At Orbit, Nivia Evans has been promoted to editor and Hillary Sames to assistant editor.
Eva Zimmerman has joined Chronicle Children’s as publicist. Previously she freelanced, as Eva Zimmerman PR, and worked at the Perseus Book Group.
KJ Grow has been promoted to publisher of Shambhala.
Lauren Rosenthal has joined Pegasus Books as publicist. She was previously publicity and book marketing assistant at Hay House.
Russell Perreault, vp/executive director of publicity and social media at Vintage Anchor, died at his home in Connecticut on Saturday. Vintage Anchor publisher Anne Messitte writes, “There are few words that encompass our shock and sadness; we will miss him terribly.”
Jason Schneider, editorial director of Skyhorse Publishing, died on July 26, after a long illness. A Skyhorse representative writes, “Our thoughts and sympathies are with his wife Paula and his children Hayden, Cameron, and Liam.” Services will be held for him on Wednesday, July 31. In lieu of flowers, his family asks that donations be made in his name to Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, PO Box 5028, Hagerstown, MD, 21741. Skyhorse is also working with Schneider’s wife, Paula, to establish education funds for their three children.
Book Club Bookstore & More in South Windsor, CT, is closing today after six years of operation. Owner Cynde Acanto said the store faced “lack of foot traffic due to online shopping.” She will continue to host book events for the community, but “without a brick and mortar store.”
Unconventional Source Material
Writing in Slate, Laura Miller has resurfaced a chapter in WHERE THE CRAWDADS SING author Delia Owens‘ story that has been ignored in recent “feel good” profiles of her life and work. Though she is not a suspect, she and her husband Mark Owens have been wanted for decades for questioning in Zambia regarding the murder of a poacher that was captured on film by an ABC camera crew in 1995. The story–which seems to echo some of the themes and plot points in her bestselling book–was reported in an 18,000 word New Yorker article in 2010, and her Wikipedia page contains a reference to the “controversial killing of a poacher in Zambia.”