Cary Goldstein, executive director of publicity and senior editor at Simon & Schuster, will leave on October 4 to become head of curation at media start-up WaitWhat. Julia Prosser has been promoted to vice president and director of publicity of the Simon & Schuster imprint.
At Atria, Kaitlin Olson has been promoted to editor. Melanie Iglesias Pérez and Loan Le have each been promoted to associate editor.
Rebecca Raskin has been promoted to assistant editor at Harper Wave and Harper Business.
David Gilmore has joined the Random House Children’s as marketing coordinator. He was previously marketing coordinator for Barnes & Noble.
LeVar Burton, actor and host of Reading Rainbow, will host the National Book Awards ceremony on November 20 in New York.
Joachim Kindler joined the Frankfurt Book Fair as director business development science & business information and education. He was director researcher at Wiley.
In the UK, Charlotte Mursell will leave HQ to join Orion on January 6 as editorial director. Agent Tom Witcomb at Blake Friedmann will also join Orion on January 2, as a commissioning editor, working on the crime and thriller list, also acquiring genre fiction and historical fiction.
BuzzFeed goes further than previous accounts in documenting how thoroughly entwined literary agent John Brockman was with Jeffrey Epstein for years, and extends the circle to include his son Max Brockman. From 2001 to 2017, Epstein accounted for $638,000 out of a total of almost $857,000 donated to Brockman’s Edge Foundation. They note that Naomi Wolf — whose book OUTRAGES was recalled before publication by HMH — “made the decision to leave Brockman Inc on July 31, 2019, due to my learning about Jeffrey Epstein’s funding of Edge.org.”
Former research director at Cambridge Analytica and whistleblower Christopher Wylie‘s MINDF**K: CAMBRIDGE ANALYTICA AND THE PLOT TO BREAK AMERICA, called “both expose and dire warning,” will be published October 8 by Random House, and Profile Books in the UK.
Cowley Distributing‘s wholesale magazine and book distribution business has an agreement to be acquired by wholesaler American News Company, expected to close on October 5. The sale does not include Cowley’s small group of about eight bookstores (mostly in Missouri).
Cowley President John Cowley said in the release, “Since 1957, Cowley Distributing has been proud to supply great retailers across nine Midwestern states. We know the leadership at ANC and are confident that this strategic investment by ANC is best for the long-term health and continued growth of our business and will ensure that the exemplary service we have provided to our customers continues.”