Jennifer Keenan has joined HMH Children’s as art director. Previously she was art director at Macmillan Children’s.
At Macmillan, Rob Guttman has been promoted to senior vice president, platform development; Beter Said to senior director, product development; Grace Van Etten to senior director, central analytics; Rinat Ussenov to principal frontend engineer; Michelle Pohl to senior business analyst; Matt Kangas to senior director, data engineering; Dmitriy Firer to senior developer, ETL; Tova Rohatiner to associate manager, communications; and Meg Collins to author events associate.
The late John Lewis‘s CARRY ON: Reflections for a New Generation will be published by Grand Central on July 13, featuring his “final reflections after a lifetime on the front lines of the battle for America’s soul, focusing on the things that mattered most to him and sharing his hard-earned wisdom with the world one last time.” The book “originates from conversations Lewis had with his editor at Grand Central, Gretchen Young, the last of which took place just three weeks before he died. They had known each other for more than a decade and agreed, after Lewis had been diagnosed with cancer, that they should record some observations for posterity.”
UK literary prizes report incidents of scammers trying to claim award money. In one case, the Folio Prize admits to having paid £30,000 via PayPal to someone posing as the actual winner, Valeria Luiselli. Executive director Minna Fry tells the Bookseller, “The lost funds were absorbed by cost savings elsewhere within the charity,” and Luiselli received her full award.
Other UK prizes report to the magazine fending off similar malicious attempts. The Baillie Gifford Prize, The Forward Prizes for Poetry, and the Society of Authors were all asked by suspicious emails to send prize money through PayPal.
In Pittsburgh, Riverstone Books is buying Classic Lines from Dan Iddings, who is retiring. The deal is expected to close on May 14. Iddings said sales dropped at least 25 percent in 2020, but the store “ended the year in the black.” This summer, Classic Lines will close temporarily for a refurbishment.