People, Etc.

Richard Bach continues to recover and improve after "four months in a Seattle hospital with massive brain, chest and spine injuries"--and is well enough that he has finished a fourth part of Jonathan Livingston Seagull which he recently sent to his publisher, the AP reports. "In the new section, the flock struggles to find meaning. They first worship Jonathan, then write him off as a myth as years pass before his return."

Novelist Elif Shafak, called the most widely read woman writer in Turkey, was named as the London Book Fair's Market Focus Author of the Day. The program "showcases one author across each of the three days of the Fair" and includes seminars, discussions, and book signings. Turkey is the international guest of honor at this April's LBF.

Abrams editorial director, adult trade Jennifer Levesque has left the company, Publishing Trends reports.

Penguin UK has hired Susan Bolsover for the new position of head of licensing and consumer products, focusing on their children's brands. She has worked previously at Copyright Promotions Licensing Group, De Agostini UK and BBC Worldwide.

At the beginning of the year, Christian Price joined Yudu Media as commercial director. A magazine veteran, most recently he was commercial director for aMUSE, where he helped startup a free glossy women's monthly.

The Boston sales event run by the Great American Bargain Book Show has been sold a group led by Advisor Communications in Framingham, MA. Advisor's managing partner Bill Sell will lead the new ownership team "and help drive this event in to new product lines and services." It has been renamed the Boston Remainder & Overstock Show.