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Kat Meyer Joins Publishers Weekly as Events Director

unnamedKat Meyer, former conference chair for O’Reilly Media’s Tools of Change conference and the Frankfurt Book Fair’s CONTEC Frankfurt, has joined Publishers Weekly as Director, Events and Community Engagement.

In this newly created position, Meyer is tasked with managing and expanding the publication’s events which include podcasts, sponsored webcasts and live events. She will work with PW‘s digital, social media, sales and marketing teams on these various events and will report to Publishers Weekly publisher Cevin Bryerman.

“Kat brings business intelligence and expertise to Publishers Weekly. Expanding events programs and deepening community outreach will amplify the PWxyz brands, including Publishers Weekly, PubMatch and BookLife, worldwide,” stated Bryerman.

A graduate of the University of Arizona, Meyer has worked with the Bologna Children’s Book Fair, Books in Browsers, Sourcebooks, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Net Galley, Communication Skill Builders, the University of Arizona Press and Rio Nuevo Publishers.

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GalleyCatnip: Edwidge Danticat Will Miss the Oprah Winfrey Show

20091120-tows-why-oprah-end-talk-show-290x218.jpgFor your weekend reading pleasure, here some publishing news briefs…

Oprah Winfrey announced today that she will end her popular show in 2011, closing the televised side of the most influential book club in America. Author Edwidge Danticat told the Wall Street Journal why she will miss the club: “When she calls to tell you that your book has been selected for the book club, she sounds so excited that you feel as though she’s both your ideal reader and your biggest cheerleader.”

To write its embargo-breaking scoop about Sarah Palin‘s memoir (which has reportedly sold 300,000 copies already), the AP ripped, scanned, and mined the text for juicy tidbits.

Kat Meyer interviewed Angela James, the executive editor for Carina Press on Twitter for her weekly Follow Reader Twitter chat. Read the whole exchange at #followreader.

Why author and literary blogger Maud Newton is writing a novel instead of a memoir.

Digital Publisher Quartet Press Disbands

quartet.jpgA few months after seeking its first submissions, the fledgling digital publisher Quartet Press has disbanded. The announcement came late today in a simple blog post entitled: “To Our Friends in the Bookish Community.”

Kat Meyer wrote the release: “For a variety of reasons large and small, Quartet Press has decided to discontinue operations. Sometimes, even with the best of intentions, a hard-working team, and the support of the community, things just don’t work out. This is one of those times. It’s disappointing to all of us, but it’s reality and we will all move on.

“We are truly grateful to all of you who have wished us well. Your support and enthusiasm for our venture was humbling, and we hope you will not see our company’s disbanding as an indication that any of us doubt the viability of digital publishing. Far to the contrary–if nothing else, we have learned that the future of digital publishing, while overwhelmingly complex, will be bright indeed, and we will each be working toward that bright future via our individual efforts.”

Earlier this year, GalleyCat interviewed Quartet publisher Don Linn about digital pricing and recession-era bookselling.

Don Linn Joins Quartet Press

donlinn.jpgTaunton Press publisher Don Linn is leaving his post to help launch the digital publishing outfit, Quartet Press. He joins a publishing team that includes Kassia Krozser of Booksquare.com; Kirk Biglione of Medialoper.com; and book marketer Kat Meyer.

Earlier in his career, Linn was CEO and owner of Consortium Book Sales and Distribution. At Quartet, he will oversee finance, administration and general management at the digtial press. Quartet is already seeking submissions for the fall.

Linn explained the move in a statement: “I’m an entrepreneur at heart and I’ve been fascinated with this transitional phase of reading, writing and publishing for some time. So when the opportunity to create Quartet presented itself, it seemed the time was right to make the move.”