In the UK, publishing director of Transworld’s crime and thriller books Selina Walker will move over to become publisher for Century and Arrow, starting in mid-July.
At Transworld, editorial director Sarah Adams will take over Walker’s role; Cat Cobain is being promoted to publishing director of the women’s fiction list; and nonfiction editor Sarah Emsley is moving up to senior editorial director.
At HarperCollins, Leah Wasielewski has been promoted to senior director of marketing for Harper, Harper Business and Broadside Books.
Bloomsbury sub-rights manager since 2006 Lauren Shekari has left the company.
In disclosure forms, Massachusetts Senator Scott Brown reported receiving $700,000 from HarperCollins for his memoir published earlier this year.
Jeff Kinney‘s sixth Wimpy Kid book, releasing November 15, will be called, DIARY OF A WIMPY KID: CABIN FEVER. USA Today has the new cover posted.
This month’s issue of Poets & Writers features a cover story on agents Bill Clegg, Elyse Cheney, Kirby Kim, and Emily Forland, “who turned their debut writers into last summer’s hot authors, talk[ing] about what drew them to the manuscripts, how they negotiated the deals, and what their authors did that made the difference.”
John T. Colby, who bought the rights to various entities owned by the late Byron Preiss, is suing Apple in New York’s Southern District Court over trademark infringement on the iBooks name (Preiss, as many may recall, published books under the iBooks imprint starting in the late 1990s.) “Apple’s use of the mark ‘iBooks’ to denote the electronic library that can be accessed via its iPad tablet computer and its iPhone is likely to overwhelm the good will of plaintiffs’ ‘ibooks’ and ipicturebooks’ marks and render them virtually worthless,” Colby said in the complaint.
Colum McCann‘s National Book Award-winning LET THE GREAT WORLD SPIN (Random House in the US, and Bloomsbury UK) has won the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. He’s the second Irish-born winner of the international winner (following Colm Toibin, who was a contender this year for BROOKLYN). Judges called McCann’s book “a remarkable literary work” and “a genuinely 21st century novel that speaks to its time, but is not enslaved by it.”
The Center for Fiction will present the 2011 Roger Shattuck Prizes for Criticism to founding co-editor of n+1 Marco Roth and Lila Azam Zanganeh.
As previously announced, Ingram has now opened Lightning Source Australia, with over 1.3 million titles available for printing and sale to Australian customers. It’s their third international facility (with a large operation in the UK, and a joint-venture with Hachette in France).
Thomas Nelson will open Thomas Nelson Mexico as a wholly-owned subsidiary in Mexico City, on August 1. They say it will make them “the first major Christian publisher to market, distribute and sell locally.” Grupo Nelson vp, publisher Larry Downs will oversee the unit, and Roberto Rivas will serve as general director in Mexico City, leading a team of marketing and sales associates.
The Oxford English Dictionary is being updated today with over 1,840 newly revised and updated words. The publisher says they have added 98,000 revised and new entries since the OED went online in early 2000. They say the proportion of scientific words continues to increase.