Recently promoted Scribner publisher Nan Graham announced to staff on Wednesday that senior editor Colin Harrison has been promoted to fill Graham’s previous position of editor-in-chief. She writes: “Some of you may believe Colin already has had a leadership role at Scribner, so authoritative is he, such a mentor and guide, not just to our own staff, but to the many, across all imprints, who have benefited from his wisdom and experience at his Standing Room Only Editing 101 class.” Harrison has been at Scribner for 11 years.
Martyn Beeny has joined the University of Nebraska Press as marketing manager, effective February 4. He was most recently marketing director and associate editor at the South Dakota State Historical Society Press.
At the Random House imprint, Kaela Myers, Sam Nicholson, and Anna Pitoniak have all been promoted to associate editor.
William Callahan will join Waxman Leavell Literary Agency as an agent on February 4. Previously he was with Inkwell Management.
At Weldon Owen, food and drink publisher Hannah Rahill “has decided to leave and explore a variety of new opportunities.” She has been with the company since 1995. CEO Terry Newell says, “Hannah is a leader, a visionary, a wordsmith with a designer’s eye, and a friend. We will surely miss her.” Executive Editor Jennifer Newens and associate publisher Amy Marr will oversee the food and drink books, reporting to Newell.
Franklin & Siegal is now scouting for John Murray Press, while continuing with Hodder & Stoughton in the UK. They are also scouting exclusively in Brazil for Rocco/Prumo, and Marti in Turkey, both for adult and YA.
Justin Jasper, 35, a valued employee at Skylight Books in Los Angeles’s Los Feliz neighborhood for over 4 years, died last week. There will be a memorial service at the store on Saturday. They wrote on the store Facebook page: “He was one of the driving forces behind the awesomeness that is Skylight Books, and one of the kindest and smartest people that you would ever meet.”