Former vp, director of publicity at Simon & Schuster’s adult trade imprint Tracey Guest has joined Penguin as advising director of corporate communications. In her new role she will work closely with Stuart Applebaum, head of Global Communications for Penguin Random House, and Claire Von Schilling on integration and related matters. Christine Ball, who previously held the advising director position on an interim basis, will be returning to her full-time position as vp, associate publisher of Dutton. Erica Glass remains senior manager, corporate communications at Penguin.
Emma Parry has joined Janklow & Nesbit as a literary agent, five years after selling her half of Fletcher & Parry — which she co-founded in 2004 . She has been writing, developing and editing manuscripts and screenplays. Parry says in the announcement, “I feel very lucky to have found a new professional home alongside so many excellent and inventive colleagues. It’s easy to be evangelical about Janklow & Nesbit – and I hope authors looking for the highest grade help will hear me; I’m on a scout for serious talent.”
At Dystel & Goderich Literary Management, Michael Hoogland has been named royalties manager and Sharon Pelletier has joined as project manager for the agency’s ebook program.
In the UK, Karen Ball will join Little Brown Children’s as publisher, where she will also oversee the Atom imprint. Previously she was editorial director at Working Partners.
Stephanie Frerich has joined Nomadic Learning, an e-learning startup and online publishing platform, as editorial director. Previously she was senior editor at McGraw-Hill Professional.
KF Literary Scouting has been appointed US scout for Xander Uitgevers in The Netherlands.
Joan Didion, Marilynne Robinson, Kay Ryan, and Robert Silvers are among the recipients of the 2012 National Humanities Medal, which will be awarded at a ceremony at the White House on July 10.