Cate Hart has joined Harvey Klinger as agent, focusing on middle grade, young adult and women’s contemporary and historical fiction. She previously was at Corvisiero Literary Agency as rights director and agent.At Chronicle Books, Olivia Roberts has been promoted to assistant editor, entertainment. Natalie Nicolson has joined as marketing manager, entertainment. Previously she was publicist for Lonely Planet and Insight Editions.
Remy Cawley has been promoted to associate editor at Bold Type Books.
Cheryl Segura (formerly Cheryl Ringer) was promoted to senior editor at McGraw-Hill Education.
Rachel Hecht Children’s Scouting has been appointed as the US scout for Grupo Anaya in Spain.
The annual Global CEO 50 session at the Frankfurt Book Fair will feature an executive who is neither a ceo nor an employee of one of the 50 largest publishers; rather, it will host Netflix vp international originals Kelly Luegenbiehl.
HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON author and illustrator Cressida Cowell has been named the new Waterstones children’s laureate, a two year appointment.
Book & Puppet Co. is opening its third location in Easton, PA. The 1,500-square foot location will have its soft open on July 27, with a grand opening to follow in August.
Maggie Haberman is reportedly no longer writing a book about the first years of the Trump Administration for Random House, as first announced in September 2017. Originally it was to be co-authored by Glenn Thrush, but he was dropped from the project after misconduct allegations. According to Women’s Wear Daily, Haberman “briefly alluded in a reader question-and-answer session right before the Fourth of July holiday that she was no longer working on the book.” Neither the publisher nor Haberman’s agent would comment.
Separately, the NYT has more on Naomi’s Wolf‘s OUTRAGES, which US publisher Houghton Mifflin Harcourt recalled just before publication. The headline suggests Wolf “fights back” but that’s not the substance of the story. It does reveal that Wolf’s husband, private investigator Brian O’Shea, had posted tweets “seeming to question the integrity” of BBC interviewer Matthew Sweet, who found mistakes in the book. And O’Shea’s firm, Striker Pierce also posted critical tweets, including one that called for an investigation into Sweet’s “obviously false claims and opportunism.” (All tweets have now been deleted.)
For the most part, it adds credence to HMH’s investigation. (The publisher says, “We have reached out to several scholars for independent evaluations of the book, and we will assess their evaluations when they are all in hand.”) As the paper notes, a PR firm hired by Wolf had said in a press release that the book “showcases” the work of three historians — Graham Robb, H.G. Cocks and Charles Upchurch. Cocks is the only one listed in her bibliography, however. And Florida State University historian Upchurch said the book contains dozens of errors: “If this had come to me as a manuscript for peer review, I would have called for changes to correct what I consider factual and interpretive errors on 46 of its 300 pages.”