Maha Khalil has joined the Crown Publishing Group as marketing director for Clarkson Potter, Potter Style, Potter Craft, Watson-Guptill and Amphoto. Maha was previously sales director at Hyperion. Also at the Potter group of imprints, Allison Renzulli has been promoted to senior marketing manager; Carly Gorga moves up to associate marketing manager; and Kevin Sweeting has been promoted to associate.
At the S&S imprint, Meg Cassidy has been promoted to publicity manager.
Bloomsbury will consolidate its three New York-based units into a single new office space at the end of April, at 1385 Broadway. They are bringing together the Bloomsbury trade lines (currently in distributor Macmillan’s offices), the former Continuum office (now called Bloomsbury Academic), and Fairchild books.
In the UK at Harlequin, Joanne Grant has been promoted to executive editor, while both Carly Byrne and Flo Nicoll move up to editor.
Hellie Ogden will join Janklow & Nesbit UK as an agent on April 15. She will be building a list at Janklow & Nesbit for a range of authors. She has been translation rights manager and agent at Greene & Heaton.
Pushkin Press will launch a new imprint, ONE, specializing in publishing a single title of fiction or nonfiction each season selected and edited by literary scout Elena Lappin. The first title to be published, in fall 2013, will be Jamie Mason’s suspense novel THREE GRAVES FULL.
In corporate news, Lagardere completed the private placement of their stake in EADS, the defense and aerospace consortium that builds the Airbus, for 2.283 billion euros. The company is expected to use the proceeds to pay down debt and is likely to issue a special one-time dividend to shareholders.
In awards news, the 2013 IMPAC award shortlist includes 5 works in translation. Three Americas–Julie Otsuka, Arthur Phillips and Karen Russell–are in contention for the award, as two previous winners, Andrew Miller (1999) and Michel Houellebecq (2002). The winner will be named June 9.
City of Bohane by Kevin Barry
The Map and the Territory by Michel Houellebecq
Pure by Andrew Miller
1Q84 by Haruki Murakami
The Buddha in the Attic by Julie Otsuka
The Tragedy of Arthur by Arthur Phillips
Swamplandia! by Karen Russell
From the Mouth of the Whale by Sjón
The Faster I Walk, The Smaller I Am by Kjersti Skomsvold
Caesarion by Tommy Wieringa