At the Random House publishing group vp, deputy publisher, Del Rey Keith Clayton takes the additional role of vp, director of licensing, for the Random House Group, working across Random House imprints to identify and grow the licensed publishing programs. In the new role, he reports to Scott Shannon and Aaron Wehner.
Michelle Giuseffi has been named publishing manager for Crown and Tim Duggan Books, reporting to Annsley Rosner. Christine Johnston is promoted to publicist, and Stacey Stein moves up to associate publicist.
At NetGalley, Katie Versluis has been promoted to sales associate, expanding her role to include new client acquisition and management of client relationships. Nina Berman has been promoted to associate editor at NetGalley Insights.
At Jane Rotrosen Agency, Sabrina Prestia was promoted to subsidiary rights director and Hannah Rody-Wright moved up to subsidiary rights associate.
Further integrating their New York and London offices, Janklow & Nesbit UK will be handling all UK and translation rights for Janklow & Nesbit Associates authors.
Publisher of The Paris Review since 2015 Susannah Hunnewell, 52, died on June 15 from cancer. The publication writes: “Her three decades with the magazine, a span made better by her intelligence, kindness, and great spirit, have left an indelible imprint on The Paris Review.”
Poet Robin Robertson won the Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction for The Long Take.
The New Yorker reported on a mysterious, short-lived literary fellowship underwritten by the Riggio Foundation. Writer Daniel A. Gross was invited in 2018 to participate in a $10,000 fellowship spanning two semesters that would “teach skills and speak truth to power,” but the fellowship proved “strange” and haphazardly organized. It later became clear that Stephanie Riggio Bulger, who ran the program, was participating alongside the fellows without revealing her identity. The fellowship dissolved after one semester, when instructor Jackson Taylor, with whom fellows were required to take classes, repeatedly used racial slurs. Bulger later told Gross in an interview, “It was horribly uncomfortable, and just offensive in every way. It was not what I wanted it to be in any way, shape, or form, which is why it is no longer in existence.”