Now that the Canadian government has officially signed off on Simon & Schuster Canada’s expansion of its editorial and publishing activities, the company announced that president Kevin Hanson is taking the additional job of publisher, continuing to report to Michael Selleck. S&S ceo Carolyn Reidy said in a statement that Hanson “is perfectly suited to lead Simon & Schuster Canada in this exciting endeavor, which will increase our ability to publish authors from the entire English-speaking world on a global scale.”
In addition, director of sales operations Alison Clarke has been promoted to associate publisher, while Phyllis Bruce will oversee Phyllis Bruce Editions, a new imprint at S&S Canada. Bruce was previously at Harper Canada where she was publisher of her own imprint until September 2012. Of the changes, Hanson added: “I am immensely proud and very excited to be joined by Alison and Phyllis to launch our publishing program at Simon & Schuster Canada. I am confident that we have the cornerstones for a successful team to anchor the truly ‘Made in Canada’ publishing program, and to continue the excellent work we have always done on behalf of our authors from the United States and United Kingdom.”
Morgan Doremus has joined Grand Central as marketing manager for Forever and Forever Yours. Previously she was website director and multimedia coordinator for RT Book Reviews Magazine.
At Schwartz & Wade, Stephanie Pitts has been promoted to assistant editor.
Crime writer Elmore Leonard, 87, suffered a stroke last week and remains in hospital at an undisclosed Detroit-area location, his longtime researcher Gregg Sutter told the Detroit News. The stroke is not believed to be life-threatening. “He’s doing better every day, and the family is guardedly optimistic,” Sutter told the paper. “He’s showing great spirit. He’s a fighter, and we’re glad to see that.”