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Remembering RH's Fairchild; Memorials for Foster and Schiffrin

Former Random House vp, field director for adult sales Betty Fairchild, 67, died last week in Roanoke, VA. After starting her career as a bookseller, Fairchild worked in sales for Random House from 1975 until her retirement in 2002. PRH executive Jaci Updike writes: "During an era when many were…

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NYT Book Review to Feature Mantel Serial

The title story from two-time Booker winner Hilary Mantel's forthcoming story collection The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher will run in the September 28 edition of the NYT Book Review as a first serial, available online as of September 21. (A UK first serial of the same story will run in…

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A Big Boost for Dealmakers

We have gone live at Publishers Marketplace with a significant improvement to individual Dealmakers pages that has been planned for a long time: Whenever we have matching Contact data for agents and editors (or matching Member Pages, or -- for agents -- matching Who Represents records), that information is automatically…

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People, Etc.

Alessandra Bastagli has joined Nation Books as editorial director, filling the position vacated earlier this year when Carl Bromley moved to The New Press. Most recently she has been digital features editor at Al Jazeera America, after working at Free Press until it was merged into the Simon & Schuster Publishing Group in…

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Bone Clocks Tops Amazon's September List

David Mitchell's The Bone Clocks is Amazon's September Spotlight pick, and Michael Pitre's novel Fives and Twenty-Fives (already a featured Indie Debut and Indie Next book) is their featured debut. Two of our Publishers Lunch Fall/Winter Buzz Books make the list -- Matt Richtel's A Deadly Wandering and Tana French's…

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Suge Knight's Book Due from Dey Street In 2015

Following Page Six's insinuation connecting Suge Knight's shooting with his long-in-gestation book, we can confirm the manuscript is alive and well. Harper director of publicity Shelby Meizlik confirms to PL that the book, now tentatively titled YOUR PAIN IS MY JOY: 100 Rounds with Suge Knight, is scheduled for publication by…

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The Super Seuss Business

The Wall Street Journal writes in-depth on the Dr. Seuss franchise, so much a staple of Penguin Random House that it was cited a number of times in the company's financial report earlier on Friday. The peg is the September 9 publication of a second collection of "lost" magazine work,…

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Briefs: September Costco Pick; Amis Breaks with German, French Publishers; Maze Runner Movie

The September Pennie's Pick at Costco is The Monogram Murders: The New Hercule Poirot Mystery, by Sophie Hannah. The Guardian reported that two of Martin Amis's longstanding international publishers -- Hanser in Germany, and Gallimard in France -- declined to publish his newest novel, The Zone of Interest, set in a fictionalized…

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Penguin Random House Has Softer Sales (Probably) and Strong Earnings In First Half

Penguin Random House plus the separately-owned Random House Germany together had sales in the first half of 2014 of €1.461 billion, with operating EBITDA of €159 million. (The Santillana trade publishing business was added July 1, after the close of these results.) It is the first time that the combined…

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A Tepid Second Quarter for Books-A-Million

Books-A-Million said sales for the second quarter ending August 2 more or less stayed flat, dipping 0.5 percent to $108.3 million. Same-store sales inched up a mere 0.1 percent, while their net loss of $3 million, or 21 cents per share was a considerable improvement on the $9.1 million net…

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