Barnes & Noble vp and general merchandise manager, bookstore Sasha Quinton is the latest senior executive to leave the company, named evp, Scholastic and president, Scholastic Book Fairs effective January. She is succeeding Alan Boyko, who announced his retirement earlier this year after 14 years in that position. Quinton will report to ceo Richard Robinson.
He said in the announcement, “We believe her instinct for finding and marketing books that captivate young readers, deep expertise in retail and merchandising, and proven operational acumen make her the ideal candidate to lead Scholastic Book Fairs. The market for book distribution continues to change in ways we believe will be extraordinarily favorable for this business, helping Scholastic maintain its position as the world’s largest publisher and distributor of children’s books.” Quinton joined BN in March, after over 10 years at Readerlink and Levy.
Elsewhere, at Harper Children’s Alyson Day has been promoted to executive editor. Clarissa Wong will now report to Day, and Day will report to both Toni Markiet and Nancy Inteli.
Kevin Hyer has been promoted to director of sales for the export sales division at HarperCollins Christian Publishing.
Will Roberts has been promoted to associate director, foreign rights at The Gernert Company, where he also works as an agent.
At Gersh, Hannah Vaughn has been promoted to books and IP agent, in New York.
Authors Vi Keeland and Penelope Ward’s publishing company Cocky Hero World has sold audio rights to 175 novels and novellas to Rena Ayer at Audible Studios, represented by Kimberly Brower at Brower Literary & Management.
Galley Beggar Press, the publisher of Lucy Ellman’s Booker-nominated Ducks, Newburyport, surpassed their fundraising goal, raising £42,000 since Wednesday morning. The bankruptcy administration of The Book People left the publisher £40,000 in debt after they had 8,000 special copies of Ellman’s book printed for the retailer. Galley Beggar posted on Twitter Wednesday evening, “We’re crazy tired and more than a little emotional. And we should probably get some sleep. For now, one last update from us: This morning, we woke up in a crisis. This evening, we’re going to bed knowing that the company is safe – and that it’s been saved, by YOU.”