Candlewick announced a number of recent promotions. Liz Bicknell has been promoted to evp, executive editorial director and associate publisher, while also taking on responsibility as group trade publishing director, Walker Books Australia. Mary Lee Donovan has added the title of director of editorial operations to her current title of editorial director, while Sarah Ketchersid moves up to senior executive editor. Finally, both Kate Fletcher and Andrea Tompa have been promoted to senior editor.
At Europa Editions, co-publisher Kent Carroll is transitioning to the role of publisher-at-large, where he will continue to focus on editing and bringing new authors in English to the Europa list. Europa’s owners and founders Sandro Ferri and Sandra Ozzola Ferri will continue as editorial directors and assume more direct roles in the company’s operations. Editor-in-chief Michael Reynolds will oversee daily operations at Europa’s New York offices and will continue to acquire fiction both in English and in translation. The company is currently hiring a publicist to oversee media campaigns for its list of international authors.
Steve Geck has been promoted to editorial director, Sourcebooks Children’s Books.
Tor/Forge announced a number of editorial promotions: Marco Palmieri and Melissa Frain have both been promoted to senior editor. Miriam Weinberg moves up to editor, and Diana Pho has been promoted to associate editor.
Sarah Stein has moved over to Penguin Books as editor. Previously she was editor at Riverhead, where she worked for the past eight years.
Also at Penguin, Penguin Classics executive editor John Siciliano will add the title senior editor of Penguin Books.
At Blue Rider Press, Brian Ulicky has been promoted to associate director of publicity. In addition, Eliza Rosenberry moves up to senior publicist.
At Safari Online, Liza Daly has been promoted to chief technical officer.
The National Book Critics Circle has elected 8 new board members: Michele Filgate, Michael Miller, Leigh Newman, Katherine Powers, Mark Rotella, Liz Taylor, Kate Tuttle, and Clay Smith.
Bloomsbury executive Richard Charkin takes over as president of the International Publishers Association later this month from YS Chi at Elsevier. Charkin writes to colleagues he agreed to the role “because the IPA plays a vital role in ensuring that our authors and businesses are allowed to innovate, create and prosper. The IPA exists to protect and promote copyright and the freedom to publish and without those two things, I would not have had the immensely satisfying career in publishing I have enjoyed since 1972.” His agenda includes: “How can IPA be seen to represent the totality of global publishing when we have only 50 member countries out of a potential 200 countries in the world? How do we recruit more members? …How do we square our absolute commitment to freedom to publish with the activities of some of our member country governments whilst excluding some others? …How do we engage with quasi publishing technology entities such as Google, Amazon and others?”
Robin Adelson recently left the Children’s Book Council/Every Child a Reader, where she was executive director. Succeeding her as interim director is Nicole Deming, who has also been promoted to communications director. Finally, Ayanna Coleman moves up to manager, events and programs.
Lucy Abrahams has been appointed literary scout for Printz Publishing in Sweden.
On our final Best of the Best of 2014 list, please note that Doug Stewart at Sterling Lord Literistic is David Mitchell’s US agent.