Lauren Wein will join Avid Reader Press as editorial director on June 24, where she will acquire both fiction and nonfiction, and will oversee a fiction program for the new imprint. She has been executive editor at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.
Erin M. Berger will join Scholastic Trade as senior vice president of marketing, starting June 17. Most recently she was vp, creative marketing director at Penguin Children’s.
Sue Berger Ramin will join Brandeis University Press in the newly created position of director, starting July 1. She was previously associate publisher at David R. Godine.
Stephanie Winter has been promoted to associate agent at P.S. Literary Agency.
Steve Marshall has been promoted to chief information officer at Ingram Content Group.
At Meulenhoff in the Netherlands, Maaike le Noble has been promoted to managing director.
In the UK, Harriet Wade moves to Pushkin Press as editor, with responsibility for the Pushkin Vertigo imprint of crime and thrillers. She has been at OneWorld.
At Granta, Bella Lacey is formally promoted to publishing director; Laura Barber moves up to deputy publishing director for Granta Books; Rachael Allen was promoted to poetry editor of Granta Books and the magazine; and Anne Meadows moves up to senior commissioning editor.
Goodreads’ other co-founder and ceo Otis Chandler left the company as well at the end of May. Veronica Moss was promoted to ceo at Goodreads, and both Otis and Elizabeth Chandler will serve as advisors.
Some times it takes a librarian…in this case, 27-year-old University of Chicago librarian Emma Boettcher, who ended James Holzhauer’s 32-episode win streak on Jeopardy!. Boettcher got her master’s in information science from the University of North Carolina, where she wrote on predicting the difficulty of trivia questions using Jeopardy! clues. She said she will use her winnings to pay off student loans and donate to the UNC program.
Michael Wolff‘s SIEGE: Trump Under Fire publishes today. On Monday night, Holt chairman Steve Rubin hosted a launch event, praising the author as a “fearless, tireless and smart reporter.” Wolff said to the group: “Both FIRE AND FURY and SIEGE are really about telling this story. As media people, we’re insiders, we think we know what happened. I think most people outside of that very small circle are instead going, ‘What just happened?!’ I think if I bring any value to this moment in history, it’s to be able to explain to people exactly what happened, and give them a sense of this madness.”
Please note, the actual Reese Witherspoon Book Club pick for June is The Cactus by Sarah Haywood. (We accidentally repeated the May selection yesterday.)
John Edgar Wideman won the PEN/Malamud Award for Excellence in the Short Story.
The Lambda Literary Awards announced winners in 25 categories, with Alexander Chee receiving the Lambda’s Trustee Award; Masha Gessen receiving the Visionary Award; and Barbara Smith receiving the Publishing Professional Award. The full list of winners.