People: Morrison to Lead Picador

Setting aside any doubts about Macmillan's committment to Picador, the company has hired Stephen Morrison as vp, publisher for Picador Books starting April 30. He will report to both Jonathan Galassi and Stephen Rubin. Morrison is currently associate publisher and editor-in-chief at Penguin. His "mandate is to make Picador one of the industry’s most undaunted, aggressive marketing machines, culling books from all of Macmillan’s divisions, including St. Martins, FSG and Holt." Reporting to Morrison will be vp, sales and marketing Darin Keesler; executive director of publicity James Meader; senior editor David Rogers; creative director Henry Yee; and managing editor Kolt Beringer.

At HarperCollins, Amy Baker has been promoted to associate publisher of Harper Perennial and Harper Paperbacks, assuming overall responsibility for marketing and publicity for both paperback imprints. In addition, Erica Sussman moves up to executive editor of Harper Children's, reporting to Tara Weikum.

In France, Marc Parent has left Buchet-Chastel to join agent Anna Jarota in a new, expanded literary agency. He tells Publishing Perspectives they will be joined by a US agent they will name shortly who will serve as their New York office, and they hope to open a third office in New Delhi by the end of the year.

Jane Friedman is joining the Virginia Quarterly Review in June as web editor. She was editorial director at Writer's Digest and is currently assistant professor of e-media at the University of Cincinnati.

Bookmasters will distribute Editorial Océano Mexico's catalog of Spanish-language books in the U.S. and Puerto Rico.