At Flatiron Books, James Melia has been promoted to associate editor, while Patricia Cave moves up to associate publicist.
Albert Lee will join both Kuhn Projects and Zachary Shuster Harmsworth as an agent on November 2, working out of the two firms’ shared New York City offices. Previously he was executive projects director at Wenner media and earlier, executive editor at US Weekly, where he spent twelve years.
Sarah Clayton is joining the Hachette Group international sales team on September 21 as international sales manager, Middle East and North Africa, reporting to Matthew Cowdery (who is relocating from Dubai back to the UK). Clayton has been in Dubai for 3 years as senior buyer for Virgin Megastore Middle East, after working as a children’s buyer at Waterstone’s head office children’s buyer.
Wendy Jacobson joined Martingale as director of sales.
Bernard A. Barton Jr. has joined the Library of Congress as chief information officer. He was deputy administrator and CIO at the Defense Technical Information Center. Interim CIO Elizabeth Scheffler returns to the U.S. Copyright Office. A March Government Accountability Office report criticized the library for “IT management weaknesses” and a series of interim CIOs. (Librarian of Congress James Hadley Billington is due to step down from his hob on January 1 after almost three decades there.)
A memorial service for Marjorie Braman, who died July 2 of complications from breast cancer, will be held on Thursday, October 1, at 5:30 p.m. at the Center for Fiction.
Editor at University of Chicago Press Chris Rhodes died September 8 after a six-month battle with cancer. Rhodes was most recently editor for Law and Linguistics for the past two years (after an earlier stint from 2002 through 2008, most recently as projects editor), and before then worked for the American Library Association.
The 12-title longlist for Canada’s Giller Prize was named Wednesday, and it includes books from four former finalists — Andre Alexis (Fifteen Dogs), Patrick deWitt (Undermajordomo Minor), Marina Endicott (Close to Hugh), and Heather O’Neill (Daydreams of Angels) — along with titles such as Rachel Cusk’s Outline. The actual shortlist will be announced October 5.
For now, the Globe and Mail declares the contenders “the most intriguing and wonderfully unexpected list in the prize’s 22-year-history, an enticing mix of established names and emerging talent, and clear affirmation for the work being done by this country’s independent publishers.”
Knopf announced that THE GIRL IN THE SPIDER’S WEB by David Lagercrantz sold more than 200,000 copies in hardcover and ebook editions during its first week on sale in the US.