Rob Kirkpatrick will join Dey Street Books as senior editor on May 18. Previously he was senior editor at Thomas Dunne Books.
Emily Cunningham will join Penguin Press as editor on June 9. Previously she was an editor at Harper.
At Penguin Random House Children’s sales group, Jacqueline Engel has been promoted to vp, group sales director and director, field sales & business development, Penguin Young Readers. In addition, Mark Santella moves up to vp, group sales director and director, mass merchandise sales, Random House Children’s Books. Both Engel and Santella will report to Felicia Frazier.
Nick Elliot has joined Random House Children’s as assistant marketing manager. Previously he was assistant marketing manager at Simon & Schuster. In addition, Lauren Adams has been promoted to marketing associate, licensed & proprietary brands, while Emily Ollis moves up to marketing coordinator, licensed & proprietary brands.
Chief librarian at Harvard University and co-creator of the Digital Public Library of American Robert Darnton is retiring from his position this summer.
Cambridge University Press has laid off staff in its New York office. The company said in a statement: “We need to expand our presence and investment in the growing markets of Mexico, Turkey and the Middle East, move some of our product development closer to where our customers are, and streamline our production processes. Our operations in New York continue to be one of our main publishing centers globally but will now focus primarily on our critically important North American author base and customers. This will result in a reduction in staffing levels in New York.” Galleycat says an “anonymous tip” indicated more than 60 positions are being eliminated.
A Stephen King short story, “Drunken Fireworks,” will be released exclusively in an audio version on June 30 from Simon & Schuster Audio, narrated by Tim Sample. Their corporate sibling CBS Radio will stream the audio for free on July 2 on its Play.it platform.