Lindsay Sagnette will join Atria Books as vp, editorial director on September 10, reporting to Libby McGuire. She has been editorial director for fiction at Crown and helped launch both the Hogarth and Sarah Jessica Parker for Hogarth imprints. Sagnette will supervise the Atria Books editorial staff and acquire and edit her own titles. Peter Borland will continue reporting to McGuire as vp and editor in chief of the Atria Publishing Group. He will focus on acquiring and editing his own list, and overseeing the editorial strategy for Howard Books, Keywords, and Skybound imprints.
Caitie Hawthorne will join Atria as associate editor for Julia Cheiffetz’s yet-to-be-named imprint. She was at NBC News.
Mick Silva will join Zondervan as senior acquisitions editor for nonfiction trade books. Previously he was with Focus on the Family and Waterbrook Multnomah.
Chronicle Books is partnering with Trustbridge Global Media to launch Chronicle Bridge, a new imprint that will publish and distribute Chinese-language editions of select Chronicle children’s books. The imprint will launch at the Beijing International Book Fair, starting August 22, and aims to publish 20 titles a year, beginning with five in August 2018. Inaugural titles include Goodnight, Goodnight; Construction Site; and Steam Train, Dream Train. President of Chronicle Books Tyrrell Mahoney said, “We have found in TGM an ideal partner to introduce our publishing to young readers in China. TGM not only shares Chronicle Books’ aesthetic and education values, they have unparalleled publishing expertise and a deep understanding of the Chinese book market.”
Publishers Group West will distribute Heyday globally starting January 2019. Heyday is currently distributed regionally by Book Travelers West.
The American Booksellers Association has named Jason Reynolds the Indies First spokesperson for the second year in a row. In partnership with American Express and Simon & Schuster Children’s, Reynolds will give out 20,000 copies of his book Ghost to independent bookstores as part of the “Indie Bookstores Give Back on Small Business Saturday” campaign on November 24. The initiative supports Reynolds’s “mission of providing children in low-income communities with access to books that reflect their own experiences.”
Trident Booksellers and Cafe in Boston has reopened after closing in March due to water damage cause by a fire. Owners said in a post on Facebook that they would be open regular hours, adding, “The bookstore is still a work in progress but you are welcome to peruse and purchase what we have on our shelves so far!”
Peacock Books & Wildlife Art, a small 325-square-foot bookstore in downtown Rochester, NY owned by David and Lisa Loucks Christenson, has opened early. “The original idea was open the shop on Sept. 1, but potential customers kept wandering in as they painted and prepared Peacock Books. ‘So we decided we had to go ahead and open up (two weeks ago),’ said Lisa Loucks Christenson. ‘We’ve been overwhelmingly busy since then.'”