Steven Pace will join Norton on January 2 as director, trade sales, succeeding William Rusin, who is retiring after 45 years with the company at 36 years as director of trade sales. Pace was previously sales director at Workman. Norton vp trade sales & marketing Brendan Curry said in the announcement: “There are few people who could step smoothly into the shoes of the exceptional Bill Rusin, but Steven Pace is superbly qualified to do so. With his background in all aspects of book sales at firms both large and small, his outstanding reputation for management and leadership, and his sterling relationships with independent, chain, specialty, and online booksellers, he is one of the most highly respected people in the industry. Importantly, he understands the independent, employee-owned spirit and practice of our operation and will move us forward seamlessly.”
Ingram Content Group announced a number of recent promotions. At VitalSource, Nicholas Brown has been promoted to director of product management, while Laura Ball moves up to integration manager, customer operations. Hani Hanna is now a manager of onboarding and integrations, customer operations, while Sarah Knoll and Kathleen Kelly have been promoted to customer success manager. In addition, Nancy Stout has been named a credit manager in the finance department.
Kimberly Highland has been promoted to director of sales for Ingram Publisher Services, Distribution – Client Business Development; Jonathan Buford moves up to manager, database administration at Ingram. In addition, Richard Dixon has been promoted to content manager for Ingram Book Group. And in Ingram’s marketing departments, Amy Alder is now a manager for trade shows & events, channel marketing; Jessica Driver moves up to marketing manager, Ingram Book Group; and finally, Jennifer Rice has been promoted to marketing manager for content marketing.
CITIC Publishing Group in China has appointed Eccles Fisher Associates as its UK scout for adult books as of January 1.
Australian author Shirley Hazzard, 85, died December 12 at her home in Manhattan. She was the author of Transit of Venus (1980), which won the National Book Critics Circle Award, and The Great Fire (2003), which won the National Book Award, as well as half a dozen novels and works of nonfiction.
E.R. Braithwaite, 104, author of To Sir, With Love as well as diplomat representing Guyana at the UN and in Venezuela, died December 12 in Rockville, MD.
Spiegel & Grau will publish Matt Taibbi‘s forthcoming essay collection Insane Clown President: Dispatches from the 2016 Circus on January 17, 2017, a mix of previously published material in Rolling Stone and two new essays “that explore the larger themes of the election—from the brutal exploitation of race and class to the evisceration of the media and political establishment–and the perilous future of American democracy.”