Cathy Goldsmith has been appointed to the newly created position of president and publisher of Random House’s Beginner Books line and Dr. Seuss publishing program, effective immediately, continuing to report to Mallory Loehr. Goldsmith was the “creative force” behind this summer’s publication of the posthumous Dr. Seuss book What Pet Should I Get? and worked directly with Ted Geisel — president of Beginner Books from 1957 until his death in 1991 — in the last decades of his life. “With her incredible wealth of knowledge about Dr. Seuss books and her unique experience working directly with Ted, Cathy is the perfect successor for this position and we are incredibly fortunate to have her watching over our Dr. Seuss publishing program,” Random House Children’s Books president and publisher Barbara Marcus said in the announcement.
Canada’s Governor General Awards were announced, with the fiction award given (for the third time in his career) to Guy Vanderhaeghe for his collection Daddy Lenin and Other Stories, which the agent lists as still available for rights outside of Canada.