Susanna Einstein and Meg Thompson will dissolve the Einstein Thompson Agency after the new year as they have “mutually and amicably decided to strike out on their own” after eight years working together, first at LJK Literary before forming their own agency. The Thompson Literary Agency and Einstein Literary Management will each open for business in January 2015, with both agencies continuing to work with Sandy Hodgman at Hodgman Literary for foreign rights.
At Public Affairs, publicity director Jaime Leifer takes on the additional role of vp, associate publisher, reporting to Clive Priddle, recognizing her “growth as a leading voice at PublicAffairs and her extraordinary achievements as head of the publicity department, which she has run since February 2010 with assurance and confidence, allowing her colleagues there to produce consistently excellent results,” Priddle said in the announcement. In addition, Lindsay Fradkoff has been promoted to marketing director, reporting to Leifer.
Paul Stevens will join Quirk Books as acquisitions editor in January 2015. He was most recently an editor at Tor Books, where he worked since 2000.
Meagan Stacey Levinson has joined Princeton University Press as senior editor for sociology and psychology. Previously she was senior editor at Crown.
Nick Small has rejoined Grand Central as publicity manager, Life & Style. He spent the past two years at St. Martin’s, where he was most most recently publicity manager.
Co-founder of the Maple Street Book shop in New Orleans Mary Stuart Kellogg, 89, died November 11 from complications of Alzheimer’s disease.
In bookstore news, Book Culture has opened their third location, at 450 Columbus Avenue in New York, in the former Endicott Booksellers space. Following a campaign to enlist “founders” to help support the new store, they announced that Harper’s Magazine publisher John “Rick” MacArthur is a minority partner in the new location. As part of that relationship, the new store will be affiliated with Harper’s, cohosting readings, discussions, and issue launches at the store. Majority owner Chris Doeblin says in the announcement, “The magazine has been driving the national conversation for 164 years. Book Culture will be a place for that conversation to continue.”
Quarto will self-distribute its children’s imprints, Frances Lincoln Publishing and QEB, in the US as of March 1, 2015. Previously the imprints were distributed by PGW, which will handle returns through May 31.