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In the Random House Special Markets Group, Christine Dillon has been promoted to senior sales director, premium and proprietary sales. Cathy Serpico moves up to imprint sales manager, and Lauren Helman has been promoted to sales manager, specialty retail.

At Transatlantic Literary Agency, Stephanie Sinclair and Amy Tompkins have been promoted to associate agent.

The Oscar nominations were announced Thursday morning. Among the book-based films in contention for top honors, Philomena, 12 Years A Slave and The Wolf of Wall Street were all nominated for best picture, and Dirty Wars is nominated for best documentary.

Also announced Thursday morning were the Edgar Award nominations. Tom MacNeal's Far Far Away, featured in our 2013 Spring/Summer Buzz Book, was nominated in the Best Young Adult category, while Best Novel finalists included Sandrine's Case by Thomas Cook, How The Light Gets In by Louise Penny, and Standing in Another Man's Grave by Ian Rankin. The winners will be announced at a ceremony on May 1.

BEA is officially welcoming "entrepreneurial authors" to the convention floor with a new Author Hub that will provide meeting tables, a lounge and a small presentation space in a dedicated section of the main exhibition space. Basic membership costs $599. "Premium" membership, which provides a dedicated table and an autographing session, is $1,200. Porter Anderson describes the program at length.

Canadian books and magazine distributor Benjamin News will shut down April 4 after 97 years in business, Quill & Quire reports. The company, which distributes to 7500 retailers in Quebec, Ontario, and New Brunswick, will lay off 225 employees, and has made arrangements for other countries to take over magazine distribution in Ontario.