Erwin Koning will join HarperCollins Holland as publisher/editorial manager on December 1, responsible for the overall trade publishing program for HarperCollins Holland. He previously held positions as editor, commissioning editor, and publisher, at Meulenhoff Boekerij and Bruna. Koning succeeds Martine Koelemeijer, who served as interim publisher/editorial manager since May 2018.
Miranda Martin joined the Columbia University Press as editor for life and physical sciences at the beginning of October, taking over from Patrick Fitzgerald, who retired in June. She was assistant editor for the linguistics list and assisted on the life sciences list at the University of Chicago Press.
In the UK, the FutureBook Conference has named Sharmaine Lovegrove as their “person of the year,” recognized “for her work promoting inclusivity and positive change within the books sector.” She joined Little Brown UK in 2017 to launch Dialogue Books, an imprint “dedicated to inclusivity.”
For your weekend viewing, the Frankfurt Book Fair has posted a video of Macmillan ceo John Sargent‘s recent “CEO Talk” interview.
Lenny Letter, the newsletter founded by Lena Dunham and Jenni Konner, has shut down. A final letter to readers notes that “While there’s no one reason for our closure, this change allows for growth and a shift in perspectives — ours and yours,” but Dunham and Konner announced in July that they were dissolving their producing partnership. At the time, THR said it was “unclear how or if Lenny Letter will be impacted by the split.” For now we can say the same about the modest Lenny Books imprint at Random House, which has published three titles. Random House has not responded yet to a query about the imprint’s status. Lenny Letter started in 2015 as a twice-weekly newsletter, which eventually reached 500,000 subscribers.