Brendan Cahill has returned to traditional publishing, joining Random House, Inc. as vp, corporate projects. The company says he “will be working with departments across the company on a variety of internal and externally-directed endeavors, beginning with digital-partnership development opportunities.” He was ceo at NatureShare/Green Mountain Digital and publisher at Open Road most recently. Prior to that he had been an editor at Gotham Books before leaving publishing to attend business school.
Founder of MacAdam/Cage Publishing David Poindexter, 59, died April 29 of cancer, just three months after he was diagnosed. Poindexter founded the independent publishing house in 1998, publishing authors including Audrey Niffenegger, Susan Vreeland, and Ann Pearlman. More recently Macadam/Cage was beset by severe financial difficulties, and had been ordered by a California court to pay more than $22,000 in ebook proceeds for Vreeland’s Girl in Hyacinth Blue to Penguin. At the time of his death, Poindexter was negotiating the sale of the company, plans that his family told Shelf Awareness will continue, although no details were announced. The company was put up for sale last September, while facing Penguin’s action to recoup ebook funds.
At Harlequin, Adrienne Macintosh has been promoted to editor, series, while Karen Reid moves up to associate editor, Harlequin Superromance and Charles Griesman has been promoted to editor, Harlequin Desire. In addition, Reka Rubin has been promoted to senior manager, subsidiary rights, while Amy Wilkins moves up to the manager, online engagement.
First Lady Michelle Obama will visit Washington, DC bookstore Politics & Prose on May 7 to sign copies of her gardening book AMERICAN GROWN. The Washington Post says “this will be the first time a sitting First Lady has done a signing at Politics & Prose.”
Open Road will digitally publish, distribute, and market the catalog of Jewish children’s book publisher Kar-Ben Publishing as read-aloud ebooks. Kar-Ben joins their “publishing partners program,” which includes Albert Whitman, Kids Can Press and Annick Press.