Leigh Haber, who has been running her own nonfiction imprint at Rodale Books since last year, has left the company amid tension with general manager and publishing director Karen Rinaldi. Ms. Rinaldi, who spent nine years as the founding publisher of Bloomsbury USA, became Ms. Haber’s boss in April.
Ms. Haber, who made tons of money for Rodale as the editor of Al Gore’s An Inconvenient Truth, had her last day in the office yesterday. She had been "in and out" for several weeks prior to that.
The imprint Ms. Haber started when she came to Rodale from Hyperion, Modern Times, will shutter just as soon as the dozen or so books already in the pipeline—including one by NBC travel correspondent Peter Greenberg—see the light of day.
There are apparently conflicting theories about the source of Ms. Haber’s friction with Ms. Rinaldi. We’ll let you know if any of them start to firm up.