Miriam Altshuler will join DeFiore and Company on January 1. She has run her own agency for the past 21 years, working with authors including including Robb Forman Dew, Elizabeth Rosner, Maya Lang, Andrew Carroll, Marja Mills, Wednesday Martin, and the late Walter Dean Myers. Also joining DeFiore and Company is Reiko Davis, Altshuler’s associate for the last four years, where she will take on some new duties while continuing to develop her own list of clients. Altshuler said in the announcement: “After running my own agency for many years, I am excited to join a company where I will have colleagues, spend more time working with my clients, and have more leverage in our ever changing business. I have known Brian for many years and have always had a great deal of respect for him and how he has built and run his company. I am excited to be joining him and his agency.”
Ben Greenberg will join the Random House imprint as executive editor on January 11, acquiring and editing a range of nonfiction, reporting to Andy Ward. He has been executive editor at Grand Central.
At Flatiron Books, Whitney Frick has been promoted to executive editor. She will be liaison for the recently-announced Oprah Winfrey imprint while continuing to work on her own list of titles.
Adrienne Rosado has joined newly-formed Leibo Literary as literary director. It is a division of Leibo Management, an LA-based talent management and production company. She was formerly with Nancy Yost Literary Agency.
Kristin Kulsavage, previously an editor at Skyhorse, has joined Glitterati Incorporated as editor.
President Obama is latest and most unusual player in the “best of 2015” business. In an interview with People Magazine, he said that Lauren Groff‘s Fates and Furies was his favorite book of the year — and his favorite movie, The Martian, is also based on a book, by Andy Weir. First Lady Michelle Obama named family friend Elizabeth Alexander‘s The Light of the World as her favorite book this year.