Editor-at-large at Random House Children’s Books Jim Thomas will leave the company on April 5 to write full-time and spend more time with his family. Thomas will continue to work with RHCB and several authors on a freelance basis.
At Knopf Books for Young Readers, Michele Burke has been promoted to senior editor and Allison Worchte moves up to editor. In addition, Loira Walsh has joined RHCB as a junior designer. Previously she was a design assistant at Sixth & Spring.
McGraw-Hill Education hired media and information industry veteran Mark Dorman as president of McGraw-Hill Education International. Most recently, he was president and ceo of Wolters Kluwer Law & Business.
Philip Ruppel, who took on the additional position of president of McGraw-Hill Education International in June 2012 as part of a restructuring relinquishes that past but remains as president of McGraw-Hill Professional, a position he has held since 2007.
At Scholastic UK, publishing and commercial director Lisa Edwards is leaving, to work for the Carlton Publishing Group as adult publisher. Head of the Scholastic Book Clubs in the UK for the past five years Julie Randles is also leaving the company, as is fiction editorial director Clare Argar, “who will be pursuing other opportunities,” the Bookseller writes. Alice Swan is also leaving the division, to go to Faber Children’s as a commissioning editor.
Chairman and CEO of E Ink Scott Liu has resigned his position as head of the maker of electronic reading screens. He ran the company since 2004. He “cited personal reasons for his decision” and serve as an executive advisor to the company. Vice Chairman Felix Ho is now interim chairman and ceo.
Sandra Danenberg McCormack died at home on March 20, after more than 18 years of living with, and then dying from, Alzheimer’s Disease. “Her truest professional calling was as a senior editor at the book publisher, St. Martin’s Press. She earned the reputation on both sides of the Atlantic of being a fiction-reader of unexcelled responsiveness and reliability.”
The NYT wrote about her living with Alzheimer’s, along with her husband Tom McCormack, former head of St. Martin’s, in 2006.
Junot Diaz won the UK’s £30,000 Sunday Times EPG Private Bank short story prize for “Miss Lora.”
And ML Stedman‘s The Light between Oceans was named both Indie Book of the Year and best debut fiction by the Independent Booksellers of Australia.