Libby McGuire has been named senior vice president and publisher of the Atria Publishing Group, starting April 30 and reporting to Jonathan Karp. She has been a literary agent at The Gernert Company since early 2017, and was and executive vice president and publisher of Ballantine Bantam Dell, where she worked for 16 years, until late 2015. Karp said, “Libby McGuire is one of the most dynamic and successful publishers in our industry. I have had the pleasure of working closely with her in the past, and was an eyewitness to her creativity, acuity, warmth, collaborative nature, and passion for publishing. Her accomplishments at Ballantine Bantam Dell are manifold, and include transforming the group into a premiere destination for bestselling authors. I am thrilled that this energetic and engaged leader will now bring her talents to the Atria Publishing Group.”
Megan Fishmann has been promoted to associate publisher and senior director of publicity for Catapult, Counterpoint, and Soft Skull Press.
Candace Finn has been promoted to associate director, subsidiary rights at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.
At Montlake Romance, Alison Dasho has been promoted to senior editor.
At Sourcebooks, Stephanie Graham has been promoted to marketing specialist. Kavita Jaswal has joined as digital marketing manager; she most recently worked at Pearson.
James Marcus is leaving Harper’s Magazine and Ellen Rosenbush has been named editorial director.
In the UK, Orion group publisher Jon Wood will leave in September after 18 years with the company. Thereafter, he will continue to work as a consultant publisher on Orion authors Ian Rankin and Joanne Harris. “I felt I needed to take a break,” Wood tells The Bookseller. “I’m in my mid-forties now, I felt I needed to focus on the second half of my career …”
Founding editor of Copper Canyon Press, poet and translator Sam Hamill, 74, passed away at home on April 14 :after a series of health complications.” Copper Canyon editor-in-chief Michael Wiegers commented, “Through his advocacy, social consciousness, political engagement, and acts of resistance, he set a model that Press still engages today. He was a passionate defender of those he loved, and had a determined, yet open mind when it came to new discoveries. Sam was a mentor, friend, and model for living with a great commitment to poetry.”