ICM announced “it has entered into a succession plan with The Helen Brann Agency,” while Helen Brann, 82, continues to work along with ICM in representing her clients. Brann says in the announcement, “Although I have no plans to retire from this job I love, I thought it important to put a plan in place to ensure the future success of my clients, and Esther [Newberg] and her team at ICM became the apparent choice to work alongside me in this process. I’m proud to work with them to represent my clients.” Brann already works with Newberg on books commissioned with the Robert Parker estate (represented by Brann) and written by Newberg client Ace Atkins.
The relationship with Brann follows ICM’s alliances with Gelfman Schneider/ICM and ICM/Sagalyn.
Penguin Random House has added Man Group ceo Emmanuel “Manny” Roman to the company’s board of directors. Among his other appointments, Roman serves as a trustee of the Paris Review of Books and the University of Chicago, and his company sponsors the Booker Prize. Roman is the second outside director on the 11-person board, along with Lauren Zalaznick.
In the UK, Headline publishing director for fiction Mari Evans has been promoted to deputy managing director, as Faber editorial director Sarah Savitt joins the company to fill the role of publishing director for fiction, reporting to Evans.
At Little, Brown Books Children’s, Christina Quintero has been promoted to executive art director of licensing and intellectual property.
Brittany Lavery has joined Harlequin as assistant editor, HQN Books. Previously she was editorial assistant at Penguin Random House Canada. In addition, Miranda Indrigo has been promoted to manager, author engagement.
At Sourcebooks, Aubrey Poole has been promoted to editor for the Jabberwocky and Fire imprints. In addition, Sydney Rogers moves up to assistant editor.
At Other Press, Christie Michel has been promoted to marketing associate.
Edmison/Harper Literary Scouting has been appointed North American scout for Feltrinelli in Italy and Anagrama in Spain.
Co-founder of Canada’s New Society Publishers and publisher until his retirement in 2013 Christopher (Kip) Plant, 65, passed away peacefully on June 26 after living with Progressive Supranuclear Palsy and Multiple System Atrophy for the past 9 years.
The Monacelli Press will launch Monacelli Studio, a new applied arts imprint publishing books on art instruction, photography, and artisanal crafts, starting in October with DOODLERS ANONYMOUS EPIC COLORING BOOK and following with four more titles in spring 2016. Monacelli Studio will be overseen by executive editor Victoria Craven, former editorial director at Crown’s Watson-Guptill, Amphoto Books, and Potter Craft imprints.
Carys Davies‘ The Redemption of Galen Pike (Salt Publishing) has won the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award.