At Basic, Betsy DeJesu has been promoted to publicity director.
At the Crown Publishing Group, Rebecca Welbourn has been promoted to publicist for Crown, Hogarth, Tim Duggan Books, and Broadway Books, while Hannah Frail moves up to associate publicist for those imprints. In addition, Owen Haney has been promoted to associate publicist/marketer, Crown Business and Crown Forum.
JL Stermer has joined New Leaf Literary & Media as an agent, representing adult non-fiction, memoir, comedy/satire, fashion, health & wellness, self-help, and pop-culture, as well as some YA, commercial, and upmarket fiction. Previously she was at UTA.
Nina Post has joined Curiosity Quills Press as subsidiary rights manager, focused on licensing film and TV rights.
KF Literary Scouting will now scout in Germany for w1 Media, incorporating previous clients Arche Verlag and Atrium Verlag, along with new imprint Arctis Verlag. Additionally, they will expand their relationship with previous client HarperCollins Germany to include adult fiction and nonfiction.
Israeli author, storyteller and filmmaker Etgar Keret has won the $100,000 Charles Bronfman Prize “in recognition of his work conveying Jewish values across cultures and imparting a humanitarian vision throughout the world.”
Harvard professor and author Stephen Greenblatt has won Norway’s $540,000 Holgberg Prize for outstanding contributions to research in the arts and humanities, social sciences, law or theology.
Though a reward rather than a prize, in tracking where all the money from the hit musical Hamilton goes, the NYT notes that author Ron Chernow — whose book inspired the show and who also serves as historical consultant to the production — gets a 1 percent royalty on the show’s adjusted gross, “currently about $900,000 a year.”
Children’s publishers A-Ba-Ba HaUs and Jump Press have signed sales and distribution agreements with Bookmasters’ Atlas Books division.