Longtime publishing executive Arlene Friedman passed away Sunday night, from leukemia. She served as president and publisher of Doubleday in the nineties, after working at editorial director of the Doubleday Book Clubs (including the Literary Guild). Friedman also worked at Fawcett, Macmillan and Crown. Services will be held Sunday, September 9 at 11:30 am at Frank E. Campbell in New York City.
In other personnel news, Maria Gagliano has joined Portfolio, Sentinel, and Current as a senior editor. She was most recently an editor for Perigee, which she joined in 2006. She is also the co-founder and Business Director of Slice, a nonprofit literary organization launched in 2007 to help bridge the gap between emerging writers and the publishing world.
Christina Noriega has joined Ryland Peters & Small and CICO Books as director of special sales. She was previously with Scholastic.