At Penguin Random House, now entering his forty-third year with the company, Stuart Applebaum will step aside from his current role and took on a position “that is as unique as he is,” ceo Markus Dohle writes: Emeritus evp, corporate communications.
Claire von Schilling is being promoted to svp, director, corporate communications, leading external and internal communications, branding, and corporate social responsibility, overseeing the US communications team and coordinating global communications efforts. She will report to Dohle.
Applebaum, who remains at PRH full-time, will advise Schilling and “work with our colleagues on key communications issues and opportunities.” Dohle writes to colleagues of Applebaum: “On behalf of our company, including our publishers, editors, sales representatives, and corporate managers, and those several generations and legacy companies before us, Stuart has presented and explained — with clarity, intelligence and farsightedness — our news, our vision, and our values to the wider world. What stands out to me most about Stuart is not just the decades and volumes of accomplishment from his 24/7 work ethic, but his ongoing drive and commitment to our company. I know you join me in expressing immense appreciation and admiration for him.”
Diana Griffin has joined Ryland, Peters & Small as publicity & marketing manager. Previously she was senior publicity & marketing manager at Abbeville Press.
Julia Maguire has joined Knopf Children’s as editor. Previously she was an associate editor at Simon & Schuster Children’s.
Orion Children’s Books editorial director Amber Caraveo is leaving the publisher to become an agent, creating Skylark Literary along with Joanna Moult, officially launching in November. The agency will focus on YA and children’s authors.
Architect Zaha Hadid won a quick correction from the New York Review of Books after suing the publication for defamation over allegations in a Martin Filler review of Rowan Moore’s “Why We Build: Power and Desire in Architecture.” Hadid’s suit said Filler incorrectly asserted that an “estimated one thousand laborers…have perished while constructing her project thus far” (referring to the Hadid-designed Al Wakrah stadium, being built in Qatar for the 2022 World Cup), claiming he took out of context a remark of hers in asserting she had no concern for construction worker deaths in Qatar.
In the letter posted on the NYRB site, he writes: “Work did not begin on the site for the Al Wakrah stadium until two months after Ms. Hadid made those comments; and construction is not scheduled to begin until 2015. There have been no worker deaths on the Al Wakrah project and Ms. Hadid’s comments about Qatar that I quoted in the review had nothing to do with the Al Wakrah site or any of her projects. I regret the error.”