Doug Jones has been promoted to the new position of svp, deputy publisher of the Harper group, reporting to Jonathan Burnham. In addition, he will serve as publisher of Harper Perennial and Harper Paperbacks. All marketing and publicity for the Harper imprints and lines will report to Jones, who has been svp, sales for HarperCollins.
Senior vice president, associate publisher Kathy Schneider is leaving the company.
Sarah Bedingfield has joined Levine Greenberg Rostan as an associate agent, working with Stephanie Rostan and building a clientele of literary and upmarket commercial fiction authors. She was previously an assistant editor at Crown and Hogarth.
Claire Kelley has joined Roost Books as senior marketing manager.
After failing to raise the government funding needed for 2017, Canada has reached agreement to be the “guest of honor” nation at the Frankfurt Book Fair in 2020.
In the run up to this year’s Frankfurt, Andrew Wylie is shopping a memoir from Elton John, promising to tell “the full story of his life and extraordinary career with exceptional candor and wit.” (John published the short book Love Is The Cure in 2012, represented at the time by Robert Barnett.)
The Whiting Foundation has awarded Creative Nonfiction Grants of $35,000 each to six authors to help in the research and completion of their books: Deborah Baker, Sarah M. Broom, Timothy N. Golden, Joshua Roebke, Sarah Elizabeth Ruden, and John Jeremiah Sullivan.