric Schlosser, Buzz Bissinger, Jerome Groopman and David Sheff.
The new imprint will concentrate on narrative and serious non-fiction, aiming to publish 10 titles a year. “Eamon Dolan is one of the best editors in the industry, with a knack for publishing books that launch discussions that last for decades,” said HMH publisher Bruce Nichols in a statement. “He is also a wonderful colleague whose return is cause for joyous celebration.”
In other people news, Hector Torres will join Penguin Group as accounts manager for the Latin America and Carribean division. Previously he was a buyer for the Borders stores in Puerto Rico.
At Thomas Nelson, Sally Hoffman has been promoted to svp, sales and marketing, and Tom Knight moves up to svp, sales. In addition, Eric Shanfelt joins the company on July 1 as svp, eMedia, responsible for developing and implementing a comprehensive digital strategy that integrates the company’s publishing and live events businesses. Previously he served in executive roles at Penton Media, Virgo Publishing and Interweave.
At Holiday House, Pamela Glauber has been promoted to editor.
Dutch-German author and psychoanalyst Hans Keilson, 101, died in hospital this week, according to his German publisher S. Fischer Verlag. Keilson’s novels COMEDY IN A MINOR KEY (1947) and THE DEATH OF THE ADVERSARY (1962) were published by FSG in 2010, with the former nominated for the National Book Critics Circle Award.
Correcting Tuesday’s item on the fire at Ben Franklin Bookstore, the store is located in Worcester, MA, not Salem.