David Hillman has been named evp, general counsel at Simon & Schuster, effective April 23, reporting to Carolyn Reidy. Hillman replaces Elisa Rivlin, who is leaving the company. He will be responsible for all legal affairs for S&S and its worldwide companies, working in close counterparts with his colleagues at CBS. Hillman was most recently chief administrative officer, general counsel, and evp, business affairs at Dial Global.
The Orange Prize shortlist was announced, featuring three American authors. The winner will be named May 30:
Esi Edugyan, Half Blood Blues
Anne Enright, The Forgotten Waltz
Georgina Harding, Painter of Silence
Madeline Miller, The Song of Achilles
Cynthia Ozick, Foreign Bodies
Ann Patchett, State of Wonder
Bloomsbury is the UK publisher of Harding, Miller and Patchett.
Amber Hoover will join Farrar, Straus as foreign rights manager on May 3. She is currently associate director of scouting at Franklin and Siegal.
At Abrams Children’s, Maria Middleton has been promoted to associate art director; Laura Mihalick has been promoted to assistant marketing and publicity manager; and Mary Ann Zissimos has been promoted to senior publicist.
Lewis Nordan, 72, author of six novels, several short story collections, and the memoir BOY WITH A LOADED GUN (2000) died on April 13 from complications of pneumonia. He was also retired from the University of Pittsburgh, where he taught for more than two decades.
In the UK, Macmillan Children’s Books will launch Write Now!, a £10,000 literary prize for unpublished work judged by independent booksellers and their customers, on June 1.
Co-publisher of Arcade Publishing Jeannette Seaver was presented by the French government with the insignia of Chevalier of the Legion of Honor on April 5 for her decades of work (in partnership with her late husband Richard) to bring French writers and thinkers to American readers.