Screenwriter, filmmaker and author Nora Ephron, 71, died Tuesday night in a Manhattan hospital from complications of the blood disorder myelodysplasia, diagnosed six years ago. She was equally known for writing and directing films such as SILKWOOD (1983) WHEN HARRY MET SALLY (1989) and, most recently, JULIE AND JULIA (2009) as she was for her journalism and books, among them the novel HEARTBURN (1983) and essay collections CRAZY SALAD (1975), I FEEL BAD ABOUT MY NECK (2006), and I REMEMBER NOTHING (2010). “She brought an awful lot of people a tremendous amount of joy,” Ephron’s longtime publisher Knopf said in a statement. “She will be sorely missed.”
Katie Freeman will join Riverhead as associate director of publicity on July 2. She was most recently publicity manager at FSG.
Catherine Bell has joined Scholastic UK as co-managing director and head of publishing, marketing and trade sales, effective September 10. Previously she was head of UK sales and marketing at DK Publishers, and in her new role Bell will oversee all publishing and marketing for Scholastic UK’s trade, book clubs, book fairs, education divisions, and web team. In addition, Steve Thompson has been promoted to co-managing director, operations. Earlier in the week Scholastic announced that managing director of the UK group Alan Hurcombe would be leaving the company.
New York-based PBS affiliate WNET is launching The Book Club Show, which will highlight individual members and small groups of book clubs and what they are reading and recommending.