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Kristen McLean has joined Nielsen as director of new business development in the Book/Entertainment division. She will focus on "building new business for Nielsen's Book's existing products, as well as looking for opportunities to work across the entire Nielsen Entertainment Group to create new products and services that unite the many…

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People: A Harry Potter Play, and More

JK Rowling announced on Twitter that she has written a play -- Harry Potter and Cursed Child -- that will open in London's West End next summer. She calls it "a collaboration" with writer Jack Thorne and director John Tiffany, along with singer-songwriter Imogen Heap. Tickets will go on sale…

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Antonella Iannarino has left the David Black Agency, where she was an agent and website and social media manager for authors, after eight years to launch AI Strategic, offering consulting services to authors and companies for developing their online presence through social media, websites, ebook publishing and brand strategies. She…

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Man Asian Literary Prize winner for the novel Please Look After Mom Shin Kyung-sook admitted that her short story "Legend," published in a 1996 collection, copies from a work by the late Yukio Mishima. "As I compared the sentences I couldn't believe it myself," she told the Kyunghyang Shinmun newspaper.…

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At Basic Books, Dan Gerstle is being promoted to senior editor, while Leah Stecher moves up to associate editor. Jessica Brown has joined Convergent Books as publicist/marketer. Previously she was a publicist at Howard Books. Sourcebooks announced a number of promotions in its design team. Dawn Adams is being promoted…

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Author, former New Yorker editor and former editor-in-chief of Random House Daniel Menaker has now formally joined McCormick Literary as an affiliate agent. He started agenting and was informally associated with McCormick in early 2014. At HarperCollins, Samantha Hagerbaumer has been promoted to senior director, international sales & marketing, expanding her role…

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Former publisher at Atavist Books and Picador Frances Coady will join Aragi Inc. as a literary agent on May 28, representing both fiction and nonfiction. Fuse Literary has acquired Penumbra Literary and added its principal and owner, Jennifer Chen Tran as an associate agent. At independent publisher Sarabande Books' Brooklyn office, Kristen Radtke has been promoted to…

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Owner of Houston independent mystery bookshop Murder By the Book McKenna Jordan will join Minotaur Books as a dedicated outside publishing consultant to the imprint, a newly created role. Jordan will report to associate publisher Kelley Ragland, who will help Jordan make "her unique and successful experience in the positioning,…

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Ben Platt will join Basic Books as editor. Previously he was an associate editor at Penguin Press. Chad Bunning has been named retail and operations manager for the Rizzoli Bookstore in New York, which is set to reopen at its new location at 1133 Broadway later this summer. Previously he was general…

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At Ten Speed Press, Erin Welke has been promoted to associate publicity & marketing manager while Daniel Wikey moves up to associate marketing manager. At St. Martin's, John Nicholas has been promoted to associate marketing manager. Kait Heacock has joined The Feminist Press as publicist. She was previously publicist at…

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