Beth Lamb will join Vintage/Anchor on June 19 in the newly created position of vp, associate publisher, reporting to Anne Messitte. Previously she was associate publisher, trade books at Rodale. Messitte said in the announcement that Lamb “very much shares our belief that paperback and digital publishing today require creativity, innovation, and flexible strategies, that our authors are the center of all that we do, and that successful publishing relies on a deep understanding of the marketplace and consumer interests. Recognizing the potential of a robust backlist — sensing opportunities and acting on them — is a part of Beth’s professional DNA, and a skill-set essential to the work that we do to ensure the long life of our books.”
Kristin Kiser will join Rodale as vp, deputy publisher for trade books and director of author programs on July 1, reporting to Mary Ann Naples. Kiser was previously vp, associate publisher at Hyperion.
Lindsey Schwoeri has joined Penguin Books as editor. Previously she was an editor at the Random House Publishing Group.
The Granta staff exodus continues, as sales and marketing director Brigid Macleod and sales manager Sharon Murphy are leaving the company by June 21. Faber will assume responsibility for the publisher’s UK and international sales, having already established a relationship through Faber Alliance, in what was deemed to be a “natural step.” Granta publisher Sigrid Rausing said in a statement: “We are very sorry to lose Brigid and Sharon who did a wonderful job selling Granta’s books. Extending our sales relationship with Faber, however, makes every sense at this point, and we look forward to working more closely with them in the future.
Man Asian Prize Booker winner Tan Twan Eng has won the Walter Scott Prize for historical fiction for his second novel, The Garden of Evening Mists.
Rysa Walker won the overall Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award for her YA book Timebound. Walker will receive a $50,000 advance and publishing contract with Amazon Publishing.
In other Amazon Publishing news, the division trumpets that Oliver Potzsch‘s HANGMAN’S DAUGHTER series has sold a combined 1 million copies worldwide across all editions, including digital, audio, and print. AmazonCrossing publishes the Kindle editions; HMH releases the print editions, and those figures were not broken out separately.