Marjorie Braman, 60, died July 2 at her home in Taghkanic, NY of complications from breast cancer. She began her 26 years in publishing as an editorial assistant and worked her way up to svp, publishing director at HarperCollins and then vp, editor-in-chief at Henry Holt. She has worked as a consultant at Open Road Integrated Media. Authors she worked with include Elmore Leonard, Michael Crichton and Sena Jeter Naslund. Most recently Braman worked as an independent editor and was a member of the independent editors’ group 5e. She is survived by her husband, Jamie M. Saul. A memorial service is planned for the fall.
Ken Brooks has joined Macmillan Higher Education as chief operating officer, reporting to Ken Michaels, with responsibility for the development, production and manufacturing of textbooks and learning solutions in print and digital formats. He was svp, global supply chain management at McGraw-Hill Education.
Kristen McLean has joined Nielsen as director of new business development in the Book/Entertainment division. She will focus on “building new business for Nielsen’s Book’s existing products, as well as looking for opportunities to work across the entire Nielsen Entertainment Group to create new products and services that unite the many areas of Nielsen research and create new partnerships across the industry.”
Amy Cleary will join Chronicle Books as marketing & publicity manager, food and drink on July 16. Previously she was store manager at Omnivore Books.
At New Leaf Literary & Media, agent Suzie Townsend has been appointed director of literary services. In addition, Pete Knapp will join as agent on July 6; he will continue to represent authors of middle grade and young adult fiction, as well as fiction and select nonfiction for the adult market. Previously he was at the Park Literary Group.
The Guardian will publish the first chapter of Harper Lee‘s Go Set a Watchman (William Heinemann) on Friday on its website, the Bookseller reports, in advance of publication of July 14.
In video excerpts, Netflix has posted a teaser video from their forthcoming series adaptation of Lemony Snicket‘s A Series of Unfortunate Events, developed with Paramount Television.