Ian Hudson has joined Bloomsbury as managing director of the consumer publishing division and executive director on the Bloomsbury executive committee. He was most recently ceo of DK, and stepped down last March “to recharge his batteries before embarking on the next stage of his career.” Hudson fills the position vacated by longtime Bloomsbury executive Emma Hopkin, currently managing director of Bloomsbury Consumer Publishing, will left the company at the end of 2020 “following an assessment of the future business needs of the consumer division.”
Jayme Boucher joins Hachette Book Group on January 20 as director of their speakers bureau. Established in 2009 in partnership with Greater Talent Network, Hachette Speakers Bureau relaunches this year as an in-house venture, under Boucher’s leadership. She was a founding member and senior leader of the Penguin Random House Speakers Bureau.
Ajda Vucicevichas joined Welbeck Publishing Group as editorial director. She was previously with Mirror Books.
At St. Martin’s Publishing Group, Erica Martirano has been promoted to director, marketing & multicultural initiatives.
At Grove Atlantic, Katie Raissian has been promoted to senior editor; Kait Astrella has been promoted to publicist; Andrew Unger to retail sales manager & digital strategy specialist; and Sara Vitale to assistant editor.
Miriam Miller has been promoted to director, subsidiary rights at Holiday House.
Scott Gould has been promoted to associate director, business development, Penguin Random House Publisher Services.
Elissa Alves has been promoted to literary and operations associate at Folio Literary Management.
Ved Mehta, 86, longtime New Yorker staff writer and author of The Ledge Between the Streams, died on January 9.
The Story Prize announced their finalists, with the winner to be named on March 10. Finalist Danielle Evans’ collection is excerpted and available for download now in our Buzz Books 2020 Fall Winter sampler. The finalists are:
Likes, by Sarah Shun-lien Bynum (Farrar, Straus)
The Office of Historical Corrections, by Danielle Evans (Riverhead)
The Secret Lives of Church Ladies, by Deesha Philyaw (West Virginia University Press)