Antonella Iannarino has left the David Black Agency, where she was an agent and website and social media manager for authors, after eight years to launch AI Strategic, offering consulting services to authors and companies for developing their online presence through social media, websites, ebook publishing and brand strategies. She may be reached at email@example.com.
Claire Payne will join Parragon as senior director of mass market sales on July 3. Previously she was senior director of sales at Dalmatian Press.
In the UK, literary agent Anita Land has split with partner since 2000 Georgina Capel to set up a new agency, the Bookseller reports. Capel & Land is changing its name to Georgina Capel Associates.
Kate Parkin is joining Bonnier Publishing in the UK as executive director of adult publishing, reporting to Mark Smith.
Emma Watson is joining Tom Hanks to star in the movie version of Dave Eggers‘ The Circle, which is due to start filming in September.
Separately, John Green announced that Paramount has hired Becca Thomas to direct the movie version of Looking for Alaska.
The Center for Fiction — which sold the Mercantile Library building on 48th Street that it has occupied since the 1930s for $18 million — plans to relocate to Brooklyn in 2017, to a new space being built in the Brooklyn Cultural District. Executive director tells the Brooklyn Eagle the organization will spend $5.5 million for the new space, and indicates that they will be able to stay in the Mercantile building until the new space is ready.