Sarah New will join Knopf as publicist starting August 6. She was previously associate publicist at Bloomsbury.
At Workman Publishing, Amanda German has been promoted to gift sales coordinator. Ally McNamara becomes sales coordinator within the trade sales department. Katharina Gadow has joined as national accounts manager, online sales. Most recently, she was national account manager at DK Publishing.
Lindsey Smith has joined Speilburg Literary Agency as agent representing pop culture, lifestyle, and prescriptive nonfiction. Previously, she co-founded a small press and created the Launch Your Dream Book course at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition.
Nick Wright has joined Bonnier Books UK as chief information officer, succeeding Justin King. He was most recently IT Operational Services Director at Penguin Random House UK.
Clare Hey will join Simon & Schuster UK as publishing director, fiction, adult publishing, starting November 4 and reporting to managing director, adult publishing, Suzanne Baboneau. Hey is currently publishing director of Orion.
Martin Mayer, 91, author of 40 books, died on August 1.
George Hodgman, who died at 60 last month, will be celebrated at a memorial service on September 26, at 6:30 PM at The Friends Meeting House in New York (at 15 Rutherford Place, just off Stuyvesant Square at 15th Street, between 2nd & 3rd Avenues).
In addition to new physical stores planned for Detroit and Houston, Amazon is hiring staff for a new store in Nashville, TN as well. As with the previous listings, the company no longer makes it clear in advance if they are staffing for an Amazon Books or an Amazon 4-Star store. (They are part of the same internal unit/team, and a person could infer that the company sees these small-format stores as essentially all the same, whether the focus in miscellaneous products or books and other stuff.)
Tim Tingle‘s forthcoming middle grade novel DOC AND THE DETECTIVE was cancelled by Scholastic, after two booksellers made allegations of inappropriate behavior. The book was due out in October from Arthur A. Levine Books. Alicia Michielli of Talking Leaves Books in Buffalo and Annie Carl of the Neverending Bookshop in Edmonds, WA, reported to the publisher as well as the ABA that Tingle touched them on the hands and knees and patted them on the head at the ABA’s Children’s Institute in Pittsburgh in June. Tingle told Publishers Weekly that, “Scholastic and I have reached a mutual agreement that the rights to Doc and the Detective will be returned to me, and I have let them know that the allegations made against me are untrue.”