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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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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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Joe Monti has been promoted to editorial director at Saga Press. Michael Yeon has joined Open Road as svp, marketing, reporting to Rachel Chou. Previously he was vp, marketing at Grooveshark. At Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Jessica Gilo has been promoted to culinary marketing manager.

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RHCB Doubles Print Run For WHAT PET SHOULD I GET?

Random House Children's Books has doubled the announced first printing for Dr. Seuss's forthcoming posthumous title WHAT PET SHOULD I GET? to 1 million copies to "keep up with demand." The publisher also released an illustration from the book, scheduled for release on July 28. Distribution Columbia University Press Sales…

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LAT Book Prize Winners Include Hustvedt, Luiselli, Rankine, & Hobbs

The Los Angeles Times Book Prize announced the winners in ten categories on Saturday night. They include: Fiction Siri Hustvedt, The Blazing World (Simon & Schuster) The Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction Valeria Luiselli, Faces in the Crowd (Coffee House Press) Current Interest Jeff Hobbs, The Short and Tragic…

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Awards: Indies Choice Winners, PEN Shortlists, and More

The winners of the Indies Choice Book Awards were announced Thursday afternoon: Adult Fiction: All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr (Scribner) Adult Nonfiction: Being Mortal by Atul Gawande (Metropolitan) Adult Debut: The Martian by Andy Weir (Crown) Young Adult: The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly…

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Bookselling: Sales Fall Another 4 Percent at WHSmith; Looking Glass Books For Sale; and More

WHSmith reported interim half-year results (ending February 28) with sales at their High Street stores were down 5 percent, with same store sales also down 4 percent. Profits for that segment increased 2 percent (or £1m) to £50m, as "strong gross margin performance and costs were tightly controlled" saving costs…

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At Running Press, Jordana Tusman has been promoted to senior editor. After the London Book Fair wraps up today, there will be a memorial service in London tomorrow for former Random House UK deputy chairman Simon Master, who died in January. The service is at 11 at St Luke’s Church, Sydney Street, with a 12.15…

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Wiley ceo Stephen Smith will retire on June 1 as a result of previously disclosed medical reasons (Smith was diagnosed with urological cancer.) Mark Allin, currently coo, will succeed Smith as ceo, earning a base annual salary of $750,000. Chairman Peter Wiley said in the announcement: "[Allin] has been instrumental…

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Morgan Parker joins Little A as editor, acquiring fiction and poetry. She was previously education director at the Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts (MoCADA) and poetry editor of Coconut Magazine and The Offing. At Abrams, Chris Blank has been promoted to director of online marketing operations, and Monica Shah…

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