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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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After under 3 years in the post, Follett ceo Mary Lee Schneider is departing, to be replaced by Ray Griffith. He spent 20 years at Ace Hardware, where he was president and ceo until April 2013. The company said, "The son of a public school teacher and grade school principal who began…

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People: Ruth Rendell Dies, and More

Ruth Rendell, 85, author of more than 60 novels under her own name as well as Barbara Vine, died May 2 from complications of a stroke suffered in January. Rendell wrote 24 Inspector Wexford novels starting with From Doon with Death (1964) as well as many standalone suspense novels, including…

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Acting publisher at Running Press Allison Devlin will move to Time Inc. Books on May 4 as associate publisher, Publishing Trends reports. Susan Weinberg will fill in as acting publisher at Running Press when Devlin leaves, until a permanent publisher is named. At HarperAudio, Sean McManus has been promoted to associate publisher. Marjacq Scripts in…

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At Hannigan Salky Getzler Agency, Tanusri Prasanna has joined as an associate, specializing in children's books. She will work with Carrie Hannigan on children’s and YA projects and with Josh Getzler on special projects and contracts. (With a PhD in jurisprudence from Oxford, she has worked in the office of…

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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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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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