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Briefs: Clare's Lawyer Responds to Kenyon Lawsuit; "Birthday Cake" Author Speaks Out; and More

Cassandra Clare's lawyer, John Cahill of Cahill Associates, issued a statement Thursday afternoon responding to Sherrilyn Kenyon's trademark and copyright infringment lawsuit filed against Clare late last week. "Cassie was both surprised and disappointed that Ms. Kenyon would file this baseless lawsuit, a decade after the debut of Cassie's books.…

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Simon & Schuster Has Strong Finish to the Year

Simon & Schuster built on a small gain in the third quarter for a big gain in the fourth quarter that lifted full-year sales just above the previous year, by $2 million. Fourth quarter sales of $233 million were $18 million (or 8 percent) ahead of the same quarter a…

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Simonson's The Summer Before The War Tops March Library Reads List

Helen Simonson's new novel The Summer Before the War is the No. 1 pick for the March Library Reads list. The list also includes Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney's The Nest, Lyndsay Faye's Jane Steele, and Elizabeth Brundage's All Things Cease to Appear, excerpts of which you can start reading right now…

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People

Mary Ann Naples will join Disney Book Group as vp, publisher on March 14, reporting to Jeanne Mosure. Previously Naples was svp, publisher at Rodale Books & Rodale Wellness. Mosure said in the announcement: "As a self-made entrepreneur and a Disney veteran, Mary Ann brings the right leadership capabilities to…

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Lagardere Publishing Rises On Euro and France; HBG Rebounds In Fourth Quarter

Lagardere reported fourth quarter sales after the close of the market in France on Wednesday (profits will be reported next month, in the European tradition). A strong final quarter gives a solid boost to their 2015 performance: Sales for the quarter were €631 million -- compared to €537 million euros…

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Scholastic, Little Brown UK Will Publish Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Play Script on July 31

Scholastic and Little Brown UK will publish the script book of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by Jack Thorne, an adaptation and continuation of JK Rowling's series, just after midnight on July 31. The play premieres on London's West End on July 30 and features Potter as a 35-year-old parent,…

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People: Lucas to Lead NBF

Lisa Lucas, 36, the publisher of arts magazine Guernica, will become executive director of the National Book Foundation, starting March 14. She tells the NYT, "Readers are everything, readers are everyone. It should be about building one big massive audience that’s reflective of where we live." She adds, "The practice…

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Briefs: PubTrack Digital Launches in UK; Kenyon Sues Clare; Denene Miller Books at Agate; and More

Nielsen Book has launched PubTrack Digital UK, an ebook sales tracking service based on the same model that they use in the US. A set of unspecified publishers contribute their own ebook sales data, on a monthly basis, with a three-month delay. Nielsen says "we are not currently releasing the…

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People, Etc.

Amelia "Molly" Atlas has been promoted to agent at ICM, where she has worked since 2006. Rachel Bader joins Random House Children's as director, licensing, charged with building a consumer products licensing business for the division, reporting to Barbara Marcus. She was most recently director of licensing for Prometheus Global Media. At…

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Briefs: Harper Pairs with Temple Hill, Final Days for St. Mark's, and More

Marty Bowen and Wyck Godfrey's film production company Temple Hill Entertainment has a new publishing agreement with HarperCollins in which the producers will "generate original ideas and opportunities for books and series," that Harper will publish under the Temple Hill Publishing banner. Petersen Harris at Temple Hill will serve as their vp, publishing…

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