Gisselda Nuñez will join HarperCollins in the new role of vp, diversity, equity, and inclusion on September 21. Nuñez will “lead and advise the company on DE&I initiatives, creating a strategy/vision that aligns with HarperCollins’s values and culture.” She was previously executive director, head of diversity strategy at Morgan Stanley.
Amanda Armstrong-Frank has been promoted to the new role of director of workplace culture and diversity initiatives at Simon & Schuster. Armstrong-Frank will “advise, advocate, and act to improve workplace culture, including diverse representation at all levels,” reporting to both Jonathan Karp and the ViacomCBS office of global inclusion under Marva Smalls, while also working closely with the hr department.
Sanyu Dillon has been promoted to chief marketing officer at Penguin Random House. In addition to her current oversight of consumer-facing programmatic marketing she will “help all of us accelerate the transformation of how we invest our time and funds to sell books.”
Shannon Criss will join Holt September 28 as senior editor, editing upmarket commercial fiction, memoir, and narrative nonfiction and reporting to Sarah Crichton. She was formerly at Callisto Media and Harlequin Kimani.
Betty Wong has joined Andrews McMeel as executive editor. She was previously with Penguin Random House and Meredith Corporation.
Claire Kelley has joined Seven Stories Press as director of library and academic marketing. She was previously director of marketing & publicity for Roost Books.
Devon Halliday has joined Transatlantic Agency as literary agent. She was previously at Susanna Lea Associates.
Originally planned for publication this fall, the tie-in book to Peter Jackson’s documentary The Beatles: Get Back is now set to publish August 31, 2021 and will be distributed by Ingram Publisher Services in the US, Canada, the UK and Ireland for publisher Callaway Arts & Entertainment.
Actor Norman Reedus has an agreement with Blackstone Publishing for an imprint called bigbaldhead, which will publish his own Unknown Man series of books as well “a selective list of works by distinct, diverse, and provocative voices,” launching in fall 2021. Reedus says in the announcement, “It has been a dream of mine for so long to be able to share and tell progressive stories that shine a light where others don’t. I feel incredibly privileged for the opportunity to amplify innovative voices in storytelling that are visionary in fostering change in culture.” He was represented by Marc Gerald at Europa Content.