Julia Haav has joined Yale University Press as publicist. She was previously publicist in the New York offices of Europa Editions.
At Chronicle Books, Emily Haynes has been promoted to senior editor, entertainment.
Andrea Au Levitt has joined Reader’s Digest as a senior editor, acquiring and developing health and food books. She was projects director, Prevention Books at Rodale.
Lara Hancock will move to Simon & Schuster UK Children’s as editorial director for picture books and novelty in early May. She is currently publishing director for picture books and gift at Egmont UK.
The PEN American Center has elected Peter Godwin as its new president. He takes over from Kwame Anthony Appiah, who was president for the last three years.
Teju Cole‘s OPEN CITY has won the 2012 PEN/Hemingway Award for debut fiction. He will be presented with the award at a ceremony in Washington, DC on May 1.
Canada’s Charles Taylor Prize for literary nonfiction went to Andrew Westoll for THE CHIMPS OF FAUNA SANCTUARY: A Canadian Story of Resilience and Recovery.
Despite a shortlist of six nominated works, Abu Dhabi’s lucrative Sheikh Zayed Book Awards declined to declare a winner for their literature prize this year, saying that the contending works “did not meet the award’s stringent norms.”