Kate Lyall Grant has been named publisher of Severn House, news that comes as one of the publisher's imprints, Crème de la Crime, has its first anniversary. Grant, who spent the last eight years at Simon & Schuster, will oversee Severn's entire list.

Severn House specializes in publishing midlist authors and has half of its business in the U.S., with the other half in the U.K. Crème de la Crime specializes in British crime writing and publishes such authors as Simon Brett and Kate Ellis.