At St. Martin’s, Joe Goldschein has been promoted to senior director, marketing & sales operations; Kim Ludlam to director, creative services; Martin Quinn to associate director, marketing; Marissa Sangiacomo to senior marketing manager; Erik Platt to senior manager, digital advertising operations; Danielle Prielipp to senior marketing manager; Joe Brosnan to senior marketing manager; DJ DeSmyter to marketing manager; and Dylan Helstien to assistant manager, advertising operations.
Paddy Laidley, executive vice president and head of Raincoast Books, will retire on May 31. Current vice president of sales Peter MacDougall will succeed her. Laidley joined Raincoast in 1994 as sales manager and has served in her current role since 2005.
Roslyn “Roz” Bergenfeld, 95, owner of Civil Service Bookshop on Carmine Street in New York, died last Monday. She worked at the bookstore until she was almost 90.
Bill O’Reilly‘s book that he touted to Cindy Adams in February, THE UNITED STATES OF TRUMP, will be published on September 17 by Holt. He calls it, “Essentially a history book about one of the most important political stories of all tim.How exactly did Donald Trump win the presidency and how has his view of America changed since he was elected? The book will have no anonymous sources and no spin. It will be reported and written with discipline and fairness.” William Morris Endeavor had dropped O’Reilly from further literary representation in October 2017, so he was represented by attorney Fredric Newman in the new book deal.
Created in 2015 as part of Simon & Schuster’s children’s publishing division even though its books were for adult audiences, Saga Press has now moved over to the Gallery Publishing Group. Editorial director Joe Monti now reports to Jennifer Bergstrom, who writes: “This move is a natural progression for Saga in its evolution and makes for a natural fit with the Gallery publishing program.”
Harper Germany will launch Dragonfly, a children’s and young adult imprint, in August. Carina Mathern will lead the imprint as editorial director, children & YA.
The Lukas Prize Project Awards announced winners:
Maurice Chammah, Let The Lord Sort Them (Crown)
Steven Dudley, Mara (Hanover Square Press)
Shane Bauer, American Prison (Penguin Press)
In the UK, Philip Pullman won the JM Barrie Award, in recognition of “a lifetime’s achievement in delighting children.”
Publisher of audiobooks in Mandarin TrueLake has filed suit in a Beijing court against Chinese internet audio platform Ximalaya, alleging the site has facilitated 1.7 million unauthorized downloads and/or accesses of an audio version of Dan Brown‘s THE DA VINCI CODE (which TrueLake licenses). Their press release says, “In cooperation with the Beijing Guoli Notary Public Office, TrueLake has been formally documenting evidence of apparent copyright infringement of its other titles on the Ximalaya website and on other websites.”
TrueLake ceo Cliff Miller says in that release: “A lawsuit can be bittersweet medicine for all parties. However, if this leads to Ximalaya developing a robust system to identify, eradicate and prevent infringement in its own audio library, it will be a huge win for everyone, including Ximalaya. There’s ample reason for optimism here, not only in obtaining a positive judgment in this particular case, which we believe is clear cut, but in general. Many executives in the Chinese audiobook publishing industry have come to embrace intellectual property rights.”