Sasha Quinton joins Barnes & Noble as vp, general merchandise manager, bookstore, reporting to chief merchandising officer Tim Mantel. She has been at Readerlink (and Levy) since 2010, most recently as svp, marketing and procurement. At B&N she will lead publisher relations, adult trade books and newsstand retailing, as well as business partnership objectives and strategies. Sam Bennett joined the company last month as vp, marketing. She was director of brand marketing at Best Buy.
Sonali Fry will join the Random House Children’s, as vp, publishing director for classic brands and preschool on March 29. She was most recently most recently publisher at Bonnier Publishing USA.
At Minotaur Books, Catherine Richards has been promoted to executive editor, as Nettie Finn moves up to assistant editor, SMP/Minotaur.
At St. Martin’s: Sylvan Creekmore and Lauren Jablonski both move up to associate editor; and Gwen Hawkes, Alice Pfeifer and Kevin Reilly are promoted to assistant editor.
At Public Affairs, Colleen Lawrie is promoted to executive editor; Josie Urwin moves up to publicity manager; and Miguel Cervantes is now assistant marketing manager.
Paul Olsewski will join the Harper One Group on March 18 as senior publicity director for Amistad, HarperEspañol and HarperVia, reporting to Judith Curr. He was previously with HarperCollins for more than 15 years, and most recently at Atria.
At Basic Books, Ann Kirschner has been promoted to senior designer. Kait Howard and Kelsey Odorczyk have both been promoted to senior publicist.
Brittany McInerney has joined Chronicle Books as senior editor, entertainment. Previously she worked at Grand Central. Kevin Armstrong has been promoted to senior production designer, and Sarah Lin Go has been promoted to marketing manager, art.
At Abrams Children’s: Anne Heltzel has been promoted to executive editor, Amulet/Abrams Children’s; Erica Finkel moves up to senior editor, Amulet/Abrams Children’s; and Emily Daluga becomes assistant editor. Kim Lauber joins Abrams as senior director, marketing, children’s books. Pam Notarantonio is promoted to art director, children’s books and ComicArts, overseeing the design team. Max Temescu becomes assistant designer.
At Hachettte Books, Krishan Trotman has been promoted to executive editor; Michael Barrs moves up to senior director of marketing; and Mandy Kain is now creative director.
Jillian Vandall has been promoted to associate director, publicity, at Random House Children’s.
Allison Devereux has joined The Cheney Agency as agent and foreign rights director. She was previously at MacKenzie Wolf.
Lucy Abrahams has been appointed literary scout for the Harper imprint (as well as Harper’s paperback lines) in the US and for Harper Canada.
JP/Politikens in Denmark has appointed Maria B. Campbell Associates as its global scouts.
At Hamish Hamilton in the UK, Hermione Thompson was promoted to editor.
Macmillan has made additional promotions and account reassignments as part of the recent structuring of their sales force. Christine Jaeger is being , the in-house B&N specialist working closely with Cristina Cushing (promoted to senior director, trade and inside sales) and Jeanette Zwart in selling the house’s lines to the chain.
Hank Cochrane is promoted to director, Canada, Raincoast manager; and national account manager Paul Kirschner will now sell Indigo, CMMI, and Canadian wholesale accounts and report to Cochrane.
Astra Berzinskas is promoted to senior director, merchandise, selling to Target. Liz O’Connor is now national accounts manager, Readerlink, Paradies, TVG and BJ’s, reporting to Berzinskas. Jen Golding is now national accounts manager, Canada kids, as Mark Von Bargen sells Baker & Taylor kids and Don O’Connor sells Ingram kids. AJ Murphy will now sell Baker & Taylor and Ingram for all adult lines and continue selling Bookazine.
Paul Howarth‘s Only Killers and Thieves (Harper) and Kiese Laymon‘s Heavy (Scribner) won the Barnes & Noble Discover Awards for fiction and nonfiction, respectively.
Lauren Groff‘s FLORIDA won the Story Prize.
David W. Blight‘s FREDERICK DOUGLASS: Prophet of Freedom and Lisa Brooks’ OUR BELOVED KIN shared the Bancroft Prize for History.
The Lambda Literary Awards named their nominees across 24 categories, with the winners to be announced on June 3.
The Jerusalem International Book Forum (May 12-15) will include a keynote address by Henry Holt chairman Stephen Rubin