Kent D. Wolf joins Lippincott Massie McQuilkin as an agent, moving from Global Literary Management. He will continue to represent literary and commercial fiction, select young adult, narrative nonfiction, memoir, pop culture, and lifestyle books.
Jen Linnan has opened her own agency, Linnan Literary Management, specializing in graphic works and illustration, in addition to select adult and children’s prose authors. Previously, Linnan was an associate agent at Sanford J. Greenburger Associates, where she started in 2007 and handled international rights for several major agency clients.
Perseus has added another new executive, hiring Patrick Kirk for the new role of vp, program office, “responsible for helping us manage our biggest, most complex, cross functional, cross geography projects.” Reporting to COO Joe Mangan, Kirk will also help teach staff the “craft skills and tools required to lead the many smaller projects we deal with on a month to month basis.” Kirk has been at Credit Suisse, after many years at American Express.
Callaway Digital Arts announced an expansion of its management team, including Fourth Story Media founder Lisa Holton, who joins the company as vp, content development. They are also adding Caryl Shaw as executive producer and Joe Ghazal as vp of engineering. Holton will also serve as Executive Producer for Callaway’s project with the Learning Applications Media Partnership under funding from the Department of Education.
Laura Perciasepe has been promoted to editor for the Riverhead Books hardcover and paperback imprints. She has worked there for five years.
Carmen Johnson has joined Amazon Publishing New York as associate editor. She had been an editorial assistant at Knopf.
Digital Book World community relations manager Matt Mullin will move to Barnes & Noble in March as a manager of digital content.
Simon & Schuster Children’s has announced multiple promotions in their marketing department to “both increase our marketing resources and focus them according to the various categories within which we publish,” president Jon Anderson wrote in a memo.
Lucille Rettino has been promoted to vp, director of marketing; Elke Villa takes the new title of associate marketing director, and reporting to Elke will be Chrissy Noh, promoted to senior marketing manager. Julie Christopher also takes the new title of associate marketing director, focusing on middle grade, novelty and licensing books, and reporting to her is Carolyn Swerdloff, promoted to marketing manager. Matt Pantoliano has been promoted to senior digital marketing manager, reporting to Rettino; Sooji Kim reports to Pantoliano in the new position of digital marketing coordinator. Anderson says that “additional positions will be added to our expanded marketing department” in the coming weeks.
Holly Hunnicutt has been promoted to deputy director of sub-rights for Macmillan Children’s.
Kevin Callahan has been promoted to associate publisher of It Books, where he was director of marketing,
At Quirk Books, John J. McGurk has been promoted to the position of director, digital & print production.
Maria Campbell Associates has been appointed literary scout for Libri Kiado in Hungary (founded in 2011 by publishing veterans Bence Sarkozy and Adam Halmos together with book retailer Ákos Balogh) and for current client Psichogios‘ new publishing venture in Turkey. The fastest growing publishing company in Greece, Psichogios is launching a yet-to-be-named Istanbul-based publishing house this year.
The finalists were named for the PEN/Faulkner Award for fiction:
Russell Banks, Lost Memory of Skin
Don DeLillo, The Angel Esmeralda: Nine Stories
Anita Desai, The Artist of Disappearance
Steven Millhauser, We Others: New and Selected Stories
Julie Otsuka, The Buddha in the Attic