People, Etc.

At Harper Children's, Erica Sussman has been promoted to editorial director.

Editorial director of Book Business and Publishing Executive magazines Lynn Rosen's position was eliminated.

Kate Atkinson's LIFE AFTER LIFE won the best novel category Costa Book Award, while Nathan Filer's THE SHOCK AND THE FALL was awarded the debut novel category prize. Those and other category winners will compete for the overall Costa, to be decided on January 28.

Former managing director of Secker and Warburg in the UK Tom Rosenthal, 78, has died.

Anova Books ceo Polly Powell has bought out the company from co-founders Robin Wood and David Proffit. Wood will remain as a non-executive director, while Proffit will leave the company after nearly nine years.  Powell said in a statement: "The company has achieved a huge amount over the last eight years under the triumvirate of Robin, David and me and the legacy is not something I take lightly. We had a challenging period from mid- 2012 to mid-2013 and it gave us all a chance to reappraise the business in a really constructive and forward looking way. There will be some changes but I am a great believer in evolution rather than revolution and the new ‘us’ will be unveiled at the London Book Fair." She also described the new ownership to The Bookseller as "a natural next step for the company.