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Stephen Barbara Moves to InkWell Management

S43sJzRiLiterary agent Stephen Barbara will move from Foundry Literary + Media to InkWell Management.

Barbara devoted six years of his career to Foundry. His start date at InkWell is scheduled for January 05, 2015.

Barbara’s full roster of 50 clients will follow him. Some of the authors that Barbara represents includes Rooms author Lauren Oliver, renowned children’s book illustrator Ricardo Cortés, and Edgar Award winner Jack Ferraiolo.

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Lisa Thomas Promoted to SVP/Editorial Director at National Geographic Books

Lisa ThomasLisa Thomas has been promoted to SVP & Editorial Director at National Geographic Adult Books.

In her new role, ​Thomas will oversee the editorial direction and creation of all adult book titles at the publishing house. This includes travel and guidebooks. In addition, she will also be working to expand the imprint’s international readership, as well as grow its eBook list.

Thomas will report directly to Chris Johns, Chief Content Officer, at National Geographic Adult Books.

Thomas​ has worked in the book division of ​National Geographic for the past 14 years. In her previous role as senior editor, Thomas​ edited titles including: The Blue Zones, National Geographic 125 Years, and In the Footsteps of Jesus. Prior to joining National Geographic, ​she worked as an editor at Time Life Books.

Steve Bevis Joins Bookmasters as Head of IT

0cdef96Digital publishing services firm Bookmasters has named Steve Bevis as its been director of information technology.

In his new role, Bevis will head up eBook conversion services. “Steve’s skill set is a blend of management and hands-on experience, which is exactly what we were looking for to fill the director of informational technology role,” stated Ken Fultz, general manager at Bookmasters. “With several technology enhancement projects in process and more planned in the coming months, I’m pleased to welcome Steve and his broad perspective to the Bookmasters’ team.”

In his previous work experience, Bevis has supervised and consulted on tech projects for companies including: Vitamix, Barnes Distribution, Lorain County Printing and Publishing Company, Digital Bezalel and National City.

Paul Stevens Named Acquisitions Editor at Quirk Books

Quirk-Books-logoPaul Stevens has been hired as an acquisitions editor for Quirk Books. His start date has been scheduled for January 2015.

Throughout his career, Stevens has held positions at Asimov’s Science Fiction magazine and Tor Books. In the past, he has worked on projects with authors Robert Jordan, Brandon Sanderson, Marie Brennan, Hilary Davidson, and Alex Bledsoe.

John Leahy Named CFO at Cengage Learning

CengageJohn Leahy has been hired as chief financial officer for Cengage Learning.

In his new role, Leahy will oversee the company’s finances and manage a team. He will report directly to chief executive officer Michael Hansen.

Here’s more from the press release: “John most recently served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of, the world’s largest online marketplace for finding and managing family care, where he helped lead its successful Initial Public Offering this past January. Previously, John served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of iRobot, a pure play robotics firm which develops and markets consumer and defense products, and as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for Keane, Inc., which provided business consulting and outsourcing services to Fortune 1000 companies.”

Amanda Bullock Moves to Literary Arts, Inc.

Amanda BullockLiterary Arts, Inc. has named Amanda Bullock to take on the role of festival and events manager for the Wordstock Festival. Prior to this move, Bullock served as the director of public programming for the nonprofit cultural institution Housing Works Bookstore.

Literary Arts acquired the Wordstock Festival earlier this year. This literary event will be re-launched on November 07, 2015 at the Portland Art Museum. Powell’s Books has signed on to serve as a community partner for this venture.

Bullock gave this statement in the press release: “Wordstock 2015 will reflect the dynamic literary culture of Portland and the Pacific Northwest, as well as attract authors and attendees from across the country and around the world. I am excited to start the next chapter of my career and my literary life. I hope to bring my experience in New York City publishing, literary programming, and community building to reinvigorate Wordstock and collaborate with the amazing literary community to create a festival that will be bigger and better than ever: a destination event that is truly Portland.”

Erin Stein Moves to the Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group

macmillanchildrens130Erin Stein will move from Little, Brown Books for Young Readers to the Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group (MCPG).

Stein will serve as publisher for a yet-to-be-named new imprint. She reports directly to MCPG president and publisher Jon Yaged.

In the past, Stein has worked on several licensed property projects that feature My Little Pony, Despicable Me, and The Muppets. With this new position, she will manage brand publishing ventures and oversee acquisitions for both commercial fiction and picture book manuscripts.

David Kent to Leave HarperCollins Canada

harpercollinsDavid Kent, the president and CEO of HarperCollins Canada, plans to leave the company at the end of this year.

Kent has devoted almost 14 years of his career to this position. Two executives, Iris Tupholme and Leo MacDonald, have received promotions and will henceforth manage the company.

Here’s more from the press release: “This change is concurrent with HarperCollins’ decision to exit the Canadian distribution business. HarperCollins announced earlier today that it will transfer the fulfillment responsibilities for its Canadian titles to RR Donnelley.”

Michelle Aielli Moves to Hachette Books

Hachette LogoMichelle Aielli has been named executive director of publicity at Hachette Books. She will report to publisher Mauro DiPreta.

In new new role, Aielli will oversee the publicity for both the division’s brand and the titles on its list. The start date for her new position has been set for November 17th.

For the past 10 years, Aielli has worked in the Little, Brown PR team. She launched and managed campaigns for James Patterson, J.K. Rowling, Donna Tartt, Keith Richards, Elin Hilderbrand, Jonathan Safran Foer, and more.

3 Staff Members at St. Martin’s Press Receive Promotions

stmartins130Three staff members at St. Martin’s Press have received promotions. All of them work within the art department.

Mike Storrings has been named vice president and creative director of the imprint. David Rotstein will tackle on the dual role of executive art director at St. Martin’s Press and creative art director of Minotaur. Olga Grlic has been appointed executive art director of the Griffin and mass market paperbacks teams.