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BEA Challenges Start-Ups In New Contest

This year's BEA is featuring a "Book Expo Challenge" contest focused on start-ups that's a hybrid of floor display space and a chance at two prizes. For $599 registrants/contestants get a table and two chairs in a little "Startup Alley" section of the trade show floor (inside the Digital Discovery…

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People, Etc.

Allison Renzulli has joined Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in the new position of culinary digital editorial director. She will be working from the New York office with the culinary marketing, editorial, and digital teams to oversee multiple digital initiatives. She was formerly senior marketing manager at Clarkson Potter. Elyse Turr has…

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WME Details IMG Cost Cuts for Lenders

Sports Business Journal and The Wrap both obtained financial documents prepared in connection with William Morris Endeavor's debt offerings, lining up financing for their acquisition of IMG. The transaction is due to close May 1, though the two sources disagree on the actual price (between $2.375 billion and $2.45 billion).…

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People: Boudreaux Gets Imprint At Little, Brown

Ecco editorial director Lee Boudreaux will move to Little, Brown as of September 2, where she will be editorial director of an eponymous imprint, aiming to publish 8 to 10 titles a year. Publisher Reagan Arthur says in the announcement: "Lee is one of the most respected editors in the…

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Corporate: A Wiley Acquisition; and Job Cuts At RH Children's UK and Weltbild

Wiley announced another sizable acquisition, agreeing to pay $175 million in cash to purchase French-based learning solutions provider CrossKnowledge, which focuses on leadership and managerial skills development. The deal is expected to close on May 1. Wiley has been investing heavily in their professional development division, and acquired a related…

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People

Simon & Schuster vp, director of children's sales Mary Marotta will move over on May 5 to become deputy publisher for Aladdin, Little Simon, Simon Pulse and Simon Spotlight, reporting to division president Jon Anderson. Marotta fills the role vacated by Mara Anastas when she moved up to publisher of…

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Tartt Wins Pulitzer

The Pulitzer Prizes were announced Monday afternoon. The winners in the book categories are: Fiction: The Goldfinch, by Donna Tartt (Little, Brown) History: The Internal Enemy: Slavery and War in Virginia, 1772-1832, by Alan Taylor (W.W. Norton) Biography: Margaret Fuller: A New American Life, by Megan Marshall (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)…

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Authors Guild Challenges Google Fair Use Ruling In Appeal

Last week the Authors Guild formally detailed their appeal of Judge Denny Chin's November 14, 2013 summary judgment motion in favor of Google, finding that the web giant's library book-scanning project was protected as "fair use." The Guild says that the District Court applied "an unprecedented, expansive and erroneous interpretation…

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Forthcoming: Geithner's Tour Guests, and A New Eggers

Crown announced former Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner's book tour for STRESS TEST for May, featuring well-known "moderators" at many of his appearances. Notably, they include former Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke (in Washington, DC) and former Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson (in Chicago). Other moderators include Pulitzer–winning author Liaquat Ahamed, Jim…

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LAT Awards Honor Ozeki, Fink, Bulawayo, and Rowling; ALA's Most Challenged

The Los Angeles Times Book Prize announced the winners in ten categories on Friday night. They include: Fiction Ruth Ozeki, A Tale for the Time Being (Viking) First Fiction NoViolet Bulawayo, We Need New Names (Reagan Arthur Books) Current Interest Sheri Fink, Five Days at Memorial (Crown) Biography Marie Arana,…

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