Michelle Howry will join Hachette Books as executive editor on July 11. Previously she was executive editor at Touchstone.
Laurie Chittenden has moved over to St. Martin’s Press as executive editor from Thomas Dunne Books, where she held the same position.
Rhea Lyons will join Rodale as subsidiary rights director on July 11. She spent the past five years as a scout for Franklin & Siegal.
Jordan Kost has been promoted to creative director at Albert Whitman.
Joe Jackson has joined Princeton University Press as senior editor, economics. Previously he was economics editor at the University of Chicago Press.
Simon Skinner will leave Nielsen Book, where he was most recently sales director, at the end of June following a organization changes in the company’s discovery and commerce solutions business.
Joanna Green has been promoted to senior editor at Beacon Press, effective July 1.
Obituaries & Memorials
Michael Herr, 76, died June 23 in upstate New York after a long illness. He was the author most notably of the 1977 memoir Dispatches. “Dispatches is one of the seminal works of the twentieth century,” said Knopf chairman Sonny Mehta in the announcement. “And the most brilliant treatment of war and men I have ever read. It is a work that secured Michael’s legacy as one of our great writers of narrative nonfiction. Michael was also a friend to many at Knopf. We will all miss him.”
Barbados-born Giller Prize winner from 2002 for The Polished Hoe Austin Clarke, 81, also died on Sunday in a hospital. A funeral service is planned for July 9 in Toronto. His last book, ‘Membering — a memoir — was published last year.
Macmillan will hold a memorial in honor of Patti Hughes on Wednesday, July 13, between 4:30 and 6 PM at the NYU Rosenthal Pavilion, Kimmel Center for University Life.