Publishing News


April 1-15, 2004 Edition PEOPLE Penguin Canada Names New Delhi’s Davidar as Publisher

03/27/2004—In a surprise move this week, Penguin Books Canada named New Delhi native David Davidar as publisher of the Canadian operation. Davidar, 44, had served as founding publisher of Penguin India for the past 18 years. John Makinson, chairperson of the international Penguin Group, announced that Davidar would replace Cynthia Good, who resigned in February after founding and subsequently running the program for 20 years.

Davidar attended Radcliffe and Harvard University at age 26, and was chosen by Penguin chairperson Peter Mayer to first head the Indian operation, where he began in a rented apartment to publish about 12 titles per year. Today, Penguin India releases about 200 books annually.

Barney to Move to Amistad/HarperCollins

NEW YORK, NY/3/26/04—Stacey Barney, editor at Farrar, Straus & Giroux, reportedly is moving to an editorship at Amistad Press/HarperCollins.

Amistad Press, an imprint of HarperCollins General Books Group, publishes works by and about people of African descent on subjects and themes that have significant influence on the intellectual, cultural, and historical perspectives of a world audience.

Bowen to Join Hyperion Books for Children

NEW YORK, NY/3/25/04—Brenda Bowen, formerly a hardcover publisher at Simon &Schuster, has been named vice president and editor-in-chief of Hyperion Books for Children, succeeding Liza Baker, who had served as editorial director but left the company about a year ago. Hyperion is owned by Disney.

Bowen will oversee projects at Hyperion, Jump at the Sun, Volo, and Miramax Books imprints. She will report to Lisa Holton, senior vice president Global Books at Disney Publishing.

Disney Publishing worldwide reaches more than 100 million readers each month. The company is one of the world’s largest children’s publishers, offering books and magazines in 55 languages in 74 countries.