At Crown Archetype, Mary Choteborsky has been promoted to senior editor.
At Touchstone, Lauren Spiegel has been promoted to senior editor.
At Holt, Allison Adler has been promoted to associate editor and Leslie Brandon has moved up to publicity manager. Elsewhere at Macmillan, Kelsey Albertson has been promoted to sales coordinator, and Hannah Braaten is now assistant editor.
At The Lisa Ekus Group, Sally Ekus has been promoted to agency manager.
Penguin Random House chairman John Makinson speaks to The Times of India about the merged company. Asked, “What does that scale allow you to do?,” he answers: “It puts us in a better position to address issues facing the industry like copyright protection, the implications of the shift from physical to e-books and the shift from the ownership model to a subscription model. It helps the industry to have an organization with the resources to do this.” He adds, “Looking for greater scale should not be interpreted as a couple of drunks propping each other at the bar,” noting that “the pace of change in our industry is very rapid and we need to think of the impact of companies like Google, Apple and Amazon and how they disintermediate publishers.”
Cyrus Mistry‘s CHRONICLE OF A CORPSE BEARER won the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature.
With the lawsuits resolved, author Greg Mortenson is ready for his rehabilitation, appearing tomorrow on the Today Show in an interview with Tom Brokaw. He admits the timing and sequence of events portrayed in THREE CUPS OF TEA was not completely accurate. Among brief excerpts released, Brokaw asks, “It still just has puzzled me and why there wasn’t, at some point, in your mind, an alarm that went off and said, ‘this just isn’t right in some way.'”
Mortenson replies: “There were alarms, Tom. I didn’t listen to them. I was willing to basically kill myself to raise money and help the projects.” (Allegations of misconduct included charges that Mortenson used his non-profit to fund personal expenses, as well.) Mortenson tells Brokaw, “I’ve been given the privilege to come back again and be committed to this and do it in a more humble and — understanding way. I’m gonna try as hard as I can never to make the same mistakes again.”
In the UK, the joint venture Abrams & Chronicle Books will distribute the children’s book imprint Twirl starting in March, created by Editions Tourbillion in France.