This and That :: Week of November 25th

Peter Berkery, Jr. has been named Executive Director of the Association of American University Presses (AAUP), starting March 1st. Berkery was VP, Publisher of the US Law division of Oxford University Press (OUP) and will succeed long-time AAUP Director Peter Givler.

Maria Modugno will join Random House Children’s on November 26 as Editorial Director, Picture Books, for the Random House and Golden Books group. She was VP, Editorial Director at Harper Children’s.

Martha Levin, EVP and Publisher of Free Press, who left Free Press in early November, may be reached at mlevin004@nyc.rr.com. Dominick Anfuso, VP Editor in Chief, has left as well may be reached at dominickanfuso@gmail.com. Free Press comes under S&S and Jon Karp. Stacy Creamer, VP Publisher of Touchstone, now reports to Susan Moldow.

James Attlee has joined the University of Chicago Press as UK Editor-at-Large. Previously he was Sales and Rights Director at Tate Publishing.

Ben George has joined Penguin as an Editor. He was co-founder and Editorial Director at Lookout Books of Wilmington, NC and Editor of the literary magazine Ecotone.

Clay Smith has joined Kirkus Media as Features Editor, reporting to COO Meg Kuehn. Most recently he was Literary Director of the Texas Book Festival.

Allison Hollett has joined Osprey as US VP, Sales and Marketing, where she will develop and manage all aspects of the company’s marketing and publicity efforts working out of Osprey’s New York offices. Hollett, was previously Director of Trade Sales and Marketing for the Taunton Press replaces John Tintera, who will now oversee US sales and marketing for Watkins Publishing.

Liate Stehlik announced that Catherine Felgar has joined HarperCollins as Publishing Operations Director, managing the Morrow and Ecco lists in both digital and print. She was at Cambridge U. Press and succeeds Kim Lewis. Ashley Garland has joined the Ecco as Publicity Manager. She was previously with Ballantine.

Jeff Pinsker has been named VP, Scholastic Inc., and President of Klutz a division of Scholastic, Pinsker will assume his new responsibilities December 3, 2012, and will report to Ellie Berger, President of Scholastic Trade. Pinsker was most recently CEO of INFINITOY.

Kirsten Neuhaus has been hired as Director of Foreign Rights for adult titles at Foundry. For the past three years, she has been running her own agency. Also at Foundry,Rachel Hecht, who joined the agency in 2011, has been promoted to Director of Foreign Rights for children’s books. She was previously a YA scout for Mary Anne Thompson Associates.

Macmillan announced that Dominic Knight has been appointed Chairman of Palgrave Macmillan UK and US and takes on a new role of Executive Director, Business Programs for the Macmillan Group. Sam Burridge has also been promoted to Managing Director, Palgrave Macmillan Scholarly, effective 1 November 2012. Burridge joined Macmillan in 1995. Burridge will report to Dominic Knight, who moves into the new role of Executive Director, Business Programmes, with responsibility for corporate change strategy within Macmillan.

Ginger Curwen is returning to publishing, joining Julia Lord Literary Management as an agent representing mysteries and thrillers. Curwen previously worked at HarperCollins, the American Booksellers Association, Bantam, and Random House.

University of North Carolina Press Editor-in-Chief David Perry intends to retire in March 2013. He was named Editor-in-Chief in 1995.

Abrams Publisher Steve Tager has taken on the new role of Chief Marketing and Business Development Office with oversight of digital strategy. The marketing and publicity departments report to him. Executive Editor Deborah Aaronson takes over as VP, Publisher for the adult trade group. Elisa Urbanelli returns to the company as Associate Publisher for the adult group. She was most recently a freelance editor and previously Managing Editor for the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.

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