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Penguin Canada announces editorial changes

Penguin Canada has announced a number of new hires to fill the editorial vacancies left by publisher Nicole Winstanley, who recently went on maternity leave, and the ouster of former president David Davidar.

Nick Garrison, who was originally hired on a temporary contract to handle Winstanley’s editorial duties, has been offered a permanent position as senior editor. A former editor at Random House Canada and Doubleday Canada, Garrison will be responsible for managing the Hamish Hamilton Canada list as well as acquiring literary fiction and non-fiction. According to Penguin vice-president of publicity and marketing Yvonne Hunter, Garrison will focus on non-fiction acquisitions upon Winstanley’s return.

Joining the company on a one-year contract is Jonathan Webb, a veteran of McClelland & Stewart and Key Porter Books who has consulted with Oxford University Press Canada. Webb’s title is senior editor, and he will be responsible for non-fiction.

In other Penguin news, the company has promoted former production editor Shima Aoki to the role of paperback editor. The company has also hired Katherine West as director of online marketing. According to the Penguin release, West is a sales and marketing veteran who has worked for AOL Canada, Bell Sympatico, and Visit Britain.

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