Publisher of Whitecap Books since 2001, Robert McCullough will join Random House Canada on July 11 as publisher of a new imprint. The line will focus on “the type of lifestyle and food titles for Canada and the North American marketplace that he has published” in the past. The unit will draw on all of RH Canada’s shared services. It’s designed to grow to publish 15 to 20 titles a year. McCullough will remain based in Vancouver, and reports to president Brad Martin.
UK literary agents Patrick Walsh and Clare Conville of Conville & Walsh are launching a speakers’ agency later this month, on June 28, called Hire Intelligence. They will represent 40 lecturers at launch, primarily existing book clients, including Richard Wiseman, Simon Singh, Helen Castor, Carl Honore, Elaine Fox, Misha Glenny, Mike Dash, Andrea Wulf, Gavin Pretor-Pinney and Society of Authors chairman Tom Holland.
Clients are represented worldwide, though the initial focus will be on engagements in Europe. Run as a separate entity, Hire Intelligence expects to take on lecture representation for authors represented by other literary agencies as well.
Molly O’Neill has been promoted to editor of Katherine Tegen Books.
Joy Bertan will join Simon & Schuster on June 15 as staffing director. She replaces Lynnette Spence, who left the company for another position in late April.
Julia Donaldson, author of the bestselling picture book THE GRUFFALO is the UK’s newest Children’s Laureate.
Macmillan has sold the majority stake in Macmillan Uganda to Moran Publishers East Africa Limited. Annette Thomas, the CEO of Macmillan said the former Macmillan publishing unit will now trade as Moran Publishers Uganda Limited.