Richard Florest has joined Open Road as director of acquisitions, Open Road Author Brands. Previously an editor at Weinstein Books and Miramax Books, Florest reports to publisher Brendan Cahill.
Delia Berrigan Fakis has been promoted to executive literary agent at DSM Agency and will be representing projects in the areas narrative nonfiction, memoir, business, self-help, current events, inspiration, and literary fiction in addition to continuing to handle the sale of translation, audio and film rights for the agency.
At Little, Brown, Michelle Aielli is moving up to director of publicity, and Sabrina Callahan has been promoted to assistant director of publicity, James Patterson. Both will continue to report to Nicole Dewey.
Scholastic has hired Duriya Aziz as vp, educational publishing, international group, reporting to Shane Armstrong, president, Scholastic international and growth markets. Aziz was at educational publisher Marshall Cavendish International (Singapore). Based in Singapore, she will be “responsible for building a publishing team to develop and adapt existing product for international markets, with a particular focus on the Southeast Asian region” along with directing the publishing operations at Scholastic India.
Independent Publishers Group is celebrating its fortieth anniversary with a new logo, and “will also move towards using the initials ‘IPG,’ which is how it is referred to by much of the industry.”
Judith Regan has settled the lawsuit brought by her former attorneys at the now-bankrupt law firm of Dreier. She tells NY Magazine, “Everyone had reached a settlement agreement in the fall. The papers were not completely signed, they had been drafted.” The case made news in February after the discovery of documents that were inadvertently not sealed, which revealed Regan’s contention that Fox News chief Roger Ailes “advised Regan to lie to, and to withhold information from, investigators concerning Bernard Kerik.” Regan adds, “We settled before the Roger Ailes article.”
Richard Nash’s Red Lemonade has opened for online business, as the line begins its trade publishing program. Three titles have their full text posted via the site. Visitors can, if they wish, both comment on and annotate the text, and respond to others’ comments and annotations. Red Lemonade is billed as the “first imprint” from Cursor. (NB: the beta site was live earlier this morning, then hanging when we tried the line again.)