Movable Type Literary Group and Artists and Artisans announced their merger over the summer, and they have formed two operating units: Movable Type Management, with Jason Allen Ashlock as president, and a performance division, Movable Type Media with Artists and Artisans’ Adam Chromy as president. The media division will develop in-house film, television, and digital. Jamie Brenner, Brianne Mulligan and Michele Matrisciani all serve as senior literary managers.
Matt Weiland will join Norton as senior editor on October 24, reporting to editor-in-chief John Glusman. He has spent the past three years as senior editor for Ecco.
Ethan Nosowsky has been named editorial director of McSweeney’s, responsible for acquiring and editing fiction and nonfiction for the company’s book publishing arm as well as overseeing other publications. Nosowsky spent the past four years as editor-at-large for Graywolf and he starts on October 31.
Suzie Townsend joins Nancy Coffey Literary & Media Representation as a full-time agent, concentrating on fiction from middle grade to adult. She spent the past three years at FinePrint Literary Management.
Niki Papadopoulos has joined Portfolio, Sentinel, and Current as a senior editor. She will acquire and edit primarily for the business and science lists. Most recently she was an editor for the business group at McGraw-Hill Professional.
Eileen Lawrence will join Little, Brown Children’s as executive director of marketing on October 19, reporting to deputy publisher Andrew Smith.
At Chicago Review Press, Lisa Reardon has been promoted to senior editor, acquiring children’s and YA nonfiction as well as selected adult nonfiction.
Tara Walker will join Tundra Books as editorial director on November 1. Previously she was an editor for Kids Can Press.
At Canongate, Francis Bickmore has been promoted to editorial director.
The Cooke Agency International will represent foreign rights for Toronto’s ChiZine Publications.
Thriller writer Karin Slaughter has partnered with De Bezige Bij in Holland for a new imprint, Slaughterhouse Books, that will publish four crime and thriller titles a year. The imprint’s launch authors are Chevy Stevens and Elizabeth Haynes, and Slaughter’s agent Victoria Sanders tells us they “are in discussions with several of Karin’s major territories about expanding the Slaughterhouse Books brand, but it is too soon to be any more specific than that.”
The Slaughterhouse Books name may ring a bell for industry watchers, as it is the same name as a graphic novel imprint Slaughter was slated to oversee for Oni Press, starting with her own title THE RECIDIVISTS. Sanders explained the deal with Oni was terminated a few years ago after both sides did not agree on final terms, though discussions are ongoing with another publisher regarding both the imprint and adapting one of Slaughter’s books as a graphic novel. As for THE RECIDIVISTS, Sanders said “it is still under contract in a number of territories” but Slaughter has been busy with the imprint launch and her next book, due to her publishers by the end of the year.
As you may have noticed Tuesday, we accidentally referred to Apple and the six largest trade publishers as plaintiffs in the class-action suits over agency pricing rather than defendants.