People, Etc.

Liz Egan has joined Amazon Publishing's New York imprint as senior editor, focusing on fiction, memoir, and parenting. Previously she was the books editor at Self magazine for seven years.

Tattered Cover manager of operations Neil Strandberg is joining the ABA's staff in the new position of director of member technology. Relocating to New York, he starts on May 7.

Eric Brandt has joined Yale University Press as senior editor, Humanities. He was most recently senior editor at Harper One.

At Random House Children's, Dominique Cimina was named director of publicity and corporate communications; Casey Lloyd and Elizabeth Zajac have both moved up to senior publicist; and Lauren Donovan was promoted to associate publicist, social media specialist. Paul Samuelson has joined the unit as senior publicist (he was most recently at Planned Television Arts.

David Bowman, 54, author of two satirical novels LET THE DOG DRIVE and BUNNY MODERN as well as a cultural history of the Talking Heads, died February 27 of a cerebral hemorrhage, though his death was not announced until earlier this week. Bowman was also on Granta's 1996 list of Best Young American Novelists.
NYT Obit

LA-based Broadthink is launching a unit focused on romance product, including ebooks, called BroadLit. The division's first initiative is the online romance hub It offers ebooks as well as "casual digital games, customized avatars, licensed merchandise, and other features to fulfill every romance seekers desire for more."

The company has purchased the assets of True Romance and True Love Magazines, giving it almost "100 years of women's stories," and is launching on original romance series, Second Acts.

Cynthia Cleveland is ceo of the unit, which is using Constellation for distribution.