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AAP April Report: As Expected, The Digital Decline Continues

The AAP reported their monthly StatShot statistics for April. Per our long look at the reliability of these monthly tabulations, our main monthly takeaway is on the digital data. Adult ebook sales of $85.2 million were down $23.9 million compared to a year ago; children's ebook sales were $8.4 million, down from…

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Awards: 5 Under 35 Honorees; Aspen Words Literary Prize

The National Book Foundation named their list of 5 Under 35 honorees Thursday morning: Brit Bennett, The Mothers (Riverhead) Yaa Gyasi, Homegoing (Knopf) Greg Jackson, Prodigals (FSG) S. Li, Transoceanic Flights (Harvard Square Editions) Thomas Pierce, Hall of Small Mammals (Riverhead) The Aspen Institute is launching a $35,000 annual Aspen Words Literary…

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People, Etc.

Will Lippincott is leaving Lippincott Massie McQuilkin at the end of the year, writing that he is "eager to find new paths—in life, certainly, and in what I want to achieve professionally." He notes, "If there’s a through-line to my own narrative in publishing and media over twenty years it’s found…

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Redstones Tell CBS and Viacom to Consider Merging

The Redstone family's privately-held National Amusements, which controls nearly 80 percent of the voting shares in both CBS and Viacom, sent a letter Thursday morning to the boards of the two entertainment companies telling them "to consider a potential combination of the companies." First reported as forthcoming by Reuters on Wednesday afternoon, shares…

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People, Awards, Etc.

Grace Ross has joined Regal Hoffmann & Associates as agency assistant and junior agent. She was at the Denise Shannon Literary Agency. Claire McLaughlin has joined Little Bird as assistant publicist. Nobel Prize week starts October 3 and runs through October 10. The prize for literature is traditionally announced on…

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Forthcoming: Dan Brown's Next, in 2017, and More

Doubleday announced that they will publish Dan Brown's ORIGIN in a year, on September 26, 2017. (PRH's Transworld will publish in the UK, and Vintage Espanol will issue a US Spanish-language edition.) The current description indicates: "Brown interweaves codes, science, religion, history, art and architecture into this new novel. Origin thrusts Harvard symbologist…

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People

At Crown Business, Talia Krohn has been promoted to executive editor, while Mary Choteborsky Reynics moves up to executive editor for that imprint as well as for Crown Forum and Convergent. Derek Reed has been promoted to editor for all three imprints. Also, after saying in 2014 the company would discontinue…

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Donoghue, Thien Among Giller Prize Shortlist

Canada's Giller Prize announced its six-book shortlist Monday morning: Mona Awad, 13 Ways of Looking at a Fat Girl (Penguin) Gary Barwin, Yiddish for Pirates (Random House Canada) Emma Donoghue, The Wonder (Little, Brown/HarperCollins Canada) Catherine Leroux, The Party Wall (Biblioasis) Madeleine Thien, Do Not Say We Have Nothing (Norton/Knopf…

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People, Etc.

Cara Bedick joins Touchstone as senior editor beginning Monday. Previously she was a senior editor at William Morrow. Anna Knutson Geller has left The Book Group to found Write View, a literary agency with an emphasis on spirituality, practical nonfiction, and inspirational memoir. Amy Vreeland has joined Abrams as senior…

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People, Etc.

Vp, business development at Diversion Books Mary Cummings will leave the company next month. Diversion has hired Caroline Acebo as acquisition editor, EverAfter Romance. Previously she was editor at Grand Central's Forever imprint. In addition, Christine Saunders has joined as publicist. Most recently she headed her own company, Christine Saunders Public Relations.…

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