NEW IMPRINT at RANDOM HOUSE:
Author and artist Christopher Myers will launch a new imprint, Make Me A World, with Random House Children’s Books in 2018, overseen by Knopf Young Readers publisher Jenny Brown. The imprint and name “reflects Myers’s vision: to publish a selection of books that open up new worlds, possibilities, and pathways for young readers of all ages”, and will launch with Child of the Universe by astronomer Ray Jayawardhana; the picture book Mama Mable’s All-Gal Big Band Jazz Extravaganza! by Annie Sieg; and the inspirational memoir Walk Toward the Rising Sun by Ger Duan.
Myers said in the announcement: “Every day in the newspapers we see how much stories matter, the stories we tell each other and ourselves, and for too long many stories have been neglected, many storytellers ignored. Each of these untold stories represents a world that has been erased. My father [Walter Dean Myers] built worlds for countless children in his stories. He wanted to make sure no child felt erased as he had, growing up poor and Black in Harlem in the 1940s, where brown, bright faces like his own were nowhere to be found in the pages of books. MAKE ME A WORLD will continue that work, recognizing storytellers from all walks of life that can build for contemporary children a sense that they too have the ability in their creative hands, in their hearts, to build their own worlds.”
EDITORS AND AGENTS:
Rachel Poloski has joined Random House Children’s as editor. Previously she was an associate editor for Disney Publishing’s Marvel Press.
Alexis Kirschbaum will move to Bloomsbury UK on September 13 as publishing director, reporting to Alexandra Pringle. She is currently editorial director at Penguin Press UK.
At Harlequin UK, Lucy Gough has been promoted to assistant managing editor.
At Dutton, Jessica Renheim has just been promoted to editor.
Andrea Cascardi will rejoin Transatlantic Agency as a literary agent based out of New York. Previously she was managing director of Egmont USA from 2013 to 2015, and before then spent ten years as an agent at TLA.
Michael Strother has joined Harlequin Teen as editor. Previously he was an editor at Simon Pulse.