The Authors Guild has elected novelist Roxana Robinson as their new president, taking over from Scott Turow after four years of service. She is joined by Judy Blume, Richard Russo, and James Shapiro as co-vice presidents. CJ Lyons joined the Guild’s executive Council. With her addition, the organization notes, “we now have our first self-published author on our board.”
On the lawsuits against Google and HathiTrust pursued aggressively during his tenure, Turow said, “Groundbreaking lawsuits are most often decided in higher courts. We know we were right to bring these cases, and we expect to prevail at the end of the day.”
Robinson says in the announcement: “We’re going to move ahead, we’re going to extend our membership, we’re going to continue to offer practical help and advice and a sense of community to our writers, and we’re going to continue to support the craft of writing.”
The Netherlands and Flanders will join together in a collective effort as Guests of Honor at the Frankfurt Book Fair in 2016.
Kirby Kim will join Janklow & Nesbit, effective March 18. Kim was at William Morris Endeavor.
Andrea Walker will join the Random House imprint as senior editor on March 25, reporting to Susan Kamil. Most recently, she had been a senior editor at Penguin Press.
Lucas Wittmann has joined Regan Arts as executive editor and associate publisher. He has spent the last four and a half years as the literary editor and senior editor of The Daily Beast.
Jack W. Perry will join Highlights for Children as vp, print and ebook sales on March 31. Perry, who spent the past five years running the consulting firm 38enso, will provide leadership and vision to the sales and marketing efforts for the major imprints of Highlights, including Highlights Press, Boyds Mills Press, Calkins Creek and WordSong, and drive the launch of the Highlights eBooks publishing program. Perry will divide his time among his New York home office and Highlights’ campuses in Columbus, Ohio and Honesdale, Pennsylvania.
At Harper, Stephanie Cooper has been promoted to associate director of marketing.
Library Journal will relocate to the financial district, taking about 11,500 square feet of space at 123 William Street (after it is built out for them).