Julie Just, who became an agent at Janklow & Nesbit in late 2010 after working at the NYT Book Review as children’s book editor, is moving to Pippin Properties on May 1. Pippin founder Holly McGhee says: “We were looking to expand our agency and had just signed a new office lease when we began talking to Julie. Since we are interested in representing our authors’ and artists’ work across all genres, including more YA and adult trade books as well, Julie Just is exactly the right fit.”
At Dutton, Carrie Swetonic has been promoted to director of marketing, and Bernadette Blanco joins as assistant marketing manager. Blanco was previously a marketing associate at NYU Press.
With a little sleuthing, Moby Lives has noticed that Ann Hulbert’s appointment at The Atlantic as books and culture editor is not so much an expansion of their book coverage as a replacement for Benjamin Schwarz, who is now listed as the former literary and national editor.
In author news, the NYT broke the embargo on Amanda Knox‘s book WAITING TO BE HEARD and “obtained” a copy ahead of the April 30 release. “While imprisoned in Italy for four years over the murder of her roommate, Amanda Knox fended off sexual harassment from guards and an overture from a cellmate. On the night of the killing, she was smoking marijuana and watching a movie with her Italian boyfriend. And those infamous cartwheels that Ms. Knox reportedly performed in the police station never happened.” And “at one point, she writes, she imagined committing suicide by suffocating herself with a garbage bag.”