Granta Publications executive publisher Philip Gwyn Jones is the latest employee to be shown the door, leaving Granta this summer according to a company announcement. They now admit that a larger reorganization is underway after the resignations of Granta Magazine editor John Freeman and deputy editor Ellah Allfrey, to result in a leaner company.
Proprietor and publisher Sigrid Rausing is taking “full operational and executive control of the company” and the new plan is to have a single editor-in-chief for the books imprints and the magazine. Rausing says in the statement: “The economic realities of small imprint publishing today has made it obvious that we need the magazine and books to be a single entity to exploit the synergy between them.”
Rausing says Jones’s “unwavering commitment to literary quality, and his commitment to the company, have been invaluable.”
Separately, at Hachette’s Orbit, svp and publisher Tim Holman will return to the UK with his family later this year, where he will continue to oversee the line’s outposts in both the US and UK, with frequent visits to New York. Current Orbit UK editorial director Anne Clarke will relocate from London to New York and become deputy publisher, reporting to Holman. She will oversee Orbit and recently-launched Redhook.
Elsewhere, Elisa Garcia has been promoted to director of trade sales at Abrams, while Jody Mosley moves up to director of special markets and Erica Warshal has been promoted to director of national accounts. In addition, Erin Hotchkiss recently joined the adult marketing department as senior marketing manager. Previously she was a merchandising manager at Scholastic.
Benjamin Steinberg has been named manager, consumer verticals and partnerships at Random House’s corporate digital marketing group. Previously he was an associate editor for the Random House imprint.
Founder and CEO of the Midtown Scholar Bookstore, Eric Papenfuse won the Democratic primary election for mayor of Harrisburg, PA — prevailing over the incumbent — and will face an independent candidate in the general election.