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Briefs: Emeritus Pope Benedict's 'Last Testament'; Rakuten Takes Minority Stake in getAbstract; and More

Forthcoming Bloomsbury will publish Emeritus Pope Benedict's Last Testament worldwide in November, in which the retired pope will formally break his silence after being the first Pope to resign from his position in 750 years. Bloomsbury says Pope Benedict will address "controversies and reveals how at his late age, governing…

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At Macmillan, Holly Ruck has been promoted to international sales manager, focusing on the open market. Tara Shanahan has joined HMH Children's as senior publicity manager; she was previously at Penguin Children's. Alex Hedley will take over as New Zealand publisher for HarperCollins, filling the role vacated by Finlay Macdonald. Hedley has been…

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Booker Prize Longlist Ranges from Veteran Coetzee to NBCC Winner Beatty

The longlist for the Booker Prize was announced Wednesday morning, and as last year, the list includes titles by five American authors: NBCC winner The Sellout by Paul Beatty (FSG/Oneworld), Hystopia by David Means (FSG/Faber), Eileen by Otessa Moshfegh (Penguin Press/Jonathan Cape), Work Like Any Other by Virginia Reeves (Scribner/Scribner…

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People: Tor/Forge Expands, Martin Levin Dies at 97

As part of a "plan for growth" at Tor/Forge, Patrick Nielsen Hayden has been promoted to associate publisher, Tor Books, while Devi Pillai also joins Tor as associate publisher, moving over from Orbit, where she was editorial director. In addition, Linda Quinton has been promoted to publisher, Forge Books. The company…

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North Atlantic Books executive director and publisher Doug Reil will step down after nine years with the company and three years in his current role. Succeeding Reil as interim publisher is Tim McKee, who said in the announcement: "I am excited to continue North Atlantic Books' dynamic tradition of publishing cutting-edge…

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Jackie Engel will join Little, Brown Children's as vp, associate publisher on August 1, reporting to Megan Tingley. Previously she was vp, group sales director at Penguin Children's, and in her new role, Engel will focus on list positioning and marketing strategy, new business development, and digital publishing. At Simon &…

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Danielle Crabtree has been promoted to senior marketing manager for the Crown, Hogarth, Broadway, and Tim Duggan Books. At Glitterati, Brandon Schultz has been promoted to associate publisher. Allison Sundstrom has joined Sourcebooks as graphic designer. Previously, she was packaging and production designer at FibreCraft. Politics and Prose bookstore has…

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President of Brazil's Grupo Editorial Record Sérgio Machado, 68, died on Wednesday of complications from surgery last November, Publish news reports. He ran the publisher since 1991, following the death of his father, Alfredo Machado. His sister and partner Sonia Machado Jardim takes over as president of the company. Two of his daughters work…

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At Franklin & Siegal Associates, Danny Yanez has been promoted to director of adult scouting. In addition, both Nicole Sohl and Joshua LaMorey have joined as literary scouts. Sohl was most recently associate editor at Thomas Dunne Books and Macmillan Entertainment, while LaMorey was previously a literary scout at Barbara…

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Random House Studio Taken Over By Bertelsmann's FremantleMedia

Random House Studio, the eleven-year-old film and television group operated by Penguin Random House, has been "acquired by" and transferred over to FremantleMedia North America, part of PRH parent company Bertelsmann's RTL division. In turn, FMNA has entered into a partnership with Meridian Entertainment, a China-based global content developer that…

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