Former ceo of Orion (and before that ceo of Hachette Book Group USA) David Young will become chairman of Canongate Books in January. He takes over from Christopher Bland, who is retiring after 22 years in the position. CEO Jamie Byng says in the announcement, “David Young is someone who I have admired and respected for almost as long as I have been in publishing. To have David succeeding Christopher makes me and the rest of the Canongate board both reassured and excited.”
At Dystel & Goderich, Michael Bourret has been made a partner and the agency is changing its name to Dystel, Goderich and Bourret.
Sally Marvin has been appointed svp, director, special events and event partnerships for the Random House Publishing Group. She replaces Kate Childs, who is leaving at the end of the month to join CAA as an executive in the book publishing department. In addition, RHPG has promoted Maria Braeckel to director of publicity for Random House, Spiegel & Grau, and The Dial Press.
Dyana Messina has been promoted to director of publicity for Tim Duggan Books and Broadway.
At Viking/Penguin, Andrea Lam has been promoted to associate publicist.
Amanda Mustafic joined Macmillan Children’s as a publicist. She was at Penguin Children’s.
Heather Morris has joined Sourcebooks as senior designer. Previously she as art director at Ball Horticultural Company.
Thom Jones, 71, author of the National Book Award-nominated short story collection The Pugilist at Rest and other fiction, died October 14 in Olympia, WA of complications from diabetes.