Mary Marotta will move over to Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group as senior vice president, group sales, staring March 8. She has been senior vice president, DK North America. She succeeds Chris Dufault and will report to Jaci Updike.
Matty Goldberg, vice president of sales and acquisitions at Ingram Content Group, is retiring at the end of March. He was with Perseus Book Group for 17 years, and joined Ingram with the acquisition of Perseus’ distribution business in 2016. Sabrina McCarthy, vp and general manager, writes, “Matty and I have worked together for the past 23 years, and I’ve seen first hand what a meaningful impact he’s had on this industry and his colleagues, not to mention me. We will miss him and wish him much happiness in his retirement.”
Melissa Valentine has joined Lake Union Publishing, as editor. Previously she was at Callisto Media.
Cody Caetano has been promoted to associate agent at the Transatlantic Agency.
Nana-Ama Danquah and Lorinda Toledo have each joined Jaded Ibis Press as acquisitions editor. Danquah is an author, editor, freelance journalist, and more. Toledo was previously a fiction editor at Witness literary magazine.
Time Magazine named Britt Bennett, author of The Vanishing Half, one of its Next 100 Most Influential People in the World. Tayari Jones writes in a profile, “Racial passing, the phenomenon at the core of her astonishing novel The Vanishing Half, is as familiar to American literature as ‘Lush Life’ is to the American songbook. Yet Bennett is informed and inspired by the intensities and complexities of our present moment. If race is a construct, what about gender? What are the limits of self-definition?”
The Aspen Words Literary Prize announced its 2021 shortlist:
Against the Loveless World, by Susan Abulhawa (Atria)
Leave the World Behind, by Rumaan Alam (Ecco)
The Night Watchman, by Louise Erdrich (Harper)
The Office of Historical Corrections, by Danielle Evans (Riverhead)
If I Had Two Wings, by Randall Kenan (Norton)
Quarto signed on a new $20 million revolving credit and term loan facility, to replace an existing loan that was due to expire on July 31, 2021. Additionally, 1010 Printing Limited (a subsidiary of the Lion Rock Group Limited) and Quarto’s ceo C.K. Lau have agreed to extend the current $13 million unsecured and subordinated loans to August 2024, and 1010 will provide a further $10 million, due on the same date, with the same terms, as the existing loan.