Atria executive editor Johanna Castillo will “return to her roots” and join Writers House as a senior literary agent on June 6. (Prior to her long career at Atria, Castillo worked at Sanford J. Greenburger Associates.) Castillo says: “After working closely with a wonderful roster of authors and colleagues for nearly fifteen years, I wanted to go back to being a literary agent and be able to find new talent authors and nurture writers’ literary careers long term. I have always said that if I ever decided to get back to being an agent, my dream would be to do so at Writers House. Their culture of giving detailed guidance and care to their authors is something I have always deeply admired.” Writers House chair Amy Berkower says”we value her extraordinary editorial and entrepreneurial skills, and we welcome the depth her experience with European and Latin American authors will bring to our list” and agency president Simon Lipskar adds, “Johanna’s energy, savvy and broad expertise in all aspects of the publishing business make her a great addition to our dynamic group of agents.”
Kelly Lynch has joined Workman Publishing as associate creative director, calendars and stationery. Previously she was senior graphic designer at Eileen Fisher.
Lauren Burnstein has been promoted to publicity manager at Berkley.
Marco Palmieri is leaving his position as a senior editor at Tor Books to pursue freelance editing opportunities.
Andrew Brewer will join Princeton University Press as international sales director on July 1. Previously he was managing director of The University Press Group since 2003.
Overlook Press remembered their late president and co-founder, Peter Mayer as “a larger-than-life character, an editor of great passion and insight, as well as a deeply loving father, grandfather and friend…. Tough he had the tough business acumen to helm multinational companies, Peter was a deeply curious and profoundly cultured man, who always had a story to share and a lesson to impart. His passing is a huge loss to the publishing industry as a whole, and we will miss him terribly.” Obituaries ran in the NYT and on the AP wire.
In another loss, Feral House Press founder and publisher Adam Parfrey, 61, died Thursday — “But what he left behind in the alternative publishing world won’t be forgotten; it will continue to provoke and inspire,” the press wrote on Facebook. They note that “Adam was working on a number of projects when he passed. We will shepherd them to print in the coming 12-18 months.”
Skyhorse will publish Alan Dershowitz‘s The Case Against Impeaching Trump on July 10, with an announced first printing of 80,000 copies.