Barnes & Noble has hired Thomas Donohue as vp, treasurer and Kanuj Malhotra as vp, corporate development. Donohue was most recently vp, assistant treasurer, International of the The Interpublic Group of Companies, while Malhotra was previously vp, finance head for the graduate programs business unit of Kaplan Test Prep. In addition, Andy Milevoj has been promoted to vp, investor relations. All three executives report to cfo Michael Huseby.
At Bloomsbury, Kathleen Farrar is being promoted from her position setting up Bloomsbury Australia and will take over as group sales and marketing director as of January 1, 2013. She will be responsible for all sales and marketing teams in UK and USA, taking on a portion of the responsibilities that had been under Evan Schnittman before he left for Hachette Book Group earlier this year. Farrar has worked for Bloomsbury in a variety of positions since 1998. She will help “identify potential successors to build on the momentum established over the last two years” in Australia.
At S&S’s adult trade imprint, Anne Tate has been promoted to publicity manager.
Liese Mayer will join The Overlook Press as associate editor/ manager, contracts and subsidiary rights on Monday. She was previously an associate editor at Little, Brown.
Author of the Little Bear books (justly named among the best children’s books of the previous half-century by the NYT) Else Holmelund Minarik, 91, died last Thursday at her home in Sunset Beach, NC. The first of five books in the series appeared in 1957, published by Harper & Row, who would remain Minarik’s publisher (as HarperCollins) for her entire career. The original Little Bear was also the first in Harper’s renowned I Can Read Series. Those Little Bear books–favorites in this household as well–were illustrated by Maurice Sendak.
Among the winners of the International Thriller Awards, presented on Saturday:
Hardcover novel: 11/23/63, Stephen King
Paperback original: THE LAST MINUTE, Jeff Abbott
First novel: SPIRAL, Paul McEuen
Larry McMurtry‘s “The Last Book Sale” is scheduled to begin on August 10 in a two-day auction of over 300,000 books from his used bookstore Booked Up in Archer City, TX. The store, which will remain open, will retain about 100,000 volumes. McMurtry tells the WSJ, “I have heirs. They’re literate, but they’re not book men. I think it would be wrong to burden them with 400,000 books. Whereas if we have this auction, it can be fun for everybody.”
Publisher of Dungeons & Dragons and other fantasy and science fiction series Wizards of the Coast has agreed to a multi-year extension of its sales and distribution relationship with Random House Publisher Services. They have been working together since 2005.