At McGraw-Hill, Donya Dickerson has been promoted to associate publisher of the business group, and Amy Li has been promoted to associate editor of the business group.
In the UK, Jake Lingwood‘s new imprint for Octopus will be called Monoray. Though you won’t find it in the dictionary, “For me, Monoray sums up the simplicity and clarity of message that you get from all the best publishing. Books that know exactly what they are. There is a clear, straight-ahead direction about Monoray which we love – and hopefully, like the books, it’s distinctive and fresh too. Plus, I definitely think it sounds cool.”It launches in July with John Carney’s Operation Jihadi Bride: The Deadly Mission to Save Young Women from ISIS.
R.J. Palacio‘s novel Wonder, already adapted into a successful film, will become a Broadway play. Tony award-winning Hamilton producer Jill Furman will serve as lead producer.
Hachette UK formally opened their new book distribution facility, the Hely Hutchinson Centre (named for Tim Hely Hutchinson, who retired as CEO of Hachette UK in 2017). The new center “represents a substantial investment program by Hachette’s parent company, Hachette Livre, including the replacement of Hachette’s Vista warehouse management and sales order processing systems, with modern, market-leading software solutions from suppliers including SAP and JDA.” Octopus moved in to the facility last August and all Hachette UK and distributed publishers will distributed from the new site by the end of the second quarter of 2019. Hachette UK David Shelley notes in part, “The Hely Hutchinson Centre is a sign of Hachette’s present and future commitment to great service and of our ambition to become an even bigger player in print distribution than we already are…. Our ambition is to deliver one in every two books sold in the UK.”