Nudo New 'PW' Publisher

David Nudo, most recently managing director of book advertising at the New York Times, has joined PW as publisher. He will report to executive v-p/publisher of the Reed Business Information publishing group Bill McGorry. Nudo has worked in trade and consumer magazine publishing, including serving as sales director at RBI, where he worked with PW, as well as with Library Journal and School Library Journal. At PW, Nudo will have overall business and editorial responsibility for the magazine.

One area of focus for Nudo will be helping to implement PW's new subscription policy, under which the magazine will be free to all book retailers. The policy will be rolled out over the next several months.

Cuts at MHE

As part of its move to create the School Solutions Group, McGraw-Hill Education is eliminating a significant number of positions. The layoffs are across all departments and cities where the company's Macmillan/McGraw-Hill and Glencoe/McGraw-Hill divisions had operations. MHE formed SSG by combining the Macmillan and Glencoe businesses into one operation, with the aim of developing basal programs for the entire pre-k—grade 12 range. Reports put the number of layoffs at about 300, though MHE would not confirm that figure.

Zondervan Closing Gift Unit

Zondervan is closing down its Inspirio gift division as part of its decision to exit the "3-D portion" of the inspirational gift business, which includes products from picture frames to crosses. The company will continue to produce gift books and Bible covers, but those will now be published under the Zondervan brand. "As we expanded in the gift business, it became very apparent that it presented challenges, operational requirements and expertise different than our core publishing business," explained Doug Lockhart, Zondervan president.

LB Considers Comics

Rich Johnson, former v-p of trade book sales at DC Comics, has been hired by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers to explore launching a graphic novel imprint. The Hachette Book Group announced the hiring and said Johnson will work as a consultant to consider the acquisition of original and licensed manga, American comics and graphic novels, Web comics and kids' graphic novels. Johnson will attend the Frankfurt Book Fair, and Hachette promised more details to come on the possibility of a graphic novel imprint.

Maguire Memorial Set

Friends and colleagues of the late Basic Books publisher Liz Maguire will celebrate her life at a memorial service on Thursday, October 12, to be held at Eugene, a nightclub at 27 W. 24th St. Maguire died April 8 at the age of 47. There will be an hour of tributes and memories, with a "fizzy" reception to follow. A memorial park bench has been placed in Madison Square Park near the Basic Book offices by Maguire's partner, Karen Wolny, and Maguire's many friends and colleagues.

Strictly Inks With Hachette

Strictly-by-the Book, the Massachusetts remainder company, has partnered with Hachette Book Group USA in a long-term distribution deal whereby Strictly will continue to handle hurt books while Hachette will house and ship all other inventory from its Indiana warehouse.


In last week's sidebar to the Frankfurt Book Fair Preview, "What's in Your Briefcase," Ken Follett's sequel to Pillars of the Earth was incorrectly cited as being published by Shaye Areheart; Dutton is publishing this book.

Also, the new Khaled Hosseini book is being published by Riverhead, not Doubleday.