Agent Linda Loewenthal is launching a new venture, The Loewenthal Company, effective October 12. Her new company is “dedicated to representing and offering authors personalized support and tools to develop their editorial visions, as well as their profiles and platforms.” She was an agent at the David Black Agency for 12 years, after 15 years as a publishing executive and editor.
At Open Road, Philip Rappaport has been promoted to vice president, director of publishing partnerships.
Former Oyster editorial director Kevin Nguyen confirmed on Twitter that he is now editorial director at Google Play Books.
As planned since last December, Wiley chairman Peter Booth Wiley is retiring from that position, though he will remain on the board — which confirmed former evp and group president of Pitney Bowes Matthew Kissner as the new chairman. Kissner has been on the board since 2003.
Deputy editor Christopher Cox will take over as editor of Harper’s magazine on November 1. (Current editor Ellen Rosenbush will continue to contribute as editor-at-large.) Cox has been at Harper’s since 2010, after working as an editor at The Paris Review.
Publishing Trends reports that a private, invitation-only American memorial service for Man Booker Foundation literary director Ion Trewin will be held on Friday, November 13.
The London Book Fair is moving back to March in 2017, scheduled for Tuesday, March 14 through Thursday, March 2017 — with the Bologna Children’s Fair announcing dates at the same time, scheduled for April 3 through April 6. LBF director Jacks Thomas says in the announcement, “It seemed to be the best solution to a logistical problem of these two important shows otherwise being back-to-back due to the way that Easter and other holidays fall in 2017 with the latter having an effect on venue scheduling.”
The release notes that the two shows “communicated over what is hoped to be a practical solution to a potential bottleneck of dates in 2017. The London Book Fair has worked closely with their venue partner, Olympia, to get the best dates available within a very crowded event schedule, particularly as Spring holidays are taking place later in 2017.”