After 10 years working at both St. Martin's reference and its reincarnation as Palgrave Macmillan, Michael Flamini, Palgrave editorial director for humanities, is moving back to St. Martin's trade division with a mandate to acquire a list of upscale nonfiction.

Flamini has been named an executive editor in the St. Martin's trade division. He described his new position as 'a bolt out of the blue, and I'm thrilled. I started with St. Martin's reference and helped Palgrave reach its present level and now it's time to move back to the mother ship.'

Flamini said he expects to do about 25 to 30 books a year 'once we're up and running,' focusing on American history, theater, current events and food writing.

At Palgrave, he focused on European history, publishing Regine Pernoud's Joan of Arc, which has sold 40,000 copies.