Sharon Kunz has joined Da Capo Press as senior publicist, focusing primarily on their Seal Press list and reporting to Lissa Warren. Previously, she was media engagement manager at Globe Pequot. She will be based in the Hachette Boston office.
The American Library Association has promoted Mary Mackay to associate executive director for publishing, effective June 5th. She will lead ALA publishing and its Editions/Neal-Schuman, Booklist, American Libraries, eLearning Solutions, Digital Resources, and Graphics imprints.
At Ingram Content Group, Nick Yates has been promoted to manager of operations analysis in Greater Nashville. Christy Johnson has joined as client relations manager for Ingram Academic Services in New York.
The long-gestating efforts to develop Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time series for the screen finally have some real momentum. The news comes nearly a year after Jordan’s widow Harriet McDougal said online that “The Wheel of Time will become a cutting edge TV series! I couldn’t be more pleased. Look for the official announcement coming soon from a major studio.”
Variety reports that Sony Pictures Television will produce the adaptation, along with Rick Selvage and Larry Mondragon at Red Eagle Entertainment and Ted Field and Mike Weber at Radar Pictures, with Rafe Judkins (Agents of SHIELD, Hemlock Grove) attached to write. McDougal will be a consulting producer.
Chicago bookstore Bookie’s will expand to a new 2,800-square-foot store, while its existing space will be converted into a venue for book signings and other events called Bookie’s Annex. Owner Keith Lewis expects the new space to open around June 7.
A new bookstore, Brick & Mortar Books, in Redmond, Washington, will open in May, with the grand opening set for June. Co-owned by Dan Ullom and his parents Tina and John Ullom, the 4,0000-sqaure-foot store will carry an inventory of about 20,000 new books for all ages.