At today’s annual meeting of the Association of American Publishers (AAP), Macmillan ceo John Sargent relinquished the position of organization treasurer after 10 years of service. Sargent will remain on the board, and Norton president Drake McFeely becomes treasurer. Association officers will now rotate annually. Outoing AAP chair David Young thanked Sargent for his years of service, including his “great leadership” in the Google book search efforts (along with “the altruistic efforts of Richard Sarnoff, who has continued to work on our behalf since leaving the industry.”) Young said “we continue to make progress in resolving the differences between publishers and Google.”
At Algonquin, Kelly Bowen has been promoted to publicity director and Katie Ford moves up to marketing manager, taking responsibility for paperback marketing in addition to her current duties.
At Random House’s Digital Channel and Marketplace Development Group, Lauren Monaco has been appointed vp, director, digital channel and ecommerce development; Christine MacNamara is named to the new position of vp, director, consumer verticals & partnerships; and Jinny Kwon has been promoted to vp, director, design and production.
The 2012 Young Lions Fiction Award announced their shortlist Tuesday, with the winner to be named at a ceremony at the Celeste Bartos Forum on May 14. The finalists are:
Open City by Teju Cole (Random House)
The Evolution of Bruno Littlemore by Benjamin Hale (Twelve)
Leaving the Atocha Station by Ben Lerner (Coffee House Press)
Swamplandia! By Karen Russell (Knopf)
Salvage the Bones by Jesmyn Ward (Bloomsbury)
The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America is giving their Solstice Awards for “a positive, transformative influence on the genre of science fiction and fantasy” to Octavia Butler and John Clute.