Neil Olson has joined Massie & McQuilkin. Previously he ran Donadio & Olson, which filed for bankruptcy liquidation last December in the wake of significant embezzlement by the agency’s bookkeeper bookkeeper Darin Webb.
Kara Rota will join Chicago Review Press as senior editor starting June 17.
Knopf director of publicity for 37 years before his retirement in 2002 Bill Loverd, 78, died Thursday at home in New Jersey of cancer. The publisher writes: “Loverd was the very embodiment of the House of Knopf. He was a gentleman in every way, but he was also someone who demanded perfection. He was Knopf’s greatest public standard bearer, but, when he felt it was necessary, he could also be its fiercest critic. As the head of a department whose chief responsibility was to garner publicity for its books and authors, Bill was famous in book-publishing circles for avoiding the limelight for himself.” There will be a private service in the fall. Memorial donations may be made to Karen Ann Quinlan Hospice, 99 Sparta Avenue, Newton, NJ 07860.
Ling Ma‘s novel Severance won the NYPL Young Lions Fiction Award.