Results were lifted by the Adams Media acquisition, though ceo Carolyn Reidy notes that they had double-digit growth across the audio, international, and children's divisions, with adult publishing -- where Adams is focused, growing single digits. (Digital audio sales rose 34 percent, as ebooks "declined in dollars by an equal amount," leaving total digital sales flat for the first half of the year.)
Alana Yuster has joined Igloo Books as national account manager. Previously she was brand manager at Penguin Random House.
Agnieszka Mizak has been promoted to the new role of managing director for APA publications, publisher of Insight Guides and Berlitz.
Julie Dinneen has joined D4EO Literary Agency as agent, looking for literary fiction, commercial
fiction, women's fiction, all subgenres of romance and select memoir.
Professor of English at Harvard Steph Burt and professor of English at Virginia Tech Carmen Giménez Smith will take over as poetry editors at The Nation in September, with a plan to "solicit and commission a wide range of American and international poetry and build out a more robust poetry vertical online."
At Harvest House, publisher LaRae Weikert will retire on August 31 after nearly 32 years at the company. Sherrie Slopianka has been hired to take over as publisher, vp of the Willamette Group, starting August 7. Most recently she was executive director of sales at Worthy Publishing.
The Chicago Tribune's annual Literary Prize, honoring a writer with a great impact on American society, will be presented to Marilynne Robinson, who "transcends genre in her fiction and essays, speaking to the arc of history and the ambiguities of the human connection." Their Heartland Prize for nonfiction goes to Matthew Desmond's Evicted, and the fiction award goes to Colson Whitehead's The Underground Railroad.