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Government Still Pursuing SEAL Author Matt Bissonnette

Former Navy SEAL Matt Bissonnette, whose 2012 book NO EASY DAY (published under the pseudonym Mark Owen) disclosed details of the raid that killed Osama Bin Laden and who is set to publish a new book, NO HERO, under the same pen name on November 10, is under criminal investigation…

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At the Random House Publishing Group, Annette Melvin has been promoted to director, creative services. Countryman Press announced a number of new hires and promotions. Ann Treistman has been promoted to editorial director. Dan Crissman has joined as senior editor. Previously, he was senior editor at Overlook. Finally, Devorah Backman…

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George Bick has joined Regan Arts as sales director. A number of years ago he was svp, sales at HarperCollins, ReganBooks, and William Morrow. Juliana Horbachevsky has joined Abrams as publicist, primarily working on cookbooks and pop-culture titles. Previously she was a publicist at Gallery. Stefanie Hoffman will join Little, Brown Children's as…

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Steady Trade Results in June and July

The AAP released monthly sales statistics for both June and July, which remained consistent with the pattern from earlier in the year, though perked up in July. Most of the year's growth is coming children's and young adult books, which have been up year-over-year for all seven reported months, though…

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Michelle Aielli has been named executive director of publicity for Hachette Books. She moves over from Little, Brown, where she was most recently publicity director. At Simon & Schuster, Jennifer Grojean has been promoted to director, national accounts for special markets, while Bianca Johnson moves up to manager, adult custom…

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Margot Schupf has been promoted to publisher of Time Home Entertainment, effective immediately, succeeding Jim Childs, who left earlier this month. Schupf joined the division as associate publisher in June. She reports to svp, consumer marketing + revenue Jeff Blatt. Reporting to Schupf are TIHE editorial director Steve Koepp and Oxmoor House…

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Posman Books to Close Grand Central Location, and More

Posman Books will close its Grand Central Station location after "15 wonderful years" by the end of the year, Shelf Awareness reports. The store has to leave its 5,000-square foot space as part of the Terminal's plan "to upgrade and improve pedestrian circulation" and as part of the larger One…

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Pearson chief financial officer for the past eight years Robin Freestone has told the board "he would like to step down...before the end of 2015 to explore a range of other interests." A search is underway for a replacement and Freestone will remain in the job until a successor is named.…

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Kirkus Prize Winners, and More Awards

The winners of the inaugural Kirkus Prize were announced Thursday evening at a private ceremony in Austin, TX. EUPHORIA by Lily King won the fiction prize (we featured it as a spring/summer Publishers Lunch Buzz Book). The nonfiction winner is CAN WE TALK ABOUT SOMETHING MORE PLEASANT? by Roz Chast, already…

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Oral Arguments For Apple's Appeal Set For December 15

After a period of quiet, the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals has set a December 15 date for oral arguments on Apple's appeal of Judge Denise Cote's 2013 ruling in the federal ebook antitrust trial. The settlement reached earlier this year between Apple and the plaintiff states and consumers hinges on how…

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