Longtime Tor editor David Hartwell, 74, died on Wednesday from head trauma suffered in a fall. As Tor notes, he was nominated for the Hugo Award 41, winning the awards for Best Professional Editor in 2006 and Best Editor Long Form in 2008 and 2009, as well as editing Nebula and Hugo Award-winning novels. Tor’s Tom Doherty writes: “David Hartwell was a brilliant editor. I met David in the early 70s when he was working for Berkley and got to know him better as he was creating Timescape an imprint at Simon and Schuster. I’ve worked with him closely for the last 33 years at Tor Books. In all that time, no editor was more influential in the shaping of science fiction and fantasy than he.”
In other personnel news, Katie Ziga has been promoted to svp, director, finance and business operations at the Crown Publishing Group.
In the UK, Gordon Wise at Curtis Brown UK has been elected the new president of the Association of Author’s Agents, taking over from Sam Edenborough. Lizzy Kremer at David Higham Associates was elected vice president.
At Profile Books, Rebecca Gray has been promoted to editorial director for Profile and Serpent’s Tail, and Ed Lake will join the company next month as editorial director for Profile.
At Scribe, Philip Gwyn Jones has been promoted to publisher-at-large.
Chris Wold has joined Watkins Media as associate publisher for the food and wellness imprint Nourish and Special Projects. He will report to publisher Jo Lal. Wold was previously group international publisher at Harper UK, as well as the founder of 99 & Associates, a publishing consultancy he continues to lead.
The New Republic has promoted Laura Marsh to story editor, responsible for books coverage across print and the website.