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Jennifer M. Brown will join Random House Children's Books on August 24 as vp, publisher Knopf Books for Young Readers, reporting to Barbara Marcus. Brown, who will "oversee the direction and lead the long-range and daily activities" at the imprint, spent the past eight years as children's editor for Shelf…

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People: E.L. Doctorow Dies

E.L. Doctorow, 84, author of critically admired and award-winning novels such as Ragtime and Billy Bathgate, died Tuesday in Manhattan from complications of lung cancer. Before turning to fiction full-time, Doctorow worked as an editor at NAL and then Dial Press (where he became editor-in-chief). Among the many honors Doctorow…

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Crown's community development team has hired Abbe Wright as editor of Read It Forward, their online literary community. (She recently completed a year-long editorial project at Glamour and before then, was assistant books editor at O, the Oprah Magazine.) Ariel Norwood has been named community and social media manager for the online food community Tastebook (she ran…

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Kate Garrick has joined The Karpfinger Agency as an agent. Previously she was an agent at DeFiore and Company, and will bring her list of clients to the Karpfinger Agency. In the UK, Profile publishing director Mike Jones is leaving the office just a year after joining it, by "mutual consent"…

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At Trident Media Group, Tara Carberry has been promoted to associate agent, continuing to work with Kimberly Whalen and Erica Spellman Silverman. Dawn Ryan has been promoted to managing editor for Knopf Children's. KF Literary Scouting is now scouting children's, young adult, and new adult titles on behalf of Bayard in France and…

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Marjorie Braman, 60, died July 2 at her home in Taghkanic, NY of complications from breast cancer. She began her 26 years in publishing as an editorial assistant and worked her way up to svp, publishing director at HarperCollins and then vp, editor-in-chief at Henry Holt. She has worked as…

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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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