Tim Ditlow has left Amazon Children’s, where he was associate publisher (after working for Amazon-owned Brilliance Audio since 2008).
Michelle Nagler will join Random House Children’s Books on July 15 as associate publishing director for the Random House/Golden Books group, reporting to Mallory Loehr. Nagler is currently editorial director at Bloomsbury Children’s. Editorial director for Stepping Stones Jennifer Arena; executive editor Shana Corey, and associate editor and Chelsea Eberly will report to Nagler going forward.
Harper Christian has created a Zondervan Gift Books unit, which “indicates Zondervan’s intention to place a strong focus on inspirational gift books, devotionals and journals. SVP Laura Minchew, who leads the Thomas Nelson Gift Books team and Tommy Nelson, will create and lead the new Zondervan unit. They have hired Rebecca Warren as senior editor for the new line. She was previously senior editor and digital content manager at Penguin.
The American Booksellers Association (ABA) introduces members to four employees who have joined the organization in recent months: Catherine Cusick is the member relationship manager for the NEIBA, NAIBA, MIBA, and GLIBA regions; Shannon Azzato Stephens is their industry relations assistant; Sydney Jarrard is content coordinator; and Josh Harding is working there as system administrator.
Owner of East Harlem’s La Casa Azul Bookstore, Aurora Anaya-Cerda was honored by the White House as a “Champion of Change,” recognized for her 40K in 40 days initiative that brought donations from over 500 people to help create the store a year ago.
Mary Anne Thompson Associates has been appointed North American scout for Ediciones Urano in Spain, covering the adult market.