Author Russell Hoban, 86, died on Tuesday. His most recent book, ANGELICA LOST AND FOUND, was published by Bloomsbury in November 2010. Editor David Lloyd, who was with Hoban recently, posted a short note. “We took it in turns to read to him at the end…. The world will sound so different without him.”
Publisher of Waldman House Press Ned Waldman, 78, died Tuesday at a care center near his home in Wisconsin. Waldman and cousin Norton Stillman “were known nationally as owners of Minneapolis-based The Bookmen, the Midwest’s biggest book distributor” (no longer in business). He founded Waldman House–which published A Cup of Christmas Tea–in 1978 and retired in 2003.
Rebecca Carter is joining Janklow & Nesbit’s UK office as a literary agent. Carter has been at Random House UK, most recently at Harvill Secker.
At Scribner, Paul Whitlatch has been promoted to editor.
At Ten Speed Press, Elizabeth (Betsy) Stromberg has been promoted to the new position of managing art director, reporting to publisher Aaron Wehner. Stromberg has been at Ten Speed for almost 12 years.
At Thomas Nelson, Laura Minchew has been promoted to svp of specialty publishing. She was publisher of the children’s book and education division, and then lead the family entertainment division.
Random House UK digital editor Dan Franklin is being promoted to digital publisher, and multimedia editor Jon Salt is moving up to head of digital product development, the Bookseller reports.
In distribution news, Chronicle Books has renewed their services agreement with Hachette Book Group, which has provided fulfillment and distribution services in the US trade market for Chronicle and their clients since January 2008. HBG also provides international sales support into Latin America, the Caribbean and the Middle East, as well as fulfillment of web orders placed on the Chronicle website.
Nashville-based Turner Publishing will use Ingram Publisher Services for distribution (but not sales and marketing) as of January 1, 2012.
Samhain Publishing has launched their Retro Romance line, bringing back out-of-print romance novels from the seventies, eighties, nineties and early 2000s.