Colleen Suljic has joined Princeton University Press in the newly created role of chief digital marketing strategist. She was most recently western region senior manager at McGraw-Hill.
Sarah Knight has been promoted to UK adult sales director at Bloomsbury Publishing. Sally Wilks joins as UK children’s sales director. She was previously with HarperCollins Children’s.
At Bastei Luebbe in Germany, Joachim Herbst will join the company earlier than previously announced as CFO, in early August, and he will become spokesman of the management board at the annual meeting on September 15, when ceo Carel Halff will relinquish his executive responsibilities.
A group of workers at Barnes & Noble‘s big Monroe, NJ warehouse remain concerned about the safety of the workplace. On Tuesday they presented a petition with signatures from more than 200 employees to New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy’s office, asking him to step in and close down the warehouse for cleaning. The document asks, “Please use your authority to close the Barnes & Noble distribution center in Monroe Township for two weeks to fully sanitize the facility and allow workers to self-quarantine. Additionally, please ensure that all workers are fully compensated during this closure.” A small group of employees staged a protest outside the facility in early April after learning that at least 9 employees at the facility had confirmed cases of COVID-19.
At a press conference, Murphy said he would look into the matter: “That’s something, if you can bear with me, we will look at.” The company said in a statement, “We deny categorically the charge that we have not provided appropriate cleaning and safety measures since the start of this crisis. We are confident that it is a very small minority who express their concerns by means of the petition. We listen to and take seriously these concerns, as we do those of all our employees.”
As we noted yesterday, Andre Leon Talley‘s memoir THE CHIFFON TRENCHES was originally scheduled for publication yesterday — which explains why the book started receiving media attention last week. Ballantine had rescheduled the title for September 8 but now, with media driving pre-orders, they have moved the release date back up to May 19.