Founder and former ceo of Quercus Mark Smith will join Bonnier Publishing as ceo of fiction, for both adult and children’s books. His company Zaffre Publishing is being absorbed into the group, for “an undisclosed fee.” The Zaffre business will be expanded, focusing on women’s fiction, romance, historical fiction, crime, thrillers, science fiction, fantasy, horror and fiction in translation. Smith also joins the board of Bonnier’s new US line, Little Bee.
At Doubleday, Robert Bloom has been promoted to editor, reporting to Jason Kaufman. He has been at Doubleday since 2007.
The World Cookbook Fair will relocate itself to become part of the Frankfurt Book Fair in 2015 (though their Gourmand World Cookbook Awards will still be held in China next year).
Bastei Entertainment will take over distribution and product management of MysteriousPress.com in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Luxembourg, Greece and select East European countries.
Finalists were named for the Digital Book Awards, in 15 categories.