Penguin Putnam’s Riverhead unit, James Frey’s (“A Million Little Pieces”) current publisher, has hired Geoff Kloske as its publisher. Kloske replaces Julie Grau and Cindy Spiegel, who helped found Riverhead but left for Random House division Doubleday in the fall.
Kloske, an exec editor at Viacom’s Simon & Schuster, is one of the book biz’s rising stars. He’s responsible for discovering comic nonfiction scribes such as David Sedaris, Dave Eggers and Sarah Vowell and also edited Bob Dylan autobio “Chronicles,” a bestseller in 2004.
Riverhead does a mix of literary fiction and nonfiction; it’s had bestsellers with such scribes as Nick Hornby, whose books have been adapted into pics like “High Fidelity” and “About a Boy.” It is also the publisher of “My Friend Leonard,” the follow-up to Frey’s “Pieces.”
Serving directly under Kloske as VP and exec editor is Sean McDonald, Frey’s editor.