Dan Gerstle will move to Liveright as senior editor on November 12. He has been an acquiring editor for Basic Books since 2013.
Sarah Reidy will join Tom Doherty Associates as executive director of publicity on November 19. She has been associate director of publicity at Simon & Schuster.
Laura Ferguson has joined Open Road as svp of business development, reporting to ceo Paul Slavin, overseeing their Open Road Ignition business providing marketing services for partner publishers. Previously Ferguson was managing new business development at Time, Inc.
In promotions at Simon & Schuster Children’s: Julia McCarthy moved up to assistant editor for Atheneum; Amanda Ramirez now assistant editor for the Simon & Schuster Children’s imprint; Alyza Liu becomes assistant editor for Simon & Schuster Children’s, Atheneum, and McElderry Books; Nicole Fiorica is assistant editor for McElderry Books; and Catherine Laudone has been promoted to associate editor for Simon & Schuster Children’s.
Jessica Smith has been promoted to associate production editor at Sourcebooks.
Haley Reinke has been promoted to senior marketing manager at Amazon Publishing.
Steph Stillwell has joined Abrams Children’s and ComicArts as a designer. She was previously at Little Bee Books.
Paul Davighi has joined OverDrive as its UK country manager. He was formerly sales and marketing director at I.B.Tauris.
Former co-owner of the Wild Rumpus bookstore Tom Braun died last week, four years after he was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. There will be a memorial service at the Walker Art Center in late November.
The Pen America Los Angeles Literary Award winners were named, including:
Fiction: Venita Blackburn, Black Jesus and Other Superheroes (University of Nebraska Press)
Creative Nonfiction: Sarah Sentilles, Draw Your Weapons (Random House)
Research Nonfiction: Wendy Lesser, You Say To Brick: The Life of Louis Kahn(Farrar, Straus)
Young Adult: Robin Benway, Far from the Tree (Harper Teen)
In the UK, nominees were announced for their top nonfiction award, the Baillie Gifford Prize (formerly the Samuel Johnson Prize)::