Hachette Book Group’s evp, sales Chris Barba “has decided to retire after 33 years of distinguished service to this company,” leaving April 20. CEO David Young writes, “She has had a remarkable career here, and under her leadership the HBG sales force has established a reputation as one of the absolute best teams in the business…. She is a great champion of so many books and authors, that it’s impossible to list them all. Her tenacity and expertise have enabled her to serve the company, her customers and her team brilliantly.” No replacement has been named yet.
Executive editor at Seal Press since 2004 Brooke Warner is leaving her position to pursue her coaching and consulting business, Warner Coaching, where she helps aspiring authors get published. Replacing her at Seal is Laura Mazer, former executive editor at Counterpoint Press.
Timber Press editorial director Andrew Beckman has been promoted and is now also associate publisher.
At Free Press, Jocelyn Kalmus has been promoted to senior publicist.
At Chronicle, Guinevere de la Mare has been promoted to senior community manager in the marketing department.
Chad Cannon will join Thomas Nelson as senior director of marketing, working with one of their two nonfiction trade publishing teams. He was vp, marketing and sales at Outreach, Inc., a provider of church outreach products and services.
Denise Loock is joining Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas as associate editor for their devotional imprint.
In the UK, publisher of literature in translation Pushkin Press has been acquired by Penguin Classics publisher Adam Freudenheim and former senior business development manager at Penguin Stephanie Seegmuller. Freudenheim, who will leave Penguin in the next few weeks after more than eight years with the company, will become Pushkin’s new managing director and publisher effective next month. “I’ve had a great time at Penguin and now feel it is the right time for me to move on. I’m very excited about taking on the challenge of further building the stellar Pushkin list in the years ahead and am looking to bringing my passion for international literature and beautifully designed books to the company,” Freudenheim said in the release.
The IMPAC shortlist of 10 was announced:
1. Rocks in the Belly by Jon Bauer (British / Australian). Scribe
2. The Matter with Morris by David Bergen (Canadian). Harper Canada
3. A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan (American) Knopf
4. The Memory of Love by Aminatta Forna (Born in Britain, raised in Sierra Leone) Bloomsbury
5. Even the Dogs by Jon McGregor (Scottish) Bloomsbury
6. Matterhorn by Karl Marlantes (American) Atlantic Monthly Press
7. Landed by Tim Pears (British) Heinemann
8. Limassol by Yishai Sarid (Israeli) Translated from Hebrew by Barbara Harshav Europa Editions
9. The Eternal Son by Cristovão Tezza, (Brazilian) translated from Portuguese by Alison Entrekin, Scribe
10. Lean on Pete by Willy Vlautin (American) Faber & Faber
The 2012 Guggenheim Fellows have been announced. Three of the major categories for authors provide awards to:
David J. Hancock
Donald Ray Pollock
Elizabeth D. Samet