Carol Carson, longtime vice president and art director at Knopf will retire at the end of March. Carson joined Knopf in 1987, the same year that Knopf chairman and editor-in-chief Sonny Mehta did. He writes, “Carol has been a design visionary for our flagship imprint, and an inspiring leader to her team. But first and foremost, Carol is a remarkable designer. She has always understood how to best represent the work of an author to a reading public.” She will be succeeded by John Gall, returning as vice president and creative director. He has creative director at Abrams since 2012, and was at since 1998 before taking that post.
At Knopf Children’s, Erin Clarke has been promoted to editorial director; Katherine Harrison to senior editor; Kelly Delaney to editor; Karen Greenberg to associate editor; and Marisa Dinovis to associate editor. Dana Carey moves up to associate editor of Wendy Lamb Books. Maria Modugno becomes executive editorial director of Random House Children’s.
At Sterling Lord Literistic, Danielle Bukowski has been promoted to foreign rights manager and associate agent.
At Bloomsbury, Oona Patrick has been promoted to senior production editor, and Nick Sweeney is now assistant production editor. Katya Mezhibovskaya moves up to assistant art director, and Tree Abraham has been promoted to senior designer.
In the UK, Venetia Butterfield was promoted to the new role of publisher at Penguin General Books.
Literary agent Eugenie Furniss is joining the London office of management and production company 42, and will create a book division there. Rowan Lawton, her partner at what was Furniss Lawton, remains an agent with the parent company — previously the James Grant Group, now called YMU.