Marie-Claire Wastiaux will retire as secretary general and chief financial officer of Hachette Livre on July 1. She will be succeeded by Fabrice Bakhouche, who has been promoted to deputy secretary general and deputy chief financial officer. Hachette Livre ceo Arnaud Nourry said in the announcement: “Marie-Claire Wastiaux’s exactness, skill and enthusiasm have contributed to the growth of our company since 2003. I have hugely appreciated her expertise, work output and dedication and will miss her sorely.”
Diana Calice will retire as IPG’s managing director, Spanish distribution program after more than 10 years. Spanish sales manager Kelsey Wayne will succeed Calice, handling all Spanish language client publishers going forward.
At Random House, Erica Gonzalez has been promoted to associate editor.
Alyson Heller has been promoted to senior editor for Aladdin.
Jason Wells joins the American Psychological Association as director, books marketing on April 2. Most recently he was associate publisher, director of marketing and publicity for Rodale Children’s.
Harper Canada and Harlequin in Canada have vacated their offices in Don Mills and on Bloor Street East and will jointly move into new space at The Bay-Adelaide Centre in downtown Toronto.
Philip Kerr, 62, author of the Bernie Gunther crime novels and many other works of fiction for adults and children, died Friday of cancer. Putnam will publish his newest series novel, Greeks Bearing Gifts, on April 3, and Kerr had finished a draft of the next Gunther novel, Metropolis, slated for publication next year. Kerr’s longtime editor, Marian Wood, said in a statement: “Working with Philip Kerr was the kind of experience all editors hope to have. In the twenty-plus years we worked together I found him responsive, funny, brilliant, and totally committed to his writing and hence, to being edited as long as he thought the editing was serious. He was an amazing human being and I will always miss him. At the moment, there is a huge hole in my life. I suspect it will stay with me as long as he lives in my memory–which means, as long as I live.”
Eiko Kadono of Japan and Igor Oleynikov of Russia are the winners of the 2018 Hans Christian Andersen Award.