Riverhead senior publicity manager Elizabeth Hohenadel, 34, passed away on Monday, “from a medical condition that arose suddenly a few months ago.” She worked at Riverhead since 2007, starting there as a publicity assistant. Penguin Publishing Group president Allison Dobson writes, “She was beloved for her gregarious enthusiasm, her keen but kind sense of humor, and a commitment to her authors that did not diminish after publication…. She excelled in bringing smart commercial fiction to a wide readership, with her relentless messaging, her personal appeals, and that well known humor.” She is survived by her husband Brian and her son Owen.
Sierra Stovall has joined Sourcebooks as rights and exports manager. She was most recently subsidiary rights manager at Norton. Additionally, Sourcebooks,publisher and ceo Dominique Raccah has joined the board of the American Writers Museum in Chicago (where retired bookseller Roberta Rubin is co-chair).
Min Lee has been promoted to the expanded role of senior vice president, associate general counsel, global head of compliance at Penguin Random House. (The global compliance function has moved from HR to legal.) She continues as privacy officer for North America as well.
At Workman Children’s Karen Edwards has joined as senior editor of curriculum-based trade publishing; she was most recently managing editor at William H. Sadlier where she oversaw a K-2 math program. Chris Duffy has joined as senior editor of graphic novels and sequential arts; he was most recently managing editor of SpongeBob Comics.
Jaya Aninda Chatterjee has been promoted to editor at Yale University Press.
Laurel Symonds has joined The Bent Agency as literary agent, specializing in children’s and young adult fiction and nonfiction. She was most recently with the marketing department at Albert Whitman and a bookseller at The Book Stall.
CBS made Shari Redstone ally Richard Parsons interim chairman of the board, and at the same time announced that two long-term board members — Bruce Gordon and William Cohen — “have decided to step down.”
Soho Press and Penguin Random House Publisher Services have extended their sales and distribution partnership, which began in 2011.
That untitled nonfiction release from Simon & Schuster which early metadata had indicated would be a new book from Howard Stern looks to have been postponed, originally listed for release on September 25. The new metadata is not entirely consistent, but the book now looks set for publication on November 13, and it has gotten one signature longer (544 pages, instead of 512). That is same day that Crown releases Michelle Obama’s BECOMING.
In Canada, nominees were announced for the Writers’ Trust Prizes; the fiction prize list includes Esi Edugyan still one of the few fiction writers in contention for multiple major prizes (Booker shortlisted; Giller longlisted). Additionally, Rawi Hage is nominated for the fourth time. Winners will be named November 7. The fiction candidates:
The Saturday Night Ghost Club, Craig Davidson (Knopf Canada)
Washington Black, Esi Edugyan (Harper Canada)
Beirut Hellfire Society, Rawi Hage (Knopf Canada)
Land Mammals and Sea Creatures, Jen Neale (ECW Press)
Dear Evelyn, Kathy Page (Biblioasis)
The nonfiction nominees are listed here.