Shelley Husband has joined the Association of American Publishers as senior vice president, government affairs and special projects. Most recently she was staff director and general counsel for the House Committee on the Judiciary from 2013 to 2019.
At Hachette Livre, Nathalie Houël has been promoted to group chief financial officer. Arnaud Robert becomes group secretary general, responsible for all legal matters, compliance, insurance and institutional relations. Juliane Chevallier moves up to internal audit and internal control director. All three will report to deputy ceo Fabrice Bakhouche. Kevin Lopez becomes group chief controller, reporting to Houël.
Marian Brown has been promoted to senior director of publicity at Holt.
Small Press Distribution has hired Cindy Myers as interim executive director. She was executive director at the National Center for Lesbian Rights.
At Sourcebooks, Christa Désir has been promoted to editor; Kelsey Fenske and Eliza Smith have both been promoted to senior production editor; Jessica Smith becomes production editor; and Ashley Holstrom has been promoted to production designer II.
At Random House Children’s, Mike Rich has joined as a senior designer. He was previously senior graphic designer/art director at Emursive Productions properties.
Eloghosa Osunde won the Paris Review’s Plimpton Prize for her story “Good Boy,” which appeared in the Fall 2020 issue. N. Scott Momaday will receive the Hadada Award, presented each year to a “distinguished member of the writing community who has made a strong and unique contribution to literature.” Instead of awarding the $5,000 Terry Southern Prize this year, the editorial committee has donated the money to Teachers and Writers Collaborative in New York.
Thomas Sowell won the Hayek Book Prize for Charter Schools and Their Enemies.
JK Rowling‘s children’s book THE CHRISTMAS PIG will be published October 12 in English and over 20 other languages. Illustrated by Jim Field, for children 8 and up, it’s about “one child’s love for his most treasured toy, and how far he will go to find it.” As usual, Scholastic will publish in the US and Canada, with Hachette UK Children’s publishing in the UK, Australia, New Zealand and India.
Bookshop.org has launched in Spain.
Italian publisher Sperling & Kupfer has signed a first-look deal with Wattpad on publication of Italian-language Wattpad stories, and translation rights to English-language Wattpad Books titles.
Amazon has launched a platform for self-publishing serialized stories through the Kindle mobile app, Kindle Vella, starting with US-based authors. Authors get 50 percent of the proceeds, with customers buying tokens in odd-looking baskets that are not explained for now.