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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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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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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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Lockhart's WE WERE LIARS Tops May's LibraryReads List

E. Lockhart's YA novel WE WERE LIARS tops the May LibraryReads list. Also appearing is Laline Paull's debut novel THE BEES, which like the Lockhart is among the 40 titles you can preview right now in our free ebook, Publishers Lunch Buzz Books 2014: Spring/Summer. (Paull's novel made the May Indie…

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Deborah Aaronson has joined Phaidon as vp, group publisher, reporting to recently-hired ceo Keith Fox. Aaronson, most recently vp, publisher for the adult trade group at Abrams, where she spent the past 14 years, will work out of the company's New York office. "I am thrilled that Deb has joined…

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Amazon Acquires ComiXology

Just hours after posting ceo Jeff Bezos' letter to shareholders, Amazon announced after the close of the market on Thursday that it acquired digital comics firm ComiXology, confirming rumors circulating since the beginning of the month. The deal for undisclosed terms -- is expected to close in the second quarter of…

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At Scribner, Lauren Lavelle has been promoted to publicity manager, and Gwyneth Stansfield moves up to publicist. Riverhead art director Helen Yentus won the ADC Art + Craft Design Prize for her much talked about 3D-printed book design for Chang-rae Lee's On Such a Full Sea. Booktrack, which synchronizes soundtracks…

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At Bloomsbury, Kathy Belden has been promoted to senior executive editor. Sara Sciuto is joining Foreword Literary as an agent, specializing in children's books. She was previously an agent with Full Circle Literary. Ian McEwan's novel THE CHILDREN ACT, already announced for UK publication this fall by Jonathan Cape, will…

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Longtime St. Martin's executive Matthew Baldacci will move to Scholastic as vp of marketing for the trade publishing division on April 28. Baldacci will oversee marketing and brand strategy for all trade imprints, reporting to Ellie Berger. He is currently vp, associate publisher, marketing and sales operations at SMP, where…

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People: Peter Matthiessen, 86, Dies, and More

Peter Matthiessen, 86, died on April 5 from complications of leukemia, with which he was diagnosed 15 months ago. He was the author of more than thirty books, including THE SNOW LEOPARD (1978), which won the National Book Award for nonfiction, and SHADOW COUNTRY (2008), a National Book Award winner…

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