Harlequin announced that it is realigning under two new divisions: the Harlequin Trade Publishing Group, which will be responsible for all trade publishing activities, and Harlequin Brand Group, which combines their series publishing, Carina Press and brand development. Loriana Sacilotto serves as evp, publisher of Harlequin Trade and will lead strategic publishing, editorial, marketing and publicity for all Harlequin Trade imprints. Reporting to Sacilotto are Margaret Marbury, vp editorial who will focus on adult imprints; Heather Connor, vp publicity & trade communications; Bess Braswell, publishing director at Inkyard Press; and a new associate publisher, adult imprints, for which they are recruiting.
Brent Lewis serves as evp, publisher of Harlequin Brand Group and will lead strategic series publishing, series editorial, Harlequin brand marketing and publicity, Harlequin Studios, new business development, and direct to consumer. Reporting to Lewis are Dianne Moggy, vp editorial, responsible for all global series and Carina Press, as well as overseeing author engagement and communications; Merjane Schoueri vp, marketing, who will continue to lead the Feel Good Project and other new business development opportunities; Heather Allen, senior director DTC; and Marianna Ricciuto, director digital sales.
In the UK, Orion announced a number of appointments in its publicity department: Francesca Pearce has joined as senior publicity manager. She was previously senior publicity manager at Bonnier. Leanne Oliver has been promoted to publicity director; Elizabeth Allen to campaigns director; Virginia Woolstencroft to head of publicity; and Alainna Hadjigeorgiou to publicity manager. Kate Moreton recently joined as press officer; she was previously with Bloomsbury.
Joe Zigmond has been promoted to editorial director at John Murray.
George Richardson, 94, who “helped transform Oxford University Press” as its chief executive for 14 years, has died.
Tade Thompson’s Rosewater won the Arthur C. Clarke science fiction prize.
The Whiting Foundation announced the winners of its 2019 literary magazine prizes. The print honorees are The Common; American Short Fiction; and Black Warrior Review. The digital winners are The Margins, A Publication of the Asian American Writers’ Workshop and The Offing. Winners receive grants of betweem $9,000 and $60,000.
Online used bookseller ThriftBooks plans to add at least 100 employees, tripling the size of its Dallas fulfillment center. Dallas News also reports that it expanded its Atlanta and Baltimore warehouses.