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Carole DeSanti has been promoted to vp, executive editor at Viking/Penguin, returning full-time to acquisitions from the editor-at-large position she has held for the past several years. Distribution Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Trade Publishing will be distributed in Canada by Raincoast Books as of January 1, 2016, moving from current distributor…

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Six Writers Drop Out As PEN Gala Hosts, Objecting to Charlie Hebdo Award

When PEN American Center hosts its annual gala on May 5, six of its planned author hosts will not be in attendance. On Friday, novelists Peter Carey, Michael Ondaatje, Francine Prose, Teju Cole, Rachel Kushner and Taiye Selasi alerted the organization of their withdrawal from the gala over the decision…

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Wimpy Kid: Old School Gets 16-Country Launch In November

The title and cover of Jeff Kinney's fall release DIARY OF A WIMPY KID: Old School was revealed at Symphony Space in New York Monday morning during a live webcast. The book goes on sale November 3 and follows Greg Heffley "as he goes on a weeklong field trip to a farm and deals with…

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People, Etc.

In the UK, Parragon has promoted Wendy Friedman to president, creative, responsible for setting the top level creative direction for all of Parragon's product output across its Books and Kit & Gift divisions. Darren Witherall moves up to president, EMEA, responsible for all of Parragon's businesses in the UK, Australia…

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Houghton to Buy Scholastic's Education Technology Business for $575 Million

Scholastic announced it has signed a definitive agreement to sell its Educational Technology and Services business to Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Company for $575 million in cash. Scholastic expects to have net proceeds of $360 million to $370 million after taxes, fees and expenses. The business unit they are selling had sales of…

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Statistics 101: Juvenile Book Sales Did Not "Plummet"

The internet is so full of groundless stories about book publishing these days that the most efficient approach is for us to ignore most of them. But PW posted a story Thursday, "Juvenile Book Sales Plummet," that is simply wrong and should be cleared up before the meme gets set. The thrust of the piece was this: Juvenile…

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Media Remains Moderate At Amazon; With Reports from Google and Pearson

Amazon reported first quarter sales through the end of March after the close of the market on Thursday: Net sales rose 15 percent to $22.72 billion, with a net loss of $57 million, or 12 cents a share -- slightly ahead of analysts' expectations for the company. Media sales (the category in…

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People, Etc.

At Hannigan Salky Getzler Agency, Tanusri Prasanna has joined as an associate, specializing in children's books. She will work with Carrie Hannigan on children’s and YA projects and with Josh Getzler on special projects and contracts. (With a PhD in jurisprudence from Oxford, she has worked in the office of…

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People, Etc.

Ken Michaels has been named ceo of Macmillan Higher Education and Macmillan New Ventures, taking up the post after the merger of MacmillanScience and Education and Springer Science closes. Michaels wil report to John Sargent in the new position, which includes the US-based higher education publishing that Macmillan retains outright after the merger. (He…

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Penguin Random House Launches Unified Consumer Site

Penguin and Random House have come together on the web, launching a newly-designed site at PenguinRandomHouse.com that presents to consumers the combined catalog from across the company. Showing books to readers is the new site's primary job: "With thousands of new books to choose from every year, it can be overwhelming…

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