Alessandra Lusardi has joined Rizzoli as senior editor for its Ex Libris imprint, dedicated to upmarket transatlantic literary fiction and non-fiction and set to launch officially in Fall 2012 after a soft launch this fall. Lusardi will acquire titles from Europe, particularly in French and Italian, as well as original titles in English. Previously she was an editor at Viking for the past nine years. In addition, senior editor Kathleen Jayes will also acquire for Ex Libris.
Barbara Jones will join Henry Holt as executive editor on October 24, concentrating on acquiring fiction as well as some memoir and narrative nonfiction. She spent the past three years as editorial director of Hyperion and Voice.
Adam Wilson will join Gallery Books as editor on October 10, reporting to Jen Bergstrom. He has been at Harlequin for the last seven years, working on Harlequin’s Teen, Mira, and Luna lines.
Co-founder and CEO of Open Road Jane Friedman was named to Fortune magazine’s 2011 Ten Most Powerful Women Entrepreneurs list, and is participating in Fortune’s Most Powerful Women Summit in California this week.
Prime Books has expanded their relationship with Paula Guran who will now serve as senior editor. (She had been working independently with the company.) Additionally, Jennifer Jackson at the Donald Maass Literary Agency will represent Prime Books’ subrights.
Bookmasters has added “cost-effective color print-on-demand” with the addition of the Océ JetStream 1000 digital ink-jet printer.
Simon & Schuster will handle all sales, distribution and fulfillment for The Pokemon Company’s new publishing arm Pikachu Press, which will begin releasing Pokemon titles in spring 2012.