Consultant and former Bowker ceo Michael Cairns has taken a full-time position at SharedBook after working with them to launch their AcademicPub product. Cairns is chief revenue officer for the company, and will continue to focus on the development of AcademicPub–an online platform that lets educators create fully-licensed custom coursepacks, pulling together licensable publisher content, personal materials from their own computers and information from the web through an online interface.
Angus Killick is joining Macmillan Children’s in the new position of vp, associate publisher, reporting to president Jon Yaged. Killick will coordinate publishing programs across the group’s imprints, lead the children’s marketing team, oversee key marketing campaigns, and pursue business development opportunities. He was associate publisher and director of marketing at Kingfisher.
Karyn Marcus will join Simon & Schuster as a senior editor starting on October 31, focusing on non-fiction and suspense fiction. She spent the past three years as an editor at Thomas Dunne Books.
At Douglas & MacIntyre, Jesse Finkelstein has been promoted to the new position of director, publishing services and operations, and will continue to be responsible for D&M’s digital and foreign rights programs as well. In addition, Trena White moves up to associate publisher, responsible for the imprint’s day-to-day activities in addition to acquiring non-fiction titles.
Consortium has added three new distribution clients specializing in visual arts and design as of January 1, 2012: MCCM Creations, Nobrow Press, and Promopress.
Agent and author Jeff Herman is launching a social network at waenet.com in November, for writers, agents and editors.
The newest group of Whiting Foundation Award winners were announced Tuesday, with each receiving a $50,000 grant:
Don Mee Choi
Charles Foran has won the Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust of Canada Prize for Non-Fiction for MORDECAI: THE LIFE AND TIMES, his biography of Mordecai Richler. The $60,000 (CDN) prize is the richest annual award in Canada for non-fiction.