Kirkus Media has promoted chief operating officer Meg LaBorde Kuehn to the newly created position of ceo, continuing to report to president and publisher Mark Winkleman and co-owner Herb Simon. Winkleman said in the announcement: “It’s been five years since Herb Simon and I bought Kirkus Media, and no one has been more important to the company’s turn-around than Meg. [She] has been an extraordinary leader for Kirkus, someone who inspires our staff and brings innovative ideas that have rejuvenated an 82-year-old institution in publishing.”
At Yale University Press London, publisher for trade books Heather McCallum will take over as a managing director on July 1, after Robert Baldock steps down from that position (though he will continue to acquire and publish for Yale until his retirement in June 2016).
Michael Green has joined ePubDirect as head of the company’s US operations. Previously he was director of econtent development at Baker & Taylor. In addition, Emilia Pisani has been named US account manager. Previously she was an editor at Gallery Books.
Ayelet Tsabari has won the Sami Rohr Prize for short story collection THE BEST PLACE ON EARTH (Harper).
The American Academy of Arts and Letters has added Roger Angell, Sherman Alexie, Dave Eggers, Sharon Olds, and Art Spiegelman as members.
The Windham Campbell Prizes were awarded Tuesday morning to nine recipients, including Teju Cole, Helon Habila, and Ivan Vladislavić (fiction), and Edmund de Waal, Geoff Dyer, and John Jeremiah Sullivan (nonfiction). Each winner will receive $150,000, with a presentation ceremony at Yale in September. Three drama writers — Jackie Sibblies Drury, Helen Edmundson, and Debbie Tucker Green — were also honored.
Christopher Myers will host a commemoration celebrating the legacy of his father, author Walter Dean Myers on Sunday, March 8 at 5 PM. The event will be held at Symphony Space on the Upper West Side. It’s open to the public, though an RSVP is required.